Science and Technology
Brian Blais is a Professor of Science and Technology at Bryant University and a research professor at the Institute for Brain and Neural Systems, Brown University. He received his B.A. in Physics from Wesleyan University studying the thermal-emission properties of insulators. He then proceeded to Brown University to obtain a PhD in Physics.
Julia Crowley-Parmentier, Lecturer, received her Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Brown University. She spent three years as an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Davis. On returning to Rhode Island, she worked for many years in environmental consulting as a Senior Project Manager, managing site assessment.
Kirsten Hokeness, Associate Professor, is a native of Glocester, Rhode Island. She received her bachelor’s degree in General Biology from the University of New Hampshire. Prior to obtaining her Ph.D. she worked as a research assistant in the Department of Surgical Oncology at Roger Williams Hospital.
Professor Langlois, whose scholarly pursuits include microbial communities associated with coral reefs and oil-stressed ecosystems, the effects of climate change on Arctic ecosystems, and protection strategies for endangered Metasequoia redwoods in China, also has extensive experience in crafting municipal and statewide environmental policies.
Qin Leng, Professor, received her academic training in Biology and Paleobiology. Dr. Leng's research on seed plant evolution and diversity, as well as paleoclimate reconstruction has taken her around the globe with collaborations in China, Japan, Sweden, Austria, and the United States.
As an environmental engineer and an academic researcher, Dan McNally is interested in pollution, its effects on human health and ecosystems, and how to prevent or reduce those effects through sustainable tools and innovative cleanup technologies. He teaches courses in environmental science, toxicology and green technologies.
Stephanie Mott grew up in Austria and received her M. Sc. degree in Food and Biotechnology at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences in Vienna. Her thesis work was performed at the USDA in Beltsville, MD, titled Expression of Proteins for Therapeutical Use in Transgenic Plants. Over the course of 13 years.
University of RI. BS. Botany, Minor, Chemistry University of RI, MS, Botany Thesis: UV Effect in Corn With and Without B Chromosomes" Boston College, Ph.D., Biology, "A Study of Phosphodiesterase in the Yeast Scizosaccharomyes pombe."
My interests lie at the interface of chemistry and microbiology. During my sophomore year i discovered my interest in chemistry through my introductory organic chemistry and physical chemistry courses. This interest was later fused with biology and in particular microbiology by the time I finished my undergraduate degree.
Dania Whitaker, Lecturer, received her B.S. degree in Geology and M.S. degree in Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island. Her thesis research examined species distribution and carbon and oxygen isotopic fractionation in benthic foraminifera from the Cretaceous Period in deep-sea drilling cores from the Walvis Ridge in the South Atlantic.
Hong Yang arrived at Bryant in 1998 with a vision to expand Bryant’s outreach to China. Yang founded Bryant’s U.S.-China Institute, which forges partnerships between Bryant and higher learning institutions, business enterprises, and governmental offices in China. He also directs the Confucius Institute.