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U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Geological Survey
National Wetlands Research Center
700 Cajundome Blvd.
Lafayette, LA 70506

Contact: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Phone: 337-266-8655
Fax: 337-266-8541
For Release: April 7, 2005



Staff at USGS National Wetlands Research Center Receive Awards

Gabrielle Bodin receives award from Coalition to restore costal LouisianaStaff members of the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wetlands Research Center have recently received recognition for their services.

USGS contractor Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin, IAP World Services, Inc., received an outstanding stewardship award from the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, and the research center’s publishing staff received regional and international awards of distinction from the Society of Technical Communication for a map and poster they produced.

Bodin’s award was for her work as outreach coordinator for the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act’s task force. She was responsible for strategic planning, implementing the outreach program, and serving as a liaison for several federal and state agencies as well as non-governmental organizations.

Bodin has attended numerous conferences and workshops throughout the nation to raise awareness about Louisiana coastal land loss. Additionally, a product of Bodin’s outreach team, “Turning the tide, the fight to keep coastal Louisiana on the map,” has received an award from the National Association of Government Communicators.

Natalie Trahan, IAP World Services, Inc., and Susan Lauritzen, USGS visual information specialist, accepted an award from the Houston chapter of the Society of Technical Communication Publishing staff members Natalie Trahan, IAP World Services, Inc., and Susan Lauritzen, USGS visual information specialist, accepted an award from the Houston chapter of the Society of Technical Communication for the “Circumpolar Arctic Vegetation” map and poster. Trahan and Lauritzen accepted the award on behalf of USGS as well as its partners in the project, the University of Alaska’s Institute of Arctic Biology and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Houston award automatically qualified the map and poster for the society’s international competition where it also was deemed distinguished. These are the fourth and fifth awards that this map and poster have received. The map, featuring informational text and photographs, was named distinguished in the technical publication informational materials category.


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