Transforming Research Into Economic Development

Join us for our 2017 Annual Conference

There is SO much exciting going on behind the scenes here at VI-EPSCoR this week as we prepare for our 2017 Annual Conference.  This conference is our premier event where we showcase to the community recent strides made toward accomplishing our Mare Nostrum Caribbean goals. We hope you can join us. There is no cost to attend, please RSVP today.

Conference Agenda

Keynote Speakers

Dr. John Cabra and Dr. Andy Burnett
The challenges of the research/economic development nexus

Panel Discussion

UVI Researchers
Diversity Can Lead To More Competitive Research

Coral Reef Research

Dr. Rick Nemeth
Coral Reef Demographics - Movements of marine animals: new insights for management, novel approaches and future needs
Dr. Tyler Smith
Coral Reef Dynamics - Diverse partnerships to tackle the coral reef crisis.
Dr. Marilyn Brandt
Coral Reef Disease - Diversity affects disease transmission in Caribbean corals.
MMES Graduate Students
The Effect of Acropora Cervicornis Coral Out-planting on Fish Biodiversity in St. Thomas, USVI

STEM Education Research

Dr. Sandra Romano
STEM Education in Support of Workforce Development in the USVI
Dr. Nastassia Jones
Making STEM Count in the Virgin Islands: Increasing Economic Competitiveness Through STEM Education Research and Training
Dr. Celil Ekici
Developing Professional Learning Communities for Secondary Science and Mathematics Teachers towards Culturally Responsive STEM Education.

Outreach and Education

Joey DeMarco
An Overview of Outreach and Education
Howard Forbes, Jr.
VIMAS and Science Saturdays
Elisa Lacatena
Community Engagement Through Social Media

Emerging Areas Research

Dr. Sennai Habtes
Ocean Observing: An Opportunity for Increasing Participation from the USVI in the Ocean Sciences
Dr. Kristin Wilson Grimes
Overview of Watershed Dynamics

Guest presentation by Dr. Kim Waddell