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November 27, 2009 vol xv, number 11
'A Way to Think About What You're Thinking About'
A UVI Physics professor and a visiting gradu-
ate student used a scientific concept to explain
the creative process. Their efforts were recently
applauded by a group that's known for asking the
question: "What's the big idea?"
Prof. Don Drost and Buffalo State College student
Stavros Michailidis appeared before the recent 11 th Eu-
ropean Conference on Creativity and Innovation. Their
presentation, called, "Make it Happen with Momentum,"
was so popular it became one of five sessions offered as an
Prof. Drost said before he and Michailidis took their
work to Belgium, they tested it with a group of Science
100 students on St. Thomas. First they taught the formu-
la for momentum. Then they set up a demonstration with
sporting equipment. The students were then told what
they had learned could be applied to any idea or problem
using a diagnostic tool called a momentum matrix.
Pick a problem, they were told, classify it against a set
of eight criteria, apply the matrix and make the needed
adjustments problem solved.
"The product of the exercise is a metacognitive frame-
work," Michailidis said, "a way to think about what you're
Buffalo State CGII,
grad student Stavros
and UVI Physics
Professor Don Drost
display the work that
S impressed creativity
experts during a recent
Conference in Belgium.
After the successful presentation, Prof. Drost wrote
his students. "I did send an e-mail to all of our students
from Brussels and told them that Stavros and I have rep-
resented UVI and the Virgin Islands well, being chosen as
one of the top five workshops, and I've received numer-
ous e-mails back from students who have thanked us for
doing a good job," the professor said.
The conference, sponsored by the European Associa-
tion for Creativity and Innovation, was held Oct. 28-30.
The theme was "Think. Create. Innovate."
UVI President Joins in Presentation to Hiah School Boys
U VI President Dr. David Hall
recently told a room of most-
ly young male students on St. Croix
to dream big, plan for college, and '
change the world. He made these ''
remarks at a forum held Nov. 12 on
the St. Croix Campus. -,
Several dozen public high school .d *
seniors sat in on the presentation,
featuring remarks by Dr. Hall, UVI
Accounting Professor Ricardo Caldwell and elected of-
ficials. Together they spoke about the challenges facing
young men growing up in a society of changing values.
Dr. Hall asked the group to think about what it takes
to be a man. He also asked the students to consider some
facts of life about young men of color, at heightened risk
for their lives and their futures.
He also pointed out that young black males are under-
represented on many college cam-
puses, including UVI. The Presi-
dent urged them to think about
what they could do to encourage
other young men to add a college
education to their dreams.
UVI President Dr David Hidl wants
more men to attend college. He is seen
here at UVI/s ill Science Symposium.
Stormy Day Sets Scene for Conservation Talk
Monday, Nov. 16, began as a great day for ducks, um-
brella sales, and people attending the Comprehen-
sive Land and Sea Conference on the UVI St. Thomas
campus. An inch and a half of rain had fallen on the island
in less than an hour, limiting visibility, bringing flash floods
ing the work-
day for many.
It also pro-
vided a per-
for a talk on
Devine, former chief scientist for UVI's Conservation
Data Center. Inclement weather kept about a third of the
participants from showing up. But for those who braved
the rain, he said, it was a teachable moment.
UVI-based scientists, environmentalists, graduate
students and engineers were among those hearing what's
been done to keep topsoil from washing offVirin Islands
hillsides into the local marine environment. Participants
included federal highway engineers who are currently in
the territory working on road projects under the Ameri-
can Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Devine said he hoped participants left the day-long
seminar with a better understanding of the interactions
between land and sea. "They are all one system," he said.
Included in the topics was a discussion about mitiga-
tion efforts taking place on St. John under the direction
of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Environmental planning engineer Joseph Mina de-
scribed some of the work he's been doing on the EPA-
CARE project over the past few weeks. Mina said he de-
signed two roadside bio filtration systems that are, "just a
hole in the ground that the water gathers in before it goes
away," he said.
There were also recommendations made about the
proper use and maintenance of silt fencing. Mina said
he has also spoken with VI Public Works officials about
flood control projects and local flooding problem spots.
The seminar, held at UVI's Administration and Con-
ference Center, was sponsored by the Coral Bay Commu-
nity Council and the Virgin Islands Experimental Pro-
gram to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR).
UVI Director ofAlumni Affairs Linda I. Smith ('98, '03), right,
interviews alumna Delaun Mercer ('97), at the annual BucsAlum-
ni Reunion held Nov. 22, at Brewers Bay Beach on the St. Thom-
as campus. Mercer was visiting from Pawtucket, R.I. Her uncle,
ClarenceA. Nibbs ('92), with the Bucs pennant, also attended.
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