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From: Susan Horton
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, June 16, 2008

Department/Bureau News

  • USGS Scientist’s Contributions to Wetlands Research Are Recognized by International Society: USGS scientist Karen L. McKee was honored recently at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) held in Washington, D.C. by being selected as a SWS Fellow for her 30 years of contributions to the field of wetland science, including more than 70 journal publications. Fellow is the highest recognition of membership bestowed by the Society, and only 0.3 percent of the Society’s Active and Emeritus Members may be elected to Fellowship. McKee received the recognition and a plaque at the awards luncheon held May 29. (Susan Horton, Lafayette, LA, 337-266-8655)

  • USGS Communicator Receives Honor: Gaye Farris, Acting Assistant Director at the USGS National Wetlands Research Center, was recently recognized by the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) with a scholarship program named for her. The “Gaye Farris Scholarship Award” will nurture, promote, and develop government communications by furthering the education of communications students. The NAGC award cites Farris’s efforts in “restoring the organization’s mission and purpose” and her “insistence in providing quality professional development opportunities for government communicators,” which have “resulted in the betterment of the profession of government communications.” (Susan Horton, Lafayette, LA, 337-266-8655)

  • USGS Hosts Ivory-billed Woodpecker Symposium: The USGS National Wetlands Research Center co-hosted a meeting on the Ivory-billed woodpecker with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) at the science center in Lafayette, LA, June 10 – 12. The meeting allowed scientists who are studying this woodpecker to share information about their research. The information will be used to update the FWS Ivory-billed Woodpecker Recovery Plan. Participants included Federal and State agencies, universities, and non-governmental agencies such as The Nature Conservancy and the Audubon Society. (Larry Handley, Lafayette, LA, 337-266-8691)

Broadcast and film

  • On June 13, USGS provided wetland information and a tour of the National Wetlands Research Center (Lafayette, LA) for two French filmmakers who are making a documentary on Louisiana. They work for Connaissance du Monde, which produces educational films and lectures for the classroom.

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