Vicky Ferraro is a junior economics and political science major, who lived and studied in Cuba this spring through URI’s first semester-long study abroad program there. She shares some of her experiences with us here, and more in her blog.
“My life’s story touches people because it resonates with their own circumstances.” –Sonia Sotomayor By the time you receive this issue of QuadAngles, we will have celebrated the University’s 130th Commencement. And many of you will already be aware that our speaker on this momentous occasion was the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the […]
Across the country, Title IX found universities woefully unprepared to give women the equal access the landmark legislation demanded. Ellie Lemaire fought the good fight, putting the University of Rhode Island in a leading national role. Forty years later, Lynn Baker-Dooley salutes that legacy—and notes the work still to be done.
If you’re a fan of CBS News, you’ve probably seen the reports by Vladimir Duthiers ’91, a globetrotting correspondent who has covered some of the most compelling stories of the last decade. By Elizabeth Rau If you’re a fan of CBS News, you’ve probably seen the reports by Vladimir Duthiers ’91, a globetrotting correspondent who […]
This election season, you might be forgiven for thinking that reasoned examination of the issues and passionate but cordial disagreement are quaint relics of the past. Meet the members of the Debate Union, who have revived a club with a rich history, and are honing skills that have never been more relevant, or desperately needed, […]
Brain cancer, oil pollution, stinky socks—the wildly exploding field of nanotechnology is taking aim at all of them, with thousands of consumer goods and medical applications already in use. Inside one URI lab, a researcher works at the frontier of our understanding of the physical world. By Todd McLeish Don’t tell Geoff Bothun not to […]
When regulators react to declining fish stocks, the resulting restrictions can be disastrous for fishing communities. “There could be an alternative job in a factory elsewhere, but that could be a major loss in quality of life and social identity for the fishermen,’’ says anthropology and marine affairs professor Carlos García-Quijano. “It could be devastating […]
On Election Day this November, pollsters will haunt voting booths, scrambling to call the new U.S. president—and the winners of other races—before the official results. Those polls can offer deep and unexpected insights into how Americans tick, and for the past decade, political science department chair and professor Brian Krueger has sought to unravel their […]
Pomegranates and other superfoods are known to improve brain functions such as memory and cognition, and now, researchers have discovered a clue as to how. The answer may lie not with the foods themselves, but with the way they interact with the body’s microflora—a discovery that could lead to breakthroughs in protecting against Alzheimer’s. Navindra […]
Gift by college sweethearts Diane and Kent Fannon (both Class of ’74) to establish a scholarship dedicated to giving business students the financial support to seize career opportunities. It’s the third scholarship the couple has endowed here.
Zipping down I-95 in Providence, they’re easy to see: wood and pilings poking through the Providence River below, like the tree trunks of a forgotten forest. But the tens of millions of drivers who barrel past every year never realize they have a prime view of an extraordinary cultural and historical site. “It’s rare physical […]
This spring, Lil Breul O’Rourke took the helm of the University of Rhode Island Foundation, the independent nonprofit charged with raising private support and overseeing the management of the University’s endowment. “URI is on an upward trajectory and that makes it a particularly exciting time to be here,” says O’Rourke, who comes from Syracuse University, […]
Rhode Island senior Chase Livingston ’16 was named to the 2016 Johnny Bench Award watch list, announced in March by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission. Each year, the prestigious award is given to the nation’s top Division I collegiate catcher. Livingston was identified by Atlantic 10 coaches as the conference’s best defensive catcher via […]
What’s in a (gold) number? Ask the track team. Each year, Rhode Island’s men’s track and field team assistant coach Rob Whitten designs new practice T-shirts for the athletes. This year’s design was a grey shirt with a gold “20/20” logo, a reminder of the team’s championship goals: this was the year the team wanted […]
lawrence ginsberg ’80The Nicaraguan woman had one request: “I want to see the horizon.” Too poor to afford glasses, she had reached the age of 40 without seeing the mountains, a cloudless sky, a sunset.Lawrence Ginsberg gave them to her through his volunteer work as an optometrist, testing and providing free glasses to needy people […]
We had a good thing going with Pittsburgh, and it started with a summer fling half a century ago. BY SHANE DONALDSON ’99 Long before New England came to be known as Patriot Nation, the University of Rhode Island had a brief summer romance with another National Football League franchise. It was the summer of 1965, and the […]
’51 Alec Voight of Milford, Conn. writes: “URI gave me the tools I needed to fulfill my destiny. In 1946 I was part of the first group of WWII veterans to attend the university. We all made friendships and have wonderful memories that have lasted a lifetime. While I have settled into an enjoyable retirement […]
marie antonette juinio-meñez, Ph.D. ’91 No ocean on earth has more biodiversity than that surrounding the archipelago of the Philippines, which is why after she finished her Ph.D. on lobsters, Marie Antonette Juinio-Meñez couldn’t wait to leave URI and go home.Since then, as a professor and, from 2013 to 2015, as director of the University of […]
On a search for life after soccer, a student heads to Africa By Danielle Gariglio ’17 Sophomore soccer player Taylor Ross ’18 is many things. An ordinary student-athlete, she is not. Ross wakes every day at 5 a.m. for workouts and practices. A marketing major, she has plenty of schoolwork, and like her peers, must […]
University of Rhode Island Director of Athletics Thorr Bjorn was selected as one of Under Armour’s Athletic Directors of the Year recipient for 2015-16, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics announced in March. In total, 12 athletic directors from the Division I level were honored for their commitment and positive contributions to student-athletes, […]
Near and far, how apex species interact with us—and the ecological changes we have wrought. Bobcats Sightings are on the rise, but little is known about bobcats in Southern New England, so two wildlife biologists—professor Thomas Husband and the Department of Environmental Management’s Charles Brown ’85—captured one in November as part of a five-year study. […]
Wanted: Your Stories Dear Reader, We want to tell your tales—the things that happened to you, to your loved ones, to that neighbor nobody else remembers—and to do it, we need your help. The University turns 125 next year, and we’re planning a celebration. Do you know of a now-lost student tradition? Did your grandfather […]
Whether your summer happy place is a beach chair or a shady hammock, the promise of unhurried hours in a relaxing spot with a good book is part of summer’s allure. URI’s Ocean State Summer Writing Conference authors offer a few of their must-reads for Summer 2016.
By Elizabeth Rau naloxone noun | nal·ox·one | /na-läk-sn/ A synthetic potent antagonist of narcotic drugs Sales of prescription opioid painkillers have climbed 400 percent in the last 15 years in the U.S., while overdose deaths from opioids and heroin have gone up 200 percent. What’s going on in the bodies of people involved in […]