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 […]

Jacquelin Sparks

Jacqueline Sparks

When Jacqueline Sparks, professor of human development and family studies, published “The Norway Couple Project: Lessons Learned” in the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy in 2015, she hoped the article would bridge a longstanding divide in psychotherapy. “There’s been a cutoff between researchers and clinicians because research articles do not always translate findings in […]

adam levin

Adam Levin

For Adam Levin, the guitar captures the essence of the world of classical music. He also believes it is the perfect instrument to draw an audience into that world. “Guitar is a bridge to classical music, so once you draw the audience in, a bait and switch, you then introduce them to a whole new […]

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 the marketplace as much-needed therapeutic breakthroughs and their interactions with medications typically prescribed along with them. His most recent study, reported in the December 2016 […]

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 history, the French government named her a Chevalier of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques. “I’m delighted to be recognized by my home country,’’ said Rollo-Koster. […]