Friday, April 19, 2013

UVI Scholars Tackle Current Issues on Research Day

UVI student Tricia Greaux explains her research.
University of the Virgin Islands students, faculty and staff researchers displayed the results of their work on Research Day on April 6, in the University of the Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center on the St. Thomas campus and the Great Hall on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix.
Research Day featured roundtable discussions and poster presentations detailing research in science, mathematics, marine biology, education, sociology and nursing. “I am just as impressed as I was last year and maybe even more so about the amount of research that our faculty members are engaged in and our students,” said UVI President Dr. David Hall. “It is also impressive to see that so much of it really relates to problems or challenges that exist in the Virgin Islands.”
UVI Interim Vice Provost of Research and Public
Service Dr. Frank Mills and UVI President
 Dr. David Hall discuss results of research project.
  President Hall noted research being conducted by Dr. Frank Mills, interim vice provost of Research and Public Service, and Asha DeGannes, UVI research assistant professor of Social Sciences and Statistics. They are trying to uncover the reason for violent behavior in adolescents. The research is looking into the effects of truancy and parental involvement on adolescence. There was also a roundtable discussion on this topic.   

UVI Agriculture & Natural Resources Programs for
Cooperative Extension Station Assistant Director
Stafford Crossman (Left) and UVI Agricultural
Experiment  Station Research  Associate Professor
Dr.  Thomas Zimmerman  display  their research on
 the  Albert  A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix.
“This type of research will give us a basis for recommending changes and interventions that can make a difference in the lives of people in the Virgin Islands,” said Dr. Hall. “Universities are not just doing the research so that faculty members can get tenure, though that is important. What makes UVI standout is that so much of our research is focused on trying to address problems that exists in the Virgin Islands and the Eastern Caribbean.”