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From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, February 4, 2010  

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • Librarians Educate Teachers About NWRC and Science Resources: USGS National Wetlands Research Center librarians Linda Broussard and Cassie Thibodeaux conducted a tour of NWRC on February 1, 2010, for 25 University of Louisiana at Lafayette educators and their instructor from the Center for Gifted Education.  Afterwards, Broussard gave a presentation on science resources available to educators. The NWRC Library's print education and outreach collection, National Biological Information Infrastructure Web site and the Gulf of Mexico Alliance environmental education digital library were highlighted. The class is composed of early childhood/pre-kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers working on additional certifications. (Linda Broussard, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8692)

  • USGS Participation in South Carolina EDRR Training Workshop on Seabrook Island: On February 2 – 3, 2010, USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Randy Westbrooks conducted an Invasive Plant Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) Train-the-Trainer Workshop that was hosted by the South Carolina Exotic Pest Plant Council at Camp St. Christopher Conference Center on Seabrook Island, S. C.  Workshop participants included biologists, land managers and other local, state and federal personnel from the Low Country Region of South Carolina. The next step in the South Carolina EDRR Capacity Development effort will be for trained specialists to conduct EDRR Volunteer Training Workshops for potential EDRR partner groups such as Friends of National Parks and Refuges, Master Gardeners, Certified Foresters, and Bassmaster Fishermen. The long term goal is to develop a State Early Detection and Reporting Network to ensure that new invasive plants are reported to state and federal officials so that appropriate actions can be taken to prevent their establishment and spread. (Randy Westbrooks, Whiteville, N.C., 910-648-6762)

  • USGS Scientist To Speak About Climate Change Science at UL Lafayette: On February 4, 2010, Virginia Burkett, USGS Chief Scientist for Global Change Research, will give a lecture entitled "The Science of Climate Change" at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  The lecture is open to students, faculty and the general public. (Virginia Burkett, Many, La., 318-256-5628)

  • NWRC To Host Students from N.P. Moss Middle School: USGS National Wetlands Research Center staff will host 65 sixth, seventh and eighth grade students from N.P. Moss Middle School on February 5, 2010. The students will be given a presentation on Louisiana’s coastal wetlands and will tour the center to learn about the work of NWRC’s scientists and geographers. The school scheduled the trip as a reward for the students’ good behavior. (Gabrielle Bodin, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8655)

  • NWRC To Be Awarded for Blood Drive Participation: The USGS National Wetlands Research Center will be awarded the “Most Improved Group” for outstanding effort put forth in 2009 by Our Lady of Lourdes Blood Donor Center at their annual Donor Appreciation Banquet on February 6, 2010. Staff and contractors of NWRC shared the gift of life by donating 77 pints of blood in 2009. (Susan Hoover, Lafayette, La.,  337-266-8517 and Debbie Norling, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8654)

  • USGS Scientist To Speak on Climate Change for USFWS Training and for the Public: On February 8, 2010, Virginia Burkett, USGS Chief Scientist for Global Change Research, will speak at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, W. V., at a USFWS training program entitled "Resource Management Implications of Global Climate Change."  Burkett will speak on the topic of climate change and wildlife. That evening, Burkett will give a public lecture in Shepherdstown about the science of climate change and the implications for fish, wildlife and habitats. (Virginia Burkett, Many, La., 318-256-5628)

  • NWRC Scientist To Judge LMS Science Fair: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Jacoby Carter will judge the Lafayette Middle School Science Academy Science Fair on February 12, 2010. Topics will range from mangroves to solar-powered cars. National Science Teacher Association rules require the judges to be professional scientists. (Jacoby Carter, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8620)

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

  • Global change focus of scientist’s talk (The Advocate, Acadiana Bureau, February 3, 2010) “Dr. Virginia Burkett, chief scientist for Global Change with the U.S. Geological Survey, is scheduled to discuss global change at 2 p.m. Thursday at Angelle Hall on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus.”  (Virginia Burkett, Many, La., 318-256-5628)

Press Inquiries/Media - Online

  • The US Lower Mekong Initiative (Mouth to Source, January 17, 2010) “The US Geological Survey, through its National Wetlands Research Center, has initiated the Delta Research And Global Observation Network (DRAGON) to share technical knowledge and tools that can help many of the world’s great deltas cope with anticipated changes due to climate change and development.” (Janine Powell, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8501)  

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