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A 19-member advisory council headed by former Rhode Island Governor Philip W. Noel has been appointed to help chart future research, education, and public service directions for the University of Rhode Island's marine programs.

John A. Knauss, URI vice president for marine programs, said the council's primary purpose is to forge closer ties between private organizations and the university's marine activities, because, he said, much of the research and many of the job opportunities in these activities in the future will likely be tied to industry needs.