A research team led by the University of Rhode Islandâ€™s Graduate School of Oceanography will embark on an expedition to collect sediment samples of the deep seafloor beginning tomorrow for 38 days. The team wants to reconstruct how and why the earthâ€™s temperature has changed over the last 20,000 years.
The University of Rhode Island has begun training campus police officers to carry guns after a controversial decision in April to arm the campus police force.
Public Safety Stephen Baker says the goal is to have all 27 campus officers carrying guns by the start of the Spring semester.Â
"State police have completed 17 of the background checks and theyâ€™ve been delivered to us. The next step in that process is to have those officers go through psychological examinations," Baker said. "Then weâ€™ll begin the actual firearms training, and thatâ€™s planned for the month of October."
The University of Rhode Island kicks off its annual Honors Colloquium lecture series Tuesday.Â This yearâ€™s theme is cyber security.
Stories of computer hacking seem to be all over the news these days.Â Most recently Home Depotâ€™s payment systems were hacked, leaving debit card information potentially exposed. URI professor of computer science Ed LaMagna said that most people are unaware just how vulnerable they are online.
Itâ€™s Labor Day, time to celebrate workers and labor unions. For this Labor Day Â RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says itâ€™s Â a tough time for workers and organized labor.
In Rhode Island, Labor Day wasnâ€™t always just another day off. It wasnâ€™t always just an excuse for a last Â summer day at the beach. Â Or a backyard cookout.
A century ago, Labor Day was a time of worker activism. In 1893, after years of agitation by workers and union leaders, the Rhode Island General Assembly established the first Monday in September as a legal, but not a paid, holiday.
Despite national trends, Rhode Islandâ€™s economy may not be on the road to recovery.Â Thatâ€™s according to the latest numbers from URI economics professor Leonard Lardaro.Â
Lardaroâ€™s monthly numbers track the stateâ€™s economic progress based on a variety of factors, from benefit claims to employment. Rhode Island now stands with a neutral ranking of 50 on a 100 point scale, compared with 85 during the same time last year. Lardaro blames much of this on Rhode Islandâ€™s persistent unemployment which now hovers just below eight percent.
Researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute andÂ the University of Rhode IslandÂ published surprising findings of a deep sea octopus that guarded her eggs for 4-Â˝ years. This is the longest brooding period ever recorded by any animal on the planet.
"Watershed Counts," a collection of information that focuses on the water quality of the state's beaches, reports that the health of Narragansett Bay is improving. However, the report also monitors the effects of global warming and pollution on the bay and has found that beaches are still being closed due to higher than average bacterial levels in the water.Â
Nicole Rohr of the University of Rhode Island's Coastal Institute worked on the report. She says climate change is causing more unpredictable storms, which has led to more polluted runoff into the bay.Â