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URI Hosts First Rhode Island Defense & Oceanography Day

Media Contact: URI Communications, 401-874-2116

Governor Carcieri to tour R/V Endeavor

KINGSTON, R.I. --June 23, 2005 -- The first "Rhode Island Defense and Oceanography Day" program will be held Friday, June 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University of Rhode Islandís Narragansett Bay Campus (Coastal Institute Building).

The event will focus on collaboration between URI and the U. S. Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC), Middletown, with 24 representatives from the Rhode Island defense industry participating in the program.

It will also focus on the Rhode Island Endeavor Program, a state-supported initiative that provides Rhode Islanders with direct access to the scientific research and educational capabilities of an Intermediate Class (185-foot) vessel, the R/V Endeavor.

Two officials from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental management are aboard the Endeavor today (Thursday, June 23) collecting seawater samples to look at the abundance and distribution of Alexandrium (the phytoplankton species that makes up red tide) between Block Island and Martha's Vineyard. The sampling, part of the ongoing monitoring by the DEM, consists of collecting seawater from the ship's uncontaminated system and from CTD casts (a standard oceanographic instrument that measures conductivity, temperature and depth).

Friday at 9 a.m., Gov. Donald Carcieri and URI President Robert L. Carothers will welcome participants to the program. In addition to the defense industry participants, the program includes representatives from the Universityís Graduate School of Oceanography and College of Engineering, officials from the Department of Economic Development, elected officials, including State Rep. Gordon Fox (House majority leader), and Rep. Eileen Naughton, as well as scientists and representatives from NUWC.

Dean David Farmer of the Graduate School of Oceanography and Donald Aker, technical operations manager for NUWC, will provide overview remarks, followed by four science and engineering presentations at 9:15 a.m. by URI and NUWC faculty/researchers.

Both URI and NUWC deal extensively in the harsh ocean environment and provide critical research and development capabilities in marine sciences, oceanography and climate of the oceans and the equipment necessary to collect and transfer scientific data for analysis and development.

The goal of the event is to foster opportunities for both organizations to work together on initiatives important to the nation's defense and ocean science research.

These efforts would strengthen the opportunities to secure federal research and development funds from the various branches of the federal government.

Three tours of the Endeavor will take place beginning with the governor at 9:15 a.m., followed by tours at 11:20 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.