Kathryn Meier Associate Director, Institute for Integrated Health and Innovation Without Kathryn Meier, few major grants would be submitted by faculty at the Institute for Integrative Health and Innovation in the College of Health Sciences, and even fewer would be funded. As the Institute’s associate director, Meier serves as the liaison between faculty members writing research proposals and the University’s Office of Sponsored Projects. “She meets with faculty and helps them understand the grant application process, helps them develop a realistic budget, and guides them through to the completion of the proposal so they can focus on the science,” says Bryan Blissmer, director of the Institute and a professor of kinesiology. “She especially excels at working with newer faculty who need assistance understanding the URI system.” In the two years since the Institute was established, Meier has facilitated the submission of more than 100 research proposals on such diverse topics as nutrition education at the state prisons, childhood obesity, home-based primary care, substance abuse prevention, caregiving to Alzheimer’s patients, and post-traumatic stress disorder. And since most research projects at the Institute involve interdisciplinary research, she helps identify potential members of the research team. “She understands the landscape of URI faculty members and can make the necessary connections. If you need someone who works on pain or stroke or you need a biostatistician, she can help assemble that team,” Blissmer says. “Kathy is an integral piece of our research activity. She smooths the path for so many investigators, reducing their frustration and encouraging them to keep applying for grants.” “Kathy is an integral piece of our research activity.”

David Palazzetti Director of Facilities and Operations, URI Narragansett Bay Campus As the director of facilities and operations at the University’s Narragansett Bay Campus, David Palazzetti has the broad responsibility of ensuring that the campus runs smoothly and efficiently. A significant portion of that responsibility requires that he cater to the needs of the oceanographic research faculty. He chairs the campus Space Committee, for instance, which ensures that faculty — especially new personnel — have laboratory space designed for their particular research needs. He identifies suitable space, oversees its design and renovation, and finds the funding to complete the work. “It’s a role that is greatly appreciated by the faculty,” says Bruce Corliss, dean of the Graduate School of Oceanography. “He has the ability to work very effectively across the Bay Campus, whether the need is for heating and air conditioning, minus 80-degree freezers, or fine- tuning labs as they are needed.” Palazzetti, a retired Coast Guard commander and engineer, also oversees ship operations, ensuring that scientists who use the ship have the technical support and shore-based support they need to complete their research at sea. And his role in the development of the campus master plan includes working closely with faculty to ensure their needs for research facilities — and the cutting-edge technology that goes with it — are met when new buildings are constructed. “Dave plays a critical role in the present and future ship operations and the master plans, and he’ll be the point person for construction going forward,” Corliss says. “And most of that work is about supporting the research endeavor of the faculty, staff and students.”

– Bryan Blissmer

Professor and IIHI Director Bryan Blissmer, Associate Director Kathryn Meier, SWPT Tracey Barton, SRGA Terri-Lyn Hodson and Coordinator Megan Garrison Lane.

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