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Government Holds 3rd Annual H.E.A.L.T.H. and Wellness Expo Series

The V.I. Division of Personnel, in partnership with the GESC Health Insurance Board of Trustees, will host the Government of…

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With schools across the territory getting ready for a Sept. 2 opening date, V.I. Education Commissioner Donna Frett-Gregory told the community the Education Department is focused on "putting in the framework we need to support our students, our teachers and our administrators."

 
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Supreme Court Orders Hansen Removed from Ballot

The V.I. Supreme Court declared Sen. Alicia "Chucky" Hansen's tax convictions render her 'ineligible to serve' in the next Legislature, ordering her name to be removed from this year's ballot.

 

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2014-08-29 11:07:26
Diase Coffelt Wins Elections Challenge in Appeals Court

Independent candidate Soraya Diase Coffelt won on appeal a challenge to an Elections System ruling that would have kicked her and runningmate John Canegata off the November general election ballot.

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2014-08-28 01:57:40
UVI and National Park Service Sign Memorandum of Understanding

UVI and the National Park Service enhanced their existing relationship with a memorandum of understanding for a Volunteer for Credit program signed Tuesday in Christiansted.

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2014-08-28 01:10:19
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Science "Rock Stars" to Tour Territory

Piloting submarines, scuba diving the world over, and jetting across continents a la James Bond, David Guggenheim is no nerd. Guggenheim, aka the Ocean Doctor, will be in the territory next week as part of a new program to encourage V.I. students to consider the sciences as a profession.
“Students need good examples of why science is really a very exciting and challenging field,” Guggenheim said. “We’ve lost some of the connection that science is really cool .… Kids usually agree that scientist are nerds and misfits.”
Entitled the Celebrity Scientist Tour, the program brings high-profile scientists to the territory—from such disciplines as marine biology, pharmaceutical research, physics, social sciences and engineering.
Kicking off the tour, Guggenheim will embark on an ambitious schedule of presentations next week at Country Day School, Central High School and the Education Center on St. Croix, before coming to speak at several schools on St. Thomas, where he'll also give a public presentation at Coral World at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 23.
A bona-fide celebrity scientist, Guggenheim is at the forefront of science and influencing policies that protect the Earth’s oceans and has served as the vice president of the Ocean Conservancy. He is now is heading up conservationist initiatives as the leader of 1Planet1Ocean.

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Guggenheim explained that when he was growing up, science was a top choice among students, especially space science with the advent of the space program.
Space for Guggenheim’s presentation at Coral World is limited, and those who wish to attend should call 340-693-1239 or send an email to ndrayto@uvi.edu.
The Celebrity Scientist Tour is sponsored by Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR) with funds from the National Science Foundation, according to program coordinator Nicolas Drayton.
A major goal of VI-EPSCoR is to increase the number of V.I. students entering into the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines, by strengthening their interest, research skills and intellectual development.
For more information about the tour, Guggenheim’s appearance, or to get a school involved in the tour, contact Drayton at 340-693-1239 or ndrayto@uvi.edu.

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