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Mosquito Magnet inventor to speak at URI

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892

Mosquito Magnet inventor to speak as part of
URI’s Engineering Entrepreneurship Lecture series, Feb. 21


KINGSTON, R.I. – February 13, 2007 – Bruce Wigton, founder of American Biophysics and the inventor of the Mosquito Magnet, will speak on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. as part of the University of Rhode Island College of Engineering’s Risica Endowed Lecture Series in Engineering Entrepreneurship.

The lecture at the University Club on URI’s Kingston Campus is free and open to the public.

Wigton’s talk, “American Biophysics – The Early Days,” will chronicle the research and discoveries that led to development of the propane powered mosquito trap that is sold commercially as Mosquito Magnet.

“The story at American BioPhysics is particularly compelling because the behavior mysteries revolve around a creature that is familiar to us all, and the solution has evaded discovery for centuries,” said Wigton.

Wigton is a graduate of Oakland University in Pontiac, Mich., and did graduate work at URI in the Department of Ocean Engineering. Before founding American Biophysics, he worked in the research and development division of ITT Grinnell and as the engineering manager of Goldline Controls in East Greenwich.

The Anthony J. Risica Endowed Lecture Series in Engineering Entrepreneurship was established in 2003 with a donation from Tony Risica, a URI engineering alumnus who helped start the telecommunications company Sonus Networks.

For more information about the lecture, call the College of Engineering dean’s office at 401-874-2186.