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URI presents three professors 2004 Outstanding Graduate Studies awards

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KINGSTON, R.I. -- May 24, 2004 -- Each year, the University of Rhode Islandís Research Office hosts a recognition luncheon to honor outstanding research, outreach, graduate studies, and intellectual property development.

This year's recipients of the "Outstanding Graduate Studies Award" are R. Choudary Hanumara, a computer science professor; Cheryl McCarthy, an associate professor of the Graduate School of Libraries & Information Studies; and Margaret T. Ordonez, a professor of Textiles Fashion, Merchandising and Design. (Pictured here left to right.)

>> Hanumara, a Kingston resident, was one of the founders of the masterís program in statistics program and the doctoral program in applied mathematical sciences program. He has been the director of both programs for a number of years. He has supervised 30 masters' theses and four Ph.D. dissertations, resulting in some joint publications with his students and has helped numerous graduates gain their first career positions. Graduate students have repeatedly indicated how valuable his courses were to their professional careers. He provides statistical consultation to faculty and students and has served on more than 90 theses committees. His contributions to the American Statistical Association include the founding of its Rhode Island Chapter and serving in various capacities promoting the profession.

>> Cheryl McCarthy is a resident of Portsmouth. The focus of her teaching, research, grant writing and service has been on information literacy instruction, kindergarten through college. As coordinator of the School Library Media Program, she has mentored and supervised more than 300 students, placing them in practicum field sites throughout New England. As past-president of the Rhode Island Educational Media Association and the New England Library Association, she has provided leadership and research on teaching information literacy standards in academic and school libraries. Currently, she is collaborating on a grant with Karen Stein and Mary MacDonald to prepare library students to become information literacy tutors to undergraduate students.

>> Ordonez, a resident of Cumberland, works with students who will be museum curators or textile conservators in museums, regional conservation centers, or private practice. Besides teaching four conservation classes, she oversees students' performing contract textile conservation treatments and planning/installing/dismantling exhibitions in the Quinn Hall Textile Gallery--experiences that provide hands-on experience. She also directs thesis research that addresses problems faced by textile conservators and historic textile/costume collection managers.