Group Title: VI-EPSCoR Newsletter. Volume 1. Issue 3.
Title: VI-EPSCoR Newsletter. Volume 4. Issue 2.
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Title: VI-EPSCoR Newsletter. Volume 4. Issue 2.
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: 2003
Subject: Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States Virgin Islands
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May 2006
Volume 4, Issue 2

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VI-EPSCoR Annual Report: Two Down and Two to Go

After many long hours and a truly collaborative effort by researchers and staff of the Virgin Islands
Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR), the second VI-EPSCoR
annual report was submitted to the National Science Foundation (NSF) on May 5, 2006. The annual
report highlights VI-EPSCoR achievements during the 2005-2006 grant fiscal year. On May 8, VI-
EPSCoR staff received notification from NSF that year three funding was approved. The timely
response serves as a strong statement of confidence in VI-EPSCoR, as a result of outstanding
progress made throughout the past two years.

Proposed M.S. Degree in Marine &

Environmental Science

An important goal of VI-
EPSCoR is the development
and implementation of a
Master's degree program in
Marine and Environmental
Science at the University of the
Virgin Islands (UVI). The
proposed Master of Science
degree will be offered through
the Division of Science and
Mathematics and the Center
for Marine and Environmental
Studies. The establishment of
this program is included as an
objective in VISION 2012, the
University's strategic plan.

The proposed graduate
program would provide
students with skills for
planning, conducting, and
evaluating scientific research. It
will produce a growing cadre of
professionals capable of
addressing topical environ-
mental issues of the Virgin
Islands and Caribbean. An
M.S. program will enhance the
research climate and serve to
improve UVI competitiveness
in gaining federal research
dollars. Graduates of the
program will be qualified for
academic, government, and
private sector positions in
science and resource manage-
ment locally, regionally and

Dr. Sylvia Vitazkova, the new
VI-EPSCoR funded graduate

program coordinator, is leading
the academic approval process
and implementation of the

Please contact Dr. Vitazkova
with questions and comments:
Also, please visit our website
for more information:

Curriculum Development

VI-EPSCoR sponsored a
Curriculum Development
Workshop for the proposed
Master of Marine &
Environmental Science
program on May 25-26 on the
UVI St. Thomas campus. The
goals of the workshop were to
define the proposed M.S.
program's curriculum and to
begin developing the syllabi for
core and elective courses,
based on Elizabeth Gladfelter's
feasibility study.

The Workshop was well
attended by UVI faculty and VI-
EPSCoR staff and resulted in
lively debates on several key
topics, such as the core
curriculum, the philosophy and
the mission of the proposed
program, admission require-
ments, comprehensive examin-

nations, and the logistics of
course offerings. The time-
frame for the UVI approvals
process was also discussed.

As a result of this workshop
and faculty efforts to write up
course curriculum this summer,
the proposed M.S. program is
expected to be ready for
presentation to UVI faculty,
administrative divisions and
committees, as well as the
Board of Trustees, by Fall

Year 3 Funding from
Local Donor

Trust Asset Management LLP
(TAM) renewed its commitment
to VI-EPSCoR with a third year
of funding for VI-EPSCoR
educational outreach activities.
TAM is a global investment
management services
company based in St. Thomas.
The company is a strong
supporter of efforts to enhance
K-12 science and math
education for the young people
of the Virgin Islands.

May 2006
Volume 4, Issue 2

Staff Changes, New Research, and New Facilities: VI-EPSCoR Moves Forward in 2006

Dr. Elizabeth Gladfelter of
Woods Hole Oceanographic
Institute completed the VI-
EPSCoR funded feasibility
study of a new graduate
program in marine and
environmental science. She
submitted a report with her
recommendations in February

Dr. Paul Butler-Nalin (Ph.D.,
Higher Education
Administration and Policy
Analysis, Stanford University)
has joined VI-EPSCoR as
consultant for planning,
monitoring and evaluation.
Working with the Project Co-
Director, he has responsibility
for creating a monitoring and
evaluation plan, identifying
formative, summative and
extended evaluation data to be
collected for project
management use and for
reporting to NSF.

Dr. Sylvia Vitazkova (Ph.D.,
Ecology, Evolution, and
Environmental Biology,
Columbia University) joined VI-
EPSCoR in May 2006 as
Graduate Coordinator for the
new degree program in marine
and environmental science.
She will be leading in the
development and
implementation of the M.S.
program. Sylvia comes to us
most recently from Cornell
University, where she served
as a Visiting Fellow in the
Department of Population
Medicine and Diagnostic
Science at the College of
Veterinary Medicine, as well as
Ithaca College, where she was
a lecturer.

Mr. Eoghan Joyce (M.A.,
Sociology, East Carolina
University) joined VI-EPSCoR
as Research Project Manager
in April 2006. He will have
responsibility for managing
daily research operations

including grant administration,
logistics, capital projects, and
procurement. He will also act
as internal and external liaison
on issues including
partnerships, permitting,
compliance, and outreach.
Eoghan comes to us from East
Carolina University's Institute
for Coastal and Marine

New Incubator Grants

VI-EPSCoR incubator grants
for 2006-2007 were awarded in
April 2006. Preference was
given to proposals that
included evidence of:

* Relevance to the BCCR
research thrust;
* Interdisciplinary collaboration;
* Collaboration between
university researchers and
local organizations;
* Undergraduate research
* Potential for economic impact
and spillovers; and
* Potential to attract competi-
tive funding.

After external review by
members of the BCCR
Advisory Board, nine incubator
grants were selected (including
three that are awaiting final
approval), totaling
approximately $200,000.
More than a dozen new
researchers as well as a
number of new undergraduate
researchers are expected to
participate in the 2006-2007
incubator projects, as well as
collaborators from other
universities and federal

Please stay tuned for more
about the progress of the
exciting work being done by
BCCR researchers.

Renovations and
Infrastructure Update

As of May 2006, VI-EPSCoR
funded renovations are nearly
complete, including four
research labs, a teaching lab, a
compressor shed, office space,
and a video conferencing room
in the MacLean Marine
Science Center, and facilities
at the Virgin Islands
Environmental Resource
Station. Additional office space
for post-doctoral researchers
and technicians will be
complete in Summer 2006.

Approved MA. Degree
in Mathematics

A new UVI degree of Master of
Arts in Mathematics for
Secondary Teachers was
approved by the University's
Board of Trustees in March
2006. This program is design-
ed to advance and deepen the
knowledge of teachers, as well
as to train these educators to
be highly qualified mathematics
teachers at the secondary
level. The program is cohort
based, which means that
students will be admitted and
progress through the program
as a group. The majority of the
coursework will take place
during the summers, as to best
serve the teachers who wish to
advance their training with this
degree program. The first
cohort of 18 students will begin
in June 2006. Classes for the
first cohort will be held on UVI's
St. Croix campus.

VI-EPSCoR is supporting the
costs of the graduate program
coordinator, Dr. Vanere
Goodwin, as well as costs
incurred in the transitional
phase of the program's
development. In addition, the
Virgin Islands Department of

Education is a major supporter
of this degree program,
providing scholarships for 18
Virgin Islands public school
teachers participating in the
first cohort. These scholarships
will cover the expenses of
tuition, fees, and textbooks for
the students.

The positive impact of this new
degree program will be quickly
felt in the secondary schools of
the Virgin Islands. Ultimately,
Dr. Goodwin says that there is
"every intention to begin
recruitment of students in the
larger Caribbean region, as
well as in the U.S."

An official program launch is
expected to take place on the
St. Croix campus in July.
Please see the UVI website for
further details as they become

Please contact Dr. Goodwin for
more information:

water monitoring equipment
off the shelf on the
south side of St. John

The Virgin Islands Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research is supported by National Science
Foundation Grant #0346483. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this
material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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