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From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, February 2, 2012  

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  • NWRC Staff Host Job Shadower: Staff from the USGS National Wetlands Research Center hosted a student from Broussard Middle School on February 2, 2012, as part of a job shadowing program. Scientists Larry Allain, Richard Day, and Camille Stagg showed the student various areas of research occurring at the Center, explained what their jobs entail, and what it takes to be a scientist. (Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • USGS NWRC Director Participates in Task Group on Nautical Depth:  On February 6, 2012, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed will participate in a meeting of the Task Group on Nautical Depth, an interagency committee under the group parent committee, the Navigation Engineering Subcommittee of the Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute. The Nautical Depth Committee is pursuing navigation engineering issues involved in navigational channel bottom and nautical depth. A principal objective is to evaluate the use of active and passive nautical depth in U.S. channels and harbors and inform the engineering community as to the merits of adopting nautical depth as a means to reduce maintenance dredging costs in coastal and estuarine ports and channels. (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Deputy Director To Participate in Mekong River Fish Workshop: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Deputy Director Matthew Andersen will attend a workshop to discuss Mekong River fish in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, February 9-10, 2012. Two USGS fisheries scientists from the Western Fisheries Research Center will also participate. USGS will provide presentations at the workshop regarding fish database building, use, visualization, and sharing. Representatives from the four Mekong River Commission (MRC) nations, the MRC, some non-governmental organizations, and some universities will participate in the two-day workshop. USGS participation is sponsored by the U.S. State Department as part of the Forecast Mekong initiative. Andersen will visit Mekong sites in all four MRC nations during this trip to better understand how fish are collected from the wide variety of habitats in the region, home to more than 1,000 fish species. (Matthew Andersen; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Director to Serve as Judge of the 48th Louisiana Wildlife Federation Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards in Baton Rouge: On February 11, 2012, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed  will serve as Judge of the 48th Louisiana Wildlife Federation Governor’s Conservation Achievement Award in Baton Rouge. This program, now in its fourth decade, promotes volunteer and professional excellence in conservation work through recognition. Recipients are selected by an independent panel of judges and honored at a special banquet held in conjunction with the LWF's annual convention.  (Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

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