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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, December 22, 2011  

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  • Ergonomic Needs Addressed: USGS Industrial Hygiene Officer Paul Callao visited the USGS National Wetlands Research Center during the week of December 5, 2011. Callao presented a seminar on ergonomics for the staff. The seminar was the starting point to having employees’ work areas visited and inspected for ergonomic hazards. Callao adjusted and moved chairs, monitors, copy stands, keyboards and other items to help alleviate ergonomic hazards found. Many employees participated and enjoyed this hands-on experience. NWRC will purchase necessary ergonomic items that would ameliorate problems not fixed with the adjustments. (John McCoy; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8627)

  • Science Club Learns about USGS Science at NWRC: USGS National Wetlands Research Center staff and contractors welcomed 40 sixth through eighth grade students from Judice Middle School Science Club (Judice, La.) on December 16, 2011. Students received a brief presentation about USGS science and Louisiana’s coastal land loss, and then were given a tour of NWRC by Media Specialist Cole Ruckstuhl (Five Rivers Services, LLC) and Information Specialist Gabrielle Bodin. The students learned about mapping from Photointerpreter Kelly Mouton (Five Rivers Services, LLC), CO2’s effects on wetland plants from Ecologist Ches Vervaeke, research involving fish, salamanders, frogs, and apple snails from Field Technician Jeromi Hefner (Five Rivers Services, LLC), and about preparing insect and plant collections with a visit to the NWRC Collection Room. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • Students Learn about Louisiana’s Coastal Wetlands: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Information Specialist Gabrielle Bodin presented information about Louisiana’s coastal wetlands to approximately 80 third and fourth grade students from Prairie Elementary (Lafayette, La.) on December 19, 2011. The students viewed a presentation about how the wetlands were formed, why they are important, and the loss occurring. They also viewed biofacts such as pelts from Louisiana furbearers. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

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