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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, November 12, 2009      

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • NWRC Contractor Receives Distinguished Informal Science Education Award: USGS National Wetlands Research Center contractor Susan Testroet-Bergeron received the 2009-2010 Distinguished Informal Science Education Award at the joint Louisiana Science Teachers Association and Louisiana Association of Teachers of Mathematics held November 2 – 4 in Shreveport, La. She was nominated by Paul Johnson, past president of the Louisiana Science Teachers Association.  In his words, "Susan is as much at home conducting field trips to marsh, bay, and island environments as she is presenting workshops in classroom settings. She is an informal science educator of the highest quality; she is to be recognized for her efforts and appreciated for her leadership." (Susan Testroet-Bergeron, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8623)

  • Students Participate in Job Shadowing Program at NWRC: Three high school students from Iberia Parish, La., with an interest in biology participated in job shadowing at the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on November 12, 2009. The students learned about biology careers from NWRC scientists Nicole Cormier and John McCoy. (Gabrielle Bodin, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8655)

  • ULL Coastal Sciences Students To Visit NWRC: About 20 students from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s coastal sciences class will visit the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on November 13, 2009. The students will be given a presentation about functions and values, loss and restoration of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands and will tour NWRC to learn about work being conducted by the center’s scientists. (Gabrielle Bodin, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8655)

  • Dickinson College Environmental Sciences Class To Visit NWRC: About 20 students from Dickinson College’s (Carlisle, Pa.) environmental sciences class will visit the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on November 16, 2009. The students will learn about coastal issues in Louisiana and about research being conducted by NWRC scientists. The class is participating in a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation which provides for comparative studies of the Chesapeake Bay and lower Mississippi River regions. (Stephen Faulkner, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8648)

  • Gumpoint Christian School Students To Visit NWRC: About 30 fifth through eighth grade students from Gumpoint Christian School (Branch, La.) will visit the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on November 19, 2009. The students will be given a presentation on Louisiana’s coastal wetlands and tour NWRC to see scientists at work. (Gabrielle Bodin, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8655)

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

  • Editorial: UL program merits high praise (The Daily Advertiser; Lafayette, La.; November 9, 2009)  “In 1984, the university founded its Center for Advanced Computer Studies. It now teaches about 600 undergraduates and graduate students… At the National Wetlands Research Center, digitized images have measured the effects of hurricanes on the fragile coastal ecoystem.”

  • Around Acadiana for November 10, 2009: Pulitzer winner speaks (The Advocate; Baton Rouge, La.; November 10, 2009)  “Environmental journalist Mark Schleifstein, the recipient on three Pulitzer prizes, will speak at 1:30 p.m. today at the National Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette.”

  • Lessons learned from Katrina (The Daily Advertiser; Lafayette, La.; November 11, 2009)
    “Schleiftstein addressed UL journalism students and others at the USGS National Wetlands Center on Tuesday, providing a dramatic look at the 2005 storm's effects through video and photography. In Science and the Media: A Changing World, the three-time Pulitzer-winning reporter detailed challenges still facing New Orleans, the Gulf Coast and the media.”

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