URI to showcase research, innovation, April 10

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Event to feature research projects, panel discussion on university-industry relationship

KINGSTON, R.I. – March 27, 2013 – Research and innovation at the University of Rhode Island will be in the spotlight April 10 at an event that will showcase the intellectual productivity of students and faculty and demonstrate how that work can contribute to economic development.

One highlight of the program will be a display of posters from 1 to 3 p.m. in the URI Memorial Union ballroom on the Kingston campus featuring examples of the best scholarly and creative work being done in URI’s eight major academic units, from science and engineering to health and the humanities. Exhibitors were selected from among the faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students who received funding from the University for their research in 2012.

Among the projects included will be research on therapies for epilepsy, global trade analysis training, communal education programs in indigenous communities in Mexico, early brain development, health monitoring of beluga whales, and many more.

The event begins at 11 a.m. with remarks from URI President David M. Dooley and Peter Alfonso, vice president for research and economic development, followed by an announcement of research grants being awarded by the URI Council for Research, Graduate Council for the Enhancement of Graduate Research, and the Council for Research for the Undergraduate Research Initiative.

A panel discussion “Forming your own company: Tales from the Experts” will take place at 11:30 a.m. and will feature comments from URI professors Patricia Burbank, Annie De Groot and Judith Swift, as well as Christina Khoo, manager of research sciences at Ocean Spray.

“This event is a well deserved recognition of the scholarly activities taking place here at the University of Rhode Island by some of the institution’s researchers, from undergraduate students to senior faculty. We will also highlight some of our faculty’s efforts in commercializing the various products that stem from their research programs,” said Alfonso, the coordinator of the event. “It will enable everyone on campus and in the community to see what important work is being done here and stimulate collaboration across disciplines on campus and with the business community around the region. It’s really a showcase for the big thinking that is taking place at URI.”

For more information or to register to attend the event, please contact Melissa McCarthy at 401-874-2599 or Melissa@uri.edu or visit