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NEW DESIGN: The staff at Loft LLC, an industrial design company, has recently pivoted its work to designing and building contactless COVID-19 testing trailers for use by the National Guard. From left, Scott Noh, product design; Jeanette Numbers, co-founder; Nari Shin, designer/textile specialist. In the background is David Baker, director of engineering. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Startup shake-up: Entrepreneurs scramble to revamp business plans

Like many college seniors, biomedical student Abbie Kohler and engineering student Greg Fine were disheartened to have their final semester suddenly cut short and...

JWU student designs mask to alert first responders of harmful contaminants

PROVIDENCE – A Johnson & Wales University junior was recently awarded $5,000 to support the development of a mask he designed that will alert...

JWU will not hold 2020 commencement this summer

PROVIDENCE – Johnson & Wales University will not have its planned in-person commencement ceremony later this summer. The university announced Tuesday that its Aug. 22...
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Parker named executive director of Burke Fund

AMANDA PARKER is the new executive director of the John P. Burke Memorial Fund, which provides golf scholarships to local college-bound students. Parker has...

PC, JWU announce rescheduled commencement dates

PROVIDENCE – Providence College and Johnson & Wales University announced new dates to hold their respective commencement ceremonies at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center that...
EMPTY CAMPUS: The Memorial Union at the University of Rhode Island in South Kingstown is pictured in the background. URI Provost Daniel DeHayes says the university is expected to issue $8 million in refunds on room and board and had to spend $1 million to transition about 1,800 classes online due to the ­COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

With pandemic losses mounting, local colleges face biggest test

Rhode Island-based colleges are already feeling the financial strain from the COVID-19 pandemic, with the cancellation of usually profitable events and the loss of...
ON PACE: Kelly Donnell, associate professor of education at Roger Williams University, is teaching three courses from her Barrington home this semester because of the pandemic, but it hasn’t disrupted the pace or content of the instruction. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Flexibility crucial for continuing ed classes

COLLEGES IN THE AREA have their fingers crossed that their adult-education and certification programs will remain relatively unscathed during the corona­virus pandemic, and in...
JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY will receive $14.1 million in federal aid from the CARES Act to help with costs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN FILE PHOTO/JAMES BESSETTE

Local colleges to collectively receive $75.8M from CARES Act

PROVIDENCE – Local colleges in Rhode Island and Bristol County, Mass., will be receiving much-needed federal aid from the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic...
BROWN UNIVERSITY, pictured, Johnson & Wales University and the Rhode Island School of Design will issue out either credits or adjusted fees on room and board for students due to the COVID-19 outbreak. / COURTESY BROWN UNIVERSITY

Colleges to offer reimbursements on room and board due to COVID-19

PROVIDENCE – Some Rhode Island colleges say they will issue reimbursements for students’ room and board as a result of their not being able...
LARGEST WIND FARM: Green Development owns the turbines that make up Rhode Island’s largest wind farm, the $100 million, seven-turbine project in Johnston, which generates 21 megawatts. / PBN PHOTO/PAMELA BHATIA

While delays have hampered offshore wind, land-based turbines loom large in...

(Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series on the challenges and opportunities of solar- and wind-farm development in Rhode Island and...

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