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From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, September 30, 2010  

Departmental/Bureau News - Upcoming

  • NWRC To Welcome New Management Team Members: The USGS National Wetlands Research Center will welcome three new management team members in the coming weeks. David "Phil" Turnipseed will serve as center director beginning November 8, 2010. Turnipseed began his USGS career in 1987 as a civil engineer in the Mississippi Water Science Center working in hydraulic design of bridges and flow control structures in cooperation with the Mississippi Department of Transportation. During his 23 years of service with USGS, he has worked in research and application for hydraulic design of bridges, channel stability analysis, surface water monitoring design and construction, remote sensing, and geomorphology. Matthew E. Andersen will serve as the deputy center director beginning November 29. Andersen is trained as an aquatic biologist and his experience since 1991 has emphasized the conservation of Southwest desert fishes and their habitats. He has conducted his work in academia, private industry, for the state of Utah, and, since 2005, for USGS. Eric Pelletier will serve as facility manager beginning October 12. Pelletier has more than 25 years of military service that includes executive-level leadership experience and specific managerial strengths in the area of quality assurance, logistics, and safety. (Allison Shipp; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC To Participate in Earth Science Week: The USGS National Wetlands Research Center is working with the USGS Science Education Office to support 2010 Earth Science Week activities being held October 10 - 16. NWRC will distribute Earth Science Week Toolkits provided by the USGS Science Education Office to local schools including Lafayette science academies L. Leo Judice Elementary, Lafayette Middle School, and Northside High School. This year’s theme is “Exploring Energy.” (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)  
  • South Street Elementary Students To Visit NWRC for Earth Science Week: Forty third graders from South Street Elementary in Opelousas, La., will view a presentation on Louisiana's coastal wetlands and tour NWRC to see scientists at work on October 15, 2010, as part of Earth Science Week. The school received a grant focusing on writing and wetlands. Their visit will help to fulfill the goals they are working achieve through the grant. They will also be presented with Earth Science Week Toolkits. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • NWRC Geographer To Collect Imagery of Seagrass Beds for NRDA Effort: As part of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill Natural Resources Damage Assessment, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Geographer Chris Wells and Aviation Management Directorate Pilot Bill James will conduct low-altitude aerial imagery collection flights October 1 – 5, 2010. This photographic mission is in coordination with the Submerged Aquatic Vegetation and Aerial Imagery Technical Working Groups. They will be photographing seagrass beds near the barrier islands in the Chandeleur/Breton Sounds of southeastern Louisiana and also seagrass beds of the Mississippi Sound. Paul R. Carlson, Jr., Ph.D. (Research Scientist Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute) is providing the aerial photography system developed by his research team. (Chris Wells; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8651)

  • Seminar on Traditional Plant Knowledge To Be Held at NWRC: A seminar, “Traditional Plant Knowledge along the Bayou Teche,” will be presented by University of Louisiana at Lafayette anthropologist Dr. C. Ray Brassieur at the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wetlands Research Center on October 5, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. The illustrated presentation focuses on traditional plant knowledge shared by Creoles of Color living along the Bayou Teche during the mid-20th century. The event is being held as a component of Experience Atchafalaya Days and is open to the public. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

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