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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, March 06, 2014

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

Pollutants Pose Threat to Mekong Wetlands: USGS NWRC Branch Chief Scott Wilson coauthored a USGS Scientific Investigations Report titled Persistent organic pollutants in wetlands of the Mekong Basin. A press release, Pollutants Pose Threat to Mekong River Residents, was distributed February 27. (Scott Wilson; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8644)

ULL Architecture Students Visit NWRC: Students from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette School of Architecture and Design (SOAD) visited the USGS National Wetlands Research Center and the adjacent Estuarine Habitats and Coastal Fisheries Center on February 28, to study the buildings’ architectural design. Professor Hector LaSala accompanied the students on a tour of the facilities led by NWRC Sr. Librarian Linda Broussard. The buildings were designed by the same architectural firm and are located in ULL’s research park. SOAD is actively involved in developing relationships with the community, and faculty and students are frequent visitors to the research center. (Linda Broussard; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8692)

Federal Urban Waters Partnership: On March 3, USGS NWRC Director Phil Turnipseed represented NWRC during a teleconference led by DOI Urban Environmental Issues and Anacostia Watershed Advisor Lisa Pelstring. The meeting started with presentations by Los Angeles River Watershed Ambassador Pauline Louie and Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Regional Manager Melody Winters Head. Louie and Head provided an update on pilot activities, highlighting the role the Federal Reserve can play in community development and river restoration. A representative from the National Wildlife Foundation discussed wildlife conservation in cities. (Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

ASCE Acadiana Branch Meeting: On March 11, USGS NWRC Director Phil Turnipseed, P.E. and Information Specialist Gabrielle Bodin will host the 2014 meeting of the American Society of Civil Engineers Acadiana Branch. Turnipseed will meet with officers to discuss the Centennial Celebration of the Louisiana ASCE. The Society is planning to publish a coffee table book featuring significant civil works in the State. Turnipseed and Bodin will provide an overview of USGS’s engineering practices and a brief tour of the NWRC for the group. (Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

University of Louisiana at Lafayette Professorial Candidates Visit: On March 10 and 13, Jenneke Visser, Associate Director with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Institute for Coastal Ecology and Engineering will join hydrology professorial candidates Martin Frisbee and Katie Costigan in a tour of the NWRC and a discussion of ongoing and planned science between ULL and USGS. In addition to the tour, Frisbee and Costigan will learn about various aspects of NWRC’s research from scientists. (Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

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