Vinka Oyanedel-Craver is an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Rhode Island. She has also published more than a dozen articles on the chemical and biological processes used for sustainable water and wastewater purification, as well as collaborated on several projects. Most recently, she is working with Jordanian researchers to improve desalination technology. She has been working on embedding silver nanoparticles into the membranes used in current systems. The nanoparticles will slow bacteria growth and reduce contamination, as well as maintenance because operations will no longer need to be shut down to clean the machines. The yearlong collaboration (which began in 2014) between several Jordanian and U.S. researchers is backed by a $314,000 grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development and a $100,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. Oyanedel-Craver holds a Ph.D. from the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela and a B.S. and an M.S. from the Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso.
Dennis M. Hanno has been working in his new capacity as president of Wheaton College in Norton for nearly three months, and will be inaugurated Oct. 17. He will then begin charting the school’s future under his tenure. Profiled in his college’s quarterly as devoted to hard work and leadership, he has inherited the school’s liberal arts approach to higher education and some common challenges.more
Nearly halfway through fiscal year 2014, National Institutes of Health grants to Rhode Island institutions are well short of the pace set in the previous year, according to figures on the NIH’s website.
The R.I. Science & Technology Advisory Council has awarded more than $800,000 in grants to seven teams of researchers for projects on climate change and marine issues, as well as development of communications to bring those issues to the public, Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee announced Friday.
NARRAGANSETT – R.I. Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit last week unveiled the new R.I. Marine Fisheries Institute at an event at the University of Rhode Island’s Bay Campus.
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