Monday, May 6, 2013
URI tick guru Tom Mather offers five actions you can take to cut down your chances of contracting a tick-borne disease.
Here's a startling fact: in 2012, the tick population in Rhode Island was 116 percent higher than the previous five-year average. "In some settings, we saw increases as much as 1,800 percent over the previous year, which is a little bit scary actually," said Tom Mather last week at a press conference at Goddard Park. Mather would know. He's the director of URI’s Center for Vector-Borne Disease and the Tick Encounter Resource Center. He's one of the people behind the state's new Get TickSmart/RI campaign, an effort backed by Sen. Jack Reed, who was at Goddard Park with Mather. Over the years, Reed has been able to get more than $1 million in federal funds to help URI researchers like Mather develop and implement tick-bite provention and …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
According to state police, there is no established connection between the man wanted from the library and the lockdown at URI on Thursday.
The University of Rhode Island Police Department is looking for a man involved in an incident at the campus library Friday night. The university provided no details of the incident in a press release, but said it has nothing to do with police locking down the campus Thursday after unfounded reports of a man with a gun. The man shown in the attached photo is described as a white male with a buzz haircut, clean-shaven, about 6-feet-tall and 220 pounds with a muscular build. He has a receding hairline and appears to be between 27 to 33 years of age. "At this time, we have no evidence that there is a connection between the events of last Thursday and the report from the library," a university press release reads. However, the URI Police are …
Friday, April 5, 2013
URI president David Dooley thanks emergency officials for their response, and outlines the school’s response.
- POLICE & FIRE
Friday, April 5
Statement released via the University of Rhode Island Department of Communications and Marketing. To Members of the University Community, We are grateful that an alarming, and to some a terrifying, experience in Kingston yesterday ended with all members of our community safe and sound. A threatening statement believed to have been made in a lecture hall caused about 300 students to flee the auditorium, an entire building evacuated, an emergency alert system activated, and a university campus put in lock down mode for nearly three hours. We appreciate the swift and professional response of the University of Rhode Island, South Kingstown, Charlestown, and Rhode Island State Police with its K-9 unit. The cooperation among these forces was …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
URI and North Kingstown have partnered to create a plan to cope with sea level rise.
Between the floods of March 2010 and the large-scale hurricanes that have battered New England in recent years, Rhode Island residents have gotten a glimpse into the future of sea level rise in the area. Parking lots and roads disappeared beneath storm surges while basements and storefronts flooded as water levels rose. According to Teresa Crean of the University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Resource Center, these are all indicators of what’s to come as sea levels rise. North Kingstown is at the forefront of creating a plan to mitigate its impact. Over the past century, global sea levels have increased by seven inches, threatening low-lying coastal communities. In the Northeast, the water is rising at a faster and more alarming rate. …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Bobby Hurley served as the associate head coach for his brother Danny at URI, and will now take over at Buffalo University.
Wednesday, March 27
Bobby Hurley, one of the most iconic figures in college basketball history, has been named the 12th men's basketball head coach at the University at Buffalo. He joins UB from the University of Rhode Island where he has been serving as associate head coach. UB Director of Athletics Danny White made the announcement on Tuesday at a 5:00 pm press conference at Alumni Arena. "After reviewing a large and highly qualified national pool and following my conversations with some of the most respected figures in college athletics, Coach Hurley was clearly the choice to lead the next era of UB basketball," White said. "As we continue to foster our role as the flagship athletic department for the state of New York, the appointment of Coach Hurley …
Sunday, March 24, 2013
The Watershed Watch program at URI needs volunteers to monitor local bodies of water.
Sunday, March 24
Release courtesy of the University of Rhode Island Department of Communications and Marketing. Twenty-five years of water quality data collected by volunteers from the Watershed Watch program at the University of Rhode Island has shed light on the variability of the conditions of Rhode Island’s ponds, rivers and streams and how climate change and the increasingly severe weather affects them. The program is now seeking additional volunteers to continue to monitor the state’s water bodies. “We know that our waters are highly variable from site to site and from year to year,” said Elizabeth Herron, Watershed Watch program coordinator. “Rainfall affects sites very differently – some respond well to dry weather, others to wet weather. It …
Saturday, March 9, 2013
The Rams’ first half efficiency gets wore down by a more talented UMass squad, as URI loses 75-66 in its season finale.
KINGSTON – For seemingly the 100th time this year, the University of Rhode Island men’s basketball team saw a close game slip away in the second half, as the Rams couldn’t keep pace with a more talented opponent. For Senior Day on Saturday afternoon, the cast of characters changed, as the University of Massachusetts Minutemen played the role of past squads like La Salle, St. Bonaventure and VCU. However, the ending was the same, as the Rams lost 75-66. As usual, the Rams were within striking distance at the half, trailing by just a single point with about four seconds left. In a play that epitomized URI’s season, UMass point guard Chaz Williams got the ball in the backcourt, shook off light contact from 60 feet away, and then launched a …
The Rams look to end the season on a positive note with a win against the University of Massachusetts.
The University of Rhode Island men’s basketball team looks to recover from a brutal loss to St. Joseph’s with a season-ending win against the University of Massachusetts today. Tip-off at the Ryan Center is at 2 p.m., and as usual, we will be providing a live chat for the game. The Rams (8-20, 3-12 Atlantic 10) last played on Wednesday, when they were crushed 81-44 at St. Joseph’s (17-11, 8-7 Atlantic 10). The lone bright spot was that the game was only 40 minutes long. URI looks to bounce back in their season and home finale, against UMass (18-10, 8-7 Atlantic 10). The Rams have already been eliminated from postseason play, as their record doesn’t qualify them for Atlantic 10, NIT or NCAA tournament play. There are two special things …
Sunday, February 24, 2013
With a win against La Salle today, URI can hurt the Explorers’ conference tournament seeding and postseason chances.
The University of Rhode Island men’s basketball team will look for its ninth win of the season, and fourth conference win, as it hosts the La Salle Explorers at 2 p.m. at the Ryan Center. The usual script for the two teams has flipped a bit this year, as the Rams are rebuilding while La Salle (18-7, 8-4 Atlantic 10) is in contention for postseason play. The Rams (8-17, 3-9 Atlantic 10) are hoping to play spoiler as a result. To win, URI will have to shake off one of its worst shooting performances ever. The Rams lost 55-42 to Xavier on Wednesday night, shooting 24.1 percent from the field in the process. Shooting below 30 percent will almost surely result in another loss. Following today’s game, URI has just three games left, with the …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
URI misses 25 shots from the 3-point arc in a 55-42 loss to Xavier on Wednesday night.
KINGSTON – With a dismal 24.1 percent shooting performance from the field, the University of Rhode Island men’s basketball team faded in the second half against Xavier, seeing a one-point halftime lead turn into a 55-42 loss on Wednesday night. Despite getting a slew of open looks from 3-point range, the Rams could only hit five of their 30 attempts from the arc. Although URI (8-17, 3-9 Atlantic 10) did get 10 assists on its 13 baskets and only turned the ball over eight times, Xavier took advantage of trips to the line to surge past the Rams in the second half. The Musketeers (15-10, 8-4 Atlantic 10) finished 17-for-24 from the line, and generally had their way in the paint for both halves. Six-foot-eight senior forward Travis Taylor …