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What does this cloth have to do with cancer?

The bright yellow swirls on an African cloth designed by a local student could help prevent cervical cancer in the West African country of Mali.

That’s the remarkable conclusion of a University of Rhode Island research professor, whose nonprofit has been awarded $100,000 from the prestigious Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to launch a public awareness campaign about the importance of getting vaccinated against the deadly cancer.

Dr. Annie De Groot, founder of the Global Alliance to Immunize Against AIDS Vaccine Foundation, or GAIA VF, says she is “thrilled’’ to receive the grant, announced Nov. 4. De Groot is also director of URI’s Institute for Immunology and Informatics and medical director of Clínica Esperanza, a free…

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thumbnail placeholderFirst student-led conference at URI to focus on diversity, March 27-28: On the last weekend in March, the first student-created and led regional conference will take place at the University of Rhode Island's Kingston Campus. Called "Diversifying Individuals Via Education" (D.I.V.E. RI), this event is focused on enhancing student leadership and social change on college campuses.


thumbnail placeholderRhode Island's professional basketball team is brimming with URI alumni: Providence is home to Rhode Island’s first professional basketball team in nearly three decades, the Sky Chiefs. The ABA (American Basketball Association) team—brimming with URI alumni in various capacities—is having a fantastic startup year.


thumbnail placeholderURI student triumphs over discrimination in Brazil to earn degree: If Sergio Suhett had stayed in Brazil, he would be dead. Twenty-three years ago, when he fled, coming out as a gay man was tantamount to a death sentence. Rhode Island – and eventually URI – embraced him, and he gave back by working on student projects that reflected his commitment to social justice.


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