College of the Environment and Life Sciences

Education, Experience, Excellence for the 21st Century

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday Tours of the Garden
Tuesday Tours of the Garden

Tuesday, August 19 at 5:00pm to 6:00pm
This summer, the URI Botanical Gardens will be offering weekly after-work tours hosted by head gardener Gabrielle Torphy …Learn more

Big Thinkers

A CELS Degree Helping to Respond to National Crises
Rear Admiral Mary Landry

Rear Admiral Mary Landry

Rear Admiral Mary Landry was sponsored by the Coast Guard from ’94-’95 to pursue a Master’s degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island. After completing her degree, she responded to some of our nation’s most critical environmental disasters and was appointed to a year-long assignment at the White House. “The older I get,” said Landry “the more I treasure the connection to URI, both the degree and the people I met and continue to meet.”

In describing her time at URI, Landry emphasized the diversity of students. According to Landry, having classes with people from science, federal, and state backgrounds really added to the discussions. Moreover, outstanding professor credentials worked to bring outside experiences into the classroom. According to Landry, her degree didn’t just give her book knowledge, but also real-world marine safety know-how. “I am ever grateful to them for that,” said Landry. “I have carried so much of it with me, it is unbelievable.” [Read more]

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