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Five Questions With: Dr. Athena Poppas

In November, Dr. Athena Poppas was named chief of cardiology for Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals, and for the Warren Alpert Medical School...
WARY LANDLORD: Dustin Dezube, owner of Providence Student Living Capital LLC, has 125 properties in Providence, including several buildings on East Transit Street that are newly constructed or renovated. He mostly rents to college students and is concerned a proposed city regulation to expand an existing three-student cap to all structures in single-family zones, could also be applied to multifamily zones.  
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Some Providence residents want stricter regulation of student housing. A...

Over the past eight years, Providence Student Living Capital LLC has purchased and renovated more than 100 residential structures in Providence, mostly multifamily units. And...
A FORMER SAND AND GRAVEL MINING SITE IN NORTH KINGSTOWN will be transformed into 240 acres of solar arrays that will provide 40 megawatts of energy to Rhode Island’s electrical grid. Brown University will use the energy to offset 70 percent of its annual fossil fuel consumption on campus. / COURTESY BROWN UNIVERSITY/STEPHEN CROCKER /

Brown to offset fossil fuel consumption with renewable energy investments

PROVIDENCE – In the first of two planned renewable energy projects, Brown University will develop a solar facility on a former 240-acre sand and...
RECORD TIME: Brown University researchers have published a study showing that electronic health records are more stressful for physicians than they are helpful. At Coastal Medical, practice nurses, such as Margaret Hatzpanian, right, now handle most clinical documents and administrative tasks previously handled by doctors. At left is Stephanie Nunes, nurse practioner.
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Brown researcher: Electronic health records create high stress for physicians

Physicians say electronic health records are stressful, but a survey of Rhode Island doctors and promising strategies suggest compromises between round-the-clock accessibility and reasonable...

R.I. Hospital names Carayannopoulos chief of new physical and rehabilitation department

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island Hospital announced Dr. Alexios Carayannopoulos as chief of its newly created physical medicine and rehabilitation department, a position he has...

Thirsk to head Brown’s digital strategy, tech platforms

PROVIDENCE – After a nationwide search, Brown University has appointed Bill Thirsk chief digital and information officer effective Feb. 1. The announcement, which came early...
SUBSTITUTE TEACHER: Meghan M. Hill recently graduated from Rhode Island College’s education program and began a six-month substitute teaching position at RIC’s on-campus Henry Barnard Elementary School in January. /PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Educating teachers is a shrinking business

Meghan M. Hill wanted to be a teacher since she was in the fourth grade. Of her chosen career path, the 23-year-old Scituate native said:...

Brown purchases commercial property on Providence East Side

PROVIDENCE – Brown University has purchased a 4,000-square-foot building near Thayer Street that previously was a retail location and has plans to acquire the...
NEW FACE: Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, center, speaks with Sen. Dennis L. Algiere, R-Charlestown, and Sen.-elect Jessica de la Cruz, a Republican who will represent North Smithfield, Burrillville and Glocester, during an orientation for new members in the Senate chambers at the Statehouse.
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Lawmakers have returned to tackle a host of familiar issues

The General Assembly reopened Jan. 1 with a new configuration of legislators facing many of the same issues that have been circulating in the...
RECORD ENDOWMENT: Students walk across campus in front of Friedman Hall at Brown University in Providence. Brown has the largest endowment among Rhode Island colleges and universities, which grew to a record $3.8 billion, the school reported in October.
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Colleges’ reliance on endowments ‘never been greater’

By the end of January, analysts will come out with their annual report on the performance of endowments of U.S. colleges and universities, including...
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