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Weekly Highlights

MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, September 23, 2010  

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • NWRC Observes National Hispanic Heritage Month: USGS National Wetlands Research Center staff will observe National Hispanic Heritage Month with special programming. Staff will enjoy a performance of “Rick Michot Mariachi” on September 24. Julia Frederick, former director of Latin American History at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, will host a discussion about Spanish influence in south Louisiana’s history and culture, “Our Spanish Heritage,” on September 29. The library also has an exhibit of related informational resources throughout the month. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • NWRC To Participate in Opening Event for Experience Atchafalaya Days: USGS National Wetlands Research Center contractor Gabrielle Bodin will distribute Louisiana coastal wetland and center information to attendees at the Experience Atchafalaya Days opening event being held at the Interstate 10 Atchafalaya Welcome Center in Butte LaRose, La., on October 1, 2010. Experience Atchafalaya Days, sponsored by the Friends of the Atchafalaya and the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area, runs the month of October and is designed to educate people about recreational opportunities and the natural and cultural resources of the 14 parish area that comprises the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • NWRC To Participate in WEF Water Carnival: USGS National Wetlands Research Center contractors Susan Bergeron (CWPPRA Outreach Coordinator) and Gabrielle Bodin will participate in a water carnival being hosted by the Water Environment Federation’s Students and Young Professionals Committee during WEFTEC 2010 in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, La., on October 2. Bergeron and Bodin will provide coastal wetland information and hands-on activities for the several hundred grade school students and their families who are expected to attend. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

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

  • USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientists Karen McKee and Clint Jeske were recently interviewed by Patricia Gannon of “L” Magazine (Lafayette, La.) about scientists’ concerns regarding impacts of the oil spill. Gannon is writing an article about Sea Shepherd’s response to the oil spill and their recent expedition to tag whale sharks in the Gulf and she was looking for a local angle. (Karen L. McKee; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8662)

Press Inquiries/Media -Broadcast and Film

Press Inquiries/Media - Online

  • U.S., Southeast Asian Nations Collaborate on Lower Mekong River (America.gov; September 15, 2010) “Can Tho University also is working with the USGS National Wetlands Research Center to share geographic information system (GIS) data used to develop Forecast Mekong, a software model based on a similar tool for the Mississippi River, to help better assess and manage the Mekong River and its delta.” (Allison Shipp; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

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