UVI Announces Winners of Research Day 2019 The University of the Virgin Islands announces the student and faculty winners of the 8th annual UVI Research Day. The Office of Research and Public Service and the Eastern Caribbean Center hosted the event in April on the St. Thomas Campus and Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. Research is on display at the event which features an open forum for students, faculty and staff to discuss a myriad of topics that affect the community.
Of the 44 undergraduate student entries on the St. Thomas Campus, Torhera Durand from the College of Science and Mathematics emerged as the winner.
Durand’s poster was titled “Characterization of Metastatic Progression.” During breast cancer metastasis, cancer cells break off from the primary tumor and invade other tissues and organs throughout the body. In her abstract, Durand mentioned that the goal of the project is to devise therapeutic strategies capable of preventing disease progression. UVI Professor Dr. Yakini Brandy advised Durand during her research.
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RTPark Partners with National Development Council to Expand Economic Development Opportunities in the Territory The UVI Research and Technology Park (RTPark) announced on Monday that is has entered into a technical assistance contract with the National Development Council (NDC) to support, develop, and assist in the implementation of economic and community development programs, and also to prepare proposals to access the dollars necessary to expand access to capital for technology-based firms, as well as other businesses and projects that would strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The one-year contract with the New York-based non-profit officially commenced on July 1, and will be available to not only the RTPark and its current and prospective client companies, but also other public, quasi-public, and civic USVI organizations that are conceptualizing or implementing economic or community development initiatives in the territory. These include the central government, the USVI Economic Development Authority (EDA), the VI Housing Finance Authority (VIHFA) and local non-profit foundations.
One of the largest (by assets under management), oldest and most geographically expansive U.S. Treasury Department certified Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI), NDC administers sizable amounts of capital and specializes in investing in and lending to small and medium-sized operating businesses and catalytic real estate projects (e.g., commercial, industrial, residential, mixed-use, public and non-profit facilities) that help to expand job opportunities for local residents and strengthen regional economies.
More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI website – http://www.uvi.edu/
UVI’s Recognizes and Congratulates “30 Under Thirty” Alumni Congratulations to UVI alumni who were named “Top Millennials under 30” in June 2019 by Senator Kurt Vialet. Ten alumni were recognized at an event held at the Company House Hotel in downtown Christiansted, St. Croix.
The alumni honored have earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in fields ranging from biology, communication, business and education.
Furthermore, many have gone on to pursue careers in business, engineering, entrepreneurship, education, music and firefighting. “I believe that it is important for us to have a generation of individuals who could aspire to be just like who you are,” Sen. Vialet said in an article by the VI Consortium. “Aspire to accomplish what you have accomplished; to dream and know that it can be possible; to rid themselves of negativity and know that accomplishment is possible for Virgin Islanders.”
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UVI Basketball Camp Registration Underway Registration for the University of the Virgin Islands’ Buccaneers basketball camps is currently underway, with weeklong sessions set for late July and early August.
The camps — each five days long — will be held from July 22-26 and July 29-Aug. 2 at UVI’s Sports and Fitness Center on St. Thomas. Each day’s session will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with early drop off at 7:30 a.m. and late pick up running to 5:30 p.m. Pickups made after 5:30 p.m. will incur a $10 late fee per camper for every 30 minutes.
UVI men’s basketball coach Jeff Jones and women’s basketball coach Jackson Dolor, as well as the Buccaneers’ assistant coaches and players will lead the camps. The camps are open to boys and girls from Kindergarten through 12th grade.
The registration fee is $125 per camper, with group discount rates available.
For more information or to register, call 678-349-6440 or email [email protected].