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PD/A CRSP Aquanews-Summer 2001
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Cummings and Goings in the Pond

Oregon State University Graduate Assistant Xena Cummings left the CRSP offices on June fifteenth to complete her thesis for her graduate degree in Electrical Engineering and to start the search for a career in her field, and the absence of her presence and abilities is poignantly felt around the office. This 25-year-old Guam native le
Xena Cummings, a departing CRSP Graduate Assistant
Departing CRSP Graduate Assistant Xena Cummings
ft almost five years to the day from when she was hired as a student worker in June of 1996, and she carries many memories with her. "I remember my first assignment well," remarked Cummings, "I knew almost nothing about aquaculture, so Hillary [Egna, PD/A CRSP Director] asked me to make a photo album of pictures from the Rwanda site for a family that had been forced to leave the country because of their civil war." Since then, Xena’s role expanded to include the maintenance and editing of the layouts for the PD/A CRSP website, the address database, and the EdOp Net website, as well as the administration of several aspects of the annual report. She also took on countless behind-the-scenes projects and maintenance activities in her time here. Xena, you are deeply missed, and we wish you the very best with your future.

Jose Falck, postdoctoral researcher with Upton Hatch’s Marketing and Economic Analysis Research Project at Auburn University, has moved on to a position at the International Service for National Agricultural Research (ISNAR), where he will be evaluating the economic benefits of Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) projects.

Welcome to new Research Associate Htin Aung Kyaw, who has joined the CRSP Thailand Project at the Asian Institute of Technology. Kyaw is an alumnus of AIT from Myanmar. He received his masters degree under the supervision of Amrit Bart in 1999 with a thesis entitled: "An evaluation of existing freshwater fish seed production in Yangon Division of Myanmar." He is now working with Bart on a part-time basis to gain additional training in research methodology and fish culture techniques which he hopes to bring back to his home country.

Marcos De Jesus has left Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and the PD/A CRSP and is now employed by the Florida Department of Natural Resources. William Camargo replaces De Jesus as the project coordinator for the Peru Project, and he comes from an extensive background in marine studies. A native of Colombia, Camargo obtained his bachelors degree from Florida Institute of Technology, and a masters in aquaculture from the University of Ghent, Belgium, and Wageningen Agricultural University, the Netherlands. He is currently near completion of
Taworn Thunjai working towards a Ph. D. with the CRSP
Taworn Thunjai will continue Ph.D. work with the CRSP at Auburn University.
a Ph.D. in larviculture (artemiculture) from the University of Ghent. Camargo brings to the CRSP experience gained as an assistant researcher and wildlife biologist in Florida and as a water resource projects consultant, a mariculture coordinator, an associate professor, and a research project director in Colombia. Camargo looks forward to renewing his research of Colossoma, a species he last studied in the 1980s, and to cooperating for the development of aquaculture in the Amazon Basin.

CRSP researcher Claude Boyd, Auburn University, presented water quality monitoring data from the CRSP Honduras Project at workshops in Choluteca, Honduras, and Managua, Nicaragua. The workshops were funded by USDA Hurricane Mitch Recovery Funds, but nearly all of the data discussed were collected under the CRSP Honduras Project. Workshops were held 5 to 12 February in Honduras and 26 February to 6 March in Nicaragua.

CRSP Philippines Project personnel Remedios Bolivar and Eddie Jimenez served as resource persons on a recently concluded Training on Tilapia Production and Hatchery Management at the Freshwater Aquaculture Center, Central Luzon State University, Philippines from 17 to 19 April 2001. The presentation was on tilapia production in ponds. The training was attended by six participants (two females and four males) from the private sector.

Amrit Bart, CRSP researcher on the Thailand Project, gave a keynote address at the International Conference on Advanced Technologies in Fisheries and Marine Sciences entitled "The use of novel techniques such as ultrasound to deliver compounds of various size and density into fish for mass marking, drug delivery and cryopreservation." The conference was held in Tamil Nadu, South India, from 2 to 4 February 2001.

Two graduate students working with CRSP researcher Carole Engle gave talks at the Annual Research Forum 2001 at University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

• Monestime, D., I. Neira, and C. Engle, 2001. Tilapia marketing in Nicaragua: A descriptive analysis of open-air fish markets. Annual Research Forum 2001, UAPB.
• Neira, I. and C. Engle, 2001. Markets for tilapia in Nicaragua: A descriptive analysis of restaurant markets. Annual Research Forum 2001, UAPB.

Congratulations to Taworn Thunjai and Oscar Zelaya, recent graduate students of CRSP researcher Claude Boyd, who have both been accepted into the Ph.D. program at Auburn University. Thunjai will continue to work on the CRSP soil

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