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MEMORANDUM

From: Susan Horton
Subject: Biology Highlights for National Wetlands Research Center, May. 20, 2005

I. Department/Bureau News

B. Current
USGS Receives NAGC Awards: USGS employees and contractors of IAP World Services, Inc., stationed at the USGS National Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette, LA, recently received awards of excellence from the National Association of Government Communicators for partnership products. They were Scott Wilson, USGS, Gabrielle Bodin, outreach coordinator contractor, and Susan Testroet-Bergeron, education coordinator contractor, for “Turning the Tide: the Fight to Keep Coastal Louisiana on the Map," which was entered into the Blue Pencil Competition. Additionally, Kathy Ladner and Ryan Twilley, both USGS, as well as Wilson and Bodin received a Gold Screen award for an event video produced for the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act task force’s partnership work. (Gaye Farris, Lafayette, LA, 337-266-8550)

USGS and DOT Host Expert Panel on Impacts of Climate Change and Transportation: On May 23 – 24, USGS hosted an expert panel of scientists and transportation professionals at the National Wetlands Research Center, Lafayette, LA. The panel advised the Gulf Coast Research Team headed by Virginia Burkett, USGS, and Mike Savonis, U. S. Department of Transportation, on an assessment the team is preparing on the impacts of climate change and variability on the transportation systems and infrastructure along the Gulf Coast between Mobile, AL, and Houston, TX. The research team is made up of scientists from Louisiana State University, Texas A & M University, University of New Orleans, and USGS. (Virginia Burkett, Lafayette, LA, 337-256-5628)

III. Press Inquiries/Media

USGS scientist Jacoby Carter was interviewed by the Guadalajara Colony Reporter (Mexico) about the introduction of nutria to control water hyacinths.


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