Rep. Karen MacBeth is in a high-visibility position chairing the House Committee on Oversight and charged with overseeing an inquiry into the failed 38 Studios video game company and the state’s $75 million loan guarantee to the business. more
Harriet Powell was walking the trails near her North Kingstown home one day when she came across signs urging people not to swim or fish in a pond not far from a town well. When she enquired about the problem, she learned pesticides had been dumped there but because local regulations didn’t require it, no one had notified the town water department of the problem.more
Deborah L. Sheely is a biologist whose Ph.D. research studying trees in the Micronesian islands in the mid-1990s eventually led to a 16-year stint working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Much of that time was spent working through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (formerly the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service). more
Dennis M. Hanno has been working in his new capacity as president of Wheaton College in Norton for nearly three months, and will be inaugurated Oct. 17. He will then begin charting the school’s future under his tenure. Profiled in his college’s quarterly as devoted to hard work and leadership, he has inherited the school’s liberal arts approach to higher education and some common challenges.more
Homeowners who can’t help checking their address on Internet property value trackers like Zillow’s “zestimate” likely weren’t happy with Stan Humphries, the real estate website’s chief economist, when house prices were plunging in recent years. An architect of the algorithm behind the “zestimate,” Humphries is probably more popular now that home prices on Zillow are rising again. 2013 was a very strong year for real estate across the country and even in the economically challenged Providence area, where Humphries was in town recently to network with local real estate agents who use or are looking at using Zillow’s data platform. more
Greg Woods has been the heir apparent at West Warwick electronics manufacturer Astro-Med since being hired as chief operating officer in the fall of 2012, as part of the company’s strategic growth plan. Around the same time the Rochester, N.Y. native officially took over as CEO at the end of January, Astro-Med announced the $6.7 million acquisition of competitor Miltope Corp.’s line of aviation printers. It was the first of what Woods hopes will be a series of expansion initiatives and will bring manufacturing now done in Alabama to the Ocean State. The average consumer will likely never come in direct contact with Astro-Med’s specialized printers and data-acquisition devices, but Woods says they have a bright future. more
Adriana Dawson stepped in to deepen the connection between Rhode Island’s educational and business communities on March 31 through a newly created position at Roger Williams University. She will work with companies across the state from the university’s Bristol campus, as well as from a Providence office. more
Born in Tunisia, Hedi BenAicha studied history broadly, with a focus on the Middle East, before turning to library science in the United States in 1984. In mid-2008, he began ramping up Rhode Island College’s online offerings at its school library. more
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