USDA chief scientist to meet URI students, scientists to discuss research

Posted on
July 23. 2012

WHO: Catherine Woteki, chief scientist and under secretary for research, education and economics at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, URI Provost Donald DeHayes, URI Vice President for Research Peter Alfonso, and John Kirby and Richard Rhodes, dean and associate dean, respectively, of the URI College of the Environment and Life Sciences, along with students and faculty.

WHAT: As part of the USDA celebration of the 150th anniversary of its partnership with the Land-Grant University system, Catherine Woteki will visit the University of Rhode Island’s College of the Environment and Life Sciences. During her visit, URI officials will provide Woteki with a tour of the Coastal Institute and the Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences to meet students and faculty conducting research funded by USDA. Among the projects they will discuss are studies of water quality, tick surveillance, aquaculture and geographic information systems.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 25 from 10 a.m. to noon

WHERE: The URI Coastal Institute, 1 Greenhouse Rd. (from 10 to 11 a.m.) and the Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences (from 11 a.m. to noon), 120 Flagg Rd., Kingston,

CONTACT: Todd McLeish, URI Communications & Marketing, 401-874-7892,, or Torey Liepa, USDA, 202-720-8885,