HONOLULU, Hawaii – Two marine science experts from Roger Williams University joined 2,500 scientists, policy makers and environmental managers from 70 nations this week to share the latest research and devise strategies for conserving and protecting coral reefs around the world at the 13th Annual International Coral Reef Symposium in Honolulu.
BRISTOL, R.I. – Less than two years after RWU graduated its first crop of journalists in 2014, one of them has already made his mark in Rhode Island’s journalism field. Alexander Castro ’14 recently captured first place in arts criticism at the Rhode Island Press Association’s annual awards for print media, from newspapers to magazines, around the state.
With a piece titled, “Documentation with dignity” – which appeared in the Oct. 13, 2015 edition of Newport Mercury – Castro examined Virginia-based photographer Susan Mullally’s portrait series of low-income and homeless individuals holding their most meaningful possessions.
BRISTOL, R.I. – In what has become an annual tradition to celebrate the professional and personal achievements of its alumni, Roger Williams University recognized three graduates whose contributions to society and the University community advance the common good and inspire others to address society’s challenges with insight and creativity.
Coventry, R.I. – For their media relations course this spring with Assistant Professor Hume Johnson, the students – Alissa McGeehan, Anderson James and Michelle Ryder – did not lead mock press events or create strategic plans for pretend crisis scenarios, but instead served a real client by partnering with the City of Coventry to launch a rebranding campaign for the town.
Through the Community Partnerships Center, town leaders of the “Celebrate Coventry!” committee began collaborating with the students in January. After conducting research, touring the Town and meeting with local community members, the students created a strategic media plan with ideas on how the town could promote tourism and community involvement by planning new events, increasing the committee’s use of social media and securing positive media coverage on the Town’s cultural history and thriving businesses.
PROVIDENCE, RI., — The American Red Cross Rhode Island Chapter is celebrating 100 years of service to the Rhode Island community. As part of the celebration, the Red Cross has partnered with Roger Williams University to create the signature piece of the Centennial celebration.
Led by RWU Faculty Member John Farmer, graphic design students from the University created the “Century of Service” Traveling Exhibit as part of a Community Partnerships Center project. To build the exhibit – which includes 12 large poster panels – RWU students met with leaders from the American Red Cross Rhode Island chapter to research its history and identify historical objects, articles and photos that formed the exhibit’s historical timeline which depicts significant milestones and achievements of the organization over the last century. Some milestones featured include the USS Bennington disaster, the Hurricanes of 1938 and 1944 and the Red Cross Water Safety Program which started with native Rhode Islander Commodore W.E. Longfellow.
BRISTOL, R.I. – The Roger Williams University Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric and Composition has earned the 2016 Conference on College Composition and Communication Writing Program Certificate of Excellence Award from the National Council of Teachers of English.
One of only two universities in the nation to capture this year’s award, RWU’s writing studies program received this national distinction for programming that imaginatively addresses the needs and opportunities of students and instructors, and offers exemplary ongoing professional development for faculty members. The other recipient is Oakland University’s major in writing and rhetoric program.
Bristol, R.I. -- If there is an EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) research project in Rhode Island investigating the health or disease of marine animals, there is a good chance Roxanna Smolowitz is involved.
With deep expertise in aquatic veterinary science, Smolowitz regularly teams up with her colleagues at EPSCoR partner institutions, from developing tools to combat aquaculture disease to seeking answers to a mysterious and prolonged sea star die off.
In her first RI Science and Technolocy Council (STAC) grant, in 2012, Smolowitz collaborated with URI professors David Rowley, David Nelson, and Marta Gomez-Chiarri on using marine bacteria as a protective agent against disease.
“The idea was, are there different kinds of bacteria we could add to larval cultures of bivalves specific to oysters to increase healthiness and get more animals through the metamorphosis stage,” explains Smolowitz, noting that one Vibrio bacterial disease, in particular, is responsible for high rates of larval death.
BRISTOL, R.I., – The Roger Williams University Center for Economic and Environmental Development is now enrolling students for Applied Shellfish Farming, a non-credit course offered during the winter/spring semester that teaches both aspiring shellfish farmers and aquaculture professionals the ins and outs of growing oysters, quahogs and other shellfish species commercially.
The 14-week program, led by Dale Leavitt, aquaculture extension specialist and associate professor of biology at Roger Williams University, is designed to aid new and experienced shellfish farmers in growing shellfish farming enterprises in Rhode Island and Southeast New England.
BRISTOL, R.I. – Seventy years have passed since the Holocaust ended with liberation of the concentration camps, but people like Rosalie Franks work to ensure its legacy is never forgotten.
In the 1990s, she devoted five years to interviewing 92 Holocaust survivors for Steven Spielberg’s Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation (now the USC Shoah Foundation), a web archive of 51,000 video testimonials from survivors around the world. Since that experience, Franks – a longtime adjunct professor of critical writing, literature and philosophy at Roger Williams – has brought back lessons on human rights and social justice to her classroom.
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BRISTOL, R.I. – From creating controversial New Yorker covers to launching the graphic novel into contention as serious literature, Art Spiegelman does not shy away from drawing attention to society’s most pressing problems through his works. A pioneer in the underground “comix” scene since the 1960s, Spiegelman creates haunting works of graphic art that have brought readers inside the death camps of the Holocaust, to the phantom space where the Twin Towers once stood, and most recently, throughout the abandoned immigration checkpoint at Ellis Island, where etched upon the walls were ghostly reminders of the millions who had passed through to start a new life in America.