University of Rhode Island Research Foundation in the News

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 ryaninstitute@uri.edu.

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>