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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.


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.


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

Grad. student launches business to speed up biopsy results

Linden Wyatt says his company, Optera Diagnostics, is developing an instrument that can evaluate tissue biopsies in about 15 minutes. He launched the company in August and is preparing to reach out to investors.

Student receives scholarship for students who have lost parents

Just a few weeks ago, Connor Rogers had no idea how he would pay for his final class at the University of Rhode Island. Then goodness swept in by way of a URI alumnus who also understands the pain of losing a parent at a young age. With a scholarship he created recently, Jonathan Herman gave Rogers $3,000—more than enough to reach the finish line and get his degree.

URI physics lecturer part of new era in astronomy

This fall, Robert Coyne joined the University of Rhode Island as a physics lecturer, and he expects to bring with him membership in an exclusive club: the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, or LIGO, whose founders won the Nobel Prize in physics earlier this month.


Student takes aim at body shaming for senior capstone project

“Simply Beautiful” was one of 40 projects presented recently at the Showcase of Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Works on the Kingston campus. Paola Moreno, who is majoring in psychology and Gender and Women’s Studies, wrote a paper and created a poster. “I decided on this topic because I really want people talking about body positivity and the horrific effect of body shaming on women who are not thin,” she says. “I want to be a role model.”


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

Extreme weather events attributed to climate change are devastating societies whose vulnerability is the product of a harsh social calculus — the poor are left to bear the climatic brunt of the wealthy’s overconsumption of energy and resources. This panel will explore how the recent destruction in Houston, Florida and Puerto Rico partly stemmed from social and economic disparities — and how those inequalities may affect recovery and reconstruction.


Films by URI graduates selected for Rhode Island Film Festival

An invitation for a screening is an honor. Of 6,000 submissions from throughout the world, only 300 films were selected — three of which are by graduates of the URI’s Harrington School of Communication and Media. The winning films qualify for short films at the Oscars.

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URI welcomes accomplished, collaborative leader for the College of Arts and 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. “She is a talented and experienced academic leader and I am confident that her unique strengths and collaborative style will generate a new energy and vitality for the future of the College of Arts and Sciences,” said Provost DeHayes.

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