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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, April 1, 2010  

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • NWRC Scientist on Special Assignment with the Chinese Academy of Science: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Research Ecologist Beth Middleton will be on a special assignment for two months with the Chinese Academy of Science in Changchun, China, April – May 2010.  The purpose of the work is to train scientists and students in wetland restoration and science writing. The research will involve conducting an assessment of the revegetation potential of wetlands in the Sangiang Plain of northern China. A seed bank comparison of farmed field versus natural wetlands will determine if species can be reestablished via hydrologic restoration, or if species must be replanted. Middleton will also meet with the Chinese Academy of Science in late April to discuss restoration projects and monitoring techniques. (Beth Middleton; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8618)

  • NWRC Women’s History Month Art Exhibition a Resounding Success: The USGS National Wetlands Research Center hosted its third annual Women’s History Month exhibition entitled “Nature through Art, Art through Generations” on March 22 – 26, 2010. One hundred seventeen female artists between 5 to 86 years of age exhibited a variety of visual art media with an emphasis on nature. More than 200 people attended the opening reception held on March 22, with more than 50 additional people visiting the exhibit during the week. Several members of the local community have sent letters and emails thanking the center for providing a “great community service” through this event. One letter states, “The art event is an excellent opportunity for the members of our community to experience the importance of the wetland center and thus be able to support its mission. The Center is a vital element in the preservation of our livelihood on the Coast, and what a lovely job you all have done in extending that reality beyond the four walls… into the hearts and minds of our community members, and not just Lafayette, but surrounding areas as well.” (Debbie Norling; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8654)

  • NWRC Staff Participate in FY2010 Annual Science Meeting of NGOM Project: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Research Director Janine Powell, and geographers Brady Couvillion, and Cindy Thatcher participated in the FY2010 Annual Science Meeting of the USGS Northern Gulf Coast Ecosystem Change and Hazard Susceptibility (NGOM) Project held on March 30 – April 1, 2010, at the USGS St. Petersburg Science Center. The meeting included Task and Subtask leaders, cooperative partners, and members of the project Science Advisory and Region Advisory committees. Powell presented “Potential Expansion of the NWRC Collaboration.” Thatcher presented “Sea-Level Rise Visualization for Alabama and Mississippi.” Couvillion presented “Enabling the Synthesis Model I:  Assessing Pre- and Post Katrina Land Use – Land Cover Trends for the Mississippi – Alabama Coastal Margin” and “Regional Landcover Change Across the Northern Gulf of Mexico Coastal Plain Since 1970.” (Janine Powell; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC To Serve as Louisiana’s Host Site for NWF’s National Summit Webcast on Children and the Outdoors: The USGS National Wetlands Research Center Research will serve as Louisiana’s site for the National Wildlife Federation’s national summit webcast entitled “Be Out There: A National Summit on Children and the Outdoors” on April 10, 2010. The summit will be held at the close of the NWF Annual Meeting in Houston and feature satellite state summits where leaders in conservation education in each state will gather to listen to the summit broadcast from Houston. Those expected to participate include naturalists associated with parks, refuges and nature centers, agency staff who lead outdoor-oriented education and outreach programs, environmental educators with outdoor classrooms, and other key education and outreach leaders, including college professors, state Department of Education staff, as well as local school district staff. The free webcast will feature Texas Representative Carol Alvarado, NWF President & CEO Larry Schweiger, and video messages from Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson and Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley. A panel discussion, entitled "New Partners and Innovative Strategies to Address the Indoor Childhood" featuring Sandra Stenmark of Kaiser Permanente, Nina Roberts of San Francisco State University and Margo Pedroso of Safe Routes to School, will include an opportunity to submit questions to panel participants by email. (Clint Jeske; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8652)

  • NWRC To Host WETMAAP Teacher Training: The USGS National Wetlands Research Center Research will host a Wetland Education Through Maps And Aerial Photography (WETMAAP) teacher training at Northside High School in Lafayette, La., on April 10, 2010. Approximately 20 seventh through twelfth grade teachers are expected to attend the training being conducted by Larry Handley, director of the Mid-Continent Geographic Science Center and former NWRC geographer. The program, which illustrates land change over time at sites throughout the United States, introduces educators to wetland habitats’ functions and values; to wetland mapping, digital databases, and GIS technology; assists educators with the integration of wetland issues into existing curricula; promotes public awareness of wetland loss issues and provides an understanding of the cause and effect of wetland change. This workshop will focus on Cocodrie, La., an area of substantial wetland loss which several of the attending teachers visit annually with their students. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

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

  • A Different Delta Force—USGS and U.S. Department of State Assist in the Mekong Delta (Sound Waves; March 2010) “The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is bringing its broad scientific understanding of the Mississippi River Delta to bear on a similar river delta half a world away, the Mekong River Delta of Southeast Asia.” A Different Delta Force—USGS and U.S. Department of State Assist in the Mekong Delta (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

Press Inquiries/Media - Online

  • Predicting the performance of plant restoration (Conservation Maven; March 25, 2010) “To help address some of this uncertainty, Steven Travis and James Grace from USGS have developed a model for predicting restoration performance based on genetic and geographic distance between a plant source location and a restoration site.” The write-up is propagating via Twitter. Predicting the performance of plant restoration - Front Page - Conservation Maven (Jim Grace; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8632)

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