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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, December 10, 2009      

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Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • NWRC Scientist Participates in the Louisiana-Mississippi Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Working Group Briefing: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Greg Steyer presented to the work group the diverse capacity of USGS disciplines to support coastal ecosystem restoration and protection activities in Louisiana and Mississippi. George Arcement from the USGS Water Science Office (Baton Rouge, La.) also participated in the meeting but did not present. The briefings, held on December 7 – 8, 2009, will aid the work group in coordinating and promoting federal restoration efforts along the Gulf Coast.  (Greg Steyer, Baton Rouge, La., 225-578-7201) 

  • NWRC To Participate in Summit To Improve Scientific Literacy in Louisiana: Outreach and science representatives from the USGS National Wetlands Research Center will attend the Louisiana STEM Summit at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge December 15, 2009. The summit is being co-sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Education and the LSU Gordon Cain Center for Scientific, Technological, Engineering and Mathematical Literacy. The STEM Summit will serve to catalyze the formation of the Louisiana STEM Education Alliance. Attendees will provide input in developing a statewide blueprint to ensure strong STEM educational opportunities and workforce preparedness for Louisiana’s future. (Janine Powell, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8501)

Agency Work on Presidential Initiatives

  • USGS and U.S. Department of State Co-sponsor Workshop in Vietnam: The USGS and the U.S. Department of State co-sponsored a Forecast Mekong workshop, “Understanding risk and vulnerability of wetland ecosystems at the Mekong and Mississippi Deltas to climate change and sea-level rise,” with the DRAGON Institute – Mekong at Can Tho University, Vietnam, December 9 – 11, 2009. A USGS delegation and science representatives from the lower Mekong countries attended. The purpose of the workshop was to share data and identify information gaps related to the Mekong Delta and climate change. “Forecast Mekong” is a component of the Delta Research and Global Observation Network (DRAGON) partnership. (Janine Powell, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8501)

Press Inquiries/Media - Newspapers/magazines/wires, etc.

  • Transitions (Coastal Connections; NOAA Coastal Services Center; Charleston, S.C., December 2009/January 2010) “Janine E. Powell is the new director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Wetlands Research Center. She has many years of research experience with the USGS, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and U.S. Department of the Interior.” (Janine Powell, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8501)

  • A November 22, 2009, Associated Press story has excerpts of an interview with USGS scientist Virginia Burkett (USGS Chief Scientist for Global Change Research) about the rate of climatic change projected by the IPCC. (Virginia Burkett, Many, La., 318-256-5628)
    http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1942126,00.html
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/feedarticle/8825034

  • On December 3, 2009, Virginia Burkett (USGS Chief Scientist for Global Change Research) assisted writers working on a BBC documentary about climate change. (Virginia Burkett, Many, La., 318-256-5628)

  • On December 4, 2009, Virginia Burkett (USGS Chief Scientist for Global Change Research) was interviewed by Associated Press writer Seth Borenstein, about the scientific evidence concerning climate change and the hacked emails that were released from climate researchers in the UK.  The AP wire story ran on December 4. (Virginia Burkett, Many, La., 318-256-5628)
    http://www.latimes.com/news/science/wire/sns-ap-climate-hacked-e-mails,0,421201.story

Other (Forum meeting, press conferences, media training, etc.)

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