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From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, February 11, 2010  

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  • NWRC Scientist to Give Lecture and Teach Workshop at Ohio State University: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Jim Grace will give an invited lecture at the School of the Environment and Natural Resources at OSU February 24 – 25, 2010. The lecture will be entitled “Tuning into nature’s symphony: The challenge of studying biocomplexity” and the workshop will be “An introduction to structural equation modeling.” (Jim Grace, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8632)

Departmental/Bureau News -Current

  • NWRC Scientist Presents Progress on Multidisciplinary Project: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Jill Jenkins presented the week of February 8, 2010, at the USGS Oregon Water Science Center on her current progress on a western region USGS multidisciplinary project entitled “Columbia River contaminants and habitat characterization:  occurrence and effects of polybrominated flame retardants and endocrine disruption compounds.” She updated the research team on “Task D:  Biomarker assessment of PBDE and EDC, exposure and effects in resident fish:  male gametes” and on the establishment of a biomarker method for use with any species fixed sperm for assessing DNA integrity.  Team members are from Biological Resources Discipline (BRD) Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, Corvallis, Ore.; Texas Cooperative Research Unit, Lubbock, Texas; BRD Columbia Environmental Research Center, Columbia, Mo.; BRD Western Fisheries Research Center, Cook, Wash.; Geology Discipline, Menlo Park, CA; and Water Resources Discipline, Oregon Water Science Center, Portland, Ore. (Jill Jenkins, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8607)

  • NWRC Celebrates National African American History Month: The USGS National Wetlands Research Center is celebrating National African American History Month with a brown bag lunch series honoring the history and local cultural traditions African Americans have contributed to south Louisiana’s rich heritage. Staff viewed “Emergence of the Black Hero,” a segment of the video “A History of Black Achievement in America,” which covered 1772 - 1849 and included, "The First Black Man of Science, Benjamin Banneker Surveys Washington, D.C." on February 5, 2010. “A Creole Culinary Journey with Chef Carolyn Shelton: Contributions of Past and Present Creole Cooks and Chefs” was featured February 11. A “Step Demonstration” by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Zeta Xi Chapter from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette will be featured February 18. A program focusing on the area’s musical history is being finalized for February 25. (Gabrielle Bodin, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8655)

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