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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 6, 2003
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Kean University Strengthens its Affiliation with CCMI in
Sustaining the Earth's Resources through Education, Research and Outreach

UNION, N.J – Kean University has joined forces with the Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI) to create programs and research opportunities that encourage and promote education, conservation and scientific research initiatives among students and professionals. By providing a base in the Cayman Islands and at a newly created learning establishment in Princeton, N.J., CCMI offers a forum for resident research and educational instruction that aim to discover elements of and impacts on biodiversity.

"I am proud to serve as president of a program that provides student scholars with an opportunity to work alongside researchers who study fundamental global issues thus supplying them with practical experience and training," said Dr. Carrie Manfrino, founding member of the institute and professor of oceanography in Kean’s Department of Geology and Meteorology who was named CCMI president at the organization’s annual board meeting held at the University in March. "The student–professor relationship is strengthened and each participant’s insight into the process and significance of scientific discovery is increased."

Other Kean faculty members involved in CCMI are Dr. Robert Metz, professor in the Department of Geology and Meteorology, who is assisting student research projects, and Dr. Sylvio Codella, associate professor in the Department of Biology, who is supervising students’ field-work investigations. In addition, Dr. Toufic Hakim, director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, and Dr. Roxie James, interim associate dean of the College of Natural, Applied and Health Sciences, have been reelected to serve on the CCMI board of directors. Professionals from Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Yale University’s School of Medicine and the Smithsonian Institution also contribute to the consortium.

In connection with CCMI, Kean will offer a summer course in the Cayman Islands titled Exploring Marine Biodiversity: Teacher’s Institute, a hands-on training class that will discuss the strategies for implementing the coral-reef environment and the complex interaction of ecosystems into the core curricula. Participants enrolled in CCMI’s interdisciplinary classes, field projects and internships may be eligible for course credit through Kean’s Department of Geology and Meteorology and Rutgers University’s Institute of Marine and Coastal Science.

CCMI is a U.S. 501(c)3 organization, established in 1998, as a non-governmental organization with a mission to conduct and facilitate research, education and community outreach that will sustain marine diversity for future generations. For more information about CCMI, visit its Web site at www.reefresearch.org.