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BARBARA COTTAM, chair of the R.I. Board of Education, spoke at the Computer Science for Rhode Island Summit held on Dec. 13 at the University of Rhode Island. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

CS4RI summit brings tech leaders together to inspire entrepreneurs

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The second annual Computer Science for Rhode Island Summit, held through the state’s Office of Innovation, brought together leaders in the...
IN RESPONSE TO ITS REQUESTS FOR PROPOSALS for one or more Innovation Campuses, the R.I. Executive Office of Commerce has received 16 applications. / COURTESY EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF COMMERCE

Commerce issues RFP for Innovation Campuses

PROVIDENCE- The R.I. Executive Office of Commerce has issued its Request for Proposals for the creation of one or more Innovation Campuses in Rhode...
ROBERT COYNE joined the University of Rhode Island as a physics lecturer this fall. Coyne is one of 1,200 international scientists involved with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, select members of which were awarded the Noble Prize in physics in October for their discovery of two neutron stars colliding 130 million light years away, which included detection of gravitational waves. / COURTESY ROBERT COYNE

Nobel prize-linked physicist joins University of Rhode Island faculty

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Robert Coyne, one of 1,200 international scientists involved with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, joined the University of Rhode Island as...
CONVERSING: Crossroads Rhode Island members, from left, Heather Fortin, human resources and individual volunteer coordinator; Cicely Dove, vice president of family services; and Robert Upham, director of human resources, attend the PBN Workplace Excellence, Diversity and Inclusion Summit held Dec. 7 at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SKORSKI

‘Unconscious bias’ barrier to workplace inclusion

“If we tolerate intolerance, then tolerance will become extinct,” warned Stephanie Huckel, manager of culture and diversity and inclusion at Blue Cross & Blue...

Ferszt inducted as American Academy of Nursing Fellow

GINETTE FERSZT, a professor in the University of Rhode Island’s College of Nursing, was recently inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of...
FOUR EDUCATIONAL technology initiatives received a combined $623,460 in grants from the Champlin Foundation Tuesday. /PHOTO COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND

URI educational tech initiatives receive $600K-plus in grants

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Four Champlin Foundation grants totaling $623,460 were awarded to four University of Rhode Island educational technology tools, the state's flagship research institute...
BROWN UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT Chistina H. Paxson earned $1,067,491 in total compensation in 2015, the highest amount of any private college in the Providence metropolitan area for the year. / COURTESY BROWN UNIVERSITY

Report: Brown, Bryant, JWU lead region in private college executive compensation

PROVIDENCE - Brown University President Christina H. Paxson was the highest-compensated higher education executive in the Providence metropolitan area, according to the Executive Compensation...
CURRENT CONDITIONS INDEX for Rhode Island in October was 83. A CCI above 50 indicates economic growth. /COURESY LEONARD LARDARO

Lardaro: R.I. CCI shows growth, but there is ‘potential reason for...

PROVIDENCE - University of Rhode Island economist Leonard Lardaro posted a Current Conditions Index for Rhode Island in October of 83, a 33-point gain...
FURTHER STUDY: Dr. Gregory D. Jay, owner of Lubris LLC, has been investigating lubricin, a glycoprotein recently licensed to Novartis for use as a dry-eye treatment. Jay is looking into lubricin’s potential as a treatment for damaged joints and abdominal scarring prevention.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

R.I. hospitals’ dilemma: Nurture innovation or be downsized by it

Medical innovation saves and improves otherwise desperate lives and lends prestige to the hospitals nurturing it, while attracting new patients, funding, and top researchers...
TEAM MEETING: From left, Brenton DeBoef, professor of chemistry at the University of Rhode Island, and Alcinous Pharmaceutical team members Nicholas DaSilva, CEO and Ph.D. student in the URI College of Pharmacy; Benjamin Barlock, chief technology officer and Ph.D. student in the URI College of Pharmacy; David Worthen, chief operations officer and URI assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Department of Chemical Engineering; and Ken Rose, chief scientific officer and Ph.D. student in the URI College of Pharmacy, discuss Alcinous’ latest research project. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Alcinous to use $50K Innovation Voucher to create new PARP inhibitor

Five weeks prior to celebrating its first year in business, Alcinous Pharmaceuticals received a $50,000 Innovation Voucher from R.I. Commerce Corp. The microcompany had been...

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