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Allergy Season Expected To Be Especially Harsh

May 7, 2014
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Experts are predicting an unusually bad allergy season with high levels of pollen this year. They note that the cold and wet spring has delayed the onset of pollen production and will cause many types of plants to produce allergens at once. Professor Keith Killingbeck of The University of Rhode Island said he was surprised by the intensity of the allergen levels.

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Colleges, even state colleges, are too expensive and beyond the financial reach of some students. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst  Scott MacKay on why college is still a great investment, both for taxpayers and students.

Fast upon us 'tis season of Lilacs, caps and gowns and those desultory commencement speeches about life being a journey. For too many seniors these days, the sheepskin comes with an avalanche of student loan debt.

URI Professor Awarded National Honor

Apr 24, 2014
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One of the University of Rhode Island’s most famous professors is receiving a national honor.  Robert Ballard will be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Oceanography professor Robert Ballard first came to international prominence when discovered the wreck of the Titanic in 1985.  Ballard received his doctorate from URI in 1974, and joined the School of Oceanography in the mid-2000’s.  He now heads the Institute for Archaeological Oceanography.

URI Breaks Ground On New Center For LGBTQ Community

Apr 16, 2014
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The University of Rhode Island broke ground this morning on a center for the school’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. The center is unique among college campuses.

URI says it’s the only school in the nation to design and build a center specifically for the LGBTQ community.  State officials were on hand to celebrate the groundbreaking, including Governor Lincoln Chafee, and state senator Frank Ferri, who championed Rhode Island’s push for legal same-sex marriages.  Annie Russell is the center’s director.

The University of Rhode Island breaks ground Wednesday on a new Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Center.

URI officials say the start of construction is groundbreaking in more ways than one. They believe URI is the first university in the country to have a separate building dedicated solely as an LGBTQ center.

In the past, URI has faced criticism for being an unfriendly campus to gay and lesbian students. The university has also faced accusations that officials forced out a popular advisor, Andrew Winters, who worked on gay and lesbian issues.

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The University of Rhode Island announced today it will arm its on-campus police force with guns.  It's the only public higher education institution in the state to do so.

University of Rhode Island officials have announced they plan to arm campus police, despite vocal critics, who say the change will not make campus safer.

The university announced the decision after a year of public meetings and discussions with faculty, students and staff. In a statement, URI President David Dooley called the change critical.

"In order to provide the safest environment possible and to ensure a timely response to any threat to the safety of our campuses, our police officers must be equipped properly to function as first responders,” Dooley said.

State Rep. Ray Hull, D-Providence is seriously considering running for the Democratic nomination for mayor in the Sept. 9 primary.

Hull is  a Providence police sergeant who represents House District 6, which takes in parts of the neighborhoods of Manton, Mount Pleasant and Fruit Hill near the Providence College campus.

The University of Rhode Island says it has no immediate plans to stop using the SAT as a requirement for admission, despite criticism that has led to an overhaul of the test.

SAT testing company The College Board has unveiled a series of changes taking effect in 2016, which include fewer obscure vocabulary words and making the essay section optional.

URI Director of Admissions Cynthia Bonn tells Rhode Island Public Radio that her team rarely ever looks at the essay section of the test as it is, but she thinks the other changes will be helpful.

University Of Rhode Island Prof In Ukraine

Mar 4, 2014
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A University of Rhode Island Professor is an eye-witness to the political upheaval in Ukraine where he's living on a Fulbright research grant.

Professor Nicolai Petro is safe, but paying close attention to the ongoing crisis.

Petro is studying the role of religion in regional politics in the coastal city of Odessa.

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A team at the University of Rhode Island has launched a website about climate change and its impacts to our state. The website, Rhode Island's Climate Change: Waves of Change, is designed for a range of people: from high school students to parents to business people.

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Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry congratulated the University of Rhode Island Friday for being selected to take part in a presidential initiative to send more students to Latin America. URI is one of four school selected for the project.

The goal of the presidential initiative is have 100,000 American students studying in Latin America and to bring 100,000 Latin American students to the United States.

Governor Lincoln Chafee has delivered his final state budget proposal and given his final State of the State speech. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses Chafee’s Last Hurrah.

The cliché says: show me your budget and I’ll figure out your priorities. When it comes to Gov. Chafee’s final budget, that may be a trite description, but it’s true.

2013 Ends With A Wimper For The State's Economy

Jan 13, 2014
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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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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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