Built In: These Are The New Digital Design Trends To Watch In 2021

Well, we made it.

It’s 2021, and, if you’re reading this, you’ve endured a year of unimaginable disruption. Design has always played a role in shaping our vision of the future. But this year — with festivals and events canceled, companies shifting to remote work and retailers retooling their online presences in response to social distancing guidelines and occupancy restrictions — what that future might look like remained nearly impossible to predict.

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Providence Monthly: Dr. Megan Ranney

The pandemic transformed doctors into unexpected national and local celebrities. Think Anthony Fauci or Rhode Island Department of Health Director Nicole Alexander-Scott. Megan Ranney is another, a local doctor and educator who became a national authority on COVID response, appearing on CNN and being interviewed by The New York Times and The Atlantic.

“My work on COVID has, in many ways, taken over my life,” she says. “I became a frequent commentator on national and local media, translating the latest science into comprehensible guidance for the average American. We are going to continue to need strong science communication and clear guidelines for policymakers.”

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Rhode Island Inno: How The Ocean State Innovates: The Top Startup Stories Of 2020

Here we are at the end of 2020, a year that has been nothing but tumultuous. At the beginning of the year, few among us would have thought we would be where we are now. We are living through a once-in-a-generation pandemic, with a disease that has upended every aspect of modern life, highlighted social and economic inequities past the point of ignoring them and put national and local government responses in a harsh new light.

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Manufacturing.net: New Remediation Tech Removes, Destroys ‘Forever Chemicals’

University of Rhode Island hydrogeologist Thomas Boving and colleagues at EnChem Engineering Inc. are testing a proprietary new technology for quickly removing and destroying hazardous chemical compounds from soil and groundwater. If proven effective, the technology could soon be applied to cleaning up the abundant per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, collectively referred to as PFAS and “forever chemicals,” that contaminate drinking water supplies serving about one-third of Americans.

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University of Rhode Island Newsroom: URI College Of Engineering Partners With 401 Tech Bridge To Assist Rhode Island Advanced Materials Manufacturers

Three Rhode Island companies will soon benefit from faculty expertise at the University of Rhode Island College of Engineering as part of the 401 Tech Bridge Materials Innovation Challenge. Canapitsit Customs and TxV Aerospace Composites, both of Bristol, and Nautilus Defense, a Pawtucket-based small business, were selected as challenge winners from applicants across the country, enabling them to leverage the University’s academic resources and to work with three preeminent advanced materials researchers.

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The Providence Journal: RI Commerce Board Approves Incentives For Portsmouth ‘Innovation Center’

The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation on Tuesday unanimously approved $1.5 million in state incentives for 401 Tech Bridge, a proposed advanced materials and technology center in a renovated building in Portsmouth.

The directors of the Commerce Corporation also granted authority for additional incentives for a proposed mixed-use development in Pawtucket and increased funding available to businesses for the Take-It-Outside program from $7 million to $7.3 million.

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The Providence Journal: 401 Tech Bridge Partners Include New And Established RI Companies

Goetz Composites, founded 45 years ago, and Flux Marine, a startup in Narragansett, are among the Rhode Island companies that have collaborated with 401 Tech Bridge to develop new products and lines of business.

Goetz, in Bristol, started out making sailboats and later diversified by creating products with composite materials for a variety of industries. The company last year shared a $250,000 prize from the Naval Sea Systems Command to help construct the shell of an unmanned, undersea vehicle. The capsule was failing at deep depths.

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The Newport Daily News: 401 Tech Bridge Slated To Move Into Former Hodges Badge Space In Portsmouth

A Portsmouth-based technology innovation nonprofit is poised to receive $1 million in tax credits and an extra $500,000 in funding to create a research and development lab and workspace for the textiles, composites and undersea defense industries.

401 Tech Bridge is an economic development nonprofit launched last year by the University of Rhode Island Research Foundation, Polaris Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the Composites Alliance of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Textiles Innovation Network and the Office of Naval Research. In August, Polaris MEP received a $2.3 million federal grant to fund the creation of an Advanced Materials and Technology Center in Portsmouth, which will house a laboratory for the groups to research and develop technology. 

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What’s Up Newport: Raimondo Administration Announces More Than 45 Grants To Support Small Businesses & Hospitality, Arts & Tourism Industry

Today the Raimondo Administration announced more than 45 grants totaling nearly $3 million to Rhode Island’s small businesses and non-profit institutions. The grants are first round awards from the Administration’s hospitality relief program and business adaptation program.

Additionally, Rhode Island Commerce announced that the last day to submit an application for the state’s Restore Rhode Island small business program is Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 9 PM EST. To date, the Restore Rhode Island grant program has provided $33.5M in direct grants to over 2,600 Rhode Island small businesses.

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