UVI Bulletin Board for December II

University of the Virgin Islands — St. Croix Campus

UVI Administrative Holiday Recess Schedule Set for Dec. 17 through Jan. 4 The University of the Virgin Islands has announced the following Recess Schedule for the 2018 – 2019 holiday season:
• Last Business Day – December 14, 2018
Holiday Recess:
• UVI Closed – Dec. 17 through Jan. 4, 2019
UVI Open – Monday, Jan. 2, 2019
• UVI Closed – Friday, Jan. 4, 2019
UVI Libraries Holiday Schedule
• Lab Access: 24/7 Computer Lab – closed during intersession.
• Computer Lab access will resume on Monday, January 14, 2019.
Wellness Center Holiday Schedule – http://wellness.uvi.edu
The Wellness Center will be closed during the holiday break on the following dates:
• December 24, 2018
• December 25, 2018
• December 26, 2018
• December 29, 2018
• December 30, 2018
• December 31, 2018
• January 1, 2019

UVI Welcomes New Professor of Data Science The University of the Virgin Islands welcomes Dr. Joanne Sylvia Luciano to the University’s College of Science and Mathematics. She will work in the department of Computer and Computational Sciences to develop curriculum in Data Science. This multidisciplinary field blends data inference, algorithm development, and technology in order to solve analytically complex problems. Data science is ultimately about using this data in creative ways to generate business value while being sensitive to and respectful of data privacy, data security, data stewardship and the ethical use of data. The incoming professor has so far proposed two new courses in Health Web Science and will be teaching a special topics course in Data Science this spring.
“We are very pleased to have Dr. Luciano working with us. She has been working with a team of faculty from computer science, mathematics, and business to submit a proposal to National Science Foundation (NSF) for support in developing interdisciplinary programs in Data Science,” said the Dean of College of Science and Mathematics, Dr. Sandra Romano. “Their work is exciting and would provide some great opportunities in Data Science for our students. We’re very much looking forward to Dr. Luciano working with us on Data Science projects that will provide a lot of interesting opportunities for both faculty and students.”
Luciano’s research uses computational modeling and the World Wide Web to improve health care and advance medical discovery. Luciano is an experienced technology consultant to major hospitals, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. “The focus of my research is to create technologies that make it easy to do interdisciplinary by utilizing semantic technologies that maintain the context of data. “There is an urgent need to shorten the time it takes to bring basic science research results to practice, and to get the clinical or field observations back to the research lab for further analysis,” she said. “To do this, technologies need to be in place that allows scientists to better represent, reuse, and communicate their data.”
More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI website – http://www.uvi.edu/

UVI Students Take Top Honors at National Biomedical Research Conference Three students from the University of the Virgin Islands, the Caribbean’s preeminent Historically Black College and University (HBCU) captured Best Poster Awards at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) last week in Indianapolis.
This recognition comes on the heels of five University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) students winning the 2nd Annual Hewlett Packard HBCU Business Challenge competition this month.
Samuel Liburd, a senior biology major, was recognized for the poster he presented in developmental biology and genetics, which featured work he did use Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR) gene techniques to understand regeneration in planarians. He did this research at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) this summer under the guidance and mentorship of Malecek, Ph.D. and Peter Reddien, Ph.D. Samuel is mentored at UVI by Dr. Jennilee Robinson.
Sophomore Arziel Williams, a psychology major from the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix, won best poster in the social sciences for his research on depression and obesity in Virgin Islanders. He was assisted by his research mentor Dr. Janis Valmond.
More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI website – http://www.uvi.edu/