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Newswise: University of Rhode Island leads $3 million collaborative research project on ‘Rules of Life’

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University of Rhode Island leads $3 million collaborative research project on ‘Rules of Life’

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KINGSTON, R.I. – July 24, 2019 – The University of Rhode Island is leading a team that has been awarded a $3 million 5-year collaborative research grant from the National Science Foundation as part of its investment in 10 Big Ideas to serve the nation’s future. Funded through NSF’s Understanding the Rules of Life: Epigenetics program, researchers will work to better understand how changes in nutrition and energy through symbiosis can influence epigenetic changes in corals, and what it may mean for coral ecology.

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24-Jul-2019 8:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 715966

URI professor, geneticists refute widespread racist analogy comparing human races to dog breeds

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University of Rhode Island anthropology professor Holly Dunsworth and four geneticists refute a common analogy comparing dog breeds with human races in a peer-reviewed, scholarly paper published by the online journal Evolution: Education and Outreach.

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17-Jul-2019 3:05 PM EDT

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Newswise: Ocean and space exploration blend at URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography

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Ocean and space exploration blend at URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography

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Scientists with a NASA-led expedition are operating from the Inner Space Center at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography as colleagues explore the deep Pacific Ocean to prepare to search for life in deep space.

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29-May-2019 10:05 AM EDT

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Newswise: URI demographer addresses federal report on decline in U.S. birthrate

Article ID: 713404

URI demographer addresses federal report on decline in U.S. birthrate

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University of Rhode Island Professor of Sociology Melanie Brasher, who earned her master’s and Ph.D. in sociology from Duke University, is a demographer who is fascinated by the topic of birthrate. Brasher, an expert in population aging who has also conducted research on unintended births and health, addressed several questions on the CDC findings – factors behind the decline, possible concerns for the future, and the historical significance of the decline.

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23-May-2019 12:45 PM EDT

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Newswise: URI history professor Joëlle Rollo-Koster is an expert on the papacy, French culture, medieval history, Game of Thrones

Article ID: 713256

URI history professor Joëlle Rollo-Koster is an expert on the papacy, French culture, medieval history, Game of Thrones

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Rollo-Koster is the author of eight books on the papacy. She was interviewed by a number of media outlets following the fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and was featured in a Time.com story in the spring of 2019 about Game of Thrones.

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21-May-2019 12:05 PM EDT

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Newswise: NOAA announces new $94 million ocean exploration institute led by  University of Rhode Island

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NOAA announces new $94 million ocean exploration institute led by University of Rhode Island

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KINGSTON, R.I., – May 6, 2019 – The University of Rhode Island will lead a new $94 million consortium to support ocean exploration, responsible resource management, improved scientific understanding of the deep sea and strengthen the nation’s Blue Economy, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced today.

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6-May-2019 8:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 712135

URI biologist, colleagues warn of peril from biological invasions as White House proposes to halve funding

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KINGSTON, R.I. – April 30, 2019 – As the Trump Administration prepares to cut in half the budget for the National Invasive Species Council, a group of invasive species experts led by a University of Rhode Island professor has issued a warning about the growing peril of biological invasions and the increasing threat they pose to the economy, environment, public health and national security.

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30-Apr-2019 12:05 PM EDT

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Newswise: URI History Professor Uses ‘Game of Thrones’ to Help Students Understand Medieval History

Article ID: 711234

URI History Professor Uses ‘Game of Thrones’ to Help Students Understand Medieval History

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Like “Star Wars,” URI Professor Joelle Rollo-Koster has used “GOT” in class to explain aristocratic feuds of 12th and 13th century France and England, including this semester in Western Europe in the High Middle Ages. Simply, she wonders if students’ ability to follow the labyrinth of shifting alliances in “Game of Thrones” can be transferred to following the dynastic intricacies of medieval Europe.

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12-Apr-2019 11:05 AM EDT

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