Elin Torrel

Elin Torell

Elin Torell was researching small fisheries in East Africa when she first heard about women in Tanzania exchanging their bodies for a supply of fish.

Theo Greenblatt, Ph.D. ’10

There was a time when Theo Greenblatt didn’t have much confidence in her writing. “I thought great writers were born not made, so why bother?”

Julia Hall

Julia Hall ’19

Student activist Julia Hall ’19 takes every opportunity she can to educate people about women’s reproductive rights.

Lauren Benoit ’16, MO ’17

It’s kind of a love-hate thing with sharks for most of us. Although “Jaws” is a perennial favorite on scariest film lists and the Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” has record-breaking viewership year after year, our fondness for sharks wanes in open water.

Emely Baez at health clinic in Indonesia

Emely Baez ’19

Emely Baez was in high school in Woonsocket, R.I., when she learned about the 1990s genocide in Rwanda. A teacher spoke about the tragedy and introduced the class to a woman who had barely escaped with her life.

Carol Grant, George Sfinarolakis, Gina Raimondo

George Sfinarolakis, Ph.D ’18

When George Sfinarolakis became a URI Energy Fellow at the beginning of his doctoral studies, he tackled a project to create a benchmark of the energy usage at various state and municipal buildings throughout Rhode Island.

Linden Wyatt

Linden Wyatt ’12, PhD ’17

Having a biopsy is hard enough, and waiting for results causes even more anxiety. MBA student Linden Wyatt has come up with a method to speed up biopsy results and has started a company, Optera Diagnostics, to develop it further.

Anne Dionne

Anne Dionne ’21

As the opioid addiction epidemic continues to make headlines and take thousands of lives across the nation, a pharmacy student has been doing what she can to help combat this public health threat in her hometown of Laconia, N.H.

Jie Shen

Jie Shen

Assistant Professor Jie Shen, who teaches in the chemical engineering and pharmaceutical sciences departments, recently received the Emerging Researcher Award from the International Pharmaceutical Excipients Council Foundation.

Patrick Brown

Patrick Brown ’14

Patrick Brown ’14, CEO of Rentsons, knows what it is to be broke. Not the living-paycheck-to-paycheck kind of broke. More like fishing-in-the-seat-cushions-for-change broke. So this entrepreneur has made it a part of his business plan to encourage his employees to become entrepreneurs themselves.

Bernon Helme, instrumental in the founding of URI

Bernon Helme

Bernon Helme was a persuasive man. A prominent citizen of Kingston at the end of the 19th century, he overcame tremendous odds and political opposition to realize his dream of establishing a university in Kingston.  

Bri Blank, author of the BRI Healthy wellness blog

Bri Blank ’14

If you’re expecting a darkest-moment-before-the-dawn type of dramatic weight loss story from Bri Blank, forget it. This is the story of a happy girl who became happier still after losing 150 pounds.