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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle B. Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, November 13, 2008

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • First Lego League Team Meeting: USGS National Wetlands Research Center contractors Cindy Thatcher and Gabrielle Bodin met with the First Lego League Team from Episcopal School of Acadiana on November 7 to provide them information concerning environmental problems related to Louisiana’s coastal wetlands and the Mekong Delta. (Gabrielle Bodin, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8655)

  • Sorority for Educators Visits NWRC: USGS National Wetlands Research Center (NWRC) contractor Gabrielle Bodin hosted 25 members of the Alpha Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa (a sorority for women in education) on November 10. Bodin gave a presentation about coastal Louisiana land loss and restoration and provided information about USGS educational resources as well as a tour of the NWRC facilities. (Gabrielle Bodin, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8655)

  • Job Shadowing at NWRC: USGS National Wetlands Research Center (NWRC) staff hosted six high school students from Iberia Parish, La., on November 12 and 13. The students who were interested in biology, research in epidemiology, and computer programming shadowed 15 staff members who specialized in the students’ fields of interest. (Gabrielle Bodin, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8655)

  • Wellness Event: The USGS National Wetlands Research Center sponsored a “Wellness Event” for staff on November 13. Members of the staff were provided cholesterol, blood pressure, and bone density screenings, as well as body composition analysis. A blood drive was also held. (Debbie Norling, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8654)

Press Inquiries/Media - Newspapers/magazines/wires, etc.

  • Reporter Claire Taylor from the Daily Advertiser (Lafayette, La.) requested maps from the USGS National Wetlands Research Center showing coastal land loss and pipelines.

Other (Forum meeting, press conferences, media training, etc.)

  • Mississippi-Alabama Bays and Bayous Symposium: Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium distributed a press release promoting the success of the Bays and Bayous Symposium held October 28 – 29 in Biloxi, Miss. The release mentions the fact that Virginia Burkett, chief scientist for global change research for the USGS, was a keynote speaker. (Virginia Burkett, Many, La., 318-256-5628)

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