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Catching the wind

In 2006, Governor Donald Carcieri announced a project that was ambitious in its scope and its schedule: By 2010, the State of Rhode Island would generate 15 percent of the energy it needed from wind power. The goal’s audacity was not lost on anyone following the adventures of Jim Gordon, the Boston developer trying to build the nation’s first offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound. Covering 24 square miles, the Cape Wind project proposed to build 130 wind turbines, projecting 440 feet above the waterline, capable of producing enough electricity to meet about 75 percent of the power needs for Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Island.

Siting the turbines is any offshore wind project’s most critical decision—and Cape Wind’s location had immediately gathered a diverse, politically powerful and...


Today's Top Stories

thumbnail placeholderPharmacy professors play key role in state effort to prevent narcotic overdoses: Rhode Island has one of the highest opioid overdose rates in the country, but the University of Rhode Island’s College of Pharmacy is playing a key role in helping to reverse that trend.

thumbnail placeholderURI family receives police support for infant born with rare cancer: A group of community members and police officers were held captive in the lobby of the URI Police Department headquarters last week by a special little bundle. The bundle was the nearly five-month old baby, Violet Graney, who was born with and is fighting a rare cancer.

thumbnail placeholderRegistered nurses boost career and learning through URI’s R.N.-to-B.S. program: Gail Murray’s career has no limits. In two decades, she’s gone from working as a medical secretary to working as a registered nurse – and now she’s about to take another leap in her professional life.


Group tickets for the 2014-15 University of Rhode Island Men's Basketball season are now on sale. Buying group tickets allow fans the opportunity to watch some of the best competition at the Thomas M. Ryan Center this season with their friends, family, or co-workers. A group purchase consists of 15 tickets or more. In addition to receiving a special group ticket price, URI Athletics offers Group Experiences, headlined by the opportunity to perform at halftime (select games) or joining the team on the court for the national anthem.


The URI International Engineering Program (IEP) offers an unparalleled experience for students looking to become truly global engineers. IEP graduates earn two degrees simultaneously: a B.S. in an engineering discipline and a B.A. in Chinese, French, German, Italian or Spanish. By combining the power of a strong engineering program, immersion in a foreign language and culture and a year abroad, the five-year program graduates students prepared for rewarding careers in a diverse array of fields around the world.

URI in the News

The Providence Journal recently reported that University of Rhode Island engineering professor Aaron Bradshaw has conducted seismic tests on the Gainer Memorial Dam at the Scituate Reservoir to determine its vulnerability to earthquakes. His analysis thus far suggests that the 88-year-old dam could withstand, with minimal damage, the region’s most likely earthquake scenarios, which include a magnitude 5 earthquake nearby the dam and a magnitude 6.8 earthquake 125 kilometers away.


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