Group Title: VI-EPSCoR Newsletter. Volume 1. Issue 3.
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Title: VI-EPSCoR Newsletter. Volume 3. Issue 1.
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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
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Publication Date: 2003
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States Virgin Islands
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February, 2005
Volume 3, Issue 1


Mesoscale Weather Modeling Update

In this issue
Mesocale Weather
odeling Update

sponsor Water
Resources Conference
Feb. 24
Eudora Kean
utreach Visit to UVI
utreach Visit
oordinator's Update
BCCR Update
Highlight: Dr. Nasseer
;trategic Planning
Lnual Report
submitted to NSF
VI-EPSCoR 1st Qtr
;005 Activities
VI-EPSCoR results.
nd call for Incubator
elcomes Dr. Nasseer
ldrisi to UVI

Dudhia, and Kevin Manning.

Accomplishments during that
week exceeded all expectations.
A working nested grid model was
developed for the Caribbean
area, in which the topography
and land use designations for St.
Croix and what is termed the
"Northern Virgin Islands" (St.
Thomas, St. John and the BVI's)
were successfully parameterized
in the TERRAIN program to a
0.925 km (30") resolution. The
modules were also successfully
modified and a 24-hour weather
prediction was successfully run
using archived global
meteorological data.

This was an excellent first step,
and now attention turns to
installing the program on UVI's

Beowulf cluster. This will require
some weeks of configuration work
that will be accomplished with the
help of UVI computer scientist Dr.
Marc Boumedine. Once
successfully running, work will
begin in several other fronts: 1)
development of an efficient system
of downloading NCEP global data
analysis for initialization of program
runs, 2) modification of local SST
(sea surface temperatures) data,
3) development of higher
resolution grids (0.308 km) for the
Northern Virgin Islands, and 4)
development of a program for
meteorological data collection by
local schools and the public.
In addition, work will soon begin
on the task of publishing the
forecasts to the public. This will be
done through web site
development and collaboration
with local weather services.

Dr. Dave Smith has just returned
from the PSU/NCAR Mesoscale
Modeling System Users'
Workshop held Jan 24 through
Jan 28 at the National Center for
Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in
Boulder, Colorado. The
workshop provided a detailed
overview of the MM5 weather
modeling program and
participants had an opportunity to
work directly with the many facets
of the program during practical
training sessions.
Dr. Smith remained at the
Foothills Laboratory facility the
following week under the NCAR
Visitor's Program to work with Dr.
Cindy Bruyere on modifying the
program for real-time mesocale
weather predictions for the Virgin
Islands. Invaluable assistance
was also provided by NCAR
scientists Dave Gill, Jimmy

WRRI Conference
The Virgin Islands Water
Resources Research Institute
(WRRI), in collaboration with
VI-EPSCoR is sponsoring the
2005 Water Resources
Conference. The conference
will be held on February 24,
2005 in the mezzanine of the
Sports and Fitness Center on
the St. Thomas campus of the
University of the Virgin Islands.

Presentations will be based on
research projects that were
funded by the United States
Geological Survey (USGS)
through WRRI. In addition,
local government agencies
having water resources
responsibilities will participate
in this conference.
A major conference objective is
for participants to become
better acquainted with ongoing
and planned water resources
activities in the territory.

The VI-EPSCoR program in
conjunction with the Center for
Marine and Environmental Studies
(CMES) sponsored an outreach
visit for honors biology students
from Eudora Kean High School on
January 27, 2005.The students met
with UVI researchers, faculty, and
staff to learn about research
programs in Biology/Marine
Science at UVI. The VI-EPSCoR
program coordinated the event and
recruited participants from UVI's
Biology and Marine Biology faculty.
A total of 12 students in the honors
biology class attended and were
provided presentations from the
following UVI Faculty and Staff: Dr.
Teresa Turner, Dr. Richard Hall, Dr.
Sandra Romano, Professor Roy
Watlington and Ms. Judy Roland.

The VI-EPSCoR program is
happy to announce an official
NSF Outreach visit from Mr. John
Cruickshank of the Education and
Human Resources (EHR)
directorate. He will be visiting The
St. Thomas Campus of UVI on
April 22 & 25, 2005.
We will be scheduling small group
discussions with Mr. Cruickshank
to discuss upcoming NSF
solicitations, program
management, proposal
processing, and emerging areas
of interest for NSF. Mr.
Cruickshank will also meet one-
on-one with individuals to discuss
specific proposal ideas. Please
mark your calendar for this
important NSF Outreach event.
More details to follow shortly.

Outreach Activities Update by Eugene Gottlieb Jr.

February, 2005
Volume 3, Issue 1

Coordinator's Update by Camille McKayle

This quarter has been quite
productive. We held a strategic
planning workshop and we're
making progress on our
strategic plan. A semi-annual
report was recently submitted
to NSF EPSCoR. We had an
overwhelming pool of
applicants to our request for
incubator proposals. Four
incubator proposals were
chosen for funding:
* A Preliminary Assessment
of the Relationship between
Habitat and Parasite Infestation
among Managed Reef Fishes
of the USVI-Sikkel, Murray

VI-EPSCoR Governing
Frank Schulterbrandt, Esq.,
Chair of the Governing
LaVerne Ragster, PhD, Vice-
chair of the Governing
Hon. Donna Chnstensen, MD,
Member of Congress
Hon. Lorraine Berry,
President V.I. Legislature
Anna Hector, President, St.
Croix Chamber of Commerce
Hon. Noreen Michael, PhD,
Commissioner, Department of
RichardNemeth, PhD,
Director, Center for Marine &
Environmental Studies
Hon. Dean Plaskett, Esq.,
Commissioner, Department of
Planning & Natural Resources
David Sharp, President &
CEO, Innovative Telephone
Henry H. Smith, PhD, UVI
Interim-Provost and VI-EPSCoR
Robert Stolz, PhD, UVI
FacultyRepresentative, St.
Thomas N. Taylor, PhD,
Kansas EPSCoR
President, St. Thomas/St. John
Chamber of Commerce
T.H. Lee Williams, PhD,
Oklahoma EPSCoR
Richard Moore, PhD,

State University, with UVI
* Highly Selective Materials
for Radionuclide Collection and
Concentration-Latesky, UVI
* Elucidation of chemical
cue leading to spiny lobster
group formation-Ratchford
(UVI) and Hardege (UK
* Strategic research and
public outreach for the
conservation of priority bird
habitats in the Virgin Islands-
Corven and Ray, UVI.
We were pleased with the
varied nature of the proposals,

and will continue to guide
applicants, even though not
funded, to other funding

We also welcome a new
researcher, Dr. Nasseer Idrisi.
You can read about him and
his research in this newsletter.
He will join the strong team of
researchers in the
Biocomplexity in Caribbean
Coral Reefs Research Focus

This quarter, we will be making
our presence known at a
variety of events:
* The Virgin Islands

Agricultural Fair, February 19-
21, 2005
* VI-EPSCoR-VI Water
Research Resource Institute
Conference, February 24, 2005
at UVI Sports and Fitness Center
* UVI Afternoon on the Green,
March 9, 2005
* The St. Croix Spring
Research Symposium, March 19,

We do hope that you will look for
us there.

We are pleased with the strides
that were made in year one, and
look forward to a productive year

BCCR Update by Dr. Richard Nemeth

VI-EPSCoR begun its Spring
seminar series which was
kicked of with a lecture by Dr.
Rick Nemeth on the transition
of pelagic larval reef fish to the
coral reef environment.

Renovations in the MacLean
Marine Science Center have
begun in earnest. The Coastal
Zone Management (CZM)
permit for the construction of
the compressor shed was
approved and work will begin
soon. Currently the floor, wall
and ceilings are being prepared
for painting, improved lighting,
floor tiling and installation of
new lockers. The new lab

benches have been ordered
and are being manufactured at
the factory.

New equipment is coming in,
and really expanding the nature
of our research. The new
research vessel is slated for
delivery in April, 2005. The
vessel was named the
"Garuppa" which means large
grouper in South American
Indian dialect. Acoustic
Doppler Current Profilers
(ADCP) were received in
November 2004. Three of the
units were calibrated and
deployed in 140 ft depth on
three grouper and snapper

Researcher Highlight: Dr.Nasseer Idrisi

Joining the VI-EPSCoR research
staff is Nasseer Idrisi, Ph.D. Dr.
Idrisi received his Ph.D. from the
State University of New York,
College of Environmental Science
and Forestry, (1997), with
research on the impact of the
zebra mussel (Dreissena
polymorpha) on the lower trophic
levels of a large shallow eutrophic
lake. His Masters of Science is
from the University of Basrah,
Iraq, where his work was in
production and partial energy
budget of the early ontogenetic
stages of Caridina babaulti
basrensis (AI-Adhub and
Hamzah, 1987) (Decapoda,
Atyidae) in the Shatt al-Arab river

Dr. Idrisi comes to us from
Rosenstiel School for Marine
and Atmospheric Science
(RSMAS) at the University of
Miami where he was a
research scientist studying
biological oceanography of
the Indian Ocean and
developing coupled Eulerian
and Lagrangian biological
models integrated into a
general ocean circulation
model for the region. Part of
the research included
bioenergetics of juvenile
billfish caught from the Gulf
Stream off the southern
coast of Florida.

In addition to Nasseer's

spawning aggregation sites along
the shelf edge south of St.
Thomas. The ADCPs will collect
baseline data on water
temperature, current speed and
direction for the entire water
column (bottom to surface).
These data will be used to predict
the direction of transport of eggs
and larvae from the spawning
aggregation sites using a
computer model which is
designed to calculate current

New to our team is Dr. Nasseer
Idrisi, whom you can read about

Dr. Nasseer Idris calibrating an
Acoustic Doppler Current
Profiler (ADCP) with BCCR
technician Kevin Brown.

scholarly work, he was also
quite active in the
community, developing an
environmental education
program for Youth CO-OP,
Inc. in Miami, FL for
underprivileged young adults
seeking to enter the
workforce and with an
interest in the environmental

Contact VI-EPSCoR at
(340) 693-1478 or by
e-mail: viepscor(,

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