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URI presents its 2004 Outstanding Outreach Award to five

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KINGSTON, R.I. -- May 17, 2004 -- Each year, the University of Rhode Island's Research Office hosts a recognition luncheon to honor outstanding research, outreach, graduate studies, and intellectual property development.

Five members of the URI community were awarded the 2004 Outstanding Outreach award during this yearís recognition luncheon on May 6.

The recipients were Susan A. Brady, professor of psychology; Nancy L. Fey-Yensan, associate professor of nutrition and food sciences; Robert A. Hathaway, criminalist of the Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory and College of Pharmacy; Jennifer McCann, marine research associate; and Ruth Waldman, associate dean of URIís College of Nursing.

o Brady, a Wakefield resident, provides professional development in research-based methods of reading instruction to kindergarten, first and second grade teachers in Title I schools in Rhode Island and Connecticut. Her assistance encompasses all components of reading instruction and aims to help teachers make informed decisions about how to help all students succeed at learning to read.

o Fey-Yensan, a Charlestown resident, is the principal investigator and director of the URI Senior Nutrition Awareness Project (SNAP, funded by USDA Food Stamps). SNAP is a free nutrition education and information resource to low-income seniors living in Rhode Island and Connecticut. Using a variety of outreach and educational techniques such as video/curriculum, mass media, newsletters, a toll-free nutrition information line and community based nutrition education programming, Fey-Yensan and her team of nutritionists and graduate students reach more than 4,000 low-income seniors and 140,000 households in the region each year.

o Hathaway, a Vernon, Conn. resident, lectures to various law enforcement and community groups about the function of the R.I. State Crime Laboratory located at URI. Whenever he speaks to a group or testifies in court, he emphasizes the role of the University in the day-to-day activity of the laboratory. He provides the lab analysts with an unbiased appearance in public and in a court of law. His specialty is firearms and tool mark examinations. He has worked on several high profile cases of national interest including the re-examination of firearm evidence in the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King.

o McCann, a West Kingston resident, has led both Coastal Resources Center and Rhode Island Sea Grant efforts to work with local, state, and federal partners to build local capacity on Aquidneck Island to resolve environmental and quality-of-life issues and encourage responsible economic revitalization. Because of this work, local and state governments are making many decisions based on the island ecosystem, rather than on political boundaries and have ultimately forged a trust that have enabled them to work together to convince the U.S. Congress to invest in the West Side Master Plan.

o Waldman, a Richmond resident, leads nursing health clinics every January in poor rural areas of the western Dominican Republic near the Haitian border. The main objectives of the organization (Intercultural Nursing, Inc.) are to provide health assessment, primary care, medications, and referrals for the people of these areas, and a short-term opportunity for registered nurses to experience life in a developing country. Waldman has expanded the mission by adding senior undergraduate nursing students from URI and UMass/Dartmouth.