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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, February 7, 2013  

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  • Career Connections Expo: USGS NWRC staff participated in Lafayette’s annual Career Connections event on February 5. Career Connections provides tenth graders with an opportunity to explore a variety of career options while meeting the people who perform these jobs on a daily basis. Through pre- and post-event classroom exercises, students begin to become aware of the realities of living expenses and the link between choices they make regarding education, vocational, and career decisions. More than 4,000 students participated. NWRC scientists Jacoby Carter and Ches Vervaeke, Information Specialist Gabrielle Bodin, and contract scientists Evelyn Anemaet, Melissa Collins, and Meghan Holder (Five Rivers Services) educated the students about science careers while using various innovative props to pique students’ interest. NWRC participates in this event annually. The Obama Administration’s “Educate to Innovate” campaign strives to improve the participation and performance of America’s students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and encourages efforts to help young people across America excel in science and math. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • Louisiana Barrier Island Monitoring Workshop: USGS NWRC Branch Chief Scott Wilson, geographers Bill Jones and Chris Wells, Research Wildlife Biologist Clint Jeske, and ULL graduate student Jessica Schulz attended the 2006-2010 Louisiana Barrier Island Comprehensive Monitoring (BICM) Program workshop on February 6, in Baton Rouge. The meeting was co-sponsored by the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center and Louisiana State University School of the Coast and Environment, in cooperation with the University of New Orleans. The BICM program was developed to provide long-term data on Louisiana’s barrier islands that could be used to plan, design, evaluate, and maintain current and future barrier island restoration projects. Results from the Phase 1 project will be presented and future phases will be discussed. (Scott Wilson; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8644)

  • Urban Waters Federal Partnership Presentation: On February 8, USGS NWRC Director Phil Turnipseed and NWRC Geographer Scott Hemmerling will meet with Kevin Fox Gotham, the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Tulane University, and researchers from urban areas around the Gulf of Mexico, to discuss National Science Foundation funding opportunities for research in urban areas. Turnipseed and Hemmerling will discuss the Lake Pontchartrain Urban Waters Federal Partnership Pilot project, a recently released CWPRRA video produced in cooperation with the NWRC about the project, and a geospatial graphical user interface developed for the New Orleans/Lake Pontchartrain project by the NWRC Advanced Applications Team. The Urban Waters project supports local efforts to reconstruct and restore local ecosystems. Goals include enabling safe public access, restoring essential facilities and structures, and providing environmental education to the community. Federal partner agencies work with the City of New Orleans, other interested municipalities, Louisiana State agencies, and local non-governmental agencies to make these goals a reality. (Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

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