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

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • NWRC Response to the BP Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill: The staff of the USGS National Wetlands Research Center is assisting with response to the oil spill from the BP Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. The USGS Science Response Vehicle (SRV) continues to be operational at the Venice, La., Operations Center. The SRV has facilitated the creation of over 500 individual official-use maps during its Venice deployment. Overall it has produced over 2,000 map copies. Work is continuing on delineated high-resolution land/water information for LA SCAT team / La Oil Spill Office. Approximately 20 staff members have completed the HAZWOPER-24 training. Seven more are scheduled to complete HAZWOPER-40 this week. (Scott Wilson; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8644)

  • USGS Scientist Shares Information about Careers in Science: On June 29, 2010, USGS Chief Scientist for Global Change Research Virginia Burkett gave a guest lecture at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center to the SC3 program. The program consists of about 120 high school students from across the country who were nominated by their teachers as outstanding in the sciences. Burkett spoke about careers in science, with a focus on climate change and its potential effects in low-lying coastal systems.  She shared the panel with Dan Ashe, Deputy Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. (Virginia Burkett; Many, La.; 318-256-5628)

  • NWRC Scientist To Meet with Australian Trade Commission Staff: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Thomas Michot will meet with staff of the Australian Trade Commission on July 1, 2010. The group is interested in establishing a partnership between an Australian university and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and was also interested in learning more about the wetlands center. (Thomas Michot; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8664)

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

  • Stefan Bachmann, an editor with the Swiss magazine Beobachter Natur, contacted USGS National Wetlands Research Center Branch Chief Tom Doyle on June 29, 2010, to ask questions about the impacts of hurricanes on wetlands. Doyle is responding to the questions.

Broadcast and Film

  • Update: A reporter and videographer with the KATC (ABC affiliate; Lafayette, La.) visited the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on June 23, 2010, to produce a story about programming associated with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Summer Scholars Residential Program. IAP World Services Outreach Project Leader at NWRC Gabrielle Bodin was interviewed about why the students were visiting. The story aired June 25. Seventh, 8th, and 9th grade gifted, talented, and leadership potential students from throughout the state participated in special programming designed to introduce them to various areas of scientific research being conducted at NWRC. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Jacoby Carter was contacted on June 27, 2010, by Cindy Bowman with National Geographic Television to fact check a script concerning urban nutria in Jefferson Parish, La. (Jacoby Carter; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8620)

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