I Guess It's Official Now; "Nicolas Drayton Hired as VI EPSCoR Program Coordinator"
>From: "Judith Ann Towle" <jtowle@...>
>To: "Nicolas Drayton" <nickdrayton@...>
>Cc: "Bruce Potter" <bpotter@...>, "Jean-Pierre Bacle" <dcbacle@...>,
>Subject: It's Official Now; Nicolas Drayton
>Hired as VI EPSCoR Program Coordinator
>Date: Tue, 5 May 2009 12:28:04 -0400
>And, of course, it might be added that Mr.
>Drayton also serves on the Board of Trustees of
>that venerable, 37-year-old Caribbean
>institution, the Island Resources Foundation!
>Congratulations, Nick. Hope to see you soon.
>----- Original Message -----
>From: <mailto:nickdrayton@...>Nicolas Drayton
>To: <mailto:nickdrayton@...>Nicolas Drayton
>Sent: Tuesday, May 05, 2009 11:20 AM
>Subject: I Guess It's Official Now!
>Nicolas Drayton Hired as VI EPSCoR Program Coordinator
>by Source staff
> May 4, 2009 - Nicolas Drayton, one of the
>key players in the establishment of the East End
>Marine Park on St. Croix, has joined the
>University of the Virgin Islands as a program
>coordinator for VI EPSCoR, which is the Virgin
>Islands Experimental Program to Stimulate
>Competitive Research, a territorial program
>housed at UVI that builds the territory's
>capacity for scientific research and education.
>As coordinator, Drayton will facilitate VI
>EPSCoR incubator grants for start-up research,
>from assisting with the selection of proposals
>through the tracking of funds. He will also work
>closely on the program's major initiative of
>strengthening science, technology, engineering
>and mathematics in kindergarten through 12th
>grade in the territory through collaborations
>with the V.I. Education Department and UVI's
>departments of education, science and
>mathematics. Drayton will also produce the
>quarterly VI EPSCoR newsletter.
> Drayton said he looks forward to the
>opportunity to put his energies into some of the
>fundamental issues like the promotion of science
>in the community and encouraging young people to
>choose marine science as a viable career option.
>"I got real excited about the possibilities," he
> He holds a Master of Science degree in
>coastal biology from the University of North
>Carolina at Wilmington. Over his career he has
>been involved in a wide range of marine
>conservation-related roles, including training,
>advocacy, planning, management and
>administration of Caribbean marine parks and
>protected areas. Before joining UVI, he was the
>Ocean Conservancy's Caribbean Ecosystems program
>director where his main duty was to promote best
>management practices for coral reefs and marine
>parks and protected areas.
> VI EPSCoR is funded by a five-year $11.5
>million Research Infrastructure Improvement
>grant from the National Science Foundation. The
>U.S. V.I. received its first VI EPSCoR grant in
>2004, making the territory the smallest
>jurisdiction to have ever received such an award
>and UVI the only historically black university
> Nicolas Drayton may be reached at 693-1239
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