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ADVANCED EQUIPMENT: Dave Zawacki, left, engineer, and Misha Pierre-Mike, sales and marketing manager, at Evans Capacitor Co. in East Providence. They are examining some of their advanced material-processing equipment that uses extreme temperature and pressure to form high-reliability capacitor parts.  / PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Robots don’t take jobs, but turn manufacturers into educators

For years, we’ve heard about the shortage of labor in advanced manufacturing, with technological skills now the must-have labor asset for any company that...
PAULA GRAMMAS, executive director of the George and Ann Ryan Institute for Neuroscience at the University of Rhode Island, has been elected an American Association for the Advancement of Science fellow for her research into neurodegenerative conditions. / COURTESY URI/NORA LEWIS

Grammas named American Association for the Advancement of Science fellow

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – For her research into neurodegenerative conditions, Paula Grammas, executive director of the University of Rhode Island’s George and Ann Ryan Institute...
THE UNIVERSITY OF Rhode Island held a topping off ceremony Jan. 26 to celebrate the installation of the final piece of structural steel for its new College of Engineering complex. / COURTESY URI/NORA LEWIS

URI College of Engineering celebrates milestone with topping off ceremony

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Construction of a nearly 200,000-square-foot College of Engineering complex at the University of Rhode Island recently celebrated a milestone. The topping off ceremony, to mark the...
MICHAEL MULLER, clinical pharmacist specialist in neonatology at Women & Infants Hospital, was named Health System Pharmacist of the Year at the 49th Annual Installation Banquet of the Rhode Island Society of Health System Pharmacists at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick on Jan. 6. / COURTESY WOMEN & INFANTS HOSPITAL

Muller named pharmacist of the year at RISHP banquet

WARWICK – Michael Muller, clinical pharmacist specialist in neonatology at Women & Infants Hospital in Providence, was named Health System Pharmacist of the Year...
THE COVER DESIGN “She Persisted” by Narya Marcille was created for a special edition of Newsweek magazine. It features illustrations of Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts; Ellen Pao, former interim CEO of Reddit; Pakastani education and women’s rights advocate Malala Yousafzai, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi, a Nigerian novelist and feminist; and Gina Rodriguez, an American actress best known for her role in “Jane the Virgin.” / COURTESY NARYA MARCILLE

URI grad’s women’s march cover design chosen for special edition of...

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – On the cover of a late January special edition of Newsweek magazine is a design depicting five contemporary women’s rights activists...
THE UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATIONS' endowment grew at the fastest rate of any local college from fiscal 2016 to fiscal 2017 at 16.8 percent. / COURTESY URI

Report: Local college and university endowments grew in fiscal 2017 across...

PROVIDENCE – The endowment of every college and university in Rhode Island and Bristol County, Mass., increased in value by more than 7 percent...
PUBLIC TRAINING: A group of Mental Health First Aid trainers for Lifespan Corp. discusses strategies for helping the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness. From left, Katherine Desjarlais, milieu associate at Lifespan, and Kimberly LaFountain, behavioral education development specialist at Bradley Hospital. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Communities implement MHFA training to address mental distress

Mental Health First Aid, a training program created in Australia in 2001 by Betty Kitchener, a nurse specializing in health education, and ­Anthony Jorm,...
RONALD J. ONORATO, art and architectural history professor at the University of Rhode Island, won the inaugural Winifred Brownell award for his work using 3-D printing technology to recreate a 17th-century Newport neighborhood. / COURTESY RONALD J. ONORATO

Onorato awarded for re-creation of 17th-century Newport neighborhood

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Ronald J. Onorato, University of Rhode Island art and architectural history professor, won the inaugural Winifred Brownell award, or “The Winnie,”...
UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND students Joshua Harper. left, and James Baez stand next to the smart onesie they created to treat jaundice in infants. / COURTESY URI/JOHN PETERSON

URI students engineer wearable tech

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – University of Rhode Island biomedical engineering students Joshua Harper, of Maine, and James Baez, of Providence, have created a onesie for newborns that...
RHODE ISLAND'S Current Conditions Index was 83 in November, the eighth time the state received such a rating in 2017. A CCI score over 50 reflects an expanding economy. / COURTESY LEONARD LARDARO

Nov. CCI holds at strong value of 83

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Rhode Island has moved “well beyond” the “soft patch” of 2016, said University of Rhode Island economist Leonard Lardaro in his...
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