Group Title: VI-EPSCoR Newsletter. Volume 1. Issue 3.
Title: VI-EPSCoR Newsletter. Volume 2. Issue 3.
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Title: VI-EPSCoR Newsletter. Volume 2. 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
Subject: Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States Virgin Islands
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July, 2004
Volume 2, Issue 3

In this issue
* VI-EPSCoR funds
incubator project
researchers busy
for the summer
* Coordinator's
* BCCR Update
* Job Announcements

* Dr. Sherry O. Farwell
now heads NSF-
* Mr. Frank
Schulterbrandt is
the new Chair of
* Lana Vento
Charitable Trust
makes generous
donation to

Dr. Henry H. Smith,
Project Director
Tel: (340) 693-1062


Virgin Islands EPSCoR (340) 693-1478

Virgin Islands EPSCoR Funds Incubator Project

The Virgin Islands
office was pleased to
receive proposals for a
variety of incubator
projects. The investigators
represented St. Thomas
and St. Croix, and the
projects spanned
agricultural science,
physics and chemistry. A
panel of VI-EPSCoR
scientists reviewed the

We are pleased to
announce the funding of

Earth Box Farming in the
U.S. Virgin Islands: Year-
Round Growing Potential
of Tomatoes In Self-
Contained Watering Units.
This project will enhance
VI-EPSCoR outreach
activities. It will focus on
tomatoes. The project will
allow for the gathering of
data on product growth
rates, yield and efficient
use of water for use by the
local farming community,
by UVI Agricultural
Experiment Station in

vegetable research and by
the V.I. Department of
Agriculture. Outreach to
students in grades K-12
will be developed through
summer and after-school
programs, teaching them
easier, high-tech
approaches to farming.
At-risk youth will also be
employed during the
project to maintain the
research areas during trial
periods. Ms. Carolyn T.
Hawkins, Executive
Director of The Garden
School Inc., St. Croix, will
lead the project.


new capabilities in electronic
and optical sensors.
Dr. Jennifer Carroll (natural
products chemistry), Dr.
Sandra Romano (marine
biology), and Prof. Roy
Watlington (physical
oceanography) will begin work
on BCCR projects. Dr. Carroll
is looking for new
pharmacological leads in
Caribbean sponges; Dr.
Romano studies molecular
phylogenetic analysis of USVI
Porites; and Prof. Watlington is
improving capabilities for
biocomplexity-related pilot

We are pleased to confirm the
report that Lana Vento
Charitable Trust, a private
grant maker on St. Thomas,
has donated $50,000 to
further the goals of VI-
EPSCoR. Unlike many other
EPSCoR programs, the USVI
program depends heavily on
support from the Territory's
private sector to match the
generous federal share.
Both University President
LaVerne Ragster, PhD, and
Henry Smith, PhD, project
director of VI-EPSCoR have
expressed their gratitude.

VI-EPSCoR will provide
funding for five researchers
during this summer.
Computer scientist Marc
Boumedine, PhD, is working
to enable data mining
applications in the USVI. He
will work closely with GIS
personnel, as well as with
researchers in the
Biocomplexity in Caribbean
Coral Reefs (BCCR)
research focus area.
Physicist Michael Henry,
PhD, is working from St.
Croix for the summer and
seeking to identify biological
materials that would provide

Welcome Support Busy summer for VI
from Lana Vento Researchers
Pharitahir Trunet

July, 2004
Volume 2, Issue 3

Coordinator's Update by Camille McKayle

We are pleased to
announce that Dr. Sherry
O. Farwell has assumed
the position of Head of
welcome Dr. Farwell and
reaffirm our support of
NSF-EPSCoR's national

We are also pleased to
announce that the CEO of

VI-EPSCoR Govering
Frank Schulterbrandt, Esq.,
LaVerne Ragster, PhD, Vice-
Hon. Donna Chnstensen, MD,
Member of Congress
Hon. DavidJones, President
V.I Legislature
Anna Hector, President, St.
Croix Chamber of Commerce
Hon. Noreen Michael, PhD,
Commissioner, Department of
Rchard Nemeth, PhD,
Director, Centerfor Marine &
Environmental Studies
Hon. Dean Plaskett, Esq.,
Commissioner, Department of
Planning & NaturalResources
David Sharp, President &
CEO, Innovative Telephone
Henry H. Smith, PhD, UVI
Vice-Provost and VI-EPSCoR
Robert Stolz, PhD, Chair, UVI
Science & Mathematics Dvision,
St. Thomas
Thomas N. Taylor, PhD,
Kansas EPSCoR

VI-EPSCoR is looking for:
a Graduate Programs
Administrator, a Research
Assistant Professor in
Biological Oceanography
and a Research Assistant
Professor in Marine
Invertebrate Biology.

Contact VI-EPSCoR at
(340) 693-1478 or by
e-mail: cmcka yl(

the V.I. Economic Develop-
ment Agency, Mr. Frank
Schulterbrandt, Esq, has
been selected by the VI-
EPSCoR Governing
Committee to be its next
chair. We thank him for
agreeing to serve in this
important position and thank
his predecessor, Mr. Frank
Fox, for his leadership as
the Committee's first chair.

VI-EPSCoR is in the
process of filling out its
administrative team. Ten

persons have applied for the
advertised position of VI-
EPSCoR Outreach
Programs Coordinator.
Results of this search will be
announced later in July. The
search continues for three
positions: a graduate
programs administrator, a
biological oceanographer
and a marine invertebrate

VI-EPSCoR is getting ready
for its Community Kick-Off.
The event celebrates the

BCCR Update

VI-EPSCoR's primary
research focus area is in
Biocomplexity in Caribbean
Coral Reefs (BCCR), a
program with great
ambitions for the summer.
Two leaders of the BCCR
team, Rick Nemeth and
Sandra Romano, have
already highlighted the
summer by making
presentations at the 10th
International Coral Reef
Symposium in Okinawa.

Meanwhile, Jennifer Carroll,
recipient of a sub-award for
priority BCCR research,
plunged right into her pilot
project on Caribbean
sponges mentioned above.
With student trainees she
began sampling sponges
near Savannah islet off the
southwestern St. Thomas

In support of BCCR
infrastructure improvements,
Kevin Brown has been
surveying literature and
speaking with experienced

successful Research
Infrastructure Improvement
(RII) award and will bring
together the Governor of the
US Virgin Islands, the VI
Delegate to Congress, the VI
Senate President, members
of the Governing Committee,
the BCCR Advisory Group,
the assembly of other VI-
EPSCoR community advisors,
faculty and incubator
researchers, and other
members of the community.
The next newsletter will
provide additional details.

users in order to make the
optimal purchase of Acoustic
Doppler Current Profilers to
be used in BCCR's research.

While spending most of his
summer coordinating VI-
EPSCoR activities, Roy
Watlington has also begun
building his lab's data-
management and computa-
tional capabilities. Student
intern, computer science
major Paul L. Mills, is learning
to program in MATLAB and
to manipulate data sets by
practicing on files from the
CaribVent and ACTS projects.

Job Announcement

VI-EPSCoR Graduate
Programs Administrator:
Duties include conducting a
feasibility study for
appropriate graduate
programs, developing
funding opportunities focused
on building the marine
science research and
education program,
recruitment of faculty,

management of VI-EPSCoR
funded initiatives including
facility improvements and
forging relevant
collaborations between the
University of the Virgin
Islands, other educational
entities, and industry. The
qualifications include:
(1) PhD in related field,
(2) Training in the marine

(3) Experience directing a
marine lab or a graduate
program that offered degrees
in the marine sciences or
related fields,
(4) Administrative
experience, especially in the
area of graduate programs,
(5) Experience working with
federally funded programs.
Apply by calling VI-EPSCoR
(340) 693-1478.

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