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VERY CALCULATED: Rick Gorvett, chair of Bryant University’s mathematics department, says the creation of a master’s degree program in actuarial science comes at a time when the need for more actuaries is greater than ever. 
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New Bryant master’s program for those looking to make risk their...

Forget what you might think of people who work as actuaries – overworked number crunchers who toil away in windowless offices, dully calculating risks...
VERY CALCULATED: Rick Gorvett, chair of Bryant University’s mathematics department, says the creation of a master’s degree program in actuarial science comes at a time when the need for more actuaries is greater than ever. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

New Bryant master’s program for those looking to make risk their...

Forget what you might think of people who work as actuaries – overworked number crunchers who toil away in windowless offices, dully calculating risks...
SUDDEN BOOST: After the national suicide and crisis lifeline changed its number to a three-digit 988, monthly calls in Rhode Island increased 53% from 313 in December 2021 to 480 in December 2022. Pictured is Matthew Latondresse, 988 clinical supervisor at the BH Link call center in East ­Providence.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Number change boosts calls to R.I. crisis lifeline

A little over six months since the national suicide and crisis lifeline trimmed down its number to an easy-to-remember 988, calls have been pouring...
POWERS THAT BE: Peter Kaczmarek, president of Mearthane Products Corp. in Cranston, has decided to add rooftop solar panels to his facility in part because of concerns about increasing electricity rates in the region. 
PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Firms fret about how big their power bills will grow

The massive milling machines and grinders used to make Hindley Manufacturing Co.’s signature wire hardware are power hungry, so it’s no surprise that President...

Bear market prompting some changes in strategy

The typical seesaw relationship between stocks and bonds has been flipped on its head, with historic losses in both sending investors into a tailspin. The...
SPECIAL ­EXPERTISE: ­Steven Monacelli, an accountant with expertise in cannabis at Withum Smith+Brown PC in Providence, with Brittany Crosi, marketing ­coordinator.
PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

New cannabis firms warned about financial hurdles

New cannabis-related businesses are opening throughout the state ahead of Rhode Island’s official legalization of recreational marijuana sales, but specialized accountants are warning enthusiastic...
OPPORTUNITY AHEAD? Boyd E. Foster Jr., partner at Feeney, Foster & Cavanagh CPAs LLC, says recommendations by the Federal Accounting Standards Board that would ease tracking the value of cryptocurrency held by businesses may allow his firm to take on corporate clients that have those assets. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

The end of the cryptocurrency ‘nightmare’ on ledgers?

As cryptocurrency investors rode the digital currency rollercoaster over the last several years, Claire M. Iacobucci was right alongside them. As partner and director of...
SCAM STOPPERS: Lee H. Vilker, head of the criminal division at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Rhode Island, helps prosecute people ­accused of defrauding others through investment schemes. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

In some investor scams, warning flags are waving

As a federal prosecutor, Lee H. Vilker deals with not only criminal defendants but the victims of those crimes. Vilker, head of the criminal division...
TEMPORARY FIX: Kathleen Gannon, left, board chair of the Rhode Island Bike Coalition, rides across a temporary, boardwalk-style bridge as part of a detour along the East Bay Bike Path going over the Barrington River in Barrington with coalition members Judy Menton, center, and Chris Menton. The old bridge seen in the background is one of two along the bike path that will be replaced following an allocation of federal money for transportation infrastructure improvements awarded to the state in August.
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Long-awaited bike bridges will use modular system

After nearly three years of uncertainty, frustration and sometimes outright pessimism for East Bay Bike Path users and alternative transportation advocates, the tentative replacement...
A SOUND MIND: Brown University research assistant Nina Lee demonstrates one of the noise monitors she installed at 140 locations around Rhode Island, from bustling cities to quiet rural communities. The ultimate goal is to establish a relationship between noise pollution and children’s health. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Are R.I.’s noises hurting health of our children?

Since moving to Rhode Island a little over a year ago, Nina Lee has gotten to know the state in a way few others...
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