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Winners in the annual SharkFest competition held Feb. 11 at Johnson & Wales University get their rewards. The contest lets young entrepreneurs compete for prize money and mentoring from business leaders. Julius Searight, right, won first place for his “Food4Good” food truck. Kevin Rutledge, center, took second for “Tip Flops,” a new way for busy women to get a pedicure. Both are alumni of JWU. Current JWU student Hai Pham took third for “Mobile Engineering,” which makes testing equipment lighter and more affordable for field workers. more
For biomedical researcher Niall G. Howlett, getting $500,000 in startup funding to set up a laboratory seven years ago was critical to establishing roots to pursue research here in Rhode Island. more
Francy Mata, a junior athlete at Dr. Jorge Alvarez High School in Providence, knows geometry is not his strong suit. more
University of Rhode Island professor Arijit Bose and associate professor Geoff Bothun, both chemical engineers, are working on collaborative research projects on potential new oil dispersants, funded by more than $1.4 million in grants from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative and other sources. more
Bryant University freshman Andrew Morgan did not like giving up three days of winter for a course that earned him a single credit. more
PROVIDENCE – High school seniors across the state are showing improvement in meeting graduation requirements, Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist told the General Assembly in her annual State of Education speech last week. more
NEWPORT – A two-year project fostered by Salve Regina University’s office of mission integration to explore 2,000 years of “Catholic Intellectual Tradition” has resulted in a 40-page collection of faculty reflections on the topic. more
DARTMOUTH – Assistant biology professor Robert Drew of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has been awarded the National Science Foundation CAREER award, which recognizes young, on-the-rise faculty members within their respective fields of education and research. more
CENTRAL FALLS – The Segue Institute for Learning charter school has received a grant for $30,000 from actress Viola Davis. more
PROVIDENCE – Community College of Rhode Island President Ray Di Pasquale announced last month the college has received a $378,965 grant from the Champlin Foundations to upgrade equipment in its machining lab. more
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