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POSITIVE VIBES: According to results from the Providence Business News Summer 2017 Business Survey, local business owners are optimistic about the future of their businesses and the statewide economy, despite ongoing concerns about finding qualified workers and managing rising health care costs.  / PBN GRAPHIC/ANNE EWING & LISA LAGRECA

Strong quarterly results help fuel R.I. business owners’ faith in local...

Optimism reigns among Rhode Island business owners about the future for their businesses and the statewide economy, despite ongoing concerns about finding qualified workers...
A UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND research initiative measuring the ecological health of Narragansett Bay will receive $19 million from the National Science Foundation's Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND

$19M in NSF funding awarded to URI Narragansett Bay research initiative

PROVIDENCE - Consortium for Coastal Ecology Assessment, Innovation, and Modeling, or C-AIM, a University of Rhode Island research initiative measuring the ecological health of Narragansett...
TESTING: Abigail Scro, diagnostic technician at the Roger Williams University Aquatic Diagnostic Lab, prepares to run a test to look at quantitative Polymerase chain reactions that would indicate levels of Vibrio para­haemolyticus in oysters. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

R.I. schools promote undergrad research

If a university undergraduate is considering an advanced degree or wants to engage in discovery, what better way for them to learn than by...
STYLEWEEK NORTHEAST 2017 kicks off Sept. 20 with capsule collections from five students. / PHOTO COURTESY STYLEWEEK NORTHEAST

Two local students recognized in Styleweek Northeast SEED Design competition

PROVIDENCE - Two local students will showcase capsule collections at the 13th annual Styleweek Northeast fashion show as part of the nonprofit SEED Student Design competition,...
DESIGNXRI ANNOUNCED ITS 2017 Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Inductees Tuesday.

DesignxRI announces 2017 Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement induction class

PROVIDENCE - Days before the launch of the fourth annual DesignxRI Design Week, three local designers were named Rhode Island Design Hall of Fame...
EXTERIOR WORK: Kyla Coburn, owner of Kyla Coburn Designs, purchased this building at 222 High St. in Pawtucket, a former Universalist church. Coburn recently received a $30,000 grant from the city to help improve the exterior. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

A moveable design feast

Kyla Coburn Designs LLC was founded in 2006 by its namesake, a Rhode Island School of Design graduate, and has evolved in recent years....
THE RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN Museum will raise adult daily admission from $12 to $15 but has also made admission for guests 18 and under free. / COURTESY BEST COLLEGE REVIEWS

RISD Museum to waive admission fee for youths

PROVIDENCE - Starting Sept. 12, Rhode Island School of Design Museum in Providence will not charge an admission fee for any youth aged 18...
RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN graduate Sonny Liew '01, a comic book author and illustrator, was nominated for more Eisner Awards than anyone and took home three awards at Comic-Con International 2017 in San Diego in July. /COURTESY RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN

RISD alumni win big at Comic-Con International

SAN DIEGO – Three Rhode Island School of Design alumni – Sonny Liew ’01, Erica Henderson ’08 and Anne Szabla ’10 – took home...
ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY graduates entered the job market carrying more student debt than graduates from any other university in the state. /COURTESY ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY

Rhode Island ranks in U.S. top 10 for most student loan...

PROVIDENCE – Students graduating from Rhode Island-based four-year public and nonprofit private colleges and universities in 2016 entered the job market carrying the nation’s...
DANIEL CAVICCHI is the associate provost of Research|Global|Practice at the Rhode Island School of Design, a new position at the university that oversees continuing education, executive education, RISD Global, partnered projects and RISD Careers. /COURTESY RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN

4 RISD educators promoted to leadership positions

PROVIDENCE – Effective July 1, four long-term Rhode Island School of Design faculty members were promoted to positions of leadership, one of which is...
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