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  • 1988 earthquake. As partof this assistance, over6,800 families were provided permanent housingin the quakeaffectedprovinces of Shirak andLori, and 120 sites werecleared for public use.USAID Armenia has sincefocused on the countryslongerterm developmentandworked in close partnershipwiththeArmeniangovernment, private businesses, nongovernmentalorganizations, other U.S.government agencies andinternational donors to

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    U.S. Ambassador to ArmeniaJohn Heffern, USAID ArmeniaMission Director Dr. JatinderCheema,DeputyPrimeMinister Armen Gevorgian andguests celebrated 50 years ofthe United States Agency forInternational Development(USAID) at an anniversary reception held at the AramKhachaturian House MuseumonDecember8.Dr. Cheema noted at theevent that, Over the pasttwentyyears,USAIDhasbeenworking with Armenians topromote governmental accountabilityandtransparency,to improve thebusinessenvironment, and to make thecountrymore competitive regionally and internationally.Our programs have helpedArmenia enhance essentialpublic services in importantareas such as water and energy, develop better ways todeliver social services to vulnerable populations, and reformprimaryhealth care services.USAIDsassistanceprogram inArmeniastarted in late1980s,withhumanitarianaid tohelpArmeniaaddressneeds in theaftermath of the devastating

    advance Armenias democratic reform process, economic growth, and regionalintegration.USAID currently managesabout30projects inArmeniain the areas of democraticgovernance, economicgrowth, social protection,health care and Turkey Armenia crossborder reconciliation. Over the past twodecades, USAID has channeledover$1.3billionofassistance through itsdevelopmentprogramstothebenefitofthepeopleofArmenia.

    AmbassadorHeffern,Dr.CheemaandDeputyPrimeMinistercutUSAIDsbirthdaycake.

    USAIDCELEBRATES50thANNIVERSARY

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    Wewillbelivinganewlifeinthisnewhome! NonaBabayan,asinglemotherwiththreechildrenuponreceivingthekeytohernewapartmentinKasakh

    Underthe2011ArmenianTravelFellowshipandFollowonGrantsProgram,theNationalFoundation forScience&AdvancedTechnology (NFSAT)and theCivilianResearchandDevelopment Foundation selected seven young applicants to receive research fellowshipstotheUnitedStates.

    Sevenoutof fourteenapplicationswereselectedonacompetitivebasisafteran independentexpert reviewbyArmenian andU.S.expert reviewers.The granteeswill visitresearchlabsforuptothreemonths.Upon return toArmenia, thegranteeswillbeeligible toapply for followonawardsof$5,000each foraperiodofup tooneyear to continuedeveloping collaborationwiththeirU.S.partners.

    SevenTravelGrantsApprovedUnder2011NFSATFellowshipProgram

    On February 21, U.S. Ambassador to Armenia JohnA.Heffernvisitedand touredArmenia's Police Educational Complex,where he met its director, LieutenantGeneral Hovhannes Varian, and donatedapproximately$50,000ofclassroomcomputer equipment. The equipment,whichincludesdesktopcomputers,printers,projectors and scanners,will be used to enhance the educational and training resources in the newly renovated and expandedPoliceEducationalComplex.

    This donation is part of theU.S.Governments comprehensive law enforcementassistance program that aims tostrengthen the ability of Armenian lawenforcement structures to combat crimeeffectivelyand toadminister criminal justicefairly.PreviousassistanceprovidedtotheArmenianPolicehas includedtherenovationofthe Police Induction Center, equipmentdonations to thePoliceAcademy,andcooperationintheestablishmentofanationwidecomputernetwork.Computerequipmenthaspreviouslybeendonated to theantiillegal migration, antitrafficking inpersons, antinarcotics, and anticybercrimeunitsofthePolice.Trainingandcapacitybuilding in the combatingandprevention of transnational crimes has alsobeenregularlyprovided.The U.S. Government annually providesapproximately $3million in law enforcement and criminal justice assistance toArmenia.

    EmbassyDonatesEquipmenttoArmenia'sPoliceEducationalComplex

    U.S.AmbassadortoArmeniaJohnHeffern(left)inspectscomputerequipmentdonatedbyINLtoArmenia'sPoliceEducationalComplex.

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    The Department of Energy, PacificNorthwestNationalLaboratory, and Argonne NationalLaboratory continue their assistance to improve the safety ofthe Armenian Nuclear PowerPlant(ANPP).Severalrecentactivities,allpartof the InternationalNuclearCooperation Program (INC), haveworkedtoimprovesafetyattheANPP.With INCmentoring and financial support, Armenian contractor Technoatomenergo recently completed developmentof six additional administrativeguidelines. Thesearepartofaneffort to improve the set ofguidelinesat theANPP thatdefine management expectationsofhowallactivitiesattheANPPshouldbeperformed.

    Inaddition,thePacificNorthwestNational Laboratory teamwas inArmenia in December and January to conduct training sessionsfor staff. Following on recommendations from the June 2011IAEA Operational Safety ReviewTeam visit, the Decemberworking period included a series ofclassroomsessionsthatexplainedthemethodology of the systematicapproachtotraining.LaterinJanuary,theyconductedapractical application of the processwhereby the PNNL team mentored ANPP staff as they developed draft onthe job trainingmaterials.InJanuary,PacificNorthwestandArgonne teams also addresseddevelopment of Severe AccidentMitigation Guidelines (SAMGs)and Shutdown Emergency OperatingProcedures(SDEOPs).These

    are guidelines thatprovideprescripted prioritized guidance toplant staff on how to mitigateaccident conditions, minimizeradioactivity release followingreactor core damage, and respondtomalfunctionsorequipmentfailures.Planned activities for the upcomingmonths include supportfor the participation of ANPPexperts in theEmergencyOperating Procedure PeerReview attheRivneNuclearPowerPlantinUkraine, support of the IAEAEmergencyOperatingProcedurePeer Review at the ANPP, twoadditional working periods tosupport improvement of thetraining forANPPstaff,andoneworking period for continueddevelopment of SAMGs andSDEOPs.

    ArmenianNuclearPowerPlantStaffTrainedonAdministrativeGuidelines

    October 2011marked the completionof another small reconstruction project. With support from the U.S. DepartmentofStatesHumanitarianAssistanceProgram,CounterpartInternationaloversawrenovationsatKindergarten#103in YerevansNorNork community. While the school hadmany needs, renovation of the four bathroomswas givenpriority.To show theirappreciation for the renovations, childrenatthe kindergartengaveawonderful concertandabeautifuldanceperformance.Wewouldliketothankyouverymuchfor all the hardwork put forth by you and your companyduring our recent bathrooms renovation. The processwasverywellorganizedandwentrelativelysmoothly.Thankyouverymuchforthisurgentsupport.saidN.Gasparyan,directorofthekindergarten.

    LittleArsenapprovesofthenewfacilities.

    BrightandCleanBathroomsforYerevanPreSchool

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    CRDFGlobaland itspartnershave launched theArmeniaVirtualScienceLibrary (AVSL),anefficient Internetportalthatprovidesa convenient, singlepointofaccess for researcharticleswrittenbyscientistsinArmeniaandaroundtheworld.ThelaunchwasheldonNovember29,2011,attheNationalAcademyofSciencesofArmeniaandwasattendedbyU.S.AmbassadortoArmenia,JohnA.Heffern.TheAVSL is the resultofaU.S.Armenianpartnership involvingtheU.S.DepartmentofState,CRDFGlobal,ArmeniasMinistryofEducationandScience,theStateScienceCommittee,andtheNationalAcademyofSciencesFundamentalScientificLibrary.TheAVSL isavailablefrommorethan80universities and research institutions throughout

    Armenia,andprovidesacomprehensivemeans for faculty, students, researchers, laboratory technicians, andtechnology innovators toexplorecuttingedgescientificknowledge.The Armenia VSL makes more than 10 million documentsavailable toArmeniasresearchcommunity froma varietyof sources, including Springer Journals and Ebooks, theDirectoryofOpenAccess Journals, the FundamentalScientificLibraryof theAcademyofSciences,ArXiv.org, CalTech University, CiteSeer, Cogprints,Eprints,HighWirePress,LundUniversityandGhentUniversity.Itwillalsoprovidesearchanddownloadofarticles from such collectionsas JSTOR,OARE,AGORA,HINARI,eIFL,andEBSCOforinstitutionsthatholdsubscriptionstothosejournalsets.Inaddition,ThomsonReuterswillmake itsWebofSciencedatabasenationallyavailable fora threemonth trialperiodbeginning inMarch2012.TheAVSL system canaccommodate theadditionofnewjournalsubscriptionsovertimeastheneedsandinterestsofArmeniasresearchcommunityevolve.FormoreinformationabouttheArmeniaVirtualScienceLibrary and CRDF Global, please visit ArmeniaVSL.organdcrdfglobal.org.PleasenotethattheArmeniaVSLsiteiscurrentlysetup foraccess fromwithinArmenianacademicinstitutionsduetopublisherlicensingrestrictions.

    ArmeniaVirtualScienceLibraryLaunched

    USAIDcelebratedthelaunchofitsEnterpriseDevelopmentandMarket Competitiveness (EDMC) Project on February 15, 2012. U.S.Ambassador John A. Heffern,USAID Armenia Mission DirectorJatinder Cheema, and ArmenianMinister of Economy TigranDavtyanspokeattheevent,whichwas attended by senior governmentofficialsand representativesoflocalandinternationalorganizations.EDMC is a fiveyear project thataims to increaseemploymentandincome in Armenia by promoting

    growth in select value chains thathavestrongexportpotential.Theseinclude information technologiesandengineeringservices,thehospitality industry,foodprocessingandpharmaceuticals/biotechnology.The project will also assist thesesectors to increaseproductionandexpo