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MEMORANDUM

From: Linda Broussard
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, June 21, 2012  

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • China Geological Survey Meetings and Signing Ceremony: On June 27-28, officials from the China Geological Survey (CGS) will travel to Lafayette, Louisiana where they will visit the NWRC. CGS representatives will be welcomed by USGS NWRC Director Phil Turnipseed, attend presentations by NWRC scientists and leadership, provide information on CGS science, and tour the facilities. NWRC has multiple Chinese interests. This trip will support collaboration on wetlands research between the USGS and the CGS. Prior to the Lafayette stopover, the delegation will meet at USGS headquarters on June 25 for an overview of the two surveys’ work and a signing ceremony of two Project Annexes. (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • State of the Coast Conference: During June 25-27, USGS NWRC Director Phil Turnipseed, Branch Chief Tom Doyle, and NWRC researchers will attend the State of the Coast Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. NWRC Coastal Restoration Assessment Branch Chief Greg Steyer and scientists Gregg Snedden, Sarai Piazza, Brady Couvillion, and Hongqing Wang will give presentations on Louisiana’s coastal wetlands to attendees including scientists, business leaders, Federal and State agency personnel, elected officials, land owners, and interested citizens. (Greg Steyer, Baton Rouge, La.; 225-578-7201)

  • Effective Techniques in Outreach and Education: USGS NWRC Branch Chief Scott Wilson and contractors Susan Testroet-Bergeron and Cole Ruckstuhl of Five Rivers Services were invited to present at the State of the Coast Conference to be held in New Orleans, June 25-27. The titled presentation "The Evolution of Public Outreach in Wetland Restoration Ecosystems" will hustle through the progression of 20+ years of public instruction and engagement used to explain wetland restoration in Louisiana’s dynamic ecosystem under the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act. (Scott Wilson; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8644)

  • University STAGE Students Visit NWRC: USGS NWRC Branch Chief Tom Doyle and USGS NWRC Research Ecologists Jim Grace and Jacoby Carter gave presentations to approximately 20 university-level science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students on June 21.  Students from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Smooth Transition for Advancement to Graduate Education (STAGE) 2012 Summer Program participated.  STAGE for underrepresented groups in mathematical sciences is a mentoring program developed in cooperation with Louisiana’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (La-HBCUs) to better prepare students to pursue graduate studies in STEM areas. (Jacoby Carter; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8620)

  • University Students Learn About Science Careers: NWRC Microbiologist Jill Jenkins gave a presentation to University of Louisiana at Lafayette students during a career day event on June 18 sponsored by the Upward Bound Program.  Students learned about the work she does as a government research scientist, how she became interested in her career, and what educational background was required. (Jill Jenkins; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8607)

  • NWRC Staff Invited to Governor’s Mansion for Youth Award Ceremony: USGS NWRC contractors Susan Testroet-Bergeron and Cole Ruckstuhl of Five Rivers Services were invited to participate in an awards ceremony held at the Governor's Mansion on June 20 to announce the Environmental Awareness Art and Language Arts Contest winners. The event centered on students in grades K-12 who competed and won an opportunity to have their work featured in the upcoming 2013 Louisiana Environmental Education calendar. Testroet-Bergeron, as vice president for the Louisiana Environmental Education Association (LEEA), noted that the creative talents of students were also rewarded with a monetary prize given by Alcoa Foundation and LEEA. The 2013 calendars will be available in December 2012. (Susan Testroet-Bergeron; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8623)

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