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Emily Gowdey-Backus
Emily Gowdey-Backus joined Providence Business News as a staff writer in April 2016. She is a native of Connecticut and holds a Master’s Degree in international journalism from Cardiff University. Emily covers the education, workforce development, hospitality and tourism, and nonprofit beats for the newspaper.Photo Credit: Love & Perry Photography
MARTIN T. MEEHAN, the president of the University of Massachusetts, announced $200,000 in technology development awards on Thursday . / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS

Meehan announces $200K in tech grants

BOSTON – University of Massachusetts President Martin T. Meehan announced Thursday $200,000 in seed funding for new technologies to extend battery life, prevent bedsores...
THE GREYCORK TEAM, from left to right, Alec Babala, Jonah Willcox-Healey, Myung Chul (Bruce) Kim and John Humphrey. The easy-to-assemble furniture business has closed after four years in business. / PBN FILE PHOTO/FRANK MULLIN

Greycork closes after 4 years in business

PROVIDENCE – The $1 million-backed, Forbes-recognized Greycork furniture company closed its doors in March, according to multiple online sources.As early as Wednesday, April 5,...
RISD Museum VR exhibit

RISD Museum spring exhibits to feature VR, Impressionist works

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island School of Design Museum has announced the exhibits that will be displayed in its galleries for the spring 2017...
Steven Keith

Five Questions With: Steven Keith

Steven Keith, managing director, came on board with Beat the Streets Providence in the summer of 2016. Prior to joining Beat the Streets Providence,...
Dancing with the Doctors

Dancing with the Doctors fundraiser to benefit Izzy Foundation

LINCOLN – In its fourth year, the annual Dancing with the Doctors competition has partnered with Studio One R.I. Dance Complex to raise money...
Nicholas Kristof

Nicholas Kristof to speak about refugees at RWU

BRISTOL – On April 20, New York Times columnist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof will speak at Roger Williams University as part...
UMass Dartmouth

UMass Dartmouth College of Visual & Performing Arts to undergo restructure

DARTMOUTH – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth College of Visual & Performing Arts has voted to restructure and streamline its structure to create a...
SATISFIED: Jessica Geier, an adjunct faculty member at Johnson & Wales University, Providence College and formerly at Rhode Island College, is happy with her part-time positions. Geier, center, teaches a class at PC. In the background is senior Nat Bonde, of Midfield, Mass., majoring in accounting and finance. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Colleges need part-time professors, but is the system fair to them...

Philip Eil is considered contingent by his employer – but unlike many others in his position, by choice.His job as a part-time English teacher...
CHANGING PERSPECTIVES: Gerry Fernandez, left, founder of the Providence-based Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance, speaks with M. Anyi ­Espinal, member-relations manager. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five questions with Gerry Fernandez

Gerry Fernandez is the founder and president of the Multicultural Foodservice and Hospitality Alliance1 The Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance encourages young people to...
NEW SKILLS: Bernadette Durkin is using the skills she learned during the October 2016 Rhode Island College and General Assembly computer science boot camp to help her fifth-grade class at Cumberland Hill School in Cumberland learn to code. From left, Luke Plumer, 11, foreground; Leah Mandeville, 11; Durkin; and Adriana Panagoulopoulos, 10. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

CS4RI, GA host boot camp to help teachers learn to code

“Minimal” was how Bernadette Durkin described her computer-coding knowledge prior to a professional-development continuing studies course she took at Rhode Island College in ­October.“I’m...
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