University of Rhode Island

Economy
8:39 am
Mon January 13, 2014

2013 Ends With A Wimper For The State's Economy

The last part of 2013 proved to be disappointing for the state's economy.
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A University of Rhode Island professor who tracks the state’s economy says the last three months of 2013 were disappointing. 

URI economics professor Leonard Lardaro, author of a monthly index on the Rhode Island economy, says the fourth quarter of 2013 wasn’t horrible, but wasn’t great either.  Lardaro said Rhode Island is making slow progress but is still struggling to emerge from the grasp of one of the worst economic downturns in American history.  A continuing problem, he said, is a shortage of skilled labor.

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Education
10:43 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Fewer Undocumented Students Take Advantage Of In State Tuition Policy Than Predicted

Only one undocumented student is taking advantage of an in-state tuition policy at Rhode Island college; the vast majority have enrolled at CCRI. Two are at URI
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Seventy four undocumented students have enrolled at the state’s public colleges and universities.

They’re taking advantage of a policy the state adopted in 2011.

The controversial policy allows undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at any of Rhode Island’s schools of higher education. The seventy-four students taking advantage of the policy is about half the number lawmakers predicted. Ana Cano-Morales is the head of the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University. She offers several reasons for the lower-than-expected numbers.

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Environment
2:27 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Growing Number Of Snowy Owls Spotted In Rhode Island

Snowy Owl sightings have increased throughout Rhode Island
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A University of Rhode Island professor says the state is seeing an unprecedented number of snowy owls this year.

The snowy owl lives in the Arctic, but when its population explodes and there is stiff competition for food, many fly south. That’s what’s happened this year, where sightings of the owl have been seen as far south as Bermuda. University of Rhode Island ecology professor Peter Paton said Rhode Island has received 15 reports of sightings.

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Education
9:01 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Prescription Drug Abuse On The Rise On College Campuses Across The Country

University of Rhode Island psychology Professor Lisa Weyandt studies the effects of prescription drug abuse on college students.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

College students have long been known to experiment with drinking when they’re blowing off steam, and even use illegal drugs like marijuana.

But a growing number of college students are now turning to prescription drugs to get ahead academically.

The drugs, like Adderall, are used legally to treat conditions like Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, and they’re increasingly common on college campuses around the country.

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Health Care
5:00 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Rhode Island: A Destination For Brain Science?

BrainGate hardware and software at work
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This month, the University of Rhode Island launched a new neuroscience research institute, where researchers will focus on fighting Alzheimer’s and other diseases. It’s the fourth such program to hang out a shingle in the state. This growing community could eventually help more Rhode Islanders battle some of the most debilitating diseases.

(Neurons firing)

This is what it sounds like when you think about opening and closing your hand.

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Health Care
5:00 am
Thu November 14, 2013

URI Unveils $15M Brain Research Center

Former CVS CEO Tom Ryan at URI's unveiling of his $15 million donation for brain science research.
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The University of Rhode Island plans to unveil a new neuroscience research institute, thanks to the single largest private donation in university history. The institute will add to the Ocean State’s growing expertise in brain science.

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Higher Education
11:30 am
Wed November 13, 2013

RIC: Campus Police Will Remain Unarmed

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Rhode Island College has decided against arming its campus police force. In an email, RIC President Nancy Carriuolo said a campus survey showed the college community about equally divided on the issue, though she stressed the vast majority did not respond to the survey.

Carriuolo said she made the decision after discussions with campus police and her cabinet.

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Education
8:56 am
Mon November 11, 2013

RI Veteran Transitions From Military To Student Life At URI

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On this Veterans Day we meet Donald Ruggieri.  He served five years in the Marine Corps, and was deployed to Iraq as an explosives dog handler.

He continued that work state-side, working with the secret service on missions for both President Bush and President Obama.

Ruggieri is not only a veteran, but also a student at URI where he is studying to become a veterinarian. 

Ruggieri spoke with Rhode Island Public Radio’s education reporter Elisabeth Harrison.

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Education
9:07 am
Mon November 4, 2013

University Of Rhode Island's New Winter Semester A Success

University of Rhode Island's Kingston campus.
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The University of Rhode Island will be offering a mini semester during the January break to help students get caught up on course work.  The semester will run from January 2nd to January 17th. One-hundred and twenty five students signed up during the first two days of enrollment.

Mini semester director John Olerio said students in especially demanding majors find it hard to finish their course work in four years.

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Higher Education
8:58 am
Wed October 30, 2013

URI Adds Winter Term

University of Rhode Island Kingston Campus.
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The University of Rhode Island is introducing a new winter semester similar to the Rhode Island School of Design’s signature “Wintersession.” The condensed term, which university offcials are calling “J-Term,” will run from January 2nd to January 17th.

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