Title: VI-EPSCoR Newsletter. Volume 1. Issue 3.
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Title: VI-EPSCoR Newsletter. Volume 1. Issue 3.
Alternate Title: Virgin Islands EPSCoR
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Language: English
Creator: University of the Virgin Islands. Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.
Affiliation: University of the Virgin Islands -- Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research
Publisher: Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.
Publication Date: 12/26/2003
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Subject: Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States Virgin Islands
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VI-E P S C o R NEWSLETTER July 18, 2003

Virgin Islands
Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research


Research Infrastructure Improvement Proposal Submitted! The carefully developed,
much-invested VI-EPSCoR proposal for a Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) grant
was submitted to the National Science Foundation (NSF) on Thursday, July 17th. VI-EPSCoR
Project Director Henry Smith expressed satisfaction with the proposal and with the efforts of
the teams of people that worked on its development. In extending his appreciation to the
Assembly of Community Advisors and the UVI Planning Committee, out of which the VI-
EPSCoR Governing Board was born, and to members of the RII Subcommittee, Smith noted,
"We have a good proposal and it represents the invaluable efforts of many hard-working
people". The proposal has several funded aspects.

Funding was requested for building capability for two focus areas: research on biocomplexity
in Caribbean coral reefs and research on education for K-12 mathematics. Funding was also
requested for an education and human resources outreach component, wherein an institute
would be established to support improvements in pre-service and in-service teacher
education. The institute would also foster outreach activities, including collaborations with the
VI Department of Education, that advance Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
(STEM) preparedness among Virgin Islands teachers, students and members of the
workforce. In the proposal, funds were requested to support the incubation of new research
areas, such as weather modeling, materials science, data visualization and research on
undergraduate education for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Supporting
Dr. Smith in managing these aspects of the proposal are Co-principal investigators Richard
Nemeth, Rosalie Dance, Camille McKayle and Roy Watlington, respectively. Among the other
UVI personnel who assisted the preparation of the proposal were Lynn Rosenthal, Sandra
Romano, Patricia Rhymer-Todman, Diana Demers, Jeannette Loverne, Marc Boumedine and
David Smith. The NSF decision on the proposal may be received as early as November 2003.

VI-EPSCoR Governing Board Elected Officers
On July 11, 2003, the members of the VI-EPSCoR Governing Board met and elected its
officers for the next year. The Governing Board, which represents the "state committee" for
the Virgin Islands in advising and guiding VI-EPSCoR, elected Frank J. Fox, President of the
St. Croix Chamber of Commerce, as its first Chair. UVI's President LaVerne E. Ragster was
elected Vice Chair. The Board also approved a resolution agreeing to advise the project
director and endorsing "...the concept of enhancing the economy of the United States Virgin
Islands through research and development using the opportunities available through the
EPSCoR program." Finally, the Governing Board commissioned a subcommittee to develop
its bylaws. The Governing Board will meet quarterly. Its next regular meeting will take place on
October 17, 2003.

Virgin Islands' Presence at NSF-EPSCoR Workshop in Wyoming
VI-EPSCoR Project Director Henry Smith and St. Croix Chamber of Commerce President
Frank J. Fox traveled to the Jackson Hole, Wyoming, hosted by Wyoming-EPSCoR. The
goal of the workshop was "... to capture new and refined management strategies appropriate









to the new EPSCoR realities during the workshop and to produce a publication that would
serve as a "resource manual" of best ideas".

UVI Junior Leia LaPlace joins Dr. McKayle at DoE EPSCoR Conference in New Mexico
On June 2nd through the 4th 2003, Dr. Camille McKayle was joined by UVI junior Leia LaPlace
in attending a conference co-sponsored by New Mexico EPSCoR, Sandia National
Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratory. The laboratories are agencies of the US
Department of Energy. Held in Albuquerque, N.M., the conference had the objective of "...
[providing] university and laboratory researchers, faculty, students, and EPSCoR and policy
leaders a venue to understand the lab's and universities' needs for research, talent and
strategic collaborations".



VI-EPSCoR is supported by a planning grant from the National Science Foundation. As an "EPSCoR
jurisdiction", the Virgin Islands is eligible for technical advice and co-funding opportunities for proposals
submitted to the NSF or to programs recognized by Department of Defense EPSCoR (DEPSCoR) or by
the Environmental Protection Agency's EPSCoR (EPA-EPSCoR). Dr. Henry H. Smith, Vice Provost for
Research & Public Service, is the Project Director of VI-EPSCoR.




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