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Bingfang Yan

Bingfang Yan

Bingfang Yan, professor of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences in the College of Pharmacy, has made his reputation identifying adverse reactions among prescription medications. His studies often examine drugs that hit ...

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Joelle Rollo-Koster

Joëlle Rollo-Koster

Joëlle Rollo-Koster is a distinguished professor of history, a renowned medieval scholar, and an accomplished author. And this fall, in recognition of her outstanding academic research and writings in French ...

Susan Johnson

Susan Johnson ’81, ’88

Susan Johnson, an alumna of the College of Pharmacy, made her mark on health care nationally when she pioneered hospital clinics for patients taking anti-coagulant drugs. Providing on-site, instant blood test ...

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Niall Howlett

Niall Howlett

People often ask Niall Howlett, an associate professor of Cell and Molecular Biology and the region’s leading expert on a rare childhood disease called Fanconi anemia, why he studies a disease that ...

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Susan Thomas

Susan Thomas

It’s been a busy semester for flute teacher Susan Thomas. In addition to her full-time teaching duties, her musical talents are in great demand when Broadway shows tour New England—performing ...

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Deb Erickson Owens

Deb Erickson-Owens

The word “midwife” ordinarily does not conjure images of a military jet soaring over Alaska with a pregnant woman aboard or taking a snow plow to a hospital in a ...

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Elizabeth Molloy

Elizabeth Malloy ’17

As a junior, Elizabeth Malloy enrolled in "Social and Political Change in the Dominican Republic," a Winter J-Term course in which she and her fellow volunteers worked on a sanitation project ...

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Engineering Dean Raymond Wright

Raymond M. Wright

Engineers have changed the world, from creating smart phones to smart buildings. No one knows that better than Raymond M. Wright, dean of the College of Engineering and the driving force ...

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Caroline Amelse

Caroline Amelse ’17

When Caroline Amelse was at the University of Hawaii, where she completed a bachelor’s degree in social work, she never thought that one day she’d be presenting her research at ...

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Maya Vadiveloo

We all know that carrying extra pounds can be bad for your health. Now a URI professor has found that how society treats overweight people makes matters worse. Maya Vadiveloo, assistant professor ...

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Betty Rambur

Betty Rambur

Throughout her distinguished nursing career, Betty Rambur has taken the long—and wide—view of her profession. The new Routhier Endowed Chair for Practice at the College of Nursing, Rambur has worked ...

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Jessica Goren

Jessica Goren

When Jessica Goren worked at a Philadelphia psychiatric hospital after graduating from URI, she found she really liked the patients. She was saddened, however, to see how some portions of the population were ...

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Robert Barella

Robert Barella ’14

The Northern Avenue Bridge in Boston’s Fort Point Channel is a deteriorating hulk of steel that closed two years ago due to safety concerns. But alumnus Robert Barella wants to bring the ...

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Hannah Morini

Hannah Morini ’09

Hannah Morini has always been interested in energy and the environment, and she was drawn to URI for its programs in this area. “I wanted to be on the business side of ...

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arielle desouza

Arielle DeSouza ’16

When Arielle DeSouza was a little girl she loved all things French: the Chanel suits; the creamy Brie cheese; the famous Impressionists like Monet. Curiously, her language in high school ...

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