Last week I attended a terrific small poster session, organized by Professor Angela Slitt of the College of Pharmacy, to highlight the research done by students over the summer. Their work was first rate, and the enthusiasm of the students was infectious. And the results of the students’ research are relevant to multiple issues in human health. Dr. Slitt and her students are making a difference.
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I took a few days off between URI-related trips to Cape Verde and India to make the climb. Allow me to share a couple of reflections on the climb. There was a lot about the climb that I will always remember and treasure, but far beyond the beauty of the mountain and the challenge of the climb, the most important thing was the time I got to spend with Samantha.
URI’s commencement ceremonies were a powerful and inspirational reminder of the most important outcome of the University’s work: the young (and some not quite so young) people who are better prepared and empowered to pursue their dreams. They are now in a much stronger position to help create a brighter future for themselves, for Rhode Island, for our nation, and for the world.
Without any doubt, there are numerous and appealing opportunities for the University of Rhode Island in China. Most importantly, our students who gain the capability to engage China, and understand its language and culture, will be exceptionally well prepared to succeed in a global economy, in a global society, where China will play an increasingly important role.
simply wish to thank all the faculty and students who participated in yesterday’s symposia and poster session. Those events made Wednesday, April 7, 2010 one of my very best days in Rhode Island. The enthusiasm, energy, and manifest commitment to excellence of the students and faculty at the poster session was inspirational for me, and everyone I spoke with who attended.
URI students are participating in at least three substantial and important service projects this spring break. Hillel led a group to New Orleans to support the continuing efforts to rebuild housing in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The URI Saves Volunteer club is in Richmond, Virginia working in soup kitchens and with Habitat for Humanity. The URI Women’s Center and the Honors Program team up to sponsor a Habitat for Humanity trip to Birmingham, Alabama.
A little over a week ago, I met with a group of students in an open meeting organized by David Bedard, the President of the student government at URI. I very much appreciate David’s efforts in pulling this event together, and also the coverage provided by The Good 5¢ Cigar. From my perspective it was very useful and informative, with many excellent questions ranging from parking to the curriculum. I would like to briefly comment on a couple of topics that were covered that I think warrant particular mention.
The University of Rhode Island has a wonderful history of dedication to assisting those in need and of working to make our world a better place. The Feinstein Center for a Hunger Free America, the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies, and the innumerable opportunities for community service are notable examples of URI’s commitment to making a difference.
URI’s research and scholarly activity is growing significantly, with our faculty assuming positions of international leadership in science, engineering, social science, the arts, and humanities. Our research programs in biotechnology, the life sciences, health, ocean engineering, and textiles are gaining global recognition. The worldwide renown of URI’s programs in oceanography, marine biology, coastal science and policy, and ocean exploration continues to grow.
Greetings from Montana! It’s cold here (subzero this morning) but beautiful, as you can see in this picture of our house in the Bridger Mountains. Despite the distance, Lynn and I just wanted to send along our best wishes for this holiday season.