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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
A $50 million gift to Brown University's Warren Alpert Medical School will fund the transition of scientific breakthroughs into medical treatments to alleviate disease. / COURTESY BROWN UNIVERSITY

Brown welcomes $50M gift from Chancellor Mencoff

PROVIDENCE - A $50 million gift made to Brown University by Chancellor Samuel M. Mencoff and Ann S. Mencoff to fund the translation of scientific...
Marty Sinnott, Child & Family president and CEO, believes the organization's new Bridge to Success Independent Living Program funded by Centreville Bank Charitable Foundation will help area youth who age out of foster care have a better entree into society. / COURTESY OF CHILD & FAMILY

Centreville Bank awards 3-year, $300K grant to Child & Family’s Independent...

MIDDLETOWN - A new housing opportunity has been made available for Rhode Island youth who grew up in group or foster care and are...
On Wednesday the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth launched its facilities and land use master plan as part of its UMassDTransform2020 strategic plan. / COURTESY UMASS DARTMOUTH

UMass Dartmouth launches facilities, land use master plan for 710-acre main...

DARTMOUTH - New nursing and law schools as well as renovations to existing academic, athletic and housing facilities are all included in the University of...
THE PANEL at the inaugural PBN Workforce Development Summit. From left to right, Mark S. Murphy, Lisa Abbott, Damian Ewens, Miellette McFarlane, Tim Hebert, Matthew Reeber and Douglas Sherman. / PBN PHOTO/ PAMELA BHATIA

Inaugural PBN Workforce Development Summit plots talent production

WARWICK – Discussion at the first-ever Providence Business News Workforce Development Summit held Feb. 14 saw roughly 200 attendees listen to and share ideas...
Jeff Prystowski, Jacob Richman and Kirsten Volness have won the Rhode Island Foundation's MacColl Johnson Fellowships for composers. Volness plans to use her $25,000 prize to produce and promote an album of original electro-acoustic music for strings and piano and to ​develop an original, multi-media opera. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION

R.I. composers win $25K RIF arts grants

PROVIDENCE - Continuing a 13-year annual tradition, the Rhode Island Foundation announced Monday three $25,000 grants from its Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson Fellowship...
THE DECEMBER 2017 Current Conditions Index measured the state's economy at 75, an 8 percent dip from November 2017. / COURTESY LEONARD LARDARO

December 2017 CCI drops to 75 to end year

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - In his December Current Conditions Index, University of Rhode Island Economist Leonard Lardaro said 2017 had a "fairly strong" economic performance...
"ME TOO" MOVEMENT founder Tarana Burke will speak at Roger Williams University on Feb. 13 as part of the school's yearlong lecture series focused on race, gender and power. / COURTESY RWU

‘Me Too’ movement founder to speak at Roger Williams University

BRISTOL – As part of the school’s yearlong lecture series focused on race, gender and power, “Me Too” movement founder Tarana Burke will speak...
THOMAS OSSMAN is retiring from Providence Country Day School, where he has served as a math teacher and football coach, after nearly 50 years. / COURTESY PROVIDENCE COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL

Five Questions With: Thomas Ossman

Thomas Ossman is the longest-standing tenured faculty member at Providence Country Day School, an independent middle and high school in East Providence. From 1968...
A MAP OF THE 15 cities and towns, including Woonsocket, that received $25,000 grants to host a free concert series this summer. / COURTESY MORTIMER & MIMI LEVITT FOUNDATION

Woonsocket receives $25K Levitt AMP grant to host free concert series

WOONSOCKET – The city was named one of 15 small- to mid-sized towns and cities by the Los Angeles-based Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation...
THE RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION is awarding $130,000 in grants and scholarships through its new Black Philanthropy Bannister Fund. From left, Beverly Ledbetter, Linda Newton, Brendan Kane and Edward Clifton serve on the fund’s advisory committee. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION

RIF awards $130K to organizations serving African-American community

PROVIDENCE – In recognition of black history month, the Rhode Island Foundation is awarding $130,000 in grants and scholarships to the local African-American community...
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