Group Title: VI-EPSCoR Newsletter. Volume 1. Issue 3.
Title: VI-EPSCoR Newsletter. Volume 2. Issue 4.
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Title: VI-EPSCoR Newsletter. Volume 2. Issue 4.
Alternate Title: Virgin Islands EPSCoR
Physical Description: Serial
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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Volume ID: VID00005
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October, 2004
Volume 2, Issue 4


Eugene Gottlieb Jr. hired as VI-EPSCoR Coordinator

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The Virgin Islands EPSCoR
program is pleased to
announce that Eugene
Gottlieb Jr. has joined its staff
as outreach coordinator.
Gottlieb, a former early
admission student at UVI, is a
graduate of the Georgia
Institute of Technology and
Stanford University and holds
degrees in industrial
engineering and statistics,
respectively. He worked for
several years in information
technology with IBM before
returning to the University of
the Virgin Islands.

Gottlieb says he welcomes
the opportunity to apply his
formal training and experience
to assist in the development
of the economic potential of
the Virgin Islands.

As outreach coordinator,
Gottlieb is responsible for
ensuring that the wider Virgin
Islands community is aware of
and involved with the scientific
and economic activities that
are funded through VI-

UVI President Dr. LaVerne E.
Ragster says she is pleased
that the University was
successful in recruiting
Gottlieb. "The University,
through VI-EPSCoR, is
committed to utilizing science
and technology as a vehicle for
propelling the territory's
economic development", Dr.
Ragster said. "Having Mr.
Gottlieb on board as the
outreach coordinator for VI-
EPSCoR provides us with a
talented, experienced Virgin
Islander to facilitate our
achievement of this goal."

VI-EPSCoR Kickoff at VI-EPSCoR offers Grant

Government House Management Workshop

The Honorable Governor of the
Virgin Islands Charles W.
Turnbull, Ph.D., in collaboration
with LaVerne E. Ragster,
Ph.D., President of the
University of the Virgin Islands,
hosted the Virgin Islands
EPSCoR kickoff at
Government House, St.
Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands on
Thursday, October 28.
Government officials, UVI
faculty and staff, community
advisors and the press mingled
with VI-EPSCoR Governing
Committee members, and VI-
EPSCoR research and
administrative personnel. This
was the official unveiling of the
Virgin Islands EPSCoR
program to the Virgin Islands

VI-EPSCoR will be offering a grant
management course on the St.
Thomas campus of the University of
the Virgin Islands. The course,
entitled "Managing Federal Grants
and Cooperative Agreements", is
designed to provide participants
with a "working knowledge of issues
that affect the day-to-day
operations and management of
federal grants."
The course is a collaboration
between the VI-EPSCoR and Title
III programs that will provide three
days of training to faculty and staff.
Management Concepts, Inc. of
Vienna, VA will conduct the course,
which is scheduled for December
13-15, 2004 and will provide
training for up to 30 participants.
Members of faculty and staff that
currently serve as principal
investigators on grants, along with
those who may serve in that

capacity in the near future, will
benefit from this 3-day course.
Topics to be covered include:
* Relationships in Managing
Federal Grants
* Notices of Grant Award
* Developing and Operational
* Changes in Budget and
* Project Performance
* Award Closeout

October, 2004
Volume 2, Issue 4

Coordinator's Update by Camille McKayle

This fall is a busy one for the
Virgin Islands EPSCoR

We welcome to our ranks VI-
EPSCoR outreach coordinator,
Eugene Gottlieb Jr. Please be
sure to get acquainted with him
through the introductory article
in this newsletter.

Since August VI-EPSCoR and
CMES has hosted a weekly
seminar series that featured VI-
EPSCoR researchers, BCCR
Advisory Committee members,
and other UVI and visiting
scientists. The seminar is open

VI-EPSCoR Govering
Frank Schulterbrandt, Esq.,
Chair of the Governing
LaVerne Ragster, PhD, Vice-
chair of the Governing
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
Richard Nemeth, 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
Vice-Provost and VI-EPSCoR
Robert Stolz, PhD, UVI
FacultyRepresentative, St.
Thomas N. Taylor, PhD,
Kansas EPSCoR
President, St. Thomas/St. John
Chamber of Commerce
Richard Moore, PhD,

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

to the community, and is
presented once a week on
Friday, tele-conferenced with
St. Thomas and St. Croix.

During the second week of
October, VI-EPSCoR hosted
the BCCR Advisory
Committee. They visited the St.
Thomas campus, the St. Croix
campus and the Virgin Islands
Environmental Resource
Station (VIERS) on St. John.
During their visit, they met with

researchers and the VI-
EPSCoR Administrative team.
The advisory group provided
excellent guidance during their
stay and delivered a report
summarizing their observations
and made critical
recommendations to the VI-
EPSCoR program.

Our second call for incubator
projects yielded 11 proposals.
They represented St. Thomas
and St. Croix, UVI faculty, off

island researchers with ties to the
Virgin Islands, private
foundations, the private sector
and secondary schools. A review
committee will be convened to
make recommendations on

Our fall activities are a perfect
close-out to the first year of the
Virgin Islands EPSCoR program.
We are looking forward to a
second year that is equally

BCCR Update by Dr.Richard Nemeth

Renovations at the Virgin
Islands Environmental
Resource Station (VIERS) on
St. John are progressing. A
CZM permit is currently
pending approval and a bid for
contractors to do the work went
out this week. The
administration building is being
reorganized to house the new
computer lab. Renovations at
the MacLean Marine Science
Center on St. Thomas are also
beginning to move forward.
Internal renovations have
started with a wall dividing the
classroom and research lab.
New cabinetry and gear lockers
are on order. A CZM permit will

be going in soon for the new
scuba compressor filling station
and meetings with architects
have begun to plan renovations
to the dock and boat ramp.

The Acoustic Doppler Current
Profiler (ADCP) meters have
arrived on island and
researchers will be receiving a
training session on Nov. 18 and
19 to learn how to setup,
deploy and download and
analyze data from the ADCP's.
The order for the new UVI
research vessel has been
placed and we expect delivery
around February 2005.

Advertisements for two

research faculty and graduate
program administrator were
advertised. Applicants for the two
research positions were reviewed
and the top candidates
interviewed. Due to the small
pool of applicants the
invertebrate biologist position will
be re-advertised this month. The
top oceanography candidate will
be coming to UVI for a site visit
and job seminar from Nov. 15-17.
No applicants have applied for
the administrative position.
However, several other possible
solutions have been proposed to
develop the graduate program so
feasibility of these will be further

Research Highlight: by Dr. Jennifer Carroll

Biomedical Marine Prospecting:
The primary objective of this
project is to identify novel
compounds from marine
invertebrates of the Caribbean
which show activity against
human diseases. Samples of
marine sponges will be collected
by SCUBA and returned to the
UVI St. Thomas campus for
workup. At UVI each sponge
extract will be tested for
cytotoxicity by simple,
inexpensive bench-top bioassays
such as the Artemia lethality test
and the potato disk assay.
Samples will also be submitted to

the University of Mississippi,
National Center for Natural
Products Research (NCNPR)
for extensive bioassay
screening in anti-cancer,
anti-microbial and anti-
malarial assays.

The workup of samples will
include microanalysis by high
performance liquid
chromatography coupled with
mass spectroscopy (LCMS)
to obtain UV and molecular
weight data. These data will
be used to search literature,
and thereby identify known

compounds. Priority will be
given to extracts that contain
compounds that are both
active and novel. These will
be purified by liquid-liquid
extraction with solvents of
differing polarity, followed by
traditional chromatography
(Flash or High Performance
Liquid Chromatography) to
obtain pure compounds.
Initial characterization of
crude extracts and follow-up
extracts will be performed on
the 60 MHz NMR located
within the UVI chemistry

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