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Catalina Martinez

Catalina Martinez ’97, M.S. ’00, M.M.A. ’02, M.B.A. ’15

Catalina Martinez has never backed away from learning something new. In fact, that practice has long been her method of operation -- against cultural traditions and the odds. Told as ...


Emma Lamy ’18 and Steven Leone ’18

Inspired by a popular social media series, the Humans of New York, Emma Lamy and Steven Leone launched their URI-centric riff on the phenomenon last year. “Why not here?” thought Emma while walking ...

Denise Coppa

Denise Coppa ’72, Ph.D. ‘02

Denise Coppa is committed to ensuring that underserved communities receive the health care they need. She supervises nurse practitioner students working at the Rhode Island Free Clinic, which serves medically ...

Phillip Rhyner

Phillip Rhyner ’07

When Phill Rhyner graduated from URI, he didn’t envision that he would soon invent a unique piece of dredging equipment or that he would appear on more than a dozen ...

Regina Sarpong

Regina Sarpong ’16

Regina Sarpong is taking giant strides toward achieving her career goal of creating movies for children at Pixar. She is combining classes in computer science, film, theatre and communication studies ...

Phillip Clark

Phillip Clark

Professor Phillip Clark has been touting an integrated approach to health care since the 1980s. It seems that now, everyone else is finally getting on board. Clark, director of the University’s ...



Kimberly Kowal Arcand ’97

As a child, Kim Kowal Arcand wanted to be an astronaut. Although she didn't travel that route, her role as a "science storyteller" enhances our understanding of the cosmos by helping ...

Amanda Rode

Amanda Rode ’16

Amanda Rode’s summer research project studying the biochemistry of male infertility is a long way from what she started out majoring in—civil engineering. But her experience at URI has opened ...

Daven Amin

Daven Amin ’16

Graduate student Daven Amin says he likes the idea of integrating technology in novel places. Last summer he did just that, spending two months in Ghana creating an electronic survey ...

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Annie Russell

Annie Russell

Not far from the stone wall entrance to URI, shaded by pines and oaks, stands one of the most beautiful buildings on campus: The Gender and Sexuality Center. It takes ...

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Georgia Dunn ’04

Georgia Dunn has a full life—and a full house. The fine arts grad lives with her husband, toddler, infant, and three cats in rural western Rhode Island. And the cats—Puck, Lupin, ...

Peter August

Peter August

Pete August has been involved in climate change and environmental management issues in Rhode Island for several decades, so he was the natural choice when Gov. Gina Raimondo sought a ...

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Kathy Conlon

Kathy Conlon

Kathy Conlon, an academic advisor for URI's College of Business Administration, really knows what it takes to get "somewhere over the rainbow, way up high," and it has nothing to ...

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J.C. Glick

J.C. Glick ’95

Remember when drill sergeants would stand nose to nose with new Army recruits, browbeating them until they were shaking in their boots. Well, sir—and ma’am—those days are over. Today’s wars ...

Janelle Amoako

Janelle Amoako ’15

If you want to know how to prepare for a career in the complex world of health care, you might want to look at Janelle Amoako’s resume. The spring 2015 ...


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