Latest University of Rhode Island News

Massachusetts moves forward reopening; RI students scramble

Jul. 5, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

Most of Massachusetts is moving forward with the next phase of its economic reopening, which covers many indoor venues like gyms, museums movie theaters and casinos, effective on Monday. The governor's order covers all of the state except Boston, where the changes will take effect on July 13. Gov. Charlie Baker...

State has 1st case of rare coronavirus-related condition

Jun. 26, 2020 3:22 PM EDT

Rhode Island has had its first case of a rare but serious inflammatory condition in children that has been linked to the coronavirus, state Department of Health Director Nicole Alexander-Scott said Friday. The child was diagnosed with multisystem inflammatory syndrome Thursday and tested positive for COVID-19,...

Server Katie Maloney, of Providence, R.I., center, wears a mask out of concern for the coronavirus while assisting patrons in an outdoor seating area at Plant City restaurant, in Providence, Monday, May 18, 2020. Rhode Island allowed restaurants to provide service with outdoor seated dinning Monday for the first time since the beginning of the government imposed lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Governor: Hair salons, gyms, parks and more to reopen June 1

May. 22, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

Rhode Island is eyeing a broad reopening of its virus-shuttered economy starting June 1. Hair salons and barbershops, gyms and fitness studios, and a range of outdoor venues will be allowed to reopen as part of the state’s planned second phase of resuming normal social and business activities, Gov. Gina...

Star college football recruit charged with attempted murder

May. 22, 2020 12:38 PM EDT

ACCOKEEK, Md. (AP) — A high school football player designated as a star recruit for colleges by ESPN is accused of trying to kill his ex-girlfriend's boyfriend. Luke Hill, 18, faces charges including attempted first-degree murder after allegedly firing gunshots that struck a home in Accokeek, Maryland, on...

University of Rhode Island president to retire June 2021

May. 19, 2020 12:15 PM EDT

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — The president of the University of Rhode Island will retire in June 2021 after leading the school for more than 10 years. The university announced David M. Dooley's retirement in a statement Monday. He is credited with raising the university's profile, as well as hiring and...

University of Rhode Island hires NASA scientist as dean

May. 12, 2020 1:11 PM EDT

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — A NASA scientist will join the University of Rhode Island as dean of the Graduate School of Oceanography. Paula S. Bontempi, an alumna of the school and a biological oceanographer for over 25 years, is slated to begin her new role at the university's Narragansett Bay campus...