University of Rhode Island

Rhode Island State Police say there is no evidence of an active shooter on the University of Rhode Island campus. The Kingston campus went on lockdown just before noon after reports of a gunman in Chafee Hall.

State Police Col. Steven O’Donnell says there are no reports of shots fired. “There’s no evidence to support there was an active shooter," said O'Donnell, "somebody thought they saw someone with a gun.”

Rutgers University is reportedly interested in University of Rhode Island Basketball Coach Dan Hurley, as officials seek a new athletic director. Former Head Coach Mike Rice got the boot this week after a video showed him yelling homophobic slurs at players, along with other abusive behavior.

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A new program has launched to help place new and unemployed nurses in health care facilities statewide for up to nine-month-long paid residencies. It's expected to start with 20 nurses and expand to 40 by the second year, with the first placements beginning this fall.

URI Grant Winner Hopes to Spread Vaccine Awareness

Mar 25, 2013
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A professor of pharmacy at the University of Rhode Island has just received a grant from the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer; the grant will be used to boost the rate of pneumonia vaccines in the state.

According Dr. Kerry LaPlante there has been a rise in cases of invasive pneumonia in RI, reaching 11.9 percent of the population, about 3 points higher than the national average.

LaPlante and her team plan to use the $700,00 grant to increase awareness and availability of the vaccine to those most at risk.


Sparks Fly over High Stakes Testing

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Mar 19, 2013

A winter mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain makes the morning commute slippery.  URI says it has a record number of admission applications.  These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.

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URI Student Rooms with Nursing Home Resident

Mar 18, 2013

A University of Rhode Island pharmacy student has just completed an unusual experiment. Twenty-four year old Emily Anastasia spent a week living in a retirement center, South Bay Retirement Living in South Kingstown,  where her roommate was a 92 year old woman.

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Universities and colleges in the state say they’re bracing for cuts to federal research grants should sequestration kick in. The University of Rhode Island says depending on cuts to defense research, it could lose either $6.4 million or $12.6 million. And Brown University estimates cuts of about $8 million.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Feb 25, 2013

RI defense companies are concerned about pending federal program cuts. A PC professor does not think a cardinal from this region will be elected pope.  These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.   And Political Commentator Scott MacKay wonders why municipalities in RI have a hard time working together.

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The University of Rhode Island is clarifying its on-campus housing policy after a student with a criminal record was found living in one of the dorms.  The student has since moved out.

Brown University once again led the pack in Rhode Island in fundraising last year, bringing in a little more than $178 million. The University of Rhode Island was a distant second at $12.7 million, a drop of $6 million compared with 2011.

Donations were also down at Rhode Island College, which raised $1.36 million, and at the Rhode Island School of Design, which still came in second overall. RISD raised a total of nearly $6.8 million.

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The latest look at how well Rhode Island’s colleges and universities did in fundraising last year finds six of the state’s nine institutions raised more than $205 million. That’s up from what they raised in 2011.

The Council for Aid to Education looked at fundraising for Rhode Island’s four-year institutions except Johnson & Whales, Salve Regina and Providence College.

Brown University topped the list raising a little more than $178 million, that’s up from 2011. Bryant University and Roger Williams University also saw their donations go up last year.

URI index shows RI economy getting its mojo back

Feb 13, 2013

A University of Rhode Island economist is out with his monthly index of economic indicators. And it shows the state has economic momentum unmatched since 2003.

Professor Leonard Lardaro’s “Current Conditions Index” hit 92 in December, the highest mark in eight years.  All but one of 12 economic indicators showed growth; the lone exception being government which is scaling back hiring as services are consolidated.

Protecting RI shellfish

Jan 24, 2013

Shellfish restoration is the topic at a meeting Thursday at the University of Rhode Island. The state wants input on how best to protect shellfish in coastal ponds and Narragansett Bay.
The Director of the US Coastal Program at URI’s Coastal Resource Center, Jen McCann, says the state has so far heard about two main concerns…
“What is the regulatory process to move forward with restoration? And also, where are the appropriate sites to do restoration in the bay and also the salt ponds so within state waters.”


(PROVIDENCE, RI) The University of Rhode Island’s Providence campus opens a new art exhibit today that explores African American history in Rhode Island from colonial times through the present.