'Celebrity Scientist' Dr. Jennings to Give Public Lecture on Monday
Brothers With a Cause, a student component of the Male Initiative
of the University of the Virgin Islands, will host a public
conversation for young men with visiting scientist Dr. Cecil
Jennings. Dr. Jennings is a graduate of Charlotte Amalie High
School and a research fishery biologist with the U.S. Geological
All interested young men are invited to attend the roundtable
conversation which will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 4, in the
Emancipation Garden in downtown Charlotte Amalie.
Dr. Jennings will visit the Territory, conducting sessions with
students in both the St. Croix and St. Thomas-St. John districts,
as a part of the VI-EPSCoR Celebrity Scientist Program, which aims
to expand the number of Virgin Islands students entering into the
science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.
Brothers With a Cause is taking advantage of Dr. Jennings's visit
and expertise to motivate members of the organization and others in
the community towards ideas and activities that can affect their
futures in a positive way.
Darryl Williams, a senior at the University who provides leadership
for the student group, said all are invited to attend. He also
specifically extended an invitation to University students and
student groups at both public high schools in the district to
"We are even asking our professors here at UVI to allow their
students, particularly in the math and science fields, to attend
the session and even to provide them extra credit for assignments
related to Dr. Jennings' talk," Williams said, clearly excited
about the Monday session.
Dr. Jennings, who also is on the faculty of the University of
Georgia, will combine a discussion of natural history with some
historical and environmental facts about the Virgin Islands.
He will highlight some of the ways in which Virgin Islands
residents have interacted with the environment over the years and
discuss the responsibility to preserve and protect that natural
environment for the future.
His presentation will also touch on his own personal journey to his
present field of fish biology and ecology, and he will share
information on career opportunities in marine and environmental
science with the students.