Friday, October 11, 2013

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Mercury Treaty and Japan's Minamata Disaster

URI history Professor Timothy S. George joined NPRs Here & Now host Robin Young to discuss the history of what was one of the world’s worse environmental disasters -- Japan's Minamata chemical disaster. He describes what happened and what the new global agreement to reduce mercury in the environment will mean for the company that released the chemicals into the ocean. Here and Now, Oct. 10, 2013.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Navatek, IEP and shellfish

Fascitelli Fitness & Wellness Center

The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Fascitelli Fitness and Wellness Center was attended by more than 100 VIPs and members of the campus community, who enjoyed tours of the facility following the ceremony. News reports about the opening appeared on Rhode Island Public RadioChannel 12, Channel 10, the Providence Journal -- which also included an extensive online photo gallery -- and Narragansett Patch.  Additional stories are expected this week in the Narragansett Times and South County Independent.  The URI news release about the event can be found here.

Hawaiian Island formation

A study of the geologic origin of the Hawaiian Islands by graduate student Ashton Flinders and colleagues at the University of Hawaii has generated considerable media attention. The scientists found that the island chain was formed by eruptions of lava on the volcanoes' surface -- called extrusion -- not internal emplacement of magma, as was previously thought. Reports of their findings appeared on the Huffington Post, MSN News, Archaeology News Network, Hawaii Tribune Herald, UPI, Jagran Post, and West Hawaii Today.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Arming URI Police: A Campus Discussion

The University held the first in a series of three public forums to discuss the arming of URI police officers. Many members of the University community participated, regional media covered the event and spoke with panelists, students and some faculty.

Wednesday, Oct. 9, WPRO's Dan Yorke interviewed Stephen Baker, director of Public Safety and Mary Jo Gonzales, assistant vice president for Student Affairs and dean of students about the issue and concerns of students, faculty and staff. The MyRITV interview starts at 09:32. The South County Independent and Narragansett Times reported on the forum in its Oct. 10 and 11 issues.

Tuesday, Oct. 8, The Providence Journal  the forum was the subject of a comprehensive front-page story, Public Safety Director Stephen Baker was interviewed on WPROs morning news and the topic was part of discussions later with John DePetro. Monday, Oct. 7, The Providence Journal, Channels 10, 12 and 6 attended and covered the event. RI Public Radio and WPRO radio also carried news about the forum. On Sunday, Oct. 6, The Providence Journal advanced the news about the forum. View the URI video and more information about the forums at

Made in America?

Opinion: Bringing manufacturing jobs back to the United States, also called reshoring, is a hot topic of discussion not just here in the cradle of the Industrial Revolution, but worldwide. In this opinion article that was featured in The Providence Journal on Oct. 8, two URI College of Business Administration professors take a thoughtful look at reshoring and examine what changes may be in the horizon. Read the original version at

Monday, October 7, 2013

Starfish, manufacturing and research