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MEMORANDUM

From: Courtney H Schaneville
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, June 25, 2009

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  • Summer Math Program Participants Travel to NWRC: A group of twenty-nine high school students visited the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on June 19, 2009, as a part of the summer program Math Circle at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. The students received an educational presentation on Louisiana’s wetlands and a tour of the Center. They learned about greenhouse experiments; research on fish, frogs, and applesnails; and spatial analysis through mapping. (Courtney Schaneville, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8583)

  • Students of All Ages Visit NWRC: USGS National Wetlands Research Center contractor Courtney Schaneville hosted six groups of students from the REACH Summer Enrichment Program on June 23, 2009. The students ranged in age from kindergarten to 7th grade; a total of 174 children visited the Center. The students received educational presentations on Louisiana’s wetlands tailored to their age level and then toured the Center, including stops at the greenhouses, the freshwater laboratories, and the created wetland area. (Courtney Schaneville, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8583)

  • University Students Learn About “Real Science” at NWRC: Twenty-five students from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s summer program for teachers and student teachers toured the USGS National Wetlands Research Center June 24, 2009, to learn about the work NWRC scientists are conducting and about educational resources available to them. Tour participants were introduced to the many resources available to them from the NWRC library by librarian Linda Broussard, and learned about cellular research being conducted by scientist Jill Jenkins, avian ecology from scientist Clint Jeske, and the establishment and function of the NWRC collection room from scientist Larry Allain. The scientists provided teachers with ideas for ways to bring real science into their classrooms. (Gabrielle Bodin, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8655)

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