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The University has named Diane Horm-Wingerd, associate professor of human development and family studies and director of the URI Child Development Centers, and Susan Roush, associate professor of physical therapy, to the positions of associate dean in URI’s College of Human Science and Services. They are working with Dean W. Lynn McKinney to oversee the second largest college at URI with 1,874 students and 55 faculty members.

Ted Smayda, a research professor in the Graduate School of Oceanography, has received a 2002 Award of Excellence from the Phycological Society of America. The award was established to recognize phycologists who have demonstrated sustained scholarly contributions in and impact on the field of phycology over their careers. Phycology is a branch of botany that deals with the study of algae.

Thomas Gullason, professor emeritus of English, recently published his latest book about Stephen Crane, the author of The Red Badge of Courage, who Gullason has spent much of his career studying and who he said is “underrated and deserving of more attention.” Stephen Crane’s Literary Family draws on unpublished documents by Crane’s family members and shows how their vitality and versatility spurred his literary career.

Heather Saffert, a Ph.D. candidate at the Graduate School of Oceanography, was selected to receive a National Sea Grant Industrial Fellowship award. She will work with SubChem Systems, Inc. of Jamestown to help develop and test an automated device to detect fecal contamination in marine waters.

Diana Siliezar, a candidate in the joint URI/RIC Ph.D. in Education Program, was named the 2002 Rhode Island Outstanding Biology Teacher by the National Association of Biology Teachers, in conjunction with Prentice Hall and the R.I. Science Teachers’ Association. Siliezar is a biology and physical science teacher at Barrington High School.

Jing Xiao, professor of human development and family studies, served on the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards’ Board of Examiners committee to help develop questions for the CFP certification examination. He was one of 29 recognized as having expertise in the field of personal financial planning. The examination, which the committee helped to develop, is administered in 50 locations throughout the U.S. and is taken by 5,000 individuals a year.

The University of Rhode Island began a novel approach to accessing material back in 1983 when it invited the libraries of Rhode Island College and the Community College of Rhode Island to share its on-line circulation system. Since then, the libraries of Providence College, Roger Williams University, Bryant College, Johnson and Wales University and Salve Regina University have joined URI, RIC, and CCRI in the Higher Education Library Information Network (HELIN). This fall, Brown University became the ninth and largest member of the consortium, effectively doubling the scope of available library materials. HELIN members share a computer-based library system that includes a single online catalog of all holdings. User-friendly software enables students, faculty, and staff of all HELIN institutions to place online requests for circulating books and materials.

Linda Shamoon, director of the College Writing Program, and Bob Schwegler, a professor in the program, have been awarded the first-ever Writing Program Administrator’s “Award for Best Book.” The book, Coming of Age: The Advanced Writing Curriculum, was especially commended for its innovation in print-linked publication. Last year, the WPA’s first ever “Award for Best Article” was given to Libby Miles, also of URI’s Writing Program.

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