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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, May 24, 2012  

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  • NWRC Participates in NGI Annual Meeting:  USGS National Wetlands Research Center Branch Chiefs Gregory Steyer and Scott Wilson participated in the 2012 Northern Gulf Institute (NGI) annual meeting in Stennis, Miss., May 23–24, 2012. The NGI, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Cooperative Institute, develops, operates, and maintains an increasingly integrated research and transition program focused on filling priority gaps and reducing limitations in current Northern Gulf of Mexico awareness, understanding and decision support. (Scott Wilson; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8644)

  • GOMA Federal Work Group Conference Call:  USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed participated in the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) Federal Work Group call on May 24, 2012. Discussion focused on the numerous diverse programs and initiatives across the 13 Federal agencies supporting GOMA. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • Planning for Next Lower Mekong Basin Science Conference Underway:  USGS National Wetlands Research Center Branch Chief Scott Wilson and Ecologist Kathryn Spear will participate in an international conference call on May 24, 2012, with staff of the U.S. Department of State (DOS) in Hanoi, Vietnam, and with Vietnamese governmental officials to coordinate planning of the next Lower Mekong Basin Science Conference. The conference will build upon the USGS DRAGON effort and the DOS-funded Forecast Mekong project. This effort is being led by USGS South Central Area Deputy Regional Executive Jim Stefanov. (Jim Stefanov; Columbia; Mo.; 573-777-1662)

  • NWRC Meets with USGS Interdisciplinary ACES Team to Plan Processes Analysis:  On May 29–31, 2012, USGS NWRC Director Phil Turnipseed will meet with the USGS Achieving Cost Efficiencies in Science (ACES) Interdisciplinary Team in Reston, Va., to plan the team’s upcoming report to Director Marcia McNutt on improving the efficiency, effectiveness, and timeliness of USGS science activities. The team will examine the various manners in which USGS science is conducted, plan for researching similar activities in selected other science Bureaus in the Federal government, identify best practices, and begin developing recommendations to ensure that scientific staff are best positioned to produce creative, innovative, and readily-useable science products that meet partner needs.  (Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

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