Friday, August 9, 2013

URI Hangs Out with Sharks

Scores of online viewers and participants joined for URI's first Google+ Hangout chat about sharks with some of the University’s shark experts. On Thursday, Aug. 8 from 11:30 a.m. to noon, Todd McLeish, URI Public Information Officer and author of two marine science books, launched the live event by interviewing URI researchers Brad Wetherbee and Jason Ramsay, as well as former URI graduate student Anabela Maia on shark behavior and physiology. Then, McLeish took questions from the viewing audience for the scientists. The live event was advanced by area media including the Providence Business News and the Providence Journal. It was then covered live by Channel 10, shown online and on the 6 p.m. news. Read the original news release and see the video of the chat.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Dengue fever research

Research Professor Alan Rothman was awarded an $11.4 million grant by the National Institutes of Health, and an announcement of the award drew Rhode Island's entire Congressional delegation to the Providence Campus to learn more.  Media covering the news included Channel 10, Channel 6, the Providence Journal, Providence Business News and Rhode Island Public Radio.  An Associated Press story about the grant appeared in the Modesto Bee, Albany Times-Union, Kansas City Star, Idaho Statesman, New England Cable News, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and many more.  The URI news release about the award can be found here.

Monday, August 5, 2013

More front page news

URI faculty and research projects were again featured in several front page stories in the Providence Journal this weekend.  Prof. Gordon Dash was included in a story about Rhode Island's investment in hedge funds, and lecturer Brad Wetherbee was included in another front page story about sharks in Southern New England. On Monday, researcher Lisa Tewksbury and her students were on the front page for their research on an invasive beetle, the emerald ash borer.

Also in the news this weekend were the following:

Practical connections have new program flying high
Providence Business News - 8/5

Block Island as migratory bird stopover site - features research by Prof. Scott McWilliams
Block Island Times - 8/5

Newport Jazz Festival wraps up - AP story mentions performance by URI jazz band
Sacramento Bee - 8/5

URI to moderate online shark talk
Providence Journal - 8/4

Spalding, Shorter delight crowd at Jazz Festival
Providence Journal - 8/4

Council hears Boothroyd talk on sea level rise
Narragansett Times - 8/2

Business Connections in Providence

This week's Providence Business News included front-page news about the strategic move to relocate URI's College of Business MBA program to the Providence Campus. Mark Higgins, dean, and Alfred J. Verrecchia and Hasbro Inc. leadership chair in Business at the College of Business described the innovative program that has finished its first year in the new location. The one-year MBA program now includes experiential learning, working with real companies, and it draws from local businesses and talent. Providence Business News, August 5, 2013. Read the news release about the program's introduction in 2012.