University of Rhode Island Research Foundation in the News

Commerce RI approves incentives for Aloft Hotel, Custom & Miller Box

January 29, 2019
Here & The R.I. Commerce Corp. board of directors approved incentives for CV Properties LLC and Custom & Miller Box, as well as Innovation Vouchers for five local companies Monday evening…….  Read More>

Gov. Raimondo, URI President Dooley announce first round of Innovation Campus projects

December 18, 2018
Here & Gina Raimondo today joined University of Rhode Island President David M. Dooley to announce the first round of Rhode Island Innovation Campus projects, which will catalyze academic research into new commercial products and businesses…….  Read More>

How Will Investigators Figure Out Who’s Behind The Suspicious Packages?

October 25, 2018
Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Jimmie Oxley, a chemistry professor at the University of Rhode Island and co-director of its Center of Excellence in Explosives, Detection, Mitigation, and Response. She’s assisted federal investigators in analyzing bombing incidents……  Read More>

Jimmie Oxley works with intelligence agencies to uncover source of suspicious packages

October 25, 2018
On Monday, a pipe bomb was found in the mailbox of George Soros, a billionaire who is frequently the target of conspiracy theories spread by wingnuts such as Alex Jones as well as President Trump. Now that these packages have been intercepted, the next step for law enforcement officials will be to trace the bomb back to its source. I spoke with Jimmie Oxley, a chemistry professor and the co-director of the University of Rhode Island’s Center for Excellence in Explosives Detection, Mitigation and Response about what this process is like…..  Read More>

URI opens first artificial intelligence lab

September 25, 2018
The technological wonders on display were all part of the official opening of URI’s Artificial Intelligence Lab, a cross-disciplinary facility open to all students, faculty and staff and the wider Rhode Island community….  Read More>

Rhode Island manufacturers sharing their stories on location

May 15, 2018
Join Polaris MEP as we continue our series of All Access Bus Tours showcasing excellence in manufacturing around our state. This time we’re mixing it up a little with 2 afternoon tours – so check your schedule then register early because seats are limited….  Read More>

URI professor creates ‘digital dog nose’ to detect explosives

April 17, 2018
Otto Gregory, a chemical engineering professor at URI, and his students created a sensor device that can detect explosives, even in the smallest concentrations, that are commonly used by terrorists. The sensor was created back in 2016, and he believes they’ve made significant progress in their research to improve it…  Read More>

URI faculty secure $470,000 in USDA funding for maple syrup research

February 13, 2018
The United States Department of Agriculture has awarded two University of Rhode Island researchers $470,000 to advance their pioneering work exploring the anti-inflammatory properties of maple syrup phytochemicals..  Read More>

The University of Rhode Island has named Peter J. Snyder, to the position of vice president for Research and Economic Development

February 8, 2018 — The University of Rhode Island has named Peter J. Snyder, a distinguished professor and neuroscience researcher, prominent health systems manager and member of the University’s Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program, to the position of vice president for Research and Economic Development and professor of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Science…  Read More>

Polaris MEP Awards 32 RI Manufacturers through Manufacturing Innovation Challenge

August 4, 2016 – PROVIDENCE, RI – Polaris MEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership), a division of the University of Rhode Island Research Foundation, announces today the recipients of the Manufacturing Innovation Challenge Level 1 and Level 2 awards. The Manufacturing Innovation Challenge is a competitive opportunity for RI manufacturers to access expertise and hands-on design and product development talent to stimulate business growth, innovation and strategic advancement. It is the state’s most significant investment in Rhode Island’s manufacturing sector currently, thanks to federal funds through Rhode Island Commerce Corporation.  Read More>

Open Forum at the Ryan Institute

June 5, 2016
Provost Donald H. DeHayes and Paula Grammas, Executive Director of the George & Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience, invite you to join them and contribute your thoughts in a dialogue and discussion on neuroscience at URI and the planned development of the Ryan Institute. The event will take place on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
at the College of Pharmacy. Lunch will be provided during this forum. Please RSVP by June 14, 2016. For more information, please email

URI Student Team Awarded 3rd Place at Northeast Bioengineering Conference

April 8, 2016
12 URI student Biomedical Engineering teams presented at the Northeast Bioengineering Conference at Binghamton University in NY this week. 3rd prize was awarded to URI seniors Sakoun Phommavongsa, Robert Valenti, and Tracy Waweru for their project, “Stove Barrier for Burn Prevention in Kenya”.  Read More>

RI Business Plan Competition names 2 URI Start-Ups as Semi-Finalists

April 5, 2016
2 URI Start-Ups are semi-finalists in the 2016 Rhode Island Business Plan Competition. Cycle-Sensing founder Dr. Mindy Levine and EchoWear founder Nicholas Constant will now compete for prizes valued at over $200,000. Winners to be announced May 3 during a ceremony at the Chace Center/Rhode Island School of Design.  Read More>

A Signature ISIS Explosive in Europe – explained by URI Professors

March 20, 2016
Triacetone triperoxide, which was used in the Paris attacks in November and implicated in this week’s Brussels attack, has become ISIS’s explosive of choice in Europe.  Read More>

Real Maple Syrup Shows Promise in Protecting Brain Health

March 16, 2016
As part of a two-day symposium at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society, a group of international scientists shared promising results of 24 studies exploring the beneficial effects of natural products on the prevention of neurodegenerative diseases, particularly Alzheimer’s disease. For the first time at this symposium, real maple syrup was included among the healthful, functional foods that show promise in protecting brain cells against the kind of damage found in Alzheimer’s disease.  Read More>

Professor Designs Explosives Detector to Rival a Dog’s Nose

February 16, 2016
South Kingstown, RI — A University of Rhode Island professor has developed a sensor that detects the kind of explosive used in the Paris bombings, to try to stop future attacks.  Read More>

Governor looks for more innovation vouchers to spur business

February 11, 2016
Cranston, RI — Walking into Agcore Technologies’ greenhouse in Cranston is like walking into a science fiction movie. There are more than 100 eight-foot tall tanks filled with dark green water that has air bubbling up through the filtration system.  Read More>

R.I. Commerce Corp. Awards $451,000 to 11 RI Companies for Innovation Projects

January 26, 2016
Providence, RI — Companies working on renewable wind-energy technology, biotechnology advances for transplant recipients, agricultural calcium products to improve shellfish growth and clinical laboratory testing of a product that might be effective against drug-resistant bacteria were among 11 projects that won a combined $451,897.25 in new innovation vouchers Monday night from the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation.  Read More>

New URI Course Encourages Students to Engineer Their Own Startups

January 16, 2016
South Kingstown, RI — Assigned to make cat toys, seven engineering students stepped into a future where a college education prepares students for more than filling their parents’ jobs. Instead, they’re learning how to create their own jobs.  Read More>

URI Student Wins Elevator Pitch Contest

December 4, 2015
Providence, RI — A proposal for a wearable eye tracker that can control a robotic arm won the 10th annual Elevator Pitch Contest Thursday night sponsored by the Rhode Island Business Plan Competition.  Read More>

College Students Put Brain Power to Work in Technology Competition at URI

November 15, 2015
Kingston, RI — Anthony Bisulco, Darby Hoss, and Amanda Figueroa spent their weekend at the University of Rhode Island, developing an idea for a product that could locate radiation sources in real time and help determine the exact location of a biological weapon.

That would be a tall order in less than 48 hours for anyone, but it’s even more impressive when considering that Bisculo, Hoss and Figueroa are all students who were taking part in URI’s first “Internet of Things Hackathon.” The student teams were charged with using modern technologies to solve a specific problem.  Read More>

EpiVax CEO Anne De Groot Interviewed on Executive Suite

October 11, 2015
Dr. Anne De Groot, founder and CEO of the Providence-based biotech company EpiVax and founding director of URI’s Institute for Immunology and Informatics, discusses her research and life sciences in Rhode Island with Ted Nesi on the Executive Suite program.  Watch the Interview>

Rhode Island Small Business Development Center Appoints New Leadership Team

September 3, 2015
Kingston, RI — The University of Rhode Island Division of Research and Economic Development has appointed a new leadership team for the Rhode Island Small Business Development Center. Ed Huttenhower has been appointed the state director, effective September 1, and Diane C. Fournaris was named assistant director. Read More>

URI professor awarded $6M grant for development of new tools to monitor brain signals

September 3, 2015
By Lynn Arditi
, Providence Journal – Kingston, RI — A University of Rhode Island engineering professor has been awarded a $6-million grant from the National Science Foundation to lead a group of scientists to create brain imaging and modulation technologies that could be used to treat nervous system dysfunctions. Read More>

CREmedical Founder Presents at International Conference in Italy

August 25, 2015
Kingston, RI — CREmedical Founder Dr. Walt Besio will present at “The Fast-Changing Landscape of Electroencephalography” workshop at the 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Milan, Italy. Read More>

URI Engineering Students Win Awards at Engineering ‘Hackathon’

July 2, 2015
Kingston, RI — Two University of Rhode Island engineering students won awards last month for their efforts to quickly create wearable medical devices at a “hackathon” at the Body Sensor Network Conference at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Read More>

Warwick Company with URI Roots Honored for Innovation at White House Ceremony

June 25, 2015
Kingston, RI — FarSounder Inc., a Warwick-based high-tech company founded by University of Rhode Island Professor James Miller and his former student Matthew Zimmerman, was presented with the 2015 Tibbetts Award by the U.S. Small Business Administration at a White House ceremony on June 15. Read More>

URI Appoints New Economic Development Officer

June 8, 2015
Kingston, RI — Michael Katz, an experienced leader in intellectual property and economic development, has been appointed associate vice president for intellectual property and economic development at the University of Rhode Island, effective June 1. Read More>

Lab-on-Paper for Rapid, Inexpensive Immune-Detection Tests

March 2, 2015
Kingston, RI — A team of University of Rhode Island engineers led by Professor Mohammad Faghri has created a new paper-based platform for conducting a wide range of complex medical diagnostics. The key development was the invention of fluid actuated valves embedded in the paper that allow for sequential manipulation of sample fluids and multiple reagents in a controlled manner to perform complex multi-step immune-detection tests without human intervention.  Read More>