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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, July 5, 2012  

Departmental/Bureau News – Current

  • Remote Sensing Contractor Participates in International Conference: Five Rivers Services, LLC contractor Amina Rangoonwala, a remote sensing specialist working with the NWRC, participated in the International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology (ICEST) hosted by the American Academy of Sciences from June 25-29, in Houston, Texas. Rangoonwala chaired a session and gave a presentation on coastal resource monitoring. Nearly 600 scientists from 45 countries around the world participated in the conference. (Amina Rangoonwala; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8558)

  • Scientist Gives Presentation at Goddard Space Center: USGS NWRC Research Ecologist Beth Middleton gave a seminar at the Biospheric Sciences Laboratory in Greenbelt, Maryland, on July 2. The title of the presentation was “Novel water regimes in the function and composition of swamp ecosystems.” (Beth Middleton; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8618)

  • NWRC Executive Management Team to Meet with USACE ERDC: On July 9, the USGS NWRC Executive Management Team will meet with personnel from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Engineering, Research, and Development Center (ERDC) Environmental Laboratory to discuss future collaboration between the NWRC and the ERDC. Topics of discussion will center on ecosystem services, modeling, and restoration efforts that both science institutions are engaged in and how the two groups can leverage expertise in future projects. (Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • NWRC Hosts Educators: The USGS National Wetlands Research Center will host a group of teachers participating in a Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) professional development session July 10-12. GEAR UP is a Federally funded grant initiative that provides students with the skills, access, preparation and information needed to enter and succeed in post-secondary education. (Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • Native Plant Project MOU: On July 11, USGS NWRC Director Phil Turnipseed and NWRC Botanist Larry Allain will hold a teleconference with USGS officials from the Energy and Minerals, and Environmental Health Mission Area to discuss a new NWRC Memorandum of Understanding with LSU Pennington Biomedical Center, Rutgers University, and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The MOU will facilitate a collaborative project using Louisiana native plants. Researchers plan to study botanical evidence to determine the medicinal value of these plants in helping to cure diabetes.  (Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • USGS Staff Provides CRMS Training Session: On July 17, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USGS NWRC Physical Scientist Craig Conzelmann and Ecologist Sarai Piazzi will instruct governmental agency personnel, staff of nongovernmental organizations, and members of the public on how to effectively use the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act’s Coastwide Reference Monitoring System. NWRC Ecologist Kate Spear, Research Wildlife Biologist Clint Jeske, and contractors Susan Testroet- Bergeron and Melissa Collins of Five Rivers Services will also participate. Instructors will demonstrate how to download monitoring, engineering, and geospatial data. (Craig Conzelmann; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8842)

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