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Julie C. Keller

Assistant Professor of Sociology Julie C. Keller’s research and teaching interests include transnational migration from Latin America, rural studies, and gender. Her work focuses on the incorporation processes of undocumented workers in new immigrant destinations. More...

John Kenna

Kenna’s critical care background consists of both ICU and Emergency Department experience as well as a neurosurgical first assistant in the operating room.
Areas of expertise: concussions, neurology, nurses, traumatic brain injury

Diane Kern

In 2011 Kern was named the state’s higher education representative to help guide the development of the national English language arts assessment system. Her work is part of two U.S. Department of Education Race to the Top assessment systems. The work is a collaboration of the state Department of Education, the Rhode Island Board of Education and high school teachers.
Areas of expertise: comprehension instruction, learning, schools, teacher education in english language arts and literacy

Matt Kiesewetter

There are new materials to be made and new modes of reactivity to discover, but doing so requires looking at catalysis in new ways.
Areas of expertise: catalysis, magnetic resonance imaging, organic chemistry, petroleum refining, polymer chemistry

Tiffani Kisler

The co-founder and clinical director of the Center for Sexual Health, Psychological Centers in Providence, R.I., Kisler is an expert in interpersonal relationships.
Areas of expertise: love, relationships, services, sexual health

Jeff Konin

Konin’s research focuses in the area of sports medicine with a particular interest in injury prevention and sport safety. He served on the medical staff for the 1996 Olympic Games and as the medical coordinator for the USA Wheelchair Rugby Paralympic Team.
Areas of expertise: concussion, injury prevention, sports medicine, youth sports injuries

Dana Kovarsky

Kovarsky is co-director of the Gateway Café, a community-based project that provides social support to adults with traumatic brain injury.
Areas of expertise: brain trauma, communication, deafness, hearing loss, injuries, language, speech

Kyle Kusz

Author of Revolt of The White Athlete – Intersections in Communications and Culture, Kusz is an expert on the intersection between sport, media, and contemporary cultural politics.
Areas of expertise: athletics, kinesiology, politics, services, social and gender issues in sports

Leonard Lardaro

Developer of longest running economic analysis of Rhode Island, called the Current Conditions Index
Areas of expertise: business, economics, economy of rhode island

E. Paul Larrat

Renowned for expertise on managing health care costs, optimizing pharmaceutical effectiveness and epidemiology, Dr. Larrat’s work resulted in multi-million dollar savings for the Rhode Island Department of Corrections prescription management program.
Areas of expertise: business, drug use management, epidemiology, medicine, pharmaceuticals, pharmacy benefit management, prescriptions

Rainer Lohmann

Oceanography Professor Lohmann is worried about the chemical pollutants that drift into our waterways and travel around the globe in the world’s oceans, contaminating food webs and sometimes lingering for decades. More...

Areas of expertise: chemistry, environment, GSO, pollutants

Brett Lucht

Chemist Brett Lucht was awarded a $600,000 Department of Energy grant to study why batteries degrade so quickly and how to extend their life. One of the chief obstacles to the development and commericalization of the next generation of electric vehicles is the short lifespan of the current generation of batteries.
Areas of expertise: batteries, battery, electric vehicles, electricity, energy, power, science, technology

Thomas Mather

A national leader in the study of ticks and Lyme disease, he is working on developing a vaccine against the disease, developed a tick bite risk index for the U.S., and is the leading voice seeking to educate New Englanders about how to avoid getting bitten by ticks.
Areas of expertise: bugs, environment, environmental, lime disease, lyme disease, tick-borne diseases, ticks

Brian Maynard

An advocate for sustainable landscaping, Dr. Maynard can provide insights on plants, trees, shrubs and the Rhode Island nursery industry.
Areas of expertise: environment, flowers, horticulture, plants, soil, trees, vegetables

Ed Mazze

An esteemed expert in the field of business and the economy, he is the former dean of the College of Business Administration and a popular source for area media on all questions pertaining to economic forecasting.
Areas of expertise: business, economics, economy, management

Richard McIntyre

Professor Richard McIntyre is an expert on Cuban government and politics, is co-director of the University’s academic exchange program in Cuba and has been a frequent visitor to the island over the years. More...

Helen Mederer

Keenly interested in the social implications of population aging, study of barriers to women’s participation in the workforce.
Areas of expertise: aging populations, business, equality, gender issues, issues, men, services, women, workforce issues

Kathleen Melanson

An expert on nutrition, metabolism and the physiology of appetite, she has conducted studies on the affects of eating slowly or chewing gum to reduce caloric intake.
Areas of expertise: diet, food, metabolism, nutrition, science

Judy Mercer

Since joining the faculty at the University of Rhode Island in 1998, Dr. Mercer has continued her commitments to teach midwifery and provide care through the URI Center for Midwifery at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island in Pawtucket, and carry out her research examining gentle birth practices especially the effects of delayed cord clamping on infants.
Areas of expertise: babies, birthing, breastfeeding, gentle birth practices, newborn infants, nurse-midwifery, nurses, nursing, umbilical cord clamping

Maureen Moakley

Politcal commentator on state politics in Rhode Island.
Areas of expertise: government, media, politics, puerto rico statehood, rhode island politics

Scott Molloy

Published extensively on Rhode Island labor uprisings, the rise of the Irish, and the Industrial Revolution in Rhode Island. A former bus driver and union organizer, he is a popular speaker on little known aspects of history of Rhode Island.
Areas of expertise: business, industrial history, labor history, labor movements, unions, workers

Bahram Nassersharif

Former dean of the URI College of Engineering, Dr. Nassersharif studies nuclear systems and can discuss nuclear engineering and power plant safety issues.
Areas of expertise: energy, nuclear power, science, technology

Dennis Nixon

An attorney with expertise in coastal zone law, fisheries law, and the law of the sea, he can also discuss marine pollution law, marine insurance issues, and legal issues affecting oceanographic research.
Areas of expertise: business, government, lawyers, marine law, marine policy, ocean, politics

Ronald Onorato

Nationally known expert on the architectural and sculptural heritage of Newport.
Areas of expertise: architecture, design, graveyards, historic districts, monuments, sculpture

Margaret Ordoñez

Director of the Historic Textile and Costume Collection, Ordoñez and colleague Linda Welters co-edited the book Down By the Old Mill Stream: Quilts in Rhode Island. She also was named a Fellow of the Costume Society in 2004 and manages the Textile Conservation Laboratory and the Textile Gallery at URI.
Areas of expertise: fabrics, textile conservation, textile design

Jimmie Oxley

Director of national center of excellence at URI in explosives detection & mitigation, works with FBI, ATF, municipal law enforcement, governments of Israel, United Kingdom
Areas of expertise: bomb use in terrorism attacks, bombs, crime, criminal, explosive detection, fireworks, legal, pyrotechnics, science, technology

Gregory Paquette

An expert in biotechnology manufacturing and clinical microbiology, he has in-depth knowledge about the biotechnology industry in southern New England.
Areas of expertise: biotechnology, business, science

Peter Paton

Dr. Paton can comment on all aspects of bird and amphibian ecology, especially the affect of urbanization on these creatures.
Areas of expertise: amphibians, birds, environment

James Prochaska

Internationally recognized for his stage model of behavior change, he directs the Cancer Prevention Reseach Center and is author of more than 300 publications. Dr. Prochaska is the principal investigator on more than $60 million dollars in research grants for the prevention of cancer and other chronic disease.
Areas of expertise: behavior change, cprc, health promotion, psychological, services, smoking