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MNS Faculty/Student Team Transforms Audubon Society's Bristol Aquarium

July 15, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. - If you visit the Audubon Society of Rhode Island's Environmental Education Center in Bristol this summer, get ready to stumble upon a number of new exhibits featuring marine animals -- like a rare orange lobster -- thanks to a state-of-the-art aquarium renovation led by a team of marine biology students and faculty from RWU.

Andy Rhyne, assistant professor of marine biology in the Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences, and a team of students worked for three months to create a new infrastructure that would transform Audubon’s aquarium exhibits.

"The Center was built in July 2000, and we got to the point that we needed to do a major renovation with the aquarium space," says Anne DiMonti, director of the Environmental Education Center. "We needed desperate help.”

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Student Engineers from RWU Capture Top Honors in FAA Competition

July 10, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – By developing practical, innovative airport technologies to address real-world challenges facing the aviation industry, two teams of engineering students from Roger Williams University earned top honors in this year’s Federal Aviation Administration-sponsored university design competition.

Four Class of 2015 graduates – Hy Dinh, Emily Field, Andrew Hannigan and Kristen Tetreault – captured first place in the airport environmental interactions category. And two fellow School of Engineering, Computing and Construction Management students – Ryland Brickner-McDonald and Mohamad Ghulam – landed first place (tied with a team from Binghamton University) in the airport operations and maintenance category.

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President’s Distinguished Lecture – Ambassador Andrew Young

Inauguration Week 2011 Event.

Presentation with Ambassador and Activist Andrew Young will highlight Inauguration Week 2011 events; reception with Ambassador Young to immediately follow.

About Ambassador and Activist Andrew Young

For a university that prides itself on creating a healthy exchange of ideas on the most pressing questions facing society and seeks to instill in its graduates a drive to serve the broader public interest, the chance to host Andrew Young as an honored guest and participant during Inauguration Week 2011 is opportune.

RWU Faculty Member Andrew Rhyne Creates New Tool to Track Fish Species in Aquarium Trade

June 30, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Have you ever wondered where the tropical fish sold in pet stores come from?

Andrew L. Rhyne, assistant professor of marine biology in the Feinstein School of Arts and Sciences and research scientist at the New England Aquarium, has created a new online tool that now tracks the tropical fish imported into the U.S. including how many and from what countries.

Rhyne worked with Michael Tlusty, director of research at the New England Aquarium, in creating the interactive online data tool,, to better understand the diversity and magnitude of the marine aquarium trade.

Together and with collaborations with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Coral Reef Conservation Program and the U.S. Wildlife Service, Rhyne and Tlusty gathered 2.7 million shipment records to identify the more than 2,250 marine fish species and 725 invertebrates such as live corals that have been imported into the U.S.

President Farish Keynotes UBThrive, Inaugural University Business Conference

June 22, 2015

ORLANDO, FLA. – A well-educated citizenry is needed to drive economic prosperity in the United States, and making affordable access to higher education into a national priority is imperative.

That’s according to remarks from Roger Williams University President Donald J. Farish, delivered on Monday in a keynote speech at UBThrive, a new conference created by University Business magazine that gathered 1,200 university leaders together to share business enterprise, student success and executive leadership strategies.

“The big picture here has to do with the economic prosperity of this country,” Farish said. “If we think, metaphorically, of America as an automobile, higher education is the gas that makes it go. A well-educated workforce is essential for our long-term prosperity.”

For Mixed-Status Latino Families, Family-Based Strengths Counter Major Challenges

June 22, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Facing poverty and discrimination to a scarcity of jobs, food and childcare assistance, mixed-immigration-status Latino families in Rhode Island encounter major challenges – yet in the face of that adversity, they build strong family relationships, hold high educational expectations and benefit from bilingual communication skills of children in those households.

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Pro Bono Collaborative: Safe Passage Through Guardianship

June 3, 2015

A young person’s passage from the sheltered years of childhood to the independence of adulthood can be traumatic for any parent. But when the child reaching 18 is mentally or physically unable to handle adult responsibilities and demands, establishing an appropriate form of guardianship can carry emotional and financial burdens of its own.

One of dozens of programs coordinated through the Pro Bono Collaborative at Roger Williams University School of Law, the Bradley Hospital Guardianship Project offers a fascinating glimpse at just how the Collaborative operates – and how clients, law firms and students all benefit from the experience.

Paying it Forward: Town of Bristol and CPC Leaders Offer Best Practices on Community Projects in College Towns

June 2, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As a result of nearly a dozen joint community projects accomplished to date, leaders from the Town of Bristol, R.I., and the Roger Williams University Community Partnerships Center joined forces in Washington on Monday, June 1, to share best practices on cooperative town/university projects with attendees at the International Town and Gown Association Annual Conference.

Hundreds of participants – from elected officials and city planners to university administrators, student affairs professionals and college students – convened at George Washington University to learn how to create innovative university/community partnerships and strengthen town/gown relationships in college towns.

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Common Reading 2015: The Khmer Rouge and Cambodia via ‘In the Shadow of the Banyan’

May 28, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Narrated by a 7-year-old-girl whose life of royal privilege erupts into revolution, In the Shadow of the Banyan – a 2012 novel written by Vaddey Ratner, who lived through Cambodia’s political uprising as a young girl – explores the Cambodian people’s resilience and perseverance despite forced exodus into labor camps, torture and starvation brought on by the rise of the Khmer Rouge, which killed at least 1.7 million people in the mid 1970s.

With the selection of In the Shadow of the Banyan as the 2015 Common Reading text at Roger Williams University, next fall’s incoming class will have the opportunity to examine this period in history and its enduring impact on society through conversations and events this summer and into the 2015-16 academic year – including a visit from the author in October.

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