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Dive into autonomous subs

Ocean researchers like to say we know less about the Earth’s seas than the moon. With less than 5 percent of the world’s oceans explored, big discoveries await. To find them, University of Rhode Island students are learning to build the next generation of autonomous underwater vehicles, or AUVs, used to map seafloors, study ocean movement, locate sunken objects, research sea life and more.

Led by ocean engineering Assistant Professor Stephen Licht, a class of 10 engineering students is getting a unique look at emerging AUV technology. The class partnered with Bluefin Robotics, an AUV manufacturer in Massachusetts, to study and test one of its newest vehicles, the 36-inch long SandShark.

During spring 2015, the URI students will learn about the science of…


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Hassan Martin and Jared Terrell combined for 41 points as the University of Rhode Island wore down Saint Louis, 81-68, in a physical contest. URI used a stifling defense to help establish a 20-point lead with 12:48 to go. Saint Louis managed to cut the deficit to 10 points with 6:08 remaining, but the Rams limited the Billikens to two points over the next 4:38 to effectively put the game away. Saint Louis opened the game hitting its first two field goal attempts – both 3-point shots – as it jumped out to a 6-2 lead. From there, URI went on a 12-0 run to establish a 14-6 lead that it did not relinquish the rest of the way.


Throughout February, the University of Rhode Island Department of Art and Art History has been exploring the representations, cultural significance and development of black superheroes in the public consciousness through its exhibit, “Black Superheroes: From the Comic Book Universe to the College Campus.” Presented in the main gallery of the URI Fine Arts Center, the show includes seminal black comic book superheroes and celebrates black superheroes as a powerful source of racial meaning and imagination in American history.

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990WBOB reported that URI Professor Lars Erickson received a communiqué from the U.S. Department of State cautioning American citizens about participating in mass demonstrations after the massacre at the Paris satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo. Erickson, who arrived in Paris the day after the attacks, considered the notice until he spoke with the four URI students traveling with him as part of URI’s J Term program. “But my students said, ‘We are here at a historic moment, and we want to take part in the Sunday (Jan. 11) rally,” Erickson said.


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