Keynote Speaker and Opening Reception

Sunday, May 19 from 6:00 - 9:30pm

Carolina Ballrooms, Francis Marion hotel

The conference officially kicks off with a plenary talk followed by an opening reception at on Sunday evening. The keynote speaker will be Marquetta L. Goodwine, aka “Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation”. Queen Quet has received numerous national and international awards for her tireless work on behalf of the historic Gullah Nation on the Sea Islands of South Carolina. Environmental protection is among her key concerns towards the goal of preserving the Gullah culture.

Afterwards, we will move downstairs to the Colonial Ballroom to enjoy good food and drink, and catch up with colleagues and friends.

Welcome and Introductions

6:00pm Dr. John Stegeman, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Dr. G. Thomas Chandler, Dean, University of South Carolina School of

Public Health

Drs. Lisa Bain, Charles Rice, and Amy Ringwood, PRIMO 20 Organizing Committee

Plenary Talk

6:15pm Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation

“Wholeness of Healin’ de Wata: Oceans and Human Organisms”


~7:15pm Colonial Ballroom, off hotel lobby. Included with your registration

to 9:30pm

Menu (all items can be requested separately, depending on dietary preferences)

Beef tenderloin medallions, arugula, cheese grits

Wild mushroom ravioli, asparagus

Local-caught shrimp and grits

Grilled lamb chops, roasted butternut squash, brussel sprout and apple salad

Seasonal garden display with tomatoes and fresh mozzarella cheese, garden salad, and pesto pasta salad

Seasonal fresh fruit display with yogurt and chocolate dips

Open bar with local beers, wines, and assorted juices and sodas