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MEMORANDUM

From: Susan Horton
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, May 26 2006

Upcoming

Vietnamese Scientist Visits USGS Science Center: On June 11-14, USGS scientist Jacoby Carter at the National Wetlands Research Center (NWRC) will be hosting a visit by Dr.Tran Triet from Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City. The purpose of Triet’s visit is to gather information that would be helpful in establishing a wetland research center for the Mekong Delta and to explore opportunities for collaboration with American scientists. Triet, who also is the Southeast Asia representative for the International Crane Foundation, will visit Louisiana’s coastal marshes, tour NWRC, and meet with scientists from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Louisiana State University, and the University of New Orleans. (Jacoby Carter, Lafayette, LA, 337-266-8620)

Current

USGS Participates in Envisioning the Future of the Gulf Coast Symposium: USGS Global Change Science Coordinator Virginia Burkett has been invited to speak on the effects of global climate change in the Gulf Coast region at the Envisioning the Future of the Gulf Coast Meeting, June 1 in New Orleans. USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Greg Smith will also participate. Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco, key leaders in the fields of energy, economics, engineering and science along with state and local elected officials from Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas will consider what must be done to achieve a sustainable future for the Gulf Coast. This meeting is sponsored by the State of Louisiana and British Petroleum in cooperation with America’s WETLAND: Campaign to Save Coastal Louisiana and in partnership with the States of Mississippi and Texas. (Susan Horton, Lafayette, LA, 337-266-8655)

Press Inquiries/Media

USGS National Wetlands Research Center provided a DVD, Louisiana Coastal Land Loss Computer Simulation 1932-2050, to Duo Creative Communications based in San Francisco, CA. The information will be used for a program on Louisiana’s coastal wetlands that will be shown in Japan.

USGS geographer John Barras was interviewed May 23 by Howard Witt, a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, about coastal land loss in Plaquemines Parish, one of the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina.


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