RI Space Grant
The R.I. Space Grant Program is a congressionally mandated, nationwide, NASA-funded program designed to act as a space-science resource and to enhance science literacy and learning opportunities in space-related science at all levels of education, from elementary school through graduate school and beyond. There are 52 distinct Space Grant Consortia in the US (all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico and Washington, DC). The R.I. Space Grant program lead institution is Brown University, which contributes matching funds to the program.
The historic Ladd Observatory opened in 1891 under the direction of Prof. Winslow Upton. A regular program of transit observations and timekeeping was started in 1893. Prof. Charles Smiley, famous for his observations of solar eclipses, became director of Ladd Observatory in 1938. Associate Dean of the College David Targan is the current director. LADD is open to the public, free of charge, every Tuesday evening from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.
The mission of the Rhode Island NSF EPSCoR program is to provide a platform to promote collaboration and cooperation among the Rhode Island’s institutions of higher education (IHE) and to enable alignment of our efforts with the needs of the state to increase research competitiveness, especially in marine life science and affiliated sciences. Rhode Island NSF EPSCoR partners with 9 academic institutions across the state as well as with secondary schools, government, and industry. They support three core Research Centers in Marine Life Science, Genomics, and Proteomics. They are available to researchers and students statewide.
The EPSCoR Academy builds technology in Rhode Island by investing in education and research in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The Academy promotes opportunities and careers in the sciences from Grades 6-12 to undergraduate students to graduate school.
The NSF-funded RITES project aims to transform the quality of science teaching and learning at all secondary schools, with the goal of increasing the number and diversity of students who are proficient in science and pursue careers in Science, Engineering, Technology, and Mathematics (STEM). This program is a comprehensive, statewide effort, with core partners at the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, Johnston Public Schools and the Rhode Island Department of Education.