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ACCELERATOR PITCH: ­Jayanthi Narasimhan, CEO of WatchRx Inc., which began as a wearable-device startup selling watches designed to help aging parents live independently and to better manage medications and health conditions remotely, speaks during the 2017 Health and Wellness Accelerator Pitch Event at Social Enterprise Greenhouse in Providence.
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SEG sees increased demand for Health and Wellness Accelerator program

Since founding SimplaFYI in North Kingstown in July 2016, Kathleen Repoli has seen her integrative care company grow from a provincial health care network...

R.I. looks to preserve gains under Obamacare

Rhode Island has had a good thing going under so-called “Obamacare,” according to state officials, but it all could change unless the state steps...
PROTECTIVE GEAR: John Caito III, Desmark Industries CEO, and Layne Mayer, Desmark consultant, on the production floor with the company’s first-generation riot suit.
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Desmark looks to lead in protective-textiles market with new riot suit

All forms of activism – from riots to demonstrations, rallies and protests – have colored the 18-plus months since President Donald Trump’s administration took...
PROBLEM-SOLVERS: University of Rhode Island assistant professor of industrial and systems engineering Gretchen Macht and a team of student researchers are using a state grant this summer to design something that would improve voter wait times, using queuing theory and facilities layout. From left, URI graduate students in system engineering Nicholas Bernardo, of North Haven, Conn., and James Houghton, of Holtsville, N.Y.; Macht; and URI mechanical engineering junior Ahmad Siddiqi, of Lincoln.
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When opinions won’t solve the problem

Engineers are problem-solvers. But is there an engineering solution to long lines at the voting precincts? A professor of industrial and systems engineering at...
TAKE THEM TO THE RIVER: Pontiac Mills in Warwick is a sprawling former Fruit of the Loom mill complex across from Warwick Mall that is being redeveloped along the Pawtuxet River into residential and commercial space.
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Three years on, Pontiac Mills lofts starting to take shape, take...

Shuttered textile mills are complicated and expensive to redevelop into modern purposes. When a series of mill buildings is the project, the process can...
IN TUNE: More and more, institutions are reconfiguring bathrooms to be more inclusive of transgender people. Shauna Duffy, managing director of Providence’s AS220, is overseeing a renovation project that will include adding a gender-neutral restroom on its first floor.
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Transgender bathroom issue moves to the fore

Before starting a $4 million remodeling of its Empire Street complex in downtown Providence, leaders of the nonprofit community arts organization AS220 thought carefully...
HANDS-ON LEARNING: A newly launched craft-brewing certificate program at Johnson & Wales University features two weeks of hands-on education at Isle Brewers Guild in Pawtucket. From left, Jack Streich, vice president, brewery operations, Isle Brewers Guild; Devin Kelly, co-founder and managing partner, Isle Brewers Guild; Ed Korry, department chair, beverage and dining services, Johnson & Wales; Jeremy Duffy co-founder and managing partner, Isle Brewers Guild; Jennifer Pereira, associate professor,  / Johnson & Wales.
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Isle Brewers Guild partners with JWU to offer online craft-brewing certificate

For a time, every old industrial complex, barn, music hall or former train station was ripe for the picking, as the fervor for craft...
HEIGHTENED INTEREST: James Fowler Jr., second from left, vice president for enrollment management at Salve Regina University in Newport, meets with students Tim Mentor, left, a sophomore majoring in political science; Mohammad Meraay, standing right, a junior majoring in marketing and business; and Santiago Durango, a junior majoring in political science. Fowler says prospective students and parents are more interested in how alumni fare with job placements than they were 10 years ago.
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Measuring college success in job placement

When choosing a college, students may focus on the experience they’ll have for the next four years of their life. But increasingly they and...

Art schools aren’t doing so badly while other colleges struggle

Sculptor Eleanor Tomlinson had doubts about art school. The tuition looked costly, there was no guarantee of a job and she wondered whether a...
CLEANING UP: Eric S. Anderson, left, president of Enviro-Clean, a damage restoration and remediation company in Smithfield, speaks with Robert Goralski, president of Cesyl Mills and owner of a warehouse facility in Woonsocket that sustained smoke damage from a fire. 
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Disaster-preparedness firms keep R.I. protected as storms increase, intensify

A second-generation disaster restoration and remediation specialist, Eric S. Anderson, president of Enviro-Clean Inc. in Smithfield, knows all too well why businesses must be...
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