Thursday, October 14, 2010

UVI Hosts Homeland Security Conference

Security consultant John Avolio, above, opened the 1st International Caribbean Atlantic Homeland Security Conference on Wednesday, Oct. 13.

One of the keynote speakers was Lynn Canton, at left, executive director of Region II of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Region II includes New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. “The conference represents an effort to build bridges between federal emergency response and security agencies and our local responders and security providers,” said conference coordinator and chair Dr. Edward Tarver, above right, an associate professor of chemistry at UVI.
UVI Students Jerome Rogers, left, and Mohammad Mustafa presented the results of their summer research program studying data mining. Above right, Dr. Nadine Noorhasan, director of the Division of Environmental Protection at the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources also spoke. Dr. Noorhasan graduated from UVI in 2000.The plenary session speaker was Dr. Mitchell Erickson, director of Northeast and Caribbean Operations for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The conference will conclude with a panel discussion and public forum at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 13, in the UVI Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus.