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Nora Lewis

URI's Facts about Fall 2015

The University of Rhode Island is preparing to welcome its incoming class of about 3,630 new students, including 3,130 first-year students and 500 who have transferred. These students will be attending what the international website, “Best Value Schools," has recently named the 3rd "Most Beautiful Coastal College Campus" in the nation, a moniker consistent with the University's hallmark brand statement “Study in a small, beautiful place with some of the biggest thinkers in the world.”

When combined with returning students, the University will be the home away from home for more than 13,000 full-time undergraduate students and about 3,000 graduate students. Students will start to move onto campus Saturday, Sept. 5 and classes begin on Wednesday, Sept. 9.

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Today's Top Stories

thumbnail placeholderBiotechnology interns gain experience, employment at AgCore Technologies: When Winston Ortiz was looking for an internship at the end of his first year in URI's Biotechnology Manufacturing Program, he knew he wanted to work at a smaller company where he could more easily connect with his co-workers and have a varied experience. He found what he was looking for at AgCore Technologies, a Cranston-based company that converts algae into a snack food while also producing fish food for hobby aquarists.

thumbnail placeholderGrad student supports Ghana fisheries project with software, statistics expertise: URI grad student Daven Amin says he likes the idea of integrating technology in novel places. This summer he did just that, spending two months in Ghana creating an electronic survey of poor fishermen as part of a sustainable fisheries management project being implemented in the African nation.

thumbnail placeholderURI exploration of sunken U-boat to be streamed live on Rhode Island PBS: A team of URI oceanographers, engineers and students will spend four days in September investigating the underwater remains of a German U-boat sunk in one of the last World War II naval battles in the Atlantic, a battle that took place in Rhode Island waters. And the entire expedition will be streamed live so the public can watch every minute of it as it happens.


University of Rhode Island Director of Athletics Thorr Bjorn has announced that Tim Murphy has been hired as the new head women's tennis coach. "We are thrilled to add Tim Murphy as our new head women's tennis coach," said Bjorn. "His well-rounded experience as a teacher of the game was very attractive to us throughout the search process. Not only does he bring a great deal of success as a high school with him to Kingston, his collegiate coaching and recruiting experience, as well as his work on the professional circuit will prove invaluable to our program."


Humor is ever present in our daily lives. We are entertained, charmed, shocked, and sometimes offended by it. The University of Rhode Island's 2015 Honors Colloquium will take you on a journey, examining topics such as humor in medicine, humor and identity, and humor in the law. Humor has broad relevance and this series will raise as many questions as it answers about the power of humor in our lives. Please join us for this learning experience that promises to be both funny and poignant. The public is invited to attend this series of free events in person or online.

URI in the News

USA Today recently reported that a team of scientists at URI found that a mysterious blast that occurred at Salty Brine Beach in Narragansett came from hydrogen released by the corrosion of an old copper cable. It took investigators nearly two weeks to determine the cause of the July 11 explosion. Gov. Gina Raimondo said, “I’m grateful to the extraordinary scientists at URI, especially the team from the Graduate School of Oceanography, whose hard work led to this explanation. Having the talent and research expertise of the teams at URI to turn to for quick results has proven invaluable.”


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