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University of Rhode Island, BayCare and Butler Hospital team up to test retinal scanning for early detection of Alzheimer's disease

The five-year, $5 million Atlas of Retinal Imaging in Alzheimer’s Study (ARIAS) is sponsored by BayCare Health System’s Morton Plant Hospital and St. Anthony’s Hospital and funded largely by Morton Plant Mease Health Care Foundation and St....
6-Jan-2020 11:50 AM EST Add to Favorites

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URI chemistry professor wins innovation award for ‘game-changing’ work on single-molecule sensing

Jason Dwyer, associate professor of chemistry at the University of Rhode Island, has won an internationally recognized Innovation Award for his advancements in single-molecule nanopore sensing from the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and...
12-Dec-2019 1:30 PM EST Add to Favorites

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World's most expensive spice (saffron) favors Rhode Island growing conditions according to URI researchers

KINGSTON, R.I. – November 6, 2019 – Saffron is the world’s most expensive spice, selling for about $5,000 per pound at wholesale rates, and 90 percent of the global saffron harvest comes from Iran. But University of Rhode Island agriculture...
6-Nov-2019 2:30 PM EST Add to Favorites

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University of Rhode Island leads $3 million collaborative research project on ‘Rules of Life’

KINGSTON, R.I. – July 24, 2019 – The University of Rhode Island is leading a team that has been awarded a $3 million 5-year collaborative research grant from the National Science Foundation as part of its investment in 10 Big Ideas to serve the...
24-Jul-2019 8:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

URI professor, geneticists refute widespread racist analogy comparing human races to dog breeds

University of Rhode Island anthropology professor Holly Dunsworth and four geneticists refute a common analogy comparing dog breeds with human races in a peer-reviewed, scholarly paper published by the online journal Evolution: Education and...
17-Jul-2019 3:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Ocean and space exploration blend at URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography

Scientists with a NASA-led expedition are operating from the Inner Space Center at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography as colleagues explore the deep Pacific Ocean to prepare to search for life in deep space.
29-May-2019 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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NOAA announces new $94 million ocean exploration institute led by University of Rhode Island

KINGSTON, R.I., – May 6, 2019 – The University of Rhode Island will lead a new $94 million consortium to support ocean exploration, responsible resource management, improved scientific understanding of the deep sea and strengthen the nation’s...
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URI biologist, colleagues warn of peril from biological invasions as White House proposes to halve funding

KINGSTON, R.I. – April 30, 2019 – As the Trump Administration prepares to cut in half the budget for the National Invasive Species Council, a group of invasive species experts led by a University of Rhode Island professor has issued a warning...
30-Apr-2019 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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URI demographer addresses federal report on decline in U.S. birthrate

23-May-2019 12:45 PM EDT

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URI history professor Joëlle Rollo-Koster is an expert on the papacy, French culture, medieval history, Game of Thrones

21-May-2019 12:05 PM EDT

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Expert available to discuss impact of U.S. imposed tariffs on Chinese goods

17-May-2019 11:05 AM EDT

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URI History Professor Uses ‘Game of Thrones’ to Help Students Understand Medieval History

12-Apr-2019 11:05 AM EDT

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URI Professor’s Book Reveals World of Migrant Dairy Workers Who Are ‘Milking in the Shadows’

University of Rhode Island Professor Julie Keller's book, “Milking in the Shadows,” published in January by Rutgers University Press and the first book in its Inequality at Work series, looks at the Mexican migrants’ journeys from villages in...
25-Mar-2019 12:00 PM EDT

URI Professor Examines Effects of Climate Change on Coral Reefs, Shellfish

Professor is studying how a variety of marine organisms are responding to changes in their environment. Focusing on reef-building corals and other shelled creatures that are threatened by increasing temperatures and ocean acidification, she is...
20-Feb-2017 7:05 PM EST

Project Pumpkin: Professor and Students Harvest 17 New and Experimental Varieties of Pumpkins

URI Professor harvests student enthusiasm with hands-on research.
27-Oct-2016 4:05 PM EDT

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  • Doug Hales

    Professor of Operations & Supply Chain Management

    Trade, trade and transportation, Supply Chain, Supply Chain & Logistics Management, Supply Chain Management, Business, Tariff, Tariffs, Cold Chain, Lean & Process Improvement, transportation logistics, Operations Management, Production and Operations Manag
  • Isaac Ginis

    Professor of Oceanography

    atmospheric dynamics tropical cyclones hurricane forecasting modeling physical oceanography hurricane extreme coastal impact
  • Jason R. Dwyer

    Associate Professor of Chemistry

    Chemistry, Nanoscience, Biophysical Chemistry, materials science
  • Joelle Rollo-Koster

    Professor of History

    Papacy, Game of Thrones, medieval history, French culture, Chevalier des Palmes, knighted
  • Melanie Brasher

    Professor of Sociology

    Sociology, Demographics, Birthrate, birthrates, population aging, fertility rate


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