University of Rhode Island en Kerrie Bennett leaving URI for Delta Dental <p>Kerrie Bennett, director of legislative and government relations for the University of Rhode Island, is leaving to take an executive post at Delta Dental, the dental insurer.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:22:54 +0000 Scott MacKay 35453 at RISCA Puts Out Call For Art For New URI Building <p>The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts has put out a call for new art.&nbsp; The work will be installed at the University of Rhode Island’s brand new center for chemical and life sciences.</p><p></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 13:27:45 +0000 John Bender 35511 at Civil Rights Leader To Speak At URI <p>Rev. Bernard Lafayette Jr., a leader in the civil rights movement, will speak at the University of Rhode Island Tuesday.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 13:18:04 +0000 Catherine Welch 34926 at Civil Rights Leader To Speak At URI Scott MacKay Commentary: Finally, Smith Hill And RI Colleges Work Together <p>Is Rhode Island government finally waking up to leveraging state colleges as wellsprings of economic development? RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay sees some hopeful signs on Smith Hill.</p><p></p><p></p><p>After years of malign neglect of Rhode Island’s public colleges and universities, the General Assembly finally appears to be turning a corner. Several elements in the state budget approved last week by the House Finance Committee show that Statehouse politicians are finally getting the message on the iron link between education and creating jobs in the Ocean State.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 18:29:37 +0000 Scott MacKay 34790 at Scott MacKay Commentary: Finally, Smith Hill And RI Colleges Work Together URI, RIC, CCRI winners in House budget proposal <p>After too many years of giving short shrift to public higher education in Rhode Island, &nbsp;the General Assembly and state government appear to have finally begun to reverse this short-sighted policy.</p><p>In the budget that cleared the House Finance Committee on a 14 to 2 vote Thursday, the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College and the Community College of Rhode Island have won some important initiatives.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 13:10:57 +0000 Scott MacKay 34775 at $18.8 Million Awarded to URI Research Collaborative <p>A biomedical research program based at the University of Rhode Island has received $18.8 million in new grant funding from the National Institutes of Health.</p><p>Created in 2001, The Rhode Island IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (RI-INBRE), was intended to expand the state's biomedical research capacity. Since that time, it has received $42 million in federal grants, according to URI officials.</p><p>The new funding will shift the focus to research in areas of cancer, neuroscience and molecular toxicology.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 13:01:44 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 34706 at Chafee nominates Erickson, Perry to RI Board of Elections <p>Gov. Lincoln Chafee has appointed a veteran Republican and a veteran Democrat to the R.I. State Board of Elections.</p><p>The Republican is Stephen Erickson, a retired state District Court judge and former state representative. Erickson was an associate justice of the R.I. District Court from 1990 until 2010 and was supervising judge in Kent County from 1997 to 2001. He currently is an adjunct professor of law at the Roger Williams University School of Law. He is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island &nbsp;and Boston University Law School.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 19:21:32 +0000 Scott MacKay 34366 at Scott MacKay Commentary: Time To Perk Up R.I. It's Summah Fer Gawd Sakes <p>Once again, Rhode Islanders are making national news for the low regard we have for our tiny state. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time to stop taking Rhode Island &nbsp;for granted.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The Gallup poll discovered that Rhode Island is the state least appreciated by its own residents. Just 18 percent of Rhode Islanders said our small slice of southeastern New England was the best place or one of the best places to live.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 19:13:07 +0000 Scott MacKay 33945 at Scott MacKay Commentary: Time To Perk Up R.I. It's Summah Fer Gawd Sakes State College President Salaries: The Latest Numbers <p>University of Rhode Island President David Dooley ranks 158th in the country when it comes to his compensation package, according to a <a href="">new survey</a> from the <em>Chronicle of Higher Education</em>.</p><p>The last time the survey was published, Dooley ranked 134th in the country.</p><p>Dooley made $368,800 in 2013, according to the report, which looked at president's pay at 227 public universities around the country.</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 13:39:46 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 33846 at RI DEM Partnering With URI To Start Fisheries Institute <p>A newly created fisheries institute in Rhode Island will develop and take on new innovative and practical research projects. The institute is partnership between the Department of Environmental Management and the University of Rhode Island.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 12:44:05 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 33436 at