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Theatre alumni one of New York Times’ “3 Young People to Watch in Theater”

Andrew Burnap, ’13, will star in a major new play on one of London’s most influential stages, the Young Vic, directed by Stephen Daldry, the man behind “The Crown.”

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URI journalism graduate appears on the “Today” show

Brianna Blank, ’14, dished out advice about weight loss and healthy eating on the “Today” show in a spirited interview that put her on the national stage.

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Journalism alum rules the airwaves

Tara Granahan, ’88, has outlasted the male competition, and for good reason.

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URI students reach out to help troubled teens

The students accompanied social workers on home visits, watched hearings in Family Court in Providence, observed teachers and students at Ocean Tides—a residential facility for boys in Narragansett—and attended presentations by social service agencies, including the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families, or DCYF.

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English professor teams up with literary superstar James Patterson

After an exhaustive audition process, Derek Nikitas was invited to co-author two novellas with literary superstar James Patterson, Diary of a Succubus and You’ve Been Warned – Again. The first is about a supernatural assassin; the other concerns the mysterious presence of a girl’s dead brother. Both titles were published as e-books and are part of Patterson’s “BookShot” series.

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URI professors explore new ways to teach writing

URI professors explore new ways to teach writing

Writing & Rhetoric professors at URI are rethinking how they teach some first-year composition classes to give students an opportunity to write in new ways that incorporate technology, personal experience and public awareness. In this semester’s classes, students are offered a variety of projects, including opportunities to join citizen science projects and write about them for the public; to consider their out-of-school writing practices—such as on social media—inside the classroom; to identify fake news, fact-check those items and then write accurate accounts; and to raise awareness and create change on social justice issues they are passionate about.

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URI collaborates with Ocean Tides on sociology course

URI collaborates with Ocean Tides on sociology course

A new collaborative program between the University of Rhode Island and the Ocean Tides School at the Christian Brothers Center in Narragansett and Tides Family Services in Providence, two Christian Brothers/LaSallian child welfare ministries, is hoping to show sociology students the vast array of career options in the field of sociology, while also assisting at-risk teens and youth simultaneously.

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Landscape Architecture Lecture Series continues March 8 at URI

Landscape Architecture Lecture Series continues March 8 at URI

The University of Rhode Island’s Landscape Architecture Lecture Series continues next month with a talk March 8 by Peter Trowbridge, principal of Trowbridge Wolf Michaels Landscape Architects in Ithaca, N.Y. and professor emeritus at Cornell University. Other talks to follow in April.

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URI graduate, writer wins short story contest in prestigious The London Magazine

Theo Greenblatt’s story, “Solitaire,” was rejected 22 times before winning first place recently in a short story contest in “The London Magazine,” so prestigious it’s known as “The New Yorker” of England. The prize—$700 and publication in the magazine—will be bestowed at a celebration in the House of Commons in mid-March.

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URI art history professor recreates 17th century neighborhood in Newport with 3-D printing

Professor Ronald J. Onorato was named the inaugural winner of The Winnie, a URI grant named after Winifred Brownell, former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and a loyal supporter of the arts

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