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URI physics lecturer part of new era in astronomy

It was written in the stars for Robert Coyne to be an astrophysicist. The cosmos first charmed Coyne as a 5-year-old boy during long car rides at night on Cape Cod with his dad, an astronomy enthusiast who made black holes seem magical. “I’d look at the night sky, and he’d tell me what was […]

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Anthropology professor to speak on panel at Princeton about PR/hurricane María

Anthropology professor to speak on panel at Princeton about PR/hurricane María

Unnatural Disasters: Houston, Puerto Rico and Other Sites of Climate Crisis The ways in which enduring inequality is amplifying — and will continue to exacerbate — the effects of climate disasters will be examined in the panel discussion, “Unnatural Disasters: Houston, Puerto Rico and Other Sites of Climate Crisis,” at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, […]

Films by URI graduates selected for Rhode Island Film Festival

Films by URI graduates selected for Rhode Island Film Festival

The University of Rhode Island is making a splash at the Rhode Island Film Festival this year with three short films that URI graduates helped bring to the big screen. An invitation for a screening is an honor. Of 6,000 submissions from throughout the world, only 300 films were selected. The winning films also qualify […]

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URI welcomes accomplished, collaborative leader for the College of Arts & Sciences

URI welcomes accomplished, collaborative leader for the College of Arts & Sciences

The University of Rhode Island has appointed Dr. Jeannette E. Riley of Providence, to be the dean of its largest academic college, the College of Arts and Sciences. Riley is currently dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. She is expected to begin her duties at URI this […]

URI chemistry professor, graduate students devise formula for birthday party business

URI chemistry professor, graduate students devise formula for birthday party business

A chemistry professor and her students at the University of Rhode Island have launched a business to entertain youngsters during birthday parties—and show them how much fun science can be. Mindy Levine, a chemistry research professor, and graduate students Dana DiScenza and Benjamin Cromwell started Party Elements to inspire children to get excited about science […]

URI student awarded prestigious Truman Scholarship, receives $30,000 for graduate study

URI student awarded prestigious Truman Scholarship, receives $30,000 for graduate study

When University of Rhode Island President David M. Dooley and many other university officials congregated outside Autumn Guillotte’s history class on Monday afternoon, she had no idea that she was soon to be the center of attention. The faculty and administrators were there to announce that Guillotte had been awarded a $30,000 Truman Scholarship, one […]

URI English professor co-authors books with world’s best-selling writer

URI English professor co-authors books with world’s best-selling writer

When Derek Nikitas was a kid, he had a special place in his 10-year-old heart for horror movies—Night of the Living Dead, Creepshow, Frankenstein. “I was terrified, but I enjoyed the experience,’’ he says. “I liked thinking about the line between what was real and made up. I was fascinated.” That early obsession with thrillers—on […]

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