The incredible, tragic, wondrous story of Laurie Rockwell Sharma ’92, who once struggled to find a reason for living, and of the families she lost, the families she found, and the families she is making now. By Marybeth Reilly-McGreen The two sobbing boys, naked but for a scrim of grime, wrapped their arms and legs […]
Women are still underrepresented in the kinds of extreme research that bring scientists to mountainous, polar and deep-sea environments—but their numbers are increasing, bringing change to a male-dominated culture. By Ellen Liberman Tatiana Rynearson was 28,000 feet above the ground, somewhere over the Southern Ocean, when she felt the sudden fullness of milk in her […]
After a childhood scarred by addiction, Jim Prochaska has dedicated his life to figuring out how people can change for the better. Interventions based on his theories—which remain some of the most widely cited works in psychology—have helped therapists around the world assist patients with problems like giving up smoking, improving diet and exercise, and […]
Paul DePace ’68, M.B.A. ’75, was in his junior year at URI when a car accident cost him the use of his legs. He’s gone on to be an athlete, a coach, and an international activist for sports for people with disabilities—while shaping a 40-year career at the University of Rhode Island. By Pippa Jack […]
As worldwide demand for sushi-grade tuna grows, a URI professor and an entrepreneur have teamed up to sustainably produce yellowfin. In a huge, purpose-built tank on URI’s Bay Campus, they are now successfully breeding them in captivity. By Todd McLeish When Peter Mottur ’91 was fishing off Rhode Island’s Sakonnet Point in 2006, he unexpectedly […]
Our current campus community is only one part of a much larger tapestry that weaves together generations of alumni and a legacy of teaching, research, and scholarship. Director of the University of Rhode Island Cancer Prevention Research Center and Professor of Psychology Jim Prochaska has honed a perfect strategy for getting students to pay attention […]
Boston-born Greg Stone, M.M.A. ’89, emptied five SCUBA tanks a day collecting scallops in Maine’s winter waters to help pay for college. He liked diving so much he decided to make a career of it. When he first started his studies, there were no textbooks on marine biology; his professors used to staple published science […]
Narya Marcille ’05 turned feminism into art, and in the process, scored a career high when she designed the cover for a January edition of Newsweek. Her illustration features five of the women profiled in the Newsweek special issue “She Persisted: Moments of Courage, Strength and Rebellion in the Fight for Feminism.” “This was a […]
Anna LaCroix, one of 14 speakers at TEDxURI on February 10. Selected through auditions, the speakers were a mixture of community members, URI students and professors—from the likes of URI Ocean Engineering Professor Bob Ballard, discoverer of the Titanic, to LaCroix, an eighth grader at Chariho Middle School in southern Rhode Island. They spoke on […]
The U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Park Service has recognized the core of the University of Rhode Island’s main campus in Kingston as a historic district, adding it to the National Register of Historic Places. “This federal distinction recognizes the buildings’ contributions to the history of education, architecture and landscape architecture,” said Jeffrey Emidy, […]
The steel structure for URI’s 190,000-square-foot new building is complete. Funded by voters in two bond issues, along with contributions by individuals and organizations, the structure is the largest project in URI’s history. It is on track for completion by September 2019.
The most significant factor in determining whether a plant will become invasive may be the size of its genome, says an international research team that studies the invasive reed phragmites. Laura Meyerson, URI professor of natural resources science, reports that “our results are crystal clear. Small genomes are the most important factor in determining invasiveness, […]
Yoga and meditation proved a potent prescription for students who participated in a College of Pharmacy study last fall, reporting decreased stress and anxiety after just six weeks of once-a-week practice. The study’s 17 participants, all students—half in URI’s intensive pharmacy program— committed to a weekly one-hour vinyasa yoga class led by Virginia Lemay, clinical […]
A University of Rhode Island doctoral student who surveyed the state for freshwater turtles found that the once-common spotted turtle has been hit hard by habitat disturbance. New Jersey native Scott Buchanan ’17 was working in collaboration with Nancy Karraker, URI associate professor of natural resources science. He repeatedly visited 88 different wetlands in the […]
A neighborhood with 350-year-old houses is razed to make way for urban development, and decades later the imagination soars: What in the heck did those houses look like, centuries ago? A professor and his students have the answer, thanks to a very 21st century tool: 3-D printing that allows viewers to see the houses and […]
Professor Tom Boving, an expert in water quality and supply solutions in developing countries, will lead a 12-day trip to Bali, Flores and Komodo this July through URI’s Office of International Education. The trip is open to anyone interested and will focus on the challenges countries face in balancing environmental and economic issues, with Indonesia—a […]
Senior E.C. Matthews (number 0) jumps for two of his 20 points against Duquesne during a tense home game in late January that ended with the Rams winning on a buzzer beater. At press time, the Rams were on a historic run, matching Rhode Island’s longest winning streak in 70 years.
Patrick Brown ’14 In the summer after his freshman year, Patrick Brown’s family suffered a financial crisis that threatened his ability to finish his degree in communication studies. With his last $40, he made flyers announcing that his labor was available: gardening, chauffeuring, grocery shopping, whatever his neighbors needed. The need was great. The Sigma […]
Amanda McGrew ’09 When you’ve lived the highs and lows, the intensity, and the long-term commitment of collegiate athletics, it gives you something in common with other athletes. That’s the realization that came to Amanda McGrew, whose life has been shaped by basketball. Hoops brought the Santa Monica, Calif., native across the country to Rhode […]
The first step in knowing we want to have a career discussion with our manager, is simply knowing we need one! Triggers knock on our door, telling us it is time to talk: job challenge no longer exists, learning has ceased, appetite for a new role or desire for expanded responsibilities in the current role […]
May 18-20, 2018 Class of 1968 • 50th Reunion If you graduated in 1968, don’t miss your 50th Reunion, which takes place during commencement weekend. Event details: alumni.uri.edu/50threunion For more information, contact Christina Haas ’05, Alumni Relations, 401.874.7402 or firstname.lastname@example.org. June 8-9, 2018 Golden Grad Weekend Alumni who graduated more than 50 years ago are […]
Have a funny idea for what’s going on in this photograph from the University of Rhode Island library archives? Email your caption to email@example.com, or respond at uri.edu/quadangles. Submit entries by April 15, 2018 Winning caption:“Nobody move—I lost my contact lens.” —Peter M. Vieira ’73 Runner Up:“Yup, grass, definitely grass!” —Mark Simon ’68 Two Honorable […]
Saturday, October 6, 2018 Omni Hotel, Providence, Rhode Island Mark your calendar and plan to join us in October to celebrate this milestone event together! We’ll be sending out more details and registration information this summer. More information: Sara Potter at Talent Development at 401.874.2901 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrate Your URI Legacy with Us! Commencement Weekend Legacy Family Brunch Saturday, May 19, 2018 • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.Alumni Center, Kingston Campus leg•a•cy noun \’le-gə-sē\: a student or alumnus/a who has a parent, grandparent, or sibling who graduated from URI. By definition, legacies are extraordinary families who have given continued support to URI […]