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URI professor recognized by regional association with Continuing Education Faculty Award

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – November 10, 2009 – Edward Bozzi, assistant clinical professor and coordinator of the University of Rhode Island’s Biotechnology Manufacturing Program, was presented with the 2009 Continuing Education Faculty Award at the annual conference of the New England Chapter of the University Continuing Education Association.

A resident of Providence, Bozzi was recognized for his outstanding teaching record and for his efforts to build the Biotechnology Manufacturing Program and provide its students with internship opportunities.

At the awards ceremony last month, it was noted that “Bozzi’s students, all continuing education students and many overcoming the difficulties of midlife career changes, have gone on to productive employment and post-graduate study in the rapidly growing field of biotechnology manufacturing.”

“I credit the strong support I have received from my URI colleagues, Greg Paquette, director of biotechnology programs, and John O’Leary, director of the Office of Special Programs, for much of the success I have enjoyed,” said Bozzi. “In addition, the career advances achieved by our biotechnology students have been so very motivating to my daily work.”

Bozzi began his teaching career at the University in 2003 after a 30-year international career in the chemical industry. According to John O’Leary, director of the URI Office of Special Programs, who nominated the URI professor for the award, Bozzi is a caring and tireless advocate who “has had great success in motivating students and placing them with companies willing to sponsor advanced educational opportunities.”

In addition to the continuing education award, Bozzi was recently recognized by the Rhode Island Tech Collective with its Excellence in Workforce Development Award.

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Wendy Richardson of the University Continuing Education Association presents URI Prof. Edward Bozzi with the Continuing Education Faculty Award at the association’s conference last month.