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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, April 15, 2010  

Departmental/Bureau News - Upcoming

  • USGS Scientists To Participate in Mekong Environment and Climate Symposium: USGS scientists Charlie Demas of the Louisiana Water Science Center, James Stefanov of the South Central Regional Executive Office, Arthur Horowitz of the Georgia Water Science Center, and Gregory Steyer of the National Wetlands Research Center will attend the Mekong Environment and Climate Symposium in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on April 26 – 27, 2010.  In addition to participating in the symposium, USGS scientists will meet separately with Mekong River Commission (MRC) scientists to discuss the availability of hydrologic data from the MRC for use in the Forecast Mekong project and possible modeling studies. The USGS delegation will also meet with U.S. Department of State officials from the U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City and professors from the DRAGON Institute located at Can Tho University to discuss the State Department-funded Forecast Mekong project, which is part of the Delta Research and Global Observation Network (DRAGON) partnership. More information on the symposium is available at  http://www.mrcmekong.org/MRC_news/Mekong-Env-Climate-symposium2010.htm. (Janine Powell; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Scientists To Participate in Louisiana Remote Sensing and GIS Workshop: Several scientists from the USGS National Wetlands Research Center will participate in the 26th Annual Louisiana Remote Sensing and GIS Workshop on April 27 – 29, 2010, at the Cajundome Convention Center in Lafayette, La. NWRC scientists either speaking or presenting posters include Brady Couvillion, Richard Day, Tom Doyle, Steve Hartley, Bill Jones, Tommy Michot, Janine Powell, Elijah Ramsey and Chris Wells, NWRC contractors Amina Rangoonwala, Terri Bannister, Jason Dugas, Nadine Trahan and Yukihiro Suzuoki, as well as Chris Cretini from the USGS National Spatial Data Infrastructure. The workshop is Louisiana's premier conference for geospatial information technology. It will include sessions covering automated mapping/facilities management, cartography, land use and land management, geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing and photogrammetry, and other related geospatial technologies. (Chris Cretini; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8621)

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • Central and Eastern Regions Collaborate To Present New Data Tools to NCCWSC: Collaboration among scientists at two USGS science centers has led to the development of products for visualizing and manipulating data that are of interest to scientists nationally. The two groups led by Craig Conzelmann (National Wetlands Research Center) and Stephanie Romañach (Southeastern Ecological Science Center) recently presented soon-to-be-released software called EverVIEW and associated data manipulation tools to National Climate Change Wildlife Science Center senior staff. The new software tools will be used by NCCWSC principal investigators for displaying and manipulating climate and other modeling or field data. The NWRC and SESC will continue working with NCCWSC and other users to develop products to meet the needs of the user community. Funding for this work was provided by Ronnie Best through Greater Everglades Priority Ecosystems Science. (Craig Conzelmann; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8842)

  • Students from Evergreen College Visit NWRC: Twenty-three students from Evergreen College’s (Olympia, Wash.) Field Ornithology Class visited the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on April 14, 2020, to tour the center and view presentations concerning research being conducted at NWRC. The students are visiting the Gulf Coast for two weeks to experience the spring bird migration. (Wylie Barrow; Lafayette, La., 337-266-8668)

  • Students from Parks Middle School To Visit NWRC: Forty students from Parks Middle School (Parks, La.) will visit the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on April 19, 2010, to learn more about Louisiana’s coastal wetlands and research being conducted by NWRC scientists. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • Ecologist from the USDA Forest To Speak at NWRC: Bruce Marcot, Research Wildlife Ecologist with the Ecosystems Processes Research Program, USDA Forest Service, in Portland, Ore., will speak at the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on April 21, 2010. He will give a lecture entitled "Decision Modeling Under Uncertainty: The Many Tools in the Toolbox" that morning and will present "Bayesian network Modeling: An Illustrative, Interactive Workshop" that afternoon.  (Jim Grace; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8632)

  • NWRC To Participate in L. Leo Judice Elementary’s Earth Day Celebration: The USGS National Wetlands Research Center will participate in L. Leo Judice Elementary’s Earth Day Celebration on April 21, 2010, in Scott, La. The center will have wetland animal biofacts and wetland plants for the K – 4 students to experience. L. Leo Judice is an “environmental pathway” school. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • NWRC To Participate in the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Earth Day Celebration: The USGS National Wetlands Research Center will participate in the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Earth Day Celebration on April 22, 2010, in Lafayette, La. The center will exhibit information on Louisiana’s coastal land loss. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

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

  • Coastal work celebrated: Federal, state task force marks 20th anniversary (The Advocate; Baton Rouge, La.; April 9, 2010) “In the winter of 1990, Congress passed a federal act that paved the way for federal funding to be set aside to help rebuild parts of Louisiana's disappearing wetlands.” (Susan Testroet-Bergeron; Lafayette, La., 337-266-8623) 2theadvocate.com | News | Coastal work celebrated — Baton Rouge, LA

  • Breaux Act anniversary marks 20 years of coastal restoration progress (The Time-Picayune; Baton Rouge, La.; April 8, 2010) “The broad expanse of brown dirt along Bayou Dupont just outside the hurricane levee in Plaquemines Parish near ConocoPhillips Alliance Refinery doesn't look like much. But when the Spartina wetland grass seed spread over it from an airplane last week by Louisiana State University researchers takes root during the next few weeks, it will mark another small success against coastal erosion for the Breaux Act restoration program.” (Susan Testroet-Bergeron; Lafayette, La., 337-266-8623) Breaux Act anniversary marks 20 years of coastal restoration progress | - NOLA.com

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