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From: Linda Broussard
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, March 15, 2012  

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • NWRC Director Invited to The National Academies Workshop:  On March 19-20, NWRC Director Phil Turnipseed will participate in The National Academies panel discussion in Washington, DC on best practices and models of peer-review.  The workshop is part of a larger study by the Panel on the Review of Best Practices in Peer Assessment of R&D Organizations, which functions under the auspices of the Laboratory Assessments Board of the National Academies’ National Research Council.  The workshop will include presentations by speakers representing federal, industrial, and academic research organizations and their customers and stakeholders.  Breakout groups will engage in discussions and produce summary reports on recommendations to improve, sustain, and ultimately produce world-class science for the U.S.  The Panel will prepare a report that will provide to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) information on peer-review and performance evaluation systems. (Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • NWRC to Meet with DOI Office of International Affairs on Forecast Mekong Program:  On March 21, NWRC Director Phil Turnipseed will meet with DOI Office of International Affairs personnel Jason Riley and Harry McQuillen in Washington, DC.  Discussions will focus on how the NWRC might collaborate with DOI and recently-selected DOI Embassy Science Fellows preparing for assignments overseas in the four Nation Region encompassed by the Forecast Mekong Program (i.e., Viet Nam, Laos, Thailand, and Cambodia). (Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • NWRC Invited to 25th Joint Venture Anniversary in Washington, DC:  On the evening of March 21, NWRC Director Phil Turnipseed will attend a reception to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the North American Migratory Bird Joint Ventures in Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC.  Since the North American Waterfowl Management plan called for the establishment of Joint Ventures in 1986, they have emerged as the international model for partnership-driven conservation.  During this time, Joint Venture partners have conserved nearly 16 million acres of critical wildlife habitat.  The NWRC houses the Gulf Coast Joint Venture (GCJV) and serves on the managing board of the GCJV and the Lower Mississippi Valley JV and has a long history of support for the great conservation accomplished by Joint Venture efforts. (Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • NWRC to Host 2012 Women’s History Art Exhibit:  The U.S. Geological Survey's National Wetlands Research Center is celebrating Women's History Month by hosting a gallery showcasing the work of area women artists.  The exhibit will be open to the public March 19-23 from 8:00 am until 3:30 pm each day with an opening reception held Monday, March 19, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.  This year's theme is Empowering Women Through Art and Wetland Education. (Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • USGS Teleconference with Department of State Thailand Embassy Officials:  On March 12, NWRC Director Phil Turnipseed, Deputy Regional Executive Jim Stefanov, and Branch Chief Scott Wilson met by phone with members of the Department of State Thailand Embassy to discuss land subsidence and coastal erosion processes near the Gulf of Thailand.  The Louisiana Chenier Plain in the southwestern part of Louisiana is experiencing similar coastal erosion and subsidence issues.  The group discussed the science needed to understand the losses, map the location, rates and causal mechanisms of coastal erosion, and recommend remediation to save beaches and shorelines. (Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

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