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From: Susan Horton
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, March 31, 2008


  • USGS Science Center Staff Wins Communication Awards: On March 28, the USGS National Wetlands Research Center, Lafayette, LA, learned it received two awards in the Blue Pencil-Gold Screen competition, sponsored by the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC). Winning products were (1) an individual speech, “Communicating during a Disaster,” written by Gaye Farris, Acting Assistant Center Director, for the USGS Communications Conference in 2007, and (2) a suite of conference materials for the USGS International Delta Conference, designed by USGS contractor Christina Boudreaux for the USGS Publishing Service Center in Lafayette. Awards will be given at NAGC’s Communications Conference in late April, when the final ranking (first, second, honorable mention) will be announced. (Gaye Farris, Lafayette. LA, 337-266-8550)

Broadcast and Film

  • USGS scientists Clint Jeske and Tommy Michot were interviewed March 28 about the decline and rebound of the brown pelican in Louisiana for a documentary on the history of the boll weevil. The brown pelican, an endangered species, may have been impacted by the spraying of pesticides on cotton fields for boll weevil control.

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