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Magnified Clam Image Captures Top Award in NOAA Photo Contest

October 1, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. Kathryn Markey Lundgren was scrolling through her Instagram feed last week when her thumb hovered over an image she knew well – her own photo, published to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries account. While seeing her photo spotlighted surprised her, the caption stunned Lundgren even more: “…take a minute to get your eyes on the winning photos in our Aquaculture Photo Contest, like this first-place stunner.”
Lundgren, an aquatic diagnostic technician in RWU’s Center for Economic and Environmental Development (CEED), found out first through Instagram, then later, a NOAA e-newsletter, that her photo been awarded first place in NOAA Fisheries’ inaugural aquaculture photo contest.

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Toward a Greater Good: In the Heart of Providence, Celebrating Community-Engaged Projects

October 8, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A month after the public launch of Roger’s Revolution – a bold new initiative to make a significant difference in Rhode Island’s economic future while equipping students with the experiences and skills that today’s employers demand – Roger Williams University gathered with community partners in the heart of the Capital City to celebrate the collaborative work of students and faculty in local communities.

Held at the Providence Public Library – the University’s soon-to-be neighbor, with its expanded campus at One Empire Plaza set for occupancy late next spring – the Community Engagement Celebration illustrated the myriad ways the University is fulfilling its innovative new core purpose – To Strengthen Society through Engaged Teaching and Learning – and singular goal – To Build the University the World Needs Now – to enhance the education of its students and make a meaningful impact in Rhode Island.

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Behind the Camera Lens: On the Nature of Genre Filmmaking

“Behind the Camera Lens” provides audiences with the opportunity to meet some of the movers and shakers in the film, horror and sci-fi production scene. Rhode Island has become known as the Independent state for film. Starting with the foundation provided by the film and media programs at our colleges and universities, and the unique talent base of creative artists who have made their homes here. The Ocean State has built a reputation as a one-stop film studio. Among such notable filmmakers as Wes Anderson, Woody Allen and the Farrelly Brothers, and others who have made their films within the Ocean State, the independent horror and sci-fi fantasy genre is steadily becoming an industry standard for RI’s film community. 

RWU Film Production Collaborative Screening: "The Answer"

A special film premiere screening hosted by the RWU Film Production Collaborative of "The Answer," directed by Iqbal Ahmed. Part of the Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Film Festival. 
The story follows Bridd, who leads a normal everyday life until he starts receiving handwritten messages in the mail from his dead parents. Little does he know what he’s about to discover.
“The Answer” will be preceded by the comedy short film “Movies In Space,” directed by Chris W. Smith. This is a one-of-a-kind short film about an astronaut pursuing his dream as a filmmaker on an alien planet.
The screenings of “The Answer” and “Movies in Space" are presented by the RWU Film Production Collaborative. This is a free event.

RWU Film Production Collaborative: The Singularity of Imagination

The 16th Annual Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror Film Festival presents a special filmmaker conversation called “The Singularity of Imagination.” The evening features documentary filmmaker, Reshad Kulenovic, a writer/director based in Boston, New York, and Sarajevo. His short film "Snovi" played 20 international film festivals and was nominated for a 2011 Student Academy Award.
"Snovi" was produced by the Centre Andre Malraux Sarajevo, which also produced Jean-Luc Godard’s "Notre Musique." Kulenovic became one of the first artists to be funded by the Heinrich Boll Foundation. His documentary "100 Million Dollar House," set in the West Bank, premiered at the 2015 Rhode Island International Film Festival and was acquired for distribution by Al Jazeera. Kulenovic graduated with an MFA in Film Production from Boston University.
During an in-depth conversation, Kulenovic will speak about his professional journey, screen his work and share insights into what it takes to succeed in the film industry while walking the fine line between truth and fiction.

Writing a History of Liars: The Reconstruction, Ku Klux Klan and the Problem of Sources

Please join the Department of History and American Studies for the first lecture in the Joshua B. Stein Works in Progress Lecture Series this semester. Bradley Proctor (Yale University) will kick the series off by discussing his research: "Writing a History of Liars: The Reconstruction, Ku Klux Klan and the Problem of Sources.”

Jazz Vocalist Mary Stallings to Perform Live@RWU with Bruce Barth on Oct. 7

September 28, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – With a stunning stage presence and an emotionally dynamic voice that truly inhabits her lyrics, Mary Stallings is a jazz vocalist at the peak of her musical powers. Accompanied by Bruce Barth – an accomplished pianist deeply rooted in the jazz tradition – they are one of the hottest duos performing today.

With a far-ranging repertoire of jazz standards, ballads and swinging groove from Stallings’ 2015 album Feelin’ Good, Stallings and Barth will take the stage for an intimate performance at Roger Williams University on Wednesday, Oct. 7. Part of the Live@RWU series – which has hosted jazz luminaries Freddy Cole, Aaron Diehl, Johnny O’Neal, Joe Locke and Justin Kauflin to date – the concert is free and open to the public. 

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A Woman as President? Activist Marianne Schnall to Offer Her Take on Sept. 30

September 23, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I – While the 2008 election of Barack Obama as the first black president in U.S. history broke a significant racial barrier in American politics, the highest elected office in the land still remains a hurdle uncleared for female politicians. With former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina among the nearly two dozen presidential candidates now competing for their party’s nomination, might 2016 be the year that a woman breaks the presidential glass ceiling?

On Wednesday, Sept. 30, members of the Roger Williams University community and the general public are invited to join Marianne Schnall – activist and author of What Will it Take to Make a Woman President? – for a discussion that will explore perspectives on that question as well others concerning women, leadership and power.

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Live@RWU: Mary Stallings with Bruce Barth

With a stunning stage presence and an emotionally dynamic voice that truly inhabits her lyrics, Mary Stallings is a jazz vocalist at the peak of her musical powers. Accompanied by Bruce Barth – an accomplished pianist deeply rooted in the jazz tradition – they are one of the hottest duos performing today.

Free and open to the public. Limited seats will be available. Questions: (401) 254-3043.

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Raising an “Amoeba Army” to Fight a Deadly Intestinal Parasite

September 18, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – On a recent Wednesday morning, Joshua Leitao unlocks a laboratory on the ground floor of the Marine and Natural Sciences building, snaps on purple latex gloves, and retrieves a carton labeled, “Joshua’s Amoeba Army.” Selecting a particular amoeba strain, he squirts a pearl-sized dollop onto a slide and places it under the microscope. Once he adjusts the clarity, millions of translucent, golden pods pop into sharp focus. He leans back on the stool and nonchalantly jokes that his “amoeba army will take over the world someday” – but he may not be entirely kidding as his research has the potential to reach all corners of the Earth.

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