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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, April 29, 2010  

Departmental/Bureau News - Upcoming

  • NWRC Scientist To Address the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences of the Chinese Academy of Science: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Beth Middleton will address the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences of the Chinese Academy of Science on May 25, 2010.  The title of her presentation is “Climate change and its impacts on wetland ecosystems.”  She is currently on special assignment as a visiting senior professor with the Key Laboratory of Wetland Ecology in Changchun, China. (Beth Middleton; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8618)

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • NWRC Participates in ULL Earth Day Celebration: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientists Wylie Barrow and Tommy Michot and contractor Gabrielle Bodin educated students at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette about issues related to Louisiana’s coastal wetlands at ULL’s Earth Day Celebration held April 22, 2010. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • NWRC Geographer Presents at LSPS Annual Meeting: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Geographer Brady Couvillion gave an invited presentation, “Geographic Information Systems,” at the Louisiana Society of Professional Surveyors Annual Meeting in Lafayette, La., on April 23, 2010. (Brady Couvillion; Baton Rouge, La.; 225-578-7484)

  • Lafayette PSC Hosts National Meeting at NWRC: The Lafayette Publishing Service Center (PSC) of the USGS Enterprise Publishing Network (EPN) hosted the National PSC Chief Meeting at the USGS National Wetlands Research Center, April 26–30, 2010. Chiefs from various PSCs—located across the Nation from Tacoma, Wash., to Pembroke, N.H.—attended the conference, which focused on issues such as best operational practices, editing, graphics, software workflow, and customer satisfaction. They also met with a science panel comprising Biology Discipline scientists, including NWRC Director Janine Powell, Branch Chief Tom Doyle, Ecologist Rebecca Howard, and Microbiologist Jill Jenkins. (Beth Vairin, Lafayette PSC; Lafayette, La.; 337–266–8551)

  • USGS Scientists and Information Specialists Meet to Explore Cooperative Effort:  Scientists and librarians from the USGS National Wetlands Research Center and the USGS Louisiana Water Science Center (Baton Rouge, La.) attended the Long-term Estuary Assessment Group (LEAG) annual review and planning meeting at the Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research (CBR) in New Orleans, April 28-29, 2010. Pierre Glynn, Branch Chief with the USGS National Research Program, and Torbjorn Tornqvist, CBR, led a planning meeting on the proposed Lower Mississippi/Greater New Orleans Environmental Observatory, a cooperative effort to coordinate science activities and serve as a central repository of data for researchers working in the region. George Arcement and Chris Swarzenski of the LWSC joined Linda Broussard, Cassie Thibodeaux, and Jill Jenkins of NWRC for the meeting. Jenkins will present “Biomarkers for endocrine disruption in feral fish from around the U.S.” (Linda Broussard; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8692)

  • NWRC Scientists Participate in USGS Leadership Program Course: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientists Tom Doyle and Greg Steyer participated in the USGS Leadership Program’s Leadership 101 course in Shepherdstown, W.Va., May 3 – 7, 2010. The course is designed to build leadership to further scientific excellence, to empower people to be leaders in their own offices, and to further perpetuate the leadership-centered culture at USGS. (Tom Doyle, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8647)

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

  • Women’s Art Opening (L Magazine; Lafayette, La.; May 2010) “The National Wetlands Research Center got in touch with its feminine side with its annual women-only art exhibition.” Debbie Norling; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8654) L Photo Galleries - - www.theadvertiser.com

  • South Street school kicks off Earth Day project (Daily World; Opelousas, La.; April 23, 2010) “The projects will be hands-on, with field trips to the Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette next week, and to the Arboretum in Chicot State Park in May.” (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655) South Street school kicks off Earth Day project | dailyworld.com | Daily World

  • Wetlands center ready to help (The Daily Advertiser; Lafayette, La.; April 29, 2010) “Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey's National Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette met Wednesday to discuss what role they might play if oil from a sunken Gulf drilling platform washes ashore.” (Clint Jeske; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8652) Wetlands center ready to help | theadvertiser.com | The Advertiser

Press Inquiries/Media - Broadcast and Film

  • The local CBS affiliate, KLFY, contacted the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on April 26, 2010, to inquire about potential impacts to Louisiana’s coast from the BP Horizon oil spill. Reporter Chuck Huebner conducted an on-camera interview with NWRC scientist Clint Jeske. Jeske told them that it is too early to know what the impacts might be and answered questions about animals present in the area of the spill and along Louisiana’s coast. (Clint Jeske; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8652)

  • The local ABC affiliate, KATC, contacted the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on April 27, 2010, to inquire about potential impacts to Louisiana’s coast from the BP Horizon oil spill. Reporter Jim Hummel conducted an on-camera interview with NWRC scientist Clint Jeske. Jeske told them that it is too early to know what the impacts might be and answered questions about animals present in the area of the spill and along Louisiana’s coast. (Clint Jeske; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8652)

  • The local CBS affiliate, KLFY, contacted the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on April 28, 2010, to inquire about potential environmental impacts of the planned burning of oil from the BP Horizon oil spill. Reporter Jason Newton was referred to Bill Vermillion of the Gulf Coast Joint Venture (affiliated with USFWS and located at NWRC) who answered questions during an on-camera interview. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8652)           

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