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MEMORANDUM

From: Linda Broussard
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, April 26, 2012  

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • NWRC Attends 28th Annual Louisiana Remote Sensing and GIS Workshop:  NWRC Director Phil Turnipseed, along with staff from the Spatial Analysis and Coastal Restoration Branches, represented USGS and gave presentations during Louisiana’s premier geospatial conference.  The workshop was held April 24-26 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and was organized this year by the USGS Geospatial Liaison to Louisiana, Chris Cretini. (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • GOMA Federal Work Group Conference Call:  USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed gave an overview of ongoing, planned, and future science at the NWRC during the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) Federal Work Group call on April 26.  Federal members of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance meet on a regular basis to discuss the State-led initiative and to coordinate Federal efforts.  Learning about the numerous diverse programs and initiatives across the 13 Federal agencies supporting GOMA provides a broader understanding of Federal capabilities. (Linda Broussard; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8692)

  • NAWCA Proposal Assessment Teleconference:  On April 26, NWRC Director Phil Turnipseed participated in a conference call with the Gulf Coast Joint Venture (GCJV) Management Board.  Board members assessed this year’s North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) proposals. NAWCA provides matching grants to organizations and individuals who have developed partnerships to carry out wetlands conservation projects in the United States, Canada, and Mexico for the benefit of wetlands-associated migratory birds and other wildlife. (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Invited to Attend INNOV8’s iOPENER:  Staff from the National Wetlands Research Center attended iOPENER on April 27 in the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Research Park.  iOPENER is part of INNOV8 Lafayette and showcases UL research campus technologies and innovations.  Friday’s events focused on the Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (LITE) Center, Abdalla Hall, the Cecil J. Picard Center, and the University’s Engineering Department. (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • University Watershed Science Class Visit:  Students from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Department of Renewable Resources toured the NWRC on April 25.  Approximately 20 watershed science students accompanied by Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, Dr. Barbara Benson, attended sessions on NWRC's research involving greenhouse projects, avian radar, and mapping. (Linda Broussard; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8692)

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