Student Achievement Awards
Three students working with Frank Manheim (Reston) received achievement awards through the HRI program.
Jerome Casseres-Palmer, a sophomore geology student at Duke University and a SCEP student
from last summer, returned for a short tour during May-June, just in time to provide valuable
assistance to Frank Manheim and John Bratton (WHFC) during Hoverprobe groundwater surveys in
Chincoteague Bay from June 5th-6th. Jerome was on a student exchange visit to New Zealand
during the rest of the summer.
Jennifer Imamura, a senior from Thomas Jefferson High School, demonstrated skills that would
be creditable for an advanced college undergraduate. She performed discriminant analysis and geochemical
database-editing tasks under Manheim's supervision in order to help complete the quality control of a
complex organic chemical data set that is part of the Gulf of Maine contaminant database. Jennifer
also completed the integration of resistivity data files from the May cooperative streamer-resistivity
surveys in Rehoboth and Indian River Bays and prepared ArcView track plots and Surfer images of Zonge
County interpretive diagrams. As a part of this work, she also completed a hands-on 'methods guide'
for desktop computer users, describing techniques and base data for converting state-plane coordinates
and UTM coordinates to latitudes and longitudes and the reverse. The guide has provisions for
incorporating historic datums into the computations. Nearly ready for review is a Web site Jennifer
prepared for the Delmarva Peninsula Inland Bays (Rehoboth and Indian River Bays, and Chincoteague Bay).
This site will help coordinate research among USGS, University of Delaware, and other cooperators. These
kinds of achievements help explain why Jennifer was accepted to Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, and
the University of Virginia this Fall. She is now attending Harvard as a biology major.
Parth Thaker, whose parents are natives of India, began work as a volunteer from Thomas Jefferson (TJ)
High School. His computer skills were sufficiently advanced that as a sophomore he led a seminar for TJ
high school teachers on computer hardware and software. Soon after appointment as a SCEP student, Parth
took a key role in installing and networking Russell A. Ambroziak's "ABICAS" software on a special, Windows
3.11 computer in the Eastern Minerals Research User Room in Reston. This software will not operate under
Windows 98 but has auto-digitization capabilities that rival, and in some respects exceed, applications
in alternative systems. Parth set up and manages an FTP server on his computer to and from the 3.11 computer.
Several Eastern Minerals Team staff members including former Team Chief Joe Duval have used the new
resource. With the help of David Dildine, Parth created GIS coastline layers for an historic (1935-36)
high-resolution bathymetric data set for the Delaware Coastal Bays. Now a senior at TJ high school,
Parth continues work during the school year, helping create interpretive images for the resistivity data.
Parth Thanker and David Dildine (standing)
David Dildine, a summer volunteer, is also shown in the photographs. David is a senior at South
Lakes High School in Reston, VA, and is a meteorology buff. He regularly edits a computer newsletter
on meteorology for South Lakes High School.
in this issue:
Delmarva Coastal BaysHoverprobe
St. Pete Open House
JC Students Visit St. Pete
Teachers Learn About Rocks
Chesapeake BayDartmouth College
Leadership in Scientific Research
British Antarctic Survey
FWS, USGS Honored for Restoring Refuge
Student Achievement Awards
ECO Photo Contest
ESRI 2000 Conference
Expert Witnesses at Environmental Trial
Two Long-Time Geologists Retire
November Publications List