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 affects so few people. “First and foremost,” he said, “there is no cure or effective treatments for it. So a greater understanding of the molecular […]

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 this fall at the Providence Performing Arts Center with the cast of “Wicked” and “The King and I.” Combine that with monthly concerts as principal flutist for […]

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 blizzard to help a woman give birth. But such events are simply part of College of Nursing Associate Professor Deb Erickson-Owens’ accomplished career. The retired […]

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 in a village five hours north of Santo Domingo. Inspired by the experience, Elizabeth decided to enroll in the first class of URI’s Peace Corps […]

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 behind URI’s new engineering complex. “It is no secret that most major technological changes in our history have involved engineers,’’ says Wright. “Innovation is what […]

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 the largest gathering of geologists in the world. But in San Francisco this December that’s exactly what the 27-year old geology major will be doing. She […]

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 of nutrition and food sciences in the College of Health Sciences, and Josiemer Mattei, assistant professor of nutrition at Harvard University T.H. Chan School […]

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 to reform health care payment systems and address disparities in the quality of and access to care across diverse populations. “One of my particular concerns […]

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 treated.  “I tend to root for the underdog, and people with schizophrenia are the ultimate underdog,” she said. “They’re also poorly served by the medical […]

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 bridge back to life—turning it into a park with live performances and floating islands. The concept earned him the top prize in the Northern Avenue Bridge […]

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 ‘green’ and URI offered a unique program through their Resource Economics department,” she said. “There were were only a few undergrads in the program at […]

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 was Spanish. She could have continued down that path at URI, but decided to take a risk and start learning French at the age of […]