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22 Davis Hall, 10 Lippitt Road, Kingston, RI 0288
Phone: 401-874-2116 Fax: 401-874-7872

URI announces honors and appointments

KINGSTON, R.I. -- June 18, 2002 -- The following honors and appointments involving University of Rhode Island faculty and staff were recently announced:

Debby G. Brown, assistant professor of nursing, was appointed to the Rhode Island Board of Nursing. Within the Department of Health, this board oversees licensing and regulation issues and proposes policy changes for nursing practice throughout the state. Brown is a resident of Foster.

William A. Green, associate professor of community planning and landscape architecture, and his senior design students received the annual Honor Award from the Rhode Island chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) for their work designing an urban trail for the City of Newport. The ASLA is an organization of professionals that promotes landscape architecture and advances the practice through advocacy, education, communication, and networking. Green is a resident of West Kingston.

Arun Shukla, interim dean of the College of Engineering and the Simon Ostrach Professor of Mechanical Engineering, was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics (AAM). The objective of the AAM is the advancement of the science and profession of mechanics. Shukla is a resident of Wakefield.

Riyaz Mahammad, a postdoctoral student in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, won the Neurotoxicology Postdoctoral Award at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Toxicology for his presentation about "PCB-Induced Changes in the DNA-binding of Several Transcription Factors in Developing Brain." Mahammad received a similar award from the Society last year.

Nir Kshetri, a College of Business Administration doctoral candidate, was the first place winner in the Pacific Telecommunications Council Essay Competition with his essay titled "What Determines Internet Diffusion Loci in Developing Countries." Kshetri, a Kingston resident, also won the dissertation award from the Association for Consumer Research/Sheth Foundation for the best cross- cultural research dissertation proposal.

Emaly Bryson, a community planning graduate student, was one of 15 students in the world chosen to participate in the EDAW, Inc. Summer Student Program, the most prestigious community planning internship in the country. The program is designed to challenge students in landscape architecture and planning by using research methodology, deductive reasoning, creative problem solving, and teamwork to find solutions for client groups on actual projects. Bryson is a resident of West Barnstable, Mass.

Braxton Davis, a marine affairs graduate student, won the award for the best student paper at the national conference of The Coastal Society for his paper "A National Inventory of Special Management Areas in the Coastal Zone." Fellow graduate student Nicole Hade received honorable mention, both students are residents of Wakefield.

For Information: Todd McLeish, 874-2116, Nicole Duguay, 874-2116

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