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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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Branding a Jamaica Beyond Just Beaches

July 27, 2015

KINGSTON, Jamaica – When most folks think of Jamaica, they conjure images of all-inclusive waterfront resorts and palm trees. But with rich history and eclectic culture, how can the 521-year-old Caribbean island nation that gave us reggae and an unlikely Olympic bobsled team elevate its international reputation beyond that of just a tourist destination for white sandy beaches?

That question served as the focus of a conference sponsored by The Re-Imagine Jamaica Project, a nation brand think tank founded by Roger Williams University Assistant Professor of Public Relations Hume Johnson. At the Brand Jamaica Symposium held at the University of the West Indies in July, Jamaicans from across the business, political, media, creative and sports realms identified the most challenging issues shaping the country’s image and what steps must be taken to craft a new, more inclusive portrait of the nation.

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, Aquariumtradedata.org, 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.

Fulbright Scholar Anthony Salazar ’15 to Teach in Germany

May 15, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – With his eyes on the prize of a Fulbright award at the culmination of his undergraduate career at Roger Williams University, Anthony Salazar ’15 learned just six days before Commencement that his hard work and dedication have in fact earned him the distinction of Fulbright Scholar.

An international relations and German major, Salazar was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant grant to teach English to primary or secondary schoolchildren in Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany, a mountainous region in the southwestern part of the country that borders France, Luxembourg and Belgium.

Salazar is the fourth Roger Williams student in the past decade to receive a Fulbright Scholarship. A highly competitive and prestigious honor, the Fulbright Program awarded only 20 percent of nearly 5,000 applicants an English Teaching Assistant grant this year.

“I’ve been working hard with a Fulbright Scholarship in mind for the past four years; it’s been a lot of motivation to perform exceptionally well academically,” says Salazar, who leaves in late August to spend a year in Germany.

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Commencement 2015: Full Coverage Available Here

May 11, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – On Saturday, May 16, the Roger Williams University Class of 2015 students completed the traditional crossing of the Commencement stage to receive their hard-earned degrees. Joining them was honorary degree recipient and keynote speaker, Nathaniel Philbrick, National Book Award winner and New York Times bestselling author on New England’s early history, from the Mayflower to the Battle of Bunker Hill. University Trustee and President of Samsung Electronics America Tim Baxter ’83 was also awarded an honorary degree.

A day earlier, the Honorable Roderick L. Ireland, the recently retired Massachusetts Supreme Court chief justice who was the first African-American appointed to the state’s centuries-old bench, addressed the RWU Law graduating class in a separate ceremony on the Bristol campus.

Please see the following stories, slideshows and other coverage related to this year’s exercises:

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RWU Grad Translates Research into Japan Teaching Appointment

May 8, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Ryan Monahan ’15 is just days away from graduating, but has a lot more on his plate than final exams – and a lot more on his résumé than the average student’s work study job. An English major and educational studies minor, Monahan has already established a professional portfolio of research and literature even before receiving his bachelor’s degree. With his eye on improving the future of the American public school system, he’ll first detour to Japan where he will teach English to Japanese schoolchildren.

“In the education program we talk about how to teach students, as well as the idea that teachers are also learning from their students through their interactions,” says Monahan. “I believe that I’ll learn a lot by teaching in public schools and even more by teaching in a new country – being exposed to a totally new culture and completely new area of the world to me.”

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From Hello to Goodbye: Yusuf Richie Afifi ’15

May 4, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Recognized across campus for years as a welcoming mentor helping new students acclimate to campus, Yusuf Richie Afifi will now salute his fellow graduating seniors with a fond farewell as student speaker during Commencement exercises on May 16.

A biology and chemistry major from Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Afifi – who hopes to attend medical school after graduation – was selected as the student commencement speaker after several rounds of auditions. When he wasn’t elbows-deep in experiments in the chemistry lab, Afifi has worked behind the scenes to create many successful student events as member of the Inter-Class Council (where he worked his way up from class officer to executive council), helped hand-craft the University’s award-winning float for the Bristol Fourth of July Parade, and thrived on the rugby field among teammates he calls “a brotherhood like no other.”

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Celebration of Writing

The Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition invites you to the Spring 2015 Celebration of Writing. Students and instructors from all WTNG course levels will be on hand to discuss writing in process and showcase some of their products.  We invite everyone to be a part of the celebration of academic, public, and professional writing. Please contact Nancy Nester, Chair of the Celebration of Writing Committee, at nnester@rwu.edu for more information.

Religion and the State Colloquium

Conference on issues related to religion, state and politics with student panels and keynote speakers.

The full schedule is availble here: http://rwu.edu/academics/conferences/religion-and-state/presenters-schedule/.