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STEM Carib Conference
October 10-13, 2017

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Dr. Edward Guinan
Dr. Shirin Haque
Mr. Jim Schubert
Dr. François Therrien

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PLENARY PRESENTERS

Dr. Edward Guinan
Head Shot - Edward GuinanEdward Guinan, Ph.D., is a Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Villanova University. He and two colleagues discovered Neptune's ring system in 1968. His research interests include binary star systems, black holes, evolution of the sun and solar-like stars, pulsating stars, astrobiology, exoplanets and the suitability of exoplanets for life. He is a Guest Investigator on a number of NASA Astronomy space observatories including the Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope, Chandra X-ray Observatory, XMM-Newton X-ray Telescope and Kepler Planet Quest Mission. Dr. Guinan has published over 500 science papers and edited four books. He is also the Chair of the Teaching Astronomy for Development (TAD) program of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) which sponsors education, research and outreach programs in developing counties. He also has served on numerous NASA and NSF Peer Review and Advisory Panels and currently serves on the Council of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) and is the Chair of the US National Committee of the National Academy of Sciences for Astronomy. Dr. Guinan is an advocate for space travel and is a founding member of the StarVoyager Project (for human interstellar exploration) and also serves on the Advisory Boards of the Life Boat Foundation and the International Space Development Hub (ISD-Hub).

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Dr. Shirin Haque
Head Shot - Shirin HaqueDr. Shirin Haque is the deputy dean and a former head of department in the Faculty of Science and Technology at the St Augustine campus at the University of the West Indies. She is an astronomer by profession and a senior lecturer in Physics Department with research interests in astrobiology and cosmology and was recently the recipient of the Rudranath Capildeo Award for applied Science and Technology. She and her team's recent findings on astrobiological studies at the pitch lake in Trinidad was published in Science in 2014. She is also the producer of several Caribbean Science documentaries and is heavily engaged in science popularization and has won three excellence in teaching awards. A lifelong learner, she just obtained her MPhil in Psychology.

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MR. JEFFREY HAUSAMAN
Head Shot - Jeffrey Hausaman

Jeffrey Hausaman is a Reactor Engineer for Georgia Power's Vogtle Electric Generating Plant Units 3 & 4 in Waynesboro, Georgia. These two units are the first new nuclear power plants to be constructed in the United States in over 30 years and will be of a first-of-a-kind design, the Westinghouse AP1000. When complete, they will produce a combined 2234 MW, enough electricity for 1.6 million households.

Jeffrey is a Caymanian-American, born and raised in Grand Cayman. He attended Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, where he earned a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Nuclear Engineering. His thesis research was on the use of hot extrusion powder metallurgy fabrication techniques for new nuclear fuels. His first position in the nuclear power industry was at Entergy's River Bend Nuclear Generating Station, in St. Francisville, Louisiana. He is a fully qualified Reactor Engineer on the General Electric Boiling Water Reactor Mark VI design, and in that capacity supported the safe and reliable operation of River Bend Station for 4 years. Jeffrey is an active member of the professional organizations North American Young Generation in Nuclear and the American Nuclear Society, and has served as the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Louisiana Nuclear Society.

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MS. CATHY KNUTSON
Head Shot - Catherine Knutson

Catherine Knutson is the Deputy Superintendent of the Minnesota State Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.  She oversees the Forensic Science Services which includes two ASCLD/LAB-International accredited laboratories.  These laboratories provide forensic examinations for criminal investigations in the areas of Biology/DNA, Latent Prints, Drug Chemistry, Toxicology, Firearms, Toolmarks, Trace Evidence, Arson, Breath Alcohol Instrument Calibration, and Crime Scene Response.  Catherine holds a B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign and a M.S. from the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis/St. Paul in Human Genetics.  She has been working in the field of Forensic Science for over 18 years and has provided forensic DNA analysis on thousands of cases ranging from homicide and kidnapping to burglaries and missing persons.  During that time, Catherine specialised in Forensic Biology and also served as the Supervisor of the FBI Regional Mitochondrial DNA Program at the MN BCA.  Catherine has a special interest in cold cases and missing persons and has secured significant grant funding to support the examination of these cases and those involving unidentified human remains.  These efforts have led to the apprehension of numerous criminals through the use of new DNA technology as well as the identification of people who had been missing for over 30 years.  Catherine has testified as an expert witness throughout the U.S., partners with legislators to promote support for forensic science services, and has served on numerous technical working groups and scientific panels in an effort to promote forensic science and make the world a safer place for everyone.               

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DR. MARC LOCKHART
Head Shot - Marc Lockhart Marc Lockhart, M.D. is a psychiatrist in George Town, Grand Cayman.  He received his Doctorate of Medicine from UTESA Medical College in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and did his Adult Psychiatry Residency at Wayne State University/ Detroit Medical Center in Detroit Michigan. He has been a practicing psychiatrist in The Cayman Islands for over 16 years. He currently serves as Director of Inpatient Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at The Health Services Authority where he also manages clinical duties for forensic (Prisons) and Spanish language services. He is the Medical Director of BHAC, Behavioral Health Associates Cayman, a comprehensive outpatient behavioral health facility in George Town, Grand Cayman. He is the current Chairman of The Mental Health Commission of The Cayman Islands. An area of focus is developing a long term care psychiatric facility for The Cayman Islands. His areas of special interest and clinical focus include emergency psychiatry, psychopharmacology and mood disorders. Dr. Lockhart received the honour of Emerging Pioneer in January 2017, which was presented to him for his significant contribution to the development of healthcare services in the Cayman Islands.

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Ms. Susan Giver Nelson
Head Shot - Susan NelsonMs. Nelson began her maritime career in 1999 as Marketing and Exposition Director for the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME), after over 10 years of sales, marketing, and event management experience in the corporate sector.
In 2006, Susan became Director of Outreach and Strategic Development for SNAME, and sought and received a grant from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) as part of the National Naval Responsibility for Naval Engineering (NNRNE), a dedicated effort to ensure the sustained national capability to develop innovative designs for Navy ships and submarines. In 2007, she developed a business/marketing plan and model and received a grant from ONR for the creation of an infrastructure to develop what is now known as the SeaPerch Program into a viable, "scalable" national K-12 student STEM Outreach program. Beginning with just 750 students in 2007, now in 201, over 330,000 students have built SeaPerch ROV's, and the program has been named one of the U.S. Navy's signature K-12 Outreach programs.
In September of 2011, Susan moved the SeaPerch Program to the AUVSI Foundation. As Executive Director, Susan manages all aspects of the SeaPerch program, and strives to create partnerships with universities, industry, educators, professional societies, government, national membership organizations, and school districts to inform and educate them about the possibilities SeaPerch can create.
Susan holds a B.S. in Organizational Development from Geneva College, and an M.S. in Integrated Marketing and Communication from Lasell College in Boston. She holds the CAE (Certified Association Management) credential, the CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) credential, and serves as President Elect for the Association Executives of North Carolina.

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Mr. Albert Sarvis
Head Shot - Albert Sarvis Albert Sarvis received his B.A. in Geo-environmental Studies from Shippensburg University in 1991 and M.A. in Geography at Ohio University in 1994. Mr. Sarvis began his teaching experience as a Graduate Assistant at OU teaching Physical Geography and Geospatial Technology labs. Mr. Sarvis has also taught graduate level Geospatial Technology classes at Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs and undergraduate classes at Harrisburg Area Community College. In 2005 he began working with Harrisburg University as a corporate faculty member helping to develop and teach the Geospatial Technology program before joining the HU staff full time in January 2011.
Prior to becoming a full time professor Mr. Sarvis worked for 16 years in the Geospatial Technology consulting industry spending 11 of those years as a project manager. He obtained his Project Management Professional certification in 2005 and GIS Professional certification in 2007. Mr. Sarvis has presented Geospatial Technology and Project Management at numerous conferences and workshops during his consulting career and maintains a wide range of Geospatial Industry contacts to benefit both the Geospatial Technology and Project Management program content and future student careers.

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Mr. Jim Schubert
Head Shot - Jim Schubert

Jim is the Senior Project Manager (SPM) for the planned new Integrated Solid Waste Management System (ISWMS) for the Cayman Islands.  He will be responsible for the project management of the future ISWMS project, which is expected to have a value over CS$ 100 million and it is anticipated that it will be done through a Public Private Partnership (PPP).

Jim is a Chemical Engineer with over 25 years experience in the solid waste field and has specialized in the waste combustion area.  He was the City of Edmonton's (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) project manager for their new Waste to Biofuels Project (which includes an integrated processing and transfer facility to process waste into a suitable feedstock, which is then sent over to the new 100,000 tonne/year gasification/biofuels facility and also includes a pilot gasification facility which is built adjacent to the larger processing facilities to do research of various solid waste materials and produce different liquid fuels from the gasification process).  These facilities have been built at the Edmonton Waste Management Centre (EWMC) and in total over $Can 200 million was spent on the overall project (which will ultimately divert 90% of Edmonton's residential waste from landfill).  Mr Schubert was involved in the overall Biofuels project since its inception in 2002 (including feasibility study, conceptual design, pre-design and tendering, permitting, construction and commissioning) and the project evolved into a public/private partnership between the gasification technology supplier.

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MR. ROB STENBERG
Head Shot - Rob Stenberg

Most of Mr. Rob Stenberg's career has been spent in the sales and training profession. He entered the sales profession by mistake, or necessity. Rob was working as a disc jockey making minimum wage and it wasn't paying the bills, so when a sales position opened, he took it.
One thing that has bothered him throughout his sales career is the negative reaction received from people when you tell them you are in the sales profession. They automatically don't trust you too much, think you're probably a "fast talker" and have the "gift of gab."  Having a position in which he could help other sales people improve became a desire.
In early 2004 Rob received a call from a company called AMSOIL. They were putting together an internal sales force to help their independent network of Dealers become more successful and assist in increasing their professionalism. They wanted someone who could help coach, mentor and motivate their Dealers with sales tools, advice and direction. Today, Rob is the Director of Dealer Development at AMSOIL, but that is not all he does.
He is a John Maxwell Certified coach, teacher, trainer and speaker. He is also a Mike Bosworth Affiliate and teaches storytelling as an influence strategy to business executives, salespeople and job seekers as well as teaching leadership skills through one-on-one and group training for companies.
Rob graduated Magna Cum Laude with degrees in management and marketing from the College of St. Scholastica.

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Dr. FranCois Therrien
Head Shot - Francois TherrienFrançois Therrien is Curator of Dinosaur Palaeoecology at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller, Alberta. He holds a B.Sc. in Geology from the Université de Montréal, a Master's degree in Geosciences from the University of Rhode Island, and a Ph.D. in Functional Anatomy & Evolution from the Johns Hopkins University – School of Medicine. For his Master's degree, François studied the sedimentology and paleosols of the Late Triassic Chinle Formation of Arizona and New Mexico in order to reconstruct the paleoenvironments in which the earliest dinosaurs from North America lived. For his Ph.D., he traveled to Romania to study the sedimentology and paleosols of dinosaur-bearing rock formations in order to reconstruct the paleoenvironments that prevailed at the end of the Age of the Dinosaurs in Transylvania. Fresh out of his Ph.D., François came to the Royal Tyrrell Museum as a NSERC postdoctoral fellow and was hired as a curator in 2006. François' primary research interests focus on the study of faunal and environmental changes that occurred just before the extinction of the dinosaurs as well as the study of dinosaur behavior, particularly that of extinct predators. Over the years, he has conducted field research in Canada, the USA, Romania, and Mongolia, and has participated in numerous documentaries and media events. Recently, François was involved in the discovery of the first feathered dinosaurs from North America.

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Dr. Susheel Wadhwa
Head Shot - Susheel WadhwaDr. Susheel Wadhwa is a Consultant Neurosurgeon and Spine Surgeon at Health City Cayman Islands. Hailing from Bangalore in India, he has independently performed more than 500 brain and spine surgeries and has been a part of more than 1500 complex brain and spine surgeries since 2007. Competent neurosurgical skills, compassionate health care and patient education form his core practice values. In addition to being a practicing Neurosurgeon, he has played a key role in the organization of various national and international academic conferences. He is passionate about promoting Neurosciences amongst students and has been a quiz master and mentor in the Indian chapter of the International Brain Bee Contest. He has also delivered health talks at corporate organizations spreading awareness on Brain and spine disorders and on maintaining spine health at workplace. His other interests include micro economics of Healthcare & Social Business, philosophy and the ancient Indian wisdom of the Vedas and Upanishads.

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ROTARY SCIENCE FAIR WINNERS

Head Shot - James BanksJAMES BANKS, IONA NICOL and JOANNA ROBINSON

James Banks, Iona Nicol and Joanna Robinson are all primary school pupils at First Baptist Christian School. They won first place in the Life Science category including microbiology, botany or zoology.

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ROTARY SCIENCE FAIR WINNERS

Head Shot - Johnathon BedasseJOHNATHON BEDASSE

Johnathon Bedasse is 14 years old and attends Cayman Prep and High School. Johnathon is currently in Year 10. His favorite subjects are Math and Physics and he enjoys playing the piano and violin. Johnathon is a four time science fair participant and a three time awardee. He will present his 2016 Science Fair Project, Waste into Electricity: The Future of Renewable Energy.

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ROTARY SCIENCE FAIR WINNERS

Head Shot - Connor FinchCONNOR FINCH

Connor Finch is 11 years old and goes to Cayman International School. He just started middle school, enjoys the independence of going from class to class. His favourite classes are Math, Science, and of course PE. He wants t be a NHL hockey player, or a sports statistician.
Connor devotes a lot of his time to Destination Imagination which is a STEAM based program that aims to teach 21st century skills by solving an open ended fun question.
It was his first time to join the Dr. Bill Hrudey Rotary Central Science Fair and was pleased to be awarded with best project for 10 and 11 year olds. He was inspired to do a project on tooth decay after he got his first cavity. He wanted to figure out what causes tooth decay, and was it really sugar.
Connor appreciates the recognition for his hard work, and looks forward to the next science fair.

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ROTARY SCIENCE FAIR WINNERS

Head Shot - Georgina HealyGEORGINA HEALY

Georgina Healy is a high shool student at Grace Christian Academy. She won thirs place in the Earth Science category. Her projects studies salinity levels at six different Grand Cayman coastal locations to prove that the sea around the island tastes saltier in some areas more than others. Georgina's project allowed her to better understand how to use different equipment, how to look at the environment from a scientific point of view, and how small seemingly insignificant changes can have a big impact.

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ROTARY SCIENCE FAIR WINNERS

Head Shot - Thomas SevikTHOMAS SEVIK

Thomas James Sevik, Jr is 12 years old and is in Year 9 at Layman E. Scott Sr. High School. His favorite subjects are Science and Math. He is the 2nd place winner in the Category of Physics, Chemistry and Computer Science. His project is entitled Electricity from Air and Saltwater. His experiment has proven that electricity from an air and saltwater battery can be achieved with the exact combination of highly reactive metals like magnesium and iron electrodes.

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ROTARY SCIENCE FAIR WINNERS

Head Shot - Dilan TatumDILAN TATUM

Dilan Tatum was the first place winner of the Earth Science category of the 2016 Rotary Science Fair. He hails from Cayman Brac and attends Layman E. Scott Senior High School.

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