URI FOUNDATION AWARDS 13 COMPETITIVE GRANTS More than $31,000 awarded to URI Professors

More than $31,000 awarded to URI Professors

KINGSTON, RI: — November 20, 2001 — Over $31,000 in grant requests were approved during the fall 2001 grant funding cycle. “This funding cycle focused on the sciences more than ever before,” commented Mary Carmody, Chairperson of the Competitive Grants Committee. “It is very rewarding to assist the University of Rhode Island and its faculty in keeping up with the technological age.”

The Competitive Grants Program was established by the URI Foundation to support URI Faculty and Staff proposals that directly benefit students and enhance the quality of education through teaching, research and improvement of the educational environment. The URI Foundation has awarded more than $1.2 Million to the URI academic community since the program began in 1982.

The recipients of the 2001 Competitive Grants, their awards and projects are:

Assistant Professor Stephen M. Barber, English, of Providence, received $1,000 to facilitate a course which will survey comprehensively the object of the discipline of a variety of genres in English.

Professor and Chair J. Stanley Cobb, Biological Sciences, of Kingston, received $5,000 to assist in purchasing a van for Biological Sciences.

Assistant Professor Marta Gomez-Chiarri, Fisheries, Animal and Veterinary Science, of Jamestown, received $1,110 for the development of a General Education Course on Biotechnology.

Professor Linda A. Hufnagel, Cell and Molecular Biology, of Narragansett, received $2,378 to establish a color videomicroscopy workstation.

Assistant Professor Valerie A. Karno, English, of Providence, received $1,000 to assist in a course which serves as the culminating view of the breadth and implications of the field of Cultural Studies.

Academic Advisor Linda C. Lyons, University College, of West Warwick, received $2,000 to implement a peer mentor program.

Assistant Professor Naomi I. Mandel, English, of Providence, received $1,000 to support a course which will apply critical interdisciplinary skills to reading and working with a range of texts in the field of Identity Studies.

Assistant Professor Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Photography, of Providence, received $1,947 to purchase a laptop computer for classroom slide presentations, WebCT and communicating with students.

Assistant Professor Scott R. McWilliams, Natural Resources Science, of Kingston, received $4,850 to facilitate undergraduate field research in Wildlife Management and Ecology.

Professor and Chair Helen J. Mederer, Sociology and Anthropology, of West Kingston, received $2,000 to assist undergraduate sociology majors in bringing sociology to middle and high school students.

Assistant Professor Libby Miles, English, of Providence, received $1,000 to facilitate a course which will provide hands on experience in the structure and function of publishing.

Assistant Professor Keykavous Parang, Biomedical Science, of Narragansett, received $4,800 to establish a molecular modeling laboratory facility.

Assistant Professor Cheryl A. Wilga, Biological Sciences, of North Kingstown, received $3,800 to generate a comparative anatomy web manual.

The URI Foundation was established by an act of the Rhode Island General Assembly in May of 1957, and has celebrated over forty years of commitment and service to the University Community. It exists solely for the benefit of the University of Rhode Island. It seeks to encourage private giving to the University and acts as the trustee in the administration of funds. The Foundation also manages and licenses patents, copyrights, and trademarks for the University.

For More Information: Robert C. Coleman, Executive Director, 401-874-5836