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From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, December 13, 2012  

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  • Students See USGS Science in Action: More than 70 fourth through sixth grade students from Breaux Bridge Elementary (Breaux Bridge, Louisiana) toured the USGS NWRC on December 12. Cassie Thibodeaux, Rhonda Davis, and Gabrielle Bodin accompanied the group as they visited with the science staff to learn about mapping, the response of wetland plants to increased levels of carbon dioxide, and the center’s newest educational exhibit, three endangered pallid sturgeon. NWRC supports and encourages education in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • Science Fair Projects Showcase Next Generation of Scientists: Staff from the USGS National Wetlands Research Center and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service judged approximately 60 seventh grade projects in the Lafayette Christian Academy Science Fair on December 12. David Guilbeau and contractor Kelsie Hayes of NWRC, along with Ron Boustany, Chris Lavergne, and Troy Mallach of NRCS participated. NWRC staff have judged the fair annually and invited the staff of neighboring agencies to also participate this year. The Obama Administration recognizes that STEM education must be a national priority if the United States is to continue to succeed in an increasingly global economy and has instituted several initiatives, one of which was hosting the first White House Science Fair. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • Acadiana ASCE Chapter Learns About Coastal Louisiana: On December 18, USGS NWRC Director Phil Turnipseed will speak to members of the the Acadiana Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) during a luncheon/educational seminar. Turnipseed, an ASCE member, was invited to discuss current environmental and civil engineering topics related to coastal Louisiana. Founded in 1852, the ASCE represents more than 144,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society. ASCE also serves as a liaison between civil engineering university students and the professional community. (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

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