United Way of R.I. awards $150K to Olneyville community groups

PROVIDENCE – United Way of Rhode Island has awarded $150,000 to 12 organizations that support children and families in the city’s Olneyville neighborhood.

The grants were awarded from United Way’s Olneyville Community Fund and the total distribution was an increase of more than 60% over last year’s total.

“We are part of the community fabric of Olneyville and proud to be in a position to help make a positive difference in the lives of our neighbors,” said Angela Bannerman Ankoma, United Way executive vice president and director of community investment. “There is amazing work being done by organizations across this neighborhood that will now reach more children and more families – it’s very exciting.”

United Way of Rhode Island established the Olneyville Community Fund in 2008 when it relocated its headquarters to the neighborhood – considered one of Providence’s poorest – from the East Side. Since then, United Way has distributed more than $1 million from the fund to improve services for residents, increase the capacity of community-based organizations and improve public spaces.

The 12 organizations to receive grants and their funded initiatives are:

  • ONE Neighborhood Builders ($23,000): Funding for Central PVD Resident Leadership Academy to provide local residents with the knowledge and skills to become effective neighborhood advocates; support for the work of the Olneyville Collaborative.
  • Manton Avenue Project ($20,000): Funding for out-of-school learning programs that partner students with professional artists and bring youths’ voices to the public stage.
  • Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council ($20,000): Funding for programs that reach hundreds of children in school and during out-of-school time: Fish in the Classroom, River Adventurers, and Red Shed Bike programs.
  • Providence Community Library ($17,570): Supporting The Olneyville Preschool Hub, a bilingual program for young children and their parents to discover the library as a place for learning; grant for Spanish language and Latin American cultural education classes for local nonprofit staff.
  • The Wilbury Theater Group ($15,000): To develop a connected community in Olneyville through access to performances and adult education programming in public speaking and theater education.
  • Meeting Street ($10,000): Support for a six-week, classroom-based kindergarten-readiness program for 36 Olneyville children.
  • Olneyville Neighborhood Association ($10,000): To offer free native language literacy and English-speaking classes to local residents.
  • Clinica Esperanza-Hope Clinic ($10,000): Increasing access to critical health care services for low-income, uninsured Olneyville residents.
  • Center for Resilience ($7,600): A partnership with William D’Abate Elementary School to study the impact of social-emotional development and learning.
  • Back to School Celebration of Rhode Island ($5,000): To provide school supplies and backpacks to neighborhood children.
  • Kings Cathedral ($5,000): Support for Share to Care, a program providing food, clothing and financial learning resources to individuals living in poverty.
  • YouthBuild Preparatory Academy ($5,000): Support for the organization’s strategic planning process to better position YouthBuild to prepare young people for success in life.
  • Swearer Center at Brown University ($1,830): To fund an afternoon chess program for students at William D’Abate Elementary, taught by volunteers from the Brown chess team.

R.I. students to benefit from school supplies collected by police, HarborOne

PROVIDENCE – As the new school year approaches, backpacks and school supplies are top of mind, especially for charitable organizations looking to help needy families get school supplies for their children.

State, local and federal law enforcement agencies are again joining forces to collect donations of new backpacks and school supplies to help school children in Rhode Island through the Kids, Cops, and Classrooms project.

At the same time, HarborOne Bank announced this week that for the third consecutive year, bank leaders packed and distributed backpacks to local nonprofits to donate to needy families.

HarborOne Bank and HarborOne Mortgage provided more than 5,000 at-risk children with backpacks and educational supplies. On Aug. 7, more than 100 employees of HarborOne Bank and HarborOne Mortgage packed more than 3,000 backpacks at the Brockton Boys & Girls Club. Additionally, the local offices of HarborOne Mortgage provided another 2,000 to nonprofits across New England.

Like the HarborOne initiative, the goal of Kids, Cops, and Classrooms is to help ease the financial burden many families face when it comes to providing their children with the school supplies they need. But the Kids, Cops, Classrooms program also seeks to build bonds between children and law enforcement officers.

“With communities facing increasingly tighter budgets, families are being asked to provide more school supplies for their children and their classrooms than ever before, which poses a tremendous financial burden on families struggling just to make ends meet,” said R.I. State Police Maj. Christopher Dicomitis, who’s leading the Kids, Cops and Classrooms campaign. “We hope the backpacks and supplies we collect through this program will help ease some of this burden for many of these families, while providing children with the school supplies they need to succeed.”

These are some of the supplies being sought through Kids, Cops, and Classrooms:

Small, medium and large backpacks; No. 2 pencils, pens, pencil boxes, boxes of crayons; spiral notebooks, three-ring binders, subject dividers, book covers; index cards, pencil sharpeners, assignment books/weekly planners; rulers (marked in inches and centimeters), protractors, compasses, calculators, scientific calculators.

Also, dictionaries (pocket size), thesauruses (pocket size); mini-staplers and staples; USB flash drives; facial tissues; antibacterial hand sanitizers; boxes of colored pencils, boxes of washable markers, highlighters, watercolor paint set, pad of coloring paper.

Also, large pink erasers, glue sticks, bottles of white glue; safety scissors, two-pocket folders; composition books; wide-rule, loose-leaf papers; graph papers.

Donations can be brought to any state police barracks or local police department.

They will be given to the following agencies for distribution to families: Crossroads Rhode Island; Family Service of Rhode Island; Project Night Vision; Children’s Friend; the Hispanic Ministerial Association of Rhode Island; Multi-Service Center for All; African Alliance; Mount Hope Neighborhood Association; Chad Brown Alumni Association; and the Center for Southeast Asians.

PCU announces $104,500 in grants from Community Investment Fund

PAWTUCKET – Pawtucket Credit Union’s Community Investment Fund is awarding $104,500 in grants to 11 local nonprofits focused on providing academic support to low-income children, the credit union’s CEO George J. Charette III announced this week.

The awardees are: The Learning Community, Comprehensive Community Action Program, Kennedy-Donovan Center, Books Are Wings, YMCA of Pawtucket, Friends of Pawtucket Public Library, Back To School Celebration of Rhode Island, Children’s Friend, Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket, Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School, and The Empowerment Factory.

“Improving the lives of families and individuals in the communities we serve is a key component of the credit union’s mission,” Charette said in a news release. “We believe funding programs that provide academic support and enrichment to children and [youths] in some of our most vulnerable communities will help these children achieve a brighter tomorrow.”

Each awardee focuses on an underserved community, providing not only academic support but improving the well-being of at-risk children, PCU said.

United Way partners with Magaziner, legislators on financial literacy campaign

PROVIDENCE – United Way of Rhode Island President and CEO Cortney Nicolato has joined state General Treasurer Seth Magaziner and members of R.I. General Assembly in the creation of a fund named Financially Fit Rhode Island to help pay for statewide financial literacy instruction for students from kindergarten through high school.

“When only a third of Rhode Island’s high school seniors receive personal finance instruction in school before graduation, we can be certain that many are not prepared to make some of the most important financial decisions of their lives,” Nicolato said in a statement from Magaziner’s office. “By investing in education today, we can change the future of every young Rhode Islander by helping them manage their personal finances, avoid predatory products, and build stable futures for themselves and their families.”

The fund will be seeded with multiyear support from Fidelity Investments, HarborOne Bank, BayCoast Bank and the CFA Society of Providence. So far, the fund has received $50,000 in initial pledges from financial-services firms.

Administrated by United Way, the fund will award grants to education foundations, nonprofits, and school districts to support educators, with funding available for professional development opportunities and for financial literacy course material.

Organizers said the fund will launch when state legislation is approved to guarantee access to financial literacy education, expected during the General Assembly’s current session. They said 36 states now guarantee access to personal finance education in public schools, but Rhode Island currently is not among them.

Sen. Sandra Cano, D-Pawtucket, and Rep. Joseph McNamara, D-Warwick, chairman of the House Committee on Health Education and Welfare, have introduced bills on the matter. The legislation would require all public high schools to offer a class that includes personal finance beginning in the 2019-2020 school year. It also would require students to demonstrate proficiency in personal finance by the 2021-2022 school year.

Sen. Hanna M. Gallo, D-Cranston, chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Education, also backs the legislation, saying: “This fund will serve an urgent need to support educators as they prepare to help students with basic skills in personal finance.”

Among the six New England states, Rhode Island has the highest percentage of people living below the federal poverty line and the second-highest percentage of “unbanked” households. Average retirement savings in Rhode Island are also below the national average, according to organizers.

“Teaching students the skills they need to manage their personal finances responsibly leads to greater economic opportunity throughout their lives,” Magaziner said.

Rick Metters, vice president of Rhode Island Regional Public Affairs and Government Relations at Fidelity Investments, said, “At Fidelity, we believe in the benefits of learning personal finance concepts in school and have invested our time, resources and expertise to help bring personal finance education to students and professional development to teachers in Rhode Island.”

Nicholas Christ, president and CEO of BayCoast Bank, said, “This is an important statewide education initiative that will have a lasting positive impact on our future Rhode Islanders.”

Al Cumplido, program chairman of the CFA Society of Providence, said, “Education is a core pillar of what the CFA Society of Providence and the CFA Institute stand for.”

HarborOne Bank CEO James W. Blake added, “HarborOne recognizes how crucial it is that everyone, young people in particular, have a comprehensive financial education to be certain they use, save, invest and spend money wisely.”

2 R.I. companies named among Points of Light’s Civic 50 honorees

PROVIDENCE – Hasbro Inc. and CVS Health Corp. were named among the Civic 50 honorees of 2019 by Points of Light, the volunteerism organization announced this week.

The awards honor companies that provide a framework for good corporate citizenship, including companies’ efforts to increase their social impact, civic engagement and community service.

“As America’s front door to health care, we recognize the importance of helping to ensure our communities are healthy places to work and live,” stated Larry J. Merlo, president and CEO of CVS Health. “In addition to our commitment to support the communities we serve, we’re fortunate to be able to depend upon the talents and generosity of our colleagues and customers to deliver on our purpose of helping people on their path to better health.”

Honorees will be recognized at the 2019 Points of Light conference in St. Paul, Minn., this week.

Among the Civic 50, Hasbro was named a leader in the consumer discretionary sector.

“At Hasbro, we are honored to once again be recognized as one of America’s most community-minded companies,” said Brian Goldner, chairman and CEO of Hasbro, in a statement. “We firmly believe every child deserves a world where they can experience hope, kindness and joy, and we are grateful to our outstanding philanthropic partner organizations and passionate employees who generously give their time and talents to help make the world a better place for children and their families.”

The Civic 50 survey is administered by True Impact, a company specializing in helping organizations maximize and measure their social and business value and analyzed by VeraWorks, according to Points of Light.

“Points of Light believes that companies, their employees and partners can be drivers of transformative social change in communities around the world,” said Natalye Paquin, president and CEO of Points of Light, in the organization’s announcement of the awards. “This year’s honorees of The Civic 50 collectively gave $2.3 billion to their communities – often giving 50% more than other companies, and volunteered for more than 10.5 million hours in 2019. These results exemplify exceptional corporate leadership in community and civic engagement.”

The Civic 50 also included two other organizations with significant operations in Rhode Island, recognizing Raytheon Co. and KPMG LLP this year.

 

DHS, DOH partner to award preschool-development grants

PROVIDENCE – As a result of a partnership between the R.I. Department of Human Services and the R.I. Department of Health, five health equity zones throughout the state have received a total of $360,170 in preschool-development grants.

The selected health equity zones will use the funds to help families prepare children to succeed in school.

“Family members are the first, and often the most important, educators in a child’s early life, yet vulnerable families face significant economic, social-emotional and other barriers to fulfilling that role,” said Womazetta Jones, R.I. Health and Human Services secretary and Children’s Cabinet co-chair. “The preschool-development grants will increase the accessibility, choice, affordability and intensity of programs that are available in these communities.”

Grants were broken down as follows:

  • Woonsocket Health Equity Zone received $147,800.
  • Central Providence Health Equity Zone received $70,000.
  • Pawtucket Central Falls Health Equity Zone received $50,000.
  • Washington County Health Equity Zone received $50,000.
  • West Warwick Health Equity Zone received $42,300.

The initial 11-month contract period may be extended if the state is awarded a federal grant funding extension.

Preschool-development grants will be used for:

  • Central Providence Health Equity Zone is partnering with The Autism Project to implement the Conscious Discipline program to help families understand and support children’s social-emotional growth and development.
  • Central Providence Health Equity Zone is partnering with Federal Hill House to expand the Providence Talks Playgroup Model that instructs caregivers on effective talk, reading, playing and teaching during playgroups.
  • Washington County Health Equity Zone will expand the Incredible Years Parenting Groups by providing Incredible Beginnings Teacher Training to help teachers collaborate with parents on providing consistency from home to school.
  • Pawtucket Central Falls Health Equity Zone is partnering with Children’s Friend to expand the Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Project to address the needs of English learners.
  • Woonsocket Health Equity Zone is partnering with Connecting for Children and Families to expand the Parents as Teachers Family Home Visiting Program on programs for pregnant and parenting teens.
  • Woonsocket Health Equity Zone is partnering with Woonsocket Head Start to expand the Circle of Security parenting program to build secure bonds between parents and children.
  • Woonsocket Health Equity Zone is partnering with The Autism Project on the Conscious Discipline program.
  • West Warwick Health Equity Zone is partnering with Westbay Community Action Program to expand women, infant and children services, offer social service support through United Way 211, and promote early literacy efforts at the West Warwick Public Library.

BCBSRI grants $225K to Bradley for youth mental health services

PROVIDENCE – Bradley Hospital will receive $225,000 in support from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island to enhance and expand the Pediatric Psychiatry Resource Network, BCBSRI announced Tuesday. The grants will come in five yearly installments of $45,000.

The network is a children’s health consultation team at Bradley that supports pediatric primary care providers serving children and adolescents with mental health care needs. The network, called PediPRN, is run in collaboration with the R.I. Department of Health and the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Pediatrics Mental Health Care Access Program.

“We are fortunate that we were able to secure another five years of funding for PediPRN due to our partnerships with public and private funders,” said Dr. Karyn Horowitz, director of outpatient child psychiatry and behavioral health services at Lifespan. “The national shortage of child mental health providers, coupled with the increased prevalence of mental health disorders, requires close collaboration between pediatrics and psychiatry in order to meet the needs of children and their families.”

BCBSRI said that the program increases access for children and adolescents to mental health care by augmenting primary care practices with increased access to psychiatric consultation services.

Women’s Fund Signs Joint Statement on Sexism, Racism & Xenophobia; Encourages Women Candidates

On July 24, 2019, the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island was proud to sign a joint statement by hundreds of sister funds condemning the recent attacks on four of our country’s elected officials who are women of color, in response to chants of “Send them back!” The statement reads: ” Women’s and Girls’ grantmakers, organizations and supporters across the country stand together in condemning the recent vitriol shown towards our country’s female elected officials, and in particular, female elected officials of color.”

To these attackers and their defenders, we say this: ‘You do not represent the shared values that move our country forward.  These values recognize and embrace leadership from all walks of life, recognizing the strength of diversity. For more than 100 years, American women have fought to gain our rightful place in our government institutions.  We will not back down. You cannot erase our presence, nor keep us from taking our place as leaders of this great democracy. As you continue to judge and demean people by gender, country of origin, and skin color, we will take the high road. We will judge people by character and by actions alone.  We will never stop speaking out against the words and actions of those driven by sexism, racism, and xenophobia.

The Women’s Funding Network, its members and partners are steadfast in their support of women of ALL backgrounds who serve and aspire to serve our country in an elected capacity.

We support the active participation in our democracy by those who were not born here, but who have worked hard to become citizens and have pledged their loyalty to our country.  America has always been a country of immigrants. We do not turn our backs on these citizens, and we will not stand to let the actions of a few diminish the valuable contributions they have made to our society.

Your words were intended to divide. They did not. Together we stand, more united than ever.

This past Saturday, WFRI joined with the Women’s Fund of Southeastern Massachusetts and VoteRunLead to provide training to 60 women considering a run for political office. Participants practiced campaign “stump” speeches on the changes they wanted to make in their communities. When WFRI last ran this program in 2017, 18% of the participants ran for office and of those who ran, 60% won their seats.

The 19th Amendment to the U.S Constitution became law on August 26, 1920, giving women the right to vote. This date is now recognized nationwide as Women’s Equality Day. In preparation for the 100th Anniversary of this landmark decision, several organizations and volunteers are banding together to increase voter registration and the number of people voting in 2020.

WFRI will be hosting a training for volunteers on Aug. 26 from 3:00-4:30 pm in the State House Library on the RI voter registration process. Afterward, participants will gather on the State House steps for a picture and a commemorative “Toast to Tenacity” in tribute to the suffragists who fought for American women’s right to vote and in recognition that true gender equity for all has not yet been achieved. GCRI members are invited to attend the Toast without having to go to the training.

Both programs are sponsored by the Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea. Co-hosts include Vision2020, Planned Parenthood Votes! RI, RI NOW, The Woman Project, RI Coalition for Reproductive Freedom, RIDP Women’s Caucus, RI Democratic Women for Leadership and the RI Federation of Republican Women

Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) Awards Second Round of Grants

Rhode Island schools, organizations, community centers, and artists were awarded $827,782 in the April 2019 round of grants from RISCA. The Arts Council’s board approved the awarding of these grants at its June meeting in Providence. These grants will go to support arts in education, community-based projects by organizations and individual artist fellowships and projects for this fiscal year. Statewide, 146 grants were awarded in response to applications received at RISCA’s April 1 deadline.

Governor Gina Raimondo applauded the recipients of these grants, saying, “I’m thrilled to support these grants awarded by the State Arts Council. The arts are a significant part of our economy—they represent jobs for artists and non-artists alike, and are part of the reason why Rhode Island is a destination for cultural tourism. The State’s investment in the arts contributes to the quality of life we enjoy and the education of all Rhode Islanders. I’m proud to live in a state that values the arts in our everyday lives.”

“We’re particularly pleased with this round of grant awards,” said Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director of the RISCA. “Programs in arts education and projects that support the work of artists in communities throughout our state contribute to our great quality of life here in Rhode Island.”

RISCA funds are matched by businesses, individuals, and earned income. The Council receives its support through an annual appropriation from the Rhode Island General Assembly and from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Examples of projects supported in the current round of grants include: The PACE Org of RI in Woonsocket received $2,500 to complete a mural project with Riverzedge Arts to be painted on a concrete wall that is visible from the day center windows of PACE’s northern Rhode Island location. This project includes planning sessions where the youth of Riverzedge Arts and the elders at PACE work together to create a design that would later be painted.

School One in Providence received $3,000 to offer an Intergenerational Arts Program. The program brings together high school students and adults aged 65 and over to explore their creativity, learn theater skills, develop their powers of expression, and forge relationships across the generations. Unique to RI, the Intergenerational Arts Program uses theater to foster authentic collaboration and learning.

In partnership with Central Falls School District’s “Expanded Learning Communities,” artist Benjamin Lundberg Torres Sánchez from Providence received $1,880 to offer summer-long Media Literacy & Media Production workshops to high school or middle school aged young people that will resource them with grounding in media analysis & provide practical skill-building in production using readily available tools such as the students’ phones.

Artist Alfonso Acevedo from Central Falls received $2,500 to continue his Millennium Art Factory Central Falls project, working with youth ages 6-20 providing free art workshop for students of all levels of experience to hone their art skills. The work the participants create is then exhibited around Central Falls and Pawtucket in local businesses and government buildings.

Artist Mishki Fern Thompson, Narragansett, from Charlestown will lead 10 free beading workshops around Washington County, RI. These workshops will introduce the public to Native American culture and Native traditions of beading arts, as well as how to create their own pieces of art. Half of the workshops are for youth ages 10-15, and half are for teens and adults ages 16 and up.

Oasis International in Providence received $2,250 in support of their 26th African Summer Bash. The Bash celebrates the cultural richness of African and other diverse ethnic groups in Southwest Providence – including the Cape Verdean community – through music, dance, food, and the arts. The Bash is a free, all-day festival with games and live entertainment for all ages.

The Autism Project in Johnston received $3,000 in support of “In Harmony”, a program in partnership with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School that provides music and social skills education to children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. The program includes a school year of weekly music education for 15-20 youth, ending with a public performance; and summer camp for 115 campers with music activities.

For a complete list of grant recipients go to https://risca.online/grants/grant-recipients-fy20-spring-cycle/

RI Foundation Grants Seed Local Medical Research

The Rhode Island Foundation is awarding more than $400,000 in seed funding to 17 promising medical research projects. The work ranges from developing data that could lead to breakthroughs in the treatment of people suffering from opioid use disorder in hospital ERs to determining the impact of social media on the desire to drink.

The grants are designed to help early-career researchers advance projects to the point where they can compete for national funding. With this round of grants, the Foundation has awarded nearly $2.5 million since 2008.

“We are grateful that our generous donors provide the crucial source of seed funding that enables local researchers to purse promising medical advances,” said Neil D. Steinberg, the Foundation’s president and CEO. “Our hope is that their successes will bring about healthier lives as well as a healthier economy.”

Johnson & Wales University received $20,300 for “Using Social Media Comments to Reduce the Desire to Drink.” The study will be led by Jonathan Noel, assistant professor in the College of Health & Wellness.

The study will test whether comments left in response to a social media post can influence the desire to drink. The study will examine the effects of those responses, including warning messages from public health organizations and responsibility messages developed by the alcohol industry.

“My hypothesis is that the pro-drinking comments will increase the desire to drink, while anti-drinking and responsible-drinking messages will be a deterrent,” Noel said.

“Social media marketing is more than just the ad message. It’s surrounded by other information we might not notice, such as basic user engagement including comments, likes and shares. If a post or ad has been liked by a friend, you are given an incentive beyond what the ads are actually presenting,” said Noel.

“From what history has taught us regarding tobacco use, in order to really see a decrease in binge drinking and the consequences of alcohol use stemming from this form of advertising, we would need to change how people engage and interact with these ads,” he said.

Rhode Island Hospital received $24,914 for “Quality Improvement of Emergency Department Opioid Use Disorder Treatment.” The study will be led by Elizabeth Samuels, M.D., MPH, MHS.

“Emergency departments (ED) can be a key point of intervention for people treated for an opioid overdose. Each overdose we treat in the ED is an opportunity to provide harm reduction services and linkage to addiction treatment,” said Samuels.

The study will assess patient use of hospital emergency services with the aim of identifying ways to improve care, including harm reduction services, medication for addiction treatment, and counseling by recovery coaches.

“Opioid overdose patients seen in the ED are at high risk of repeat overdose and opioid overdose death. By understanding utilization barriers and how services could be improved, we aim to improve care for people who use opioids to prevent future overdoses and overdose death,” she said.

The other grants are:

  • Brown University received $25,000 for “Redox Control of Immunoregulatory Factors as Targeted Therapies for Inflammation,” led by George Lisi, Ph.D.
  • Brown University received $25,000 for “Alginate Gels for the Release of Immunomodulatory Cues in Ischemic Skin Flaps,” led by Fabiola Munarin, Ph.D.
  • Rhode Island College received $23,986 for “Genetic Basis of Zebrafish Embryonic Melanoctye Migration and Pattern Formation,” led by Larissa Patterson, Ph.D.
  • Rhode Island Hospital received $25,000 for “Effect of Moveable Niches Vesicles on the Development and Mitigation of Bone Marrow Failure,” led by Sicheng Wen, Ph.D.
  • The Miriam Hospital received $25,000 for “HIV Transmitted Drug Resistance and Transmission Networks in the Northern Dominican Republic,” led by Martha Sanchez, M.D.
  • The Miriam Hospital received $24,994.46 for “Understanding Barriers to Health Care among Recently Incarcerated High-risk Women,” led by Collette Sosnowy, Ph.D.
  • The Ocean State Research Institute received $25,000 for “Cardiopulmonary Fitness, Premature Vascular Aging and Subclinical Cardiovascular Disease in HIV,” led by Sebhat Erqou, Ph.D.
  • The Ocean State Research Institute received $25,000 for “Macrophages under Pressure in Right Ventricular Dysfunction Associated with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension,” led by Jamila Siamwala, Ph.D.
  • The University of Rhode Island received $25,000 for “Improving Dissemination of Technology-Delivered Physical Activity Interventions,” led by Lauren Bohlen, Ph.D.
  • The University of Rhode Island received $24,956 for “A Pilot Intervention to Reduce Sedentary Time among Older Adults Living in Senior Housing,” led by Mary Greaney, Ph.D.
  • The University of Rhode Island received $25,000 for “A Bioinspired in Situ Delivery Platform with Tunable Drug Release for Improved Cancer Therapy,” led by Jie Shen, Ph.D.
  • The University of Rhode Island received $25,000 for “The Effects of Obesity during Pregnancy on Offspring Pancreas DNA Methylation,” led by Maria Hoffman, Ph.D.
  • The University of Rhode Island received $25,000 for “Investigating Specialized Ribosomes and Gene Regulation in Francisella Tularensis,” led by Kathryn Ramsey, Ph.D.
  • The University of Rhode Island received $25,000 for “Skeletal Muscle Oxidative Capacity Evaluation in Children with Cerebral Palsy,” led by Alessandra Adami, Ph.D.