Many sectors of the economy depend on the ocean. Together, they comprise the blue economy. Read about how and why URI is helping to advance the blue economy in the Ocean State and beyond.
On the weekend of May 20-22, URI held its 136th commencement celebration, adding to the community of 140,000 alumni all over the world. Highlights of the ceremony included the presentation of an honorary degree to Rhode Island creator, artist, and visionary, Barnaby M. Evans, and a keynote address delivered by acclaimed oceanographer Robert D. Ballard, Ph.D. ’75, Hon. ’86.
It is true that the University of Rhode Island offers first-class education to the future leaders of the world. But what is perhaps more compelling is that the students, staff, faculty, and alumni who work, teach, and learn on our campuses and in our communities make up the dynamic interactions of our everyday lives, inspiring and empowering us to believe in ourselves, support one another, and be the absolute best version of a community we can be.Marc Parlange
President, University of Rhode Island
Looking for a good summer read? Check out these titles, and others, from URI alumni authors.
- Fly Girl: A Memoir - Fly Girl: A Memoir
Ann Hood '78
- Follow Me: Hikes for Children to Lead, Expanded Rhode Island Edition - Follow Me: Hikes for Children to Lead, Expanded Rhode Island Edition
Kitty Opishinski '94
- Love Me - Love Me
Sharyn Vicente, M.A. '17
- Lessons from the Navy - Lessons from the Navy: How to Earn Trust, Lead Teams, and Achieve Organizational Excellence
Mark Brouker, Pharm.D. '98
- The Shrouded Keel - The Shrouded Keel
Bob Elliott '74
Browse the winning photos from the 2022 URI Research and Scholarship Photo Contest.
Swimming in a Sea of Polyester
Watch this TEDxURI talk by Martin Bide, URI professor of textiles, fashion merchandising and design, on how clothing impacts the environment and how we can help minimize that impact.
- From Pawtucket to Fukuoka - Kevin Suggs grew up on anime. Now he’s heading to Japan for a year to complete the requirements for his bachelor’s degrees in computer engineering and Japanese through URI’s International Engineering Program.
- Scholarship Opportunity - A newly established scholarship will help citizens of the Narragansett Nation attend URI.
- Deepwater Record - URI scientists and students took a recent water core sample in the Puerto Rico Trench. It is believed to be the deepest water core sample ever taken.
- Fulbright Winners - Two URI grad students and a 2020 alumna were awarded prestigious Fulbright grants to to teach and conduct research in Kenya, Brazil, and Vietnam.
- New Dietary Guidelines - URI professor of nutrition and food sciences Maya Vadiveloo co-authored the American Heart Association’s new dietary guidelines.
- Pharmacy Student Recognized Nationally - College of Pharmacy graduate Michael Burkett, Pharm.D. ’22, earned the Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy Award from the United States Public Health Service.
- Student Film Earns Two Emmys - Harrington School alumna Alyssa Botelho ’21 earned two college Emmy awards for her film, To Dust All Return, which was produced as part of her URI senior capstone project.
- Honoring the Experiences of World War II - URI alumnus Tim Gray ’89 founded the World War II Foundation and the Global Education Center and Museum in Wakefield, R.I.
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