URI announces honors and appointments
KINGSTON, R.I. -- October 3, 2000 -- The following honors and appointments
involving University of Rhode Island faculty or staff were recently announced:
Department of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics Graduate student
Dana Bauer received a Switzer Foundation Environmental Fellowship.
Bauer's $13,000 fellowship is designed to further the research and education
of students who are working toward improving the quality of the natural
environment. Applicants for Switzer Fellowships are evaluated based on their
commitment to environmental problem solving and their potential for initiating
environmental change. Bauer, of Newport, will spend her one-year
fellowship developing a proposal for her doctoral dissertation and continuing
her research into public preferences for rural land use.
Howard Ginsberg, a research ecologist with the U.S. Geological
Survey located at the University of Rhode Island, was named the Natural
Resources Researcher of the Year by the National Park Service. Ginsberg
was recognized for his extensive research on the ecology and management
of ticks and mosquitoes in national parks and for his research on the natural
transmission of vector-borne diseases like Lyme disease.
The American Association of Teachers of German will present in November
its annual Outstanding German Educator Award and the Checkpoint Charlie
Foundation Scholarship to John M. Grandin, professor of German at
the University of Rhode Island and director of the URI International Engineering
Program. The award includes funding to attend a one-week seminar in Berlin.
The Checkpoint Charlie Foundation was established by the Berlin State House
of Representatives to support German-American relations. Grandin is a resident
Grant Huffman, a URI alumnus with a degree in Journalism, and
Erica Collins, a URI senior Journalism major, have been awarded the
Volunteer of the Year Award for their documentary "Gimmie Shelter --
Homeless in Rhode Island." The documentary won awards in the '98 and
'99 URI Film Festival and was accepted into the '99 Rhode Island International
Film Festival. Huffman is a resident of Providence and Collins is
a resident of Carolina.
Department of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics Research Assistant
Professor Marisa Mazzotta was awarded a $75,000 grant from the National
Science Foundation. Mazzotta's grant will enable her to study how economists
can link with other disciplines to further the study of ecosystem management
and environmental policy. Her grant is through the NSF Professional Opportunities
for Women in Research and Education program, which is designed to increase
the participation, prominence and influence of women in science and engineering
by funding significant research at a critical career stage.
The Conference on College Composition and Communications (CCCC) selected
Elizabeth Miles, of Peacedale, to receive the 2000 CCCC James
Berlin Outstanding Dissertation Award. Miles, an associate professor in
the URI English Department's College Writing Program, completed her dissertation
on "Building Rhetorics of Production: An Institutional Critique of
Composition Textbook Publishing." The award was established nine years
ago to recognize a graduate whose dissertation improves the educational
process through research or scholarly inquiry or adds to the body of knowledge
in composition studies. CCCC is a constituent group for college teachers
of writing within the National Council of Teachers of English.
William J. Ohley, professor of electrical engineering at the University
of Rhode Island, was selected by the National Institutes of Health to serve
as a member of the Diagnostic Radiology Study Section, Center for Scientific
Review. Ohley will review grant applications submitted to the Institutes,
make recommendations on these applications to the appropriate National Institutes
of Health national advisory council or board, and survey the status of research
in their fields of science. Ohley, of Peacedale, is serving a four-year
term that began on July 1.
For Information: Jan Sawyer, 401-874-2116, Jennifer Smith,