Monday, April 28, 2014

Engineering in high school, Lyme disease and research notes

Providence Career and Technical Academy offers RI's first high school pre-engineering

The Providence Journal- 4/28
It's a pre-engineering course taught by a doctoral engineering student and developed by a professor of engineering at theUniversity of Rhode Island. URI professor Manibir Sodhi is the man behind the pre-engineering curriculum. He retooled his online course in practical engineering so it was suitable for high school students.

The Providence Journal- 4/28
Experts in the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses are meeting next weekend in one of the nation’s Lyme hot spots — Rhode Island. For 20 years, the University of Rhode Island's Tick Encounter Resource Center has been sweeping the woods at 60 sites around the state .. Last year, the center found more ticks than ever before. Its director, Thomas Mather, is among the conference speakers. He will be talking about progress toward a vaccine against tick-borne illnesses.

GoLocalProv - 4/28
"A fiery and compelling public policy debate was held in front of a near-capacity audience this past Saturday at the University of Rhode Island which featured "Top Progressives and Conservatives Debate the RI Economy" - 4/25
... I'm just going to say it, pretty shameful omissions in this paper," said Holly Dunsworth, an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Rhode Island. This article was also published in the Huffington Post- 4/28

Automotive News - 4/28
"It was going to be problematic for Volkswagen if the UAW continued with this appeal," said Erik Loomis, a labor historian at the University of Rhode Island who has written about the UAW campaign in Chattanooga.

Faculty union leaders at theUniversity of Rhode Island are demanding the school take several steps before instituting a plan to give guns to campus police, including outside oversight on using force. This AP article also appeared in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, The RepublicWahington Times, Boston Globe, among others.
Opinion piece by former Providence Journal editor Robert Whitcomb about how "Philanthropic contributions by very rich people get a lot of attention..."

The Providence Journal-Apr 26, 2014
“This is a big deal,” said Thorr Bjorn, the University of Rhode Island athletic director who sits on the NCAA's Legislative Council. “Much more communication ..

Eco RI
The forum opened with presentations by two climate change experts, John King, professor of oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, and J. Timmons Roberts, professor of environmental studies and sociology at Brown.

9 Foods That Fight Inflammation Stack Media - 4/25
Maple syrup might not be the healthiest food on this list, but if you’re looking for a reason to drizzle some on your breakfast, you may have found it. According to 2011 research out of the University of Rhode Island (URI), pure maple syrup contains 54 compounds beneficial to your health. Citing URI's Navindra Seeram and linking to the University press release.