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Phone: 401-874-2116 Fax: 401-874-7872

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-2116

URI announces honors and appointments

KINGSTON, R.I. -- March 5, 2003 -- The following honors and appointments involving University of Rhode Island faculty, staff, or students were recently announced:

Timothy George of Wakefield, a URI associate professor of history, coordinated a Modern Japanese History Workshop, which attracted about 35 Japan scholars to the URI campus on February 22. The workshop provided presentations with time for comments and discussions about such topics as the Asia-Pacific War, fascism, and memory. In addition, workshop attendees learned more about online databases and interlibrary loans from Japan. These workshops, hosted at different universities or colleges each time, are held twice a year and are the largest gathering of modern Japan scholars in the U.S., outside of major academic conferences.

'Brian Maynard, a professor of horticulture in the University of Rhode Island’s Department of Plant Sciences, has been inducted as a full member in the Horticulture Club of Boston. This prestigious association is dedicated to all aspects of horticulture and horticulture instruction, and is limited to 50 full members. Maynard, a Peace Dale resident, has been on the URI faculty since 1992 and conducts research in ornamental horticulture for the Rhode Island regional green industry. Maynard is also on the Board of Directors of the International Plant Propagator’s Society and is an editor of the Journal of Environmental Horticulture.

URI students Stephen Stifano of Foster and Leah Octavio of New York City are the winners of the 2003 Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest, sponsored by the URI Multicultural Center. This year’s contest asked if the military draft should be reinstated and if so, who should be drafted and who should be exempt? The students each received $150 for their essays at a Unity luncheon on Jan. 31.

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