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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, August 25, 2011  

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • NWRC Scientist Delivers Plenary Talk at Louisiana Immersion Technology Enterprise: On August 19, 2011, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Wetlands and Forest Ecosystems Branch Chief Thomas Doyle delivered a plenary talk at the Louisiana Immersion Technology Enterprise (LITE) 2011 Open House on USGS-LITE cooperative work with the Delta Research and Global Observation Network (DRAGON) Program. The presentation covered the DRAGON and also the Graphical Visualization Tool co-developed by USGS and the LITE. (Thomas Doyle; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8647)

  • NWRC Meets to Discuss NWRC Facebook Participation: On August 22, 2011, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed, Deputy Director Matthew Andersen, Supervisory Physical Scientist Craig Conzelmann, Computer Programmer Joey Richard, and NWRC Librarian Linda Broussard meet to discuss the need for the NWRC to become more involved in the social media outlet, Facebook. The NWRC has an ever-increasing user community for its Web page. The group decided to pursue the use of Facebook with the USGS Office of Communications. Broussard has been selected to be the NWRC Facebook Ambassador. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Participates in DOI Federal Urban Waters Partnership: On August 22, 2011, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed participated in a nationwide teleconference led by John Tubbs (DOI Deputy Secretary for Water and Science) and Lisa Pelstring (Special Assistant) to discuss the seven pilot projects being led by the interagency Federal Urban Waters Partnership. The NWRC is involved in the New Orleans/Lake Pontchartrain Pilot Project. NWRC is partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges and the University of New Orleans on this work.  UNO opened the Shea Penland Coastal Education and Research Facility on Chef Pass in New Orleans East in 2010. The facility is adjacent to the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge. USGS will take the lead to produce a wetland education video featuring the facility in Phase I of the project.(D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • USGS South Central Area Center Directors Hold Teleconference to Discuss Status of the National Achieving Cost Efficiencies for Science (ACES) Team and Area Alignment Review Committee (AARC): USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed participated in the South Central Area Center Directors teleconference on August 23, 2011. The Center Directors heard from Regional Executive Max Ethridge who gave the group updates on the National Achieving Cost Efficiencies for Science (ACES) Team and Area Alignment Review Committee (AARC).  Several other issues were also discussed. (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Executive Management Team Meets To Begin Planning for the Fiscal Year 2012 Program and Budget: On August 23, 2011, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed, Deputy Director Matthew Andersen, Melissa Chavis (USGS Louisiana Business Manager), Sheron Griffin, Jeniefer Pryor, and NWRC Branch Chiefs Thomas Doyle, Scott Wilson, and Greg Steyer met to discuss the future of the 2012 NWRC program. Turnipseed began the meeting by briefing the EMT on current items from the South Central Area and headquarters.  The end of year 2011 spending and planning for the 2012 budget were also discussed. (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • Greentree Reservoir Management in White River NWR: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Branch Chief Thomas Doyle met with White River National Wildlife Refuge staff Jeff Denman, forester, and Jay Hitchcock, wildlife biologist, to view and discuss greentree reservoir management and forest monitoring design on August 23, 2011, at White River NWR in eastern Arkansas. (Thomas Doyle; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8647)

  • Addressing the Feral Hog Problem in Louisiana: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Geographer Stephen Hartley attended a meeting of resource agency and conservation organization staff on August 24, 2011, in Pineville, La., to discuss a plan to address Louisiana’s feral hog problem. The purpose of the meeting was to organize a unified front, identify services, develop a Memorandum of Understanding to reflect each partner’s contribution, delineate a potential project area, and decide on the next step. Participants included staff from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, LDAF Office of Soil and Water Conservation, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Services, La. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. (Stephen Hartley; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8543)

  • Seminar to be Held at NWRC: The USGS National Wetlands Research Center will host a seminar on August 26, 2011, entitled “Application of a Spatially Explicit Individual-Based Model to Conservation of Migrating Songbirds.” The seminar will be presented by Emily Cohen of the Department of Biological Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi. (Nicole Cormier; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8838)

  • NWRC Scientist to Attend Technical Tour at High Resolution Satellite Imaging Company: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Scientist Emeritus Pat O’Neil will attend a technical tour at GeoEye Headquarters in Herndon, Va., on August 26, 2011. GeoEye is one of several high resolution multi-spectral satellite imaging companies in the U.S. and the world.  O’Neil will observe GeoEye’s present and future technical capabilities, data distribution capabilities, copyright policies, and imagery support plans for disaster events. (Pat O’Neil; Winchester, Va.; 540-662-7912)

  • SPARROW Modeling Results to be Presented at NWRC: The USGS National Wetlands Research Center will host a presentation on August 30, 2011. The “Presentation of SPARROW Modeling Results for Louisiana Watersheds” will be given by Richard Rebich, Chief of Hydrologic Investigations, USGS Mississippi Water Science Center. Rebich recently calibrated a SPARROW model for all of Louisiana and the Gulf Coast of Texas. The SPARROW model is a USGS hydrologic model that routes water quality and other constituents through a drainage basin. Rebich will present the SPARROW modeling results for Louisiana watersheds.  (Nicole Cormier; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8838)

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