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URI honors three with its 2004 Outstanding Research Award

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KINGSTON, R.I. -- May 20, 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.

This year, three University of Rhode Island professors were presented the "2004 Outstanding Research Award" during a recognition luncheon held May 6.

The researchers are Robert LaForge, professor of behavioral epidemiology and director of the Survey Research Center at URI's Cancer Prevention Research Center; Mary C. Sullivan, associate professor of nursing; and George E. Tsiatas, professor of civil engineering.

o LaForge is an East Greenwich resident. His contributions include supervision of more than 500,000 health surveys for more than a dozen NIH-federally funded randomized controlled trials of health behavioral interventions for cancer prevention, alcohol harm reduction and behavioral management of other diseases.

He is currently principal investigator, or co-investigator, on four multi-year NIAAA funded studies testing individual, population-based and community interventions for alcohol harm reduction among college students and adults.

o Sullivan is a West Kingston resident. Her research focuses on the developmental follow-up of premature children in her research program at Women & Infants Hospital, Infant Development Center. She is comparing preschool-age outcomes of two large cohorts born 10 years apart. In another smaller study, funded through URI's Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network, she is using MRI/fMRI neuroimaging to examine brain structure and functioning between preterm and full term children.

o Tsiatas is a Wakefield resident. His recent research relates to the study of new materials for infrastructure applications. In particular, he is evaluating the use of high strength steel and carbon fiber reinforcement for highway bridge applications.

He recently received a grant from the state Department of Transportation to develop techniques to convert existing simple span bridges into continuous. Results will be used during the rehabilitation of bridges in the I-95 corridor.