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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.”

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.

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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School of Continuing Studies Launches New Degree Program for Emergency Medicine Professionals

May 28, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I., – To meet the demand for educational opportunities for both current and future emergency medicine professionals, the School of Continuing Studies at Roger Williams University has launched Rhode Island’s first bachelor’s degree program in emergency medical services, with classes slated to begin this fall.

The program is open to any student interested in joining the emergency care field and will serve as one of the state’s only professional development opportunities for paramedics, emergency medical technicians and first responders looking to advance clinical skills and training or pursue new career paths in areas such as healthcare administration, public health or hospital and emergency management.

As a Fulbright Scholar in Brazil, SAAHP’s Jeremy Wells to Study Community-Based Heritage Conservation

May 26, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. -- Jeremy C. Wells, assistant professor of historic preservation in the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation at Roger Williams University, has been awarded a research grant through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program to travel to the Federal University of Pernambuco in Brazil for the Fall 2015 semester.

In the city of Recife -- a major port on the Atlantic and one of Brazil's largest metropolitan areas -- Wells will focus primarily on research that aims to establish a new model in heritage conservation, in which community members work with historic preservation practitioners to jointly identify and preserve the heritage that is important to their community.  

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On Explorers and Surprises: Nathaniel Philbrick's Commencement Address

May 16, 2015

Thank you, President Farish, distinguished trustees, faculty, students, parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, and friends. What a pleasure and an honor it is to be here today. Here at the southern tip of the Mount Hope peninsula, we are at a place that I have always regarded as a kind of sacred wormhole into the past. So much has happened on this point of land and its surrounding waters—from the first interactions between native and European peoples to the first paroxysms of the American Revolution to the design and building of some of the most beautiful sailing vessels the world has ever known. And now all of you, the graduating class of Roger Williams University, are about to create your own kind of history.

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