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From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, June 06, 2013

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NWRC Welcomes Chinese Scientists: On May 30, USGS NWRC Director Phil Turnipseed, Branch Chief Tom Doyle, and Research Ecologist Ken Krauss welcomed Quinn Li, Dean of the College of the Environment and Ecology, Xiamen University, China, along with professors Dr. Zheng and Dr. Huang to NWRC. Visiting Xiamen professor of mangrove ecophysiology, Luzhen Chen, on sabbatical with NWRC, arranged the official visit of her university colleagues. Dr. Doyle led a tour of the research center and provided an overview of NWRC’s ecosystems science program and capabilities. Ken Krauss, Rebecca Howard, Beth Middleton, and Camille Stagg also gave presentations to the distinguished visitors. Afterwards, the group toured Lake Martin, a cypress-tupelo swamp, rookery site, and State wildlife preserve. (Tom Doyle; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8647)

Consul for Science and Technology Visits Research Center: Yao Weike, Consul, Director of Science and Technology Section of the Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Houston, Texas, toured the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on June 4. Consul Weike was invited by visiting Chinese scientist Xiaofeng Luan. NWRC Information Specialist Gabrielle Bodin and Research Wildlife Biologist Clint Jeske led the tour. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

Teachers with LA GEAR UP Tour NWRC: Forty-four Lafayette Parish high school teachers participating in the Louisiana Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs toured the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on June 3, to learn about USGS research and the educational requirements needed to conduct that type of work. NWRC scientists Ches Vervaeke, Brad Glorioso, and Larry Allain, along with contractors Kelly Mouton, Doug Schoewe, and Tiffany Smoak shared information about their careers with the group. Information Specialist Gabrielle Bodin organized and led the tour. 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 Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

NWRC Kicks Off Safety Month: USGS NWRC Safety Officer John McCoy led a week of special safety training initiatives, with exhibits and other programming scheduled to take place the rest of the month. An all-hands meeting held at the beginning of the week included a presentation by local law enforcement on personal safety. Fire extinguisher training followed; the staff successfully participated in a fire drill, meeting all of the parameters set forth by the local fire department. Each June, the National Safety Council encourages organizations to get involved and participate in National Safety Month. NSM is an annual observance to educate and influence behaviors around leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths. Safety is always a top priority at NWRC. (John McCoy; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8627)

Scientists Lead Technical Advisory Group: USGS NWRC scientists are leading a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to develop a Long Term Monitoring and Adaptive Management Plan for the Mississippi Coastal Improvements Program (MsCIP). The initial meeting of the TAG is on June 5, in Mobile, Alabama. This meeting will bring together the multiagency team members (16 individuals from the USACE, State of Mississippi, NPS, USGS, BOEM, FWS and private consultants) to discuss development of the program, revision of the current plan, and conceptual ecological modeling. Branch Chief Greg Steyer, Ecologist Michelle Boudreaux Meyers, Computer Scientist Christina Hunnicutt, and Geographer Michelle Fischer, along with Mississippi Water Science Center Ecologist Matt Hicks and Regional Science Coordinator Alyssa Dausman will participate in the kickoff meeting. (Greg Steyer; Baton Rouge, La.; 225-578-7201)

Turnipseed Participates in Research Panel Review Process: USGS NWRC Director Phil Turnipseed will participate in the USGS Spring 2013 Research Grade Evaluation second level panel review in Reston, Virginia, June 10-14. The review of USGS research and development scientists is an essential process. The panel evaluates the work and contributions of USGS scientists, focusing on the demonstration of excellence in scientific pursuits, leadership, and the impact these activities have on science and its applications. Consistent, objective, and fair reviews are a critical requirement for maintaining the vitality of USGS research and development programs and provide an incentive for high quality scientific productivity. (Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

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