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URI Graduate School of Oceanography appoints assistant dean

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KINGSTON, R.I. -- January 16, 2004 -- Following a national search, the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography has appointed Dr. John W. Farrell its new assistant dean, effective March 7, 2004.

Farrell is currently at Joint Oceanographic Institutions, Inc., in Washington, D.C., where he is the program director and co-principal investigator of the U.S. Science Support Program and the associate program director of the international Ocean Drilling Program. In these roles he administers a combined annual budget of more than $50 million provided by the National Science Foundation and international partners. Farrell has agreed to remain at JOI through March 5 to assist in the transition period.

"John brings outstanding skills and background experience to the position and represents a strong and very positive addition to GSO. In addition to administrative responsibilities, the assistant dean will play an active role in identifying and coordinating our response to major research opportunities," said David M. Farmer, dean of the Graduate School of Oceanography.

Farrell has a B.A. in geology from Franklin & Marshall College and an M. Sc. and Ph.D. in geological sciences from Brown University. He is a member of the Geological Society of America, the American Geophysical Union, Sigma Xi, the Geological Society of Washington, the Marine Technology Society, and the National Press Club. He has published more than 30 papers in refereed journals and has presented his research at a number of major scientific conferences. He joined JOI in 1995 after 2 years at the University of British Columbia as a senior research associate in the School of Oceanography.

"I’m delighted to be joining URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography, one of the world’s premier oceanographic institutions," said Farrell. "I look forward to working with Dean Farmer, the faculty and staff as they continue to build on GSO’s eminence in the ocean sciences and embark on exciting new opportunities in the field."

The URI Graduate School of Oceanography is one of the country's largest marine science education programs, and one of the world's foremost marine research institutions. Founded in 1961 in Narragansett, R.I., GSO serves a community of scientists who are researching the causes of and solutions to such problems as acid rain, harmful algal blooms, global warming, air and water pollution, oil spills, overfishing, and coastal erosion. GSO is home to the Coastal Institute, the Coastal Resources Center, Rhode Island Sea Grant, the Institute for Archaeological Oceanography, and the National Sea Grant Library.