Austin Becker

Austin Becker

The changing climate is a motivating factor in Austin Becker’s research to make coastal communities stronger and more resilient to the effects of storms, sea level rise, and other hazards. That research just received a big boost. Professor Becker was just named a 2017 Sloan Research Fellow in Ocean Sciences by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Justin Wyatt

Justin Wyatt

You’re a young, newly minted scholar with a Ph.D. in film and television studies from UCLA. What to do next? Tenured position at a respected university? Vice president of a major television network? Maybe a book about Academy Award-winner Sofia Coppola’s adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winner Jeffrey Eugenides’ novel The Virgin Suicides?

Annemarie Vaccaro

Annemarie Vaccaro

It typically takes decades of work to earn a lifetime achievement award. But Annemarie Vaccaro, associate professor of Human Development and Family Studies in the College of Health Sciences, has earned such an award at age 44. NASPA recently named Vaccaro the recipient of the 2017 George D. Kuh Outstanding Contribution to Literature and/or Research Award.

Cassie Jacob

Cassie Jacob ’17

A self-described former shy girl, Cassie “CeCe” Jacob can trace her transformation to extrovert to a single moment. It was four years ago. Then a freshman, Jacob stopped to look at a chalk outline of a person on the asphalt outside of Hope Commons. “It was an ad to apply to be a tour guide. Tour guiding is where my heart is. It gave me the courage and the confidence to be who I am now.”

Tim Mendonca

Timothy Mendonça ‘13

Timothy Mendonça is wrapping up a job as production coordinator for what he calls a “small” film: First Reformed. It stars Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried and is written and directed by Paul Schrader, the screenwriter who gave us Taxi Driver and Raging Bull.

Julie Coiro

Julie Coiro

In an era that has spawned such terms as “post-truth,” “false narrative,” and “fake news,” how are students to use the internet as a reliable research tool?
There’s a real danger that an entire generation of children will be unable to tell fact from fiction online, says Julie Coiro.

Jennifer McCann

Jennifer McCann, M.A. ’94

Jennifer McCann of URI’s Coastal Resource Center was selected to receive the 2017 Peter Benchley Ocean Award for developing the Rhode Island Ocean Special Area Management Plan, which provides regulations for the management and protection of Rhode Island’s ocean resources and activities.

Cody Anderson

Cody Anderson ’17

As president of the URI Student Senate, Cody Anderson is pushing to get the Senate to expand its focus to include more state and national issues rather than addressing exclusively campus-related topics. Following the recent elections, he said it’s important for “students to have an increasingly important role at the state and national level when it comes to education and inclusion.”

Matt Gallant, Class of '87

Matt Gallant ’87

Alumnus Matt Gallant is well known to TV audiences as host of “The Planet’s Funniest Animals” on The Animal Planet and “The List,” an entertainment magazine show. The Emmy Award winner credits his success to his days at URI as a communications studies major.

Ashish Chadha

Ashish Chadha

Ashish Chadha, an associate professor in URI’s Harrington School of Communication and Media, has been making films for decades, but they are not the kind you might see at, say, a Showcase cinema. Chadha’s films are experimental or, as one critic puts it, “deliberately incomprehensible,” yet “visually seductive.”

Katlin Fox

Katlin Fox ’09

Like many new grads entering the job market in the first years of the recession, Katlin Fox knew she might need to re-adjust her immediate expectations. Graduating in 2009 with a B.A. in Public Relations, she had hoped to find a marketing position, but her first post-URI job was as an executive assistant in a construction company. She made the most of […]

Stephen Atlas

Stephen Atlas

As the principal investigator of URI’s Mental Accounting and Pricing (MAP) Lab, Marketing Professor Stephen Atlas studies the influences on consumer financial decisions ranging from impulsive online purchases to mortgages. “I was involved in a lab as a grad student at Columbia which provided a research sounding-board as I gained footing as a researcher. We […]