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Biology Research Colloquium – Sept. 8

The first Biology Research Colloquium will be held on Thursday, Sept. 8, at 4 p.m. in FLS 050. The speaker will be RIC Professor of Biology Roland de Gouvenain, who will discuss a new research project he began during his sabbatical. His talk is titled “Hold On to Your Seeds and Burn, or Sow Them Off and Hope for the Best: Fire Ecology of a South African Shrub as an Example of Ecological Tradeoff.” De Gouvenain has mentored RIC research students since 2006, and recent students accompanied him to South Africa on a research venture.

Sarah Spinette

James Montford’s Artwork on Display at Trustman Art Gallery – Sept. 8 to Oct. 6

The artwork of James Montford, director of RIC’s Bannister Gallery, will be exhibited at Simmons College’s Trustman Art Gallery in Boston from Sept. 8 to Oct. 6. The show is titled “JOLT: Guns, Race and Immigration.” Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. An artist reception will be held at the gallery on Sept. 8, 5-7 p.m.

James Montford

Meet the Dean of Students – Sept. 12

An Open House to meet RIC Dean of Students Scott Kane will be held on Monday, Sept. 12, from 3-5 p.m. in Craig-Lee 119. Enjoy great conversation as well as light refreshments.

Barbara Kingston

Biology Research Colloquium – Sept. 15

A Biology Research Colloquium will be held on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 4 p.m. in FLS 050. Dr. Christine Duncan, who has a dual appointment as assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and at the Dana Faber Cancer Institute, will speak about her studies in “Gene Therapy for Rare Pediatric Diseases.” Discover exciting new treatment options made possible through advances in genetics.

Sarah Spinette

Biology Research Colloquium – Sept. 29

A Biology Research Colloquium will be held on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 4 p.m. in FLS 050. Paula Grammas, director of the George and Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience at the University of Rhode Island, will speak on “The Heart-Brain Connection in Alzheimer's Disease.” See ProJo article published this summer on Grammas and the Institute for Neuroscience.

Sarah Spinette

Biology Research Colloquium – Oct. 6

Virologist, Jennifer Wang, associate professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, has studied topics ranging from flu resistance to treatments to the viral infections that may trigger autoimmune destruction of islet cells in Type-I (juvenile) diabetes. At the Biology Research Colloquium held on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 4 p.m. in FLS 050, Wang will present “Virus and Diabetes.” This talk should be comprehensible to a diverse audience.

Sarah Spinette

Attention All Students Considering Graduate School! – Oct. 13

Justin Richard, a URI doctoral student who worked for almost 10 years as a whale trainer at Mystic Aquarium, now has a National Science Foundation Fellowship to develop new noninvasive methods to monitor the health of the Beluga whale population. Richard will present a talk about his work – “Learning from Whale Snot: Investigating Beluga Whale Reproduction Using Minimally Invasive Techniques" – at the Biology Research Colloquium on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 4 p.m. in FLS 050. To learn more about Justin and his work on the Beluga whale click here.

Sarah Spinette

Biology Research Colloquium – Oct. 20

Dr. Richie Brown, who has a dual appointment as assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and at the VA in Boston, will present “How the Brain Controls When you Wake Up and When You Go to Sleep, and Why You Shouldn’t Pull an All-Nighter.” His talk will be held on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 4 p.m. in FLS 050. Brown has been studying the neuronal mechanisms of the sleep-wake cycle and narcolepsy for many years. 

Sarah Spinette

Biology Research Colloquium – Oct. 27

Genetically modified plants will be the topic of Elizabeth Vierling’s talk at the Biology Research Colloquium on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 4 p.m. in FLS 050. A distinguished professor at the University of Massachusetts, Vierling has studied the stress response and stress tolerance in plants and has made many presentations on genetically modified plants. Her presentation is titled “Transgenic Plants: From Basic Research to Agricultural Applications.”

Sarah Spinette

Student Activities Fall Lineup

The Office of Student Activities has planned an exciting lineup of events to kick off the Fall Semester at RIC. To find out about events and updates, visit the Student Activities Calendar of Events on our website, and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook (, Twitter (RICStuAct), Instagram (rictripsandevents) and Snapchat (RICactivities). You can always email or call 401-456-8538 or visit Student Union 408 to find out more.

Kristen Salemi

Mindfulness Meditation

In our streaming, multitasking, digital world, how often do you feel overwhelmed, scattered or like you are spinning your wheels? In mindfulness meditation, we take time out from the constant doing of our outer world and the constant thinking of our inner world and create a space where we can practice simply being. Through this practice, we develop a quiet mind, which is essential to real learning and teaching. Offered Thursdays, noon to 1 p.m., CL 130. Open to all.

RIC’s Bookstore Under New Management – Barnes & Noble College

Rhode Island College is excited to announce its new partnership with Barnes & Noble College, which begins management of the college’s bookstore in the Fall Semester. Barnes & Noble College currently manages more than 700 college bookstores nationwide.

The new store will still be named the Rhode Island College Bookstore but will offer a variety of affordable choices for course materials, including a robust in-store and online textbook rental program, an extensive selection of new and used books and digital content through its new Yuzu platform. The college expects that these new features will result in significant cost savings for students and enhance the buying experience. The bookstore will also carry RIC apparel and other spirit items, school supplies and other educational materials, and the store will continue to accept all forms of payment that students have come to expect. Additionally, Barnes & Noble College will create and manage RIC’s online bookstore website, delivering a customized shopping experience and providing students, faculty and alumni with many choices and conveniences (stay tuned for the online link).

Scott Kane

RIC Counseling Center Receives Reaccreditation

The Rhode Island College Counseling Center has been reaccredited by the International Association of Counseling Services, the accreditation association for university and college counseling centers. RIC’s center was evaluated for its compliance with the IACS standards, the highest standards available for campus counseling centers, and was found to offer outstanding professional services to the RIC community.

The center is directed by Dr. Thomas Lavin and offers flexibly short-term individual and group counseling and psychotherapy, as well as various forms of community psychology.

IACS was established as an association in 1972 to encourage and aid counseling services to meet high professional standards through peer evaluation and to inform the public about campus counseling services that are competent and reliable.

Teenage Research Participants Needed

Researchers at Rhode Island College are seeking participants in a study about how friendships help teenagers deal with emotions. Teens must be age 14, 15 or 16 and be in the 9th or 10th grade. If you have a teen who meets these criteria, please consider allowing your teen to participate. Teens will be paid $80, $60 of which will be paid for participating in a two-and-a-half hour laboratory-based data collection at Rhode Island College and $20 of which will be paid for collecting data at home. For more information, contact the research team at (401) 456-8368 or ripacric@gmail.

Emily Cook