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FW: Invitation from Dr. Laura Levy, Tulane VP for Research - Unified Command Meeting for BP Oil Spill
By Admin (on 8/27/2010 @ 11:11:33, in Oil Spill, read 2591 times)

Please note the announcement of the meeting at Tulane regarding the Unified Command plan related to sub-surface oil and dispersant monitoring.  Parking and shuttle information is provided at the bottom the email.  This message has been distributed to all faculty/staff.

From: Burton, Loula M [mailto:lburton@tulane.edu]
Sent: Thursday, August 26, 2010 11:35 AM
Subject: Invitation from Dr. Laura Levy, Tulane VP for Research - Unified Command Meeting for BP Oil Spill

Dear Colleagues:
On behalf of Vijay John, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Tulane University, I write to let you know about an important upcoming meeting.  The Unified Command for the BP Oil Spill will be holding a meeting in the Rogers Memorial Chapel at Tulane University on Thursday, September 2nd from 1-3 pm.  Professor John will host the meeting, whose purpose is to seek input and inform the academic research community about the goals, strategies and implementation of the sub-surface oil and dispersant monitoring plan being developed by the Unified Command. This draft plan responds to a tasking by the National Incident Commander, Admiral Thad Allen, for a comprehensive plan to determine the distribution and concentration of oil and dispersants in nearshore and offshore waters and sediments of the Gulf of Mexico.  This meeting will seek input relative to the scope (variables to be monitored), scale (spatial distribution), intensity, and frequency of sampling to assure careful monitoring of the fate and distribution of DWH oil and related dispersants released into the environment.  This plan specifically targets the fate of oil and dispersants, levels of dissolved oxygen and other key physical and chemical parameters. This plan is focused on the near term and does not consider the wider ecological effects per se, although input on these subjects may be discussed in the meetings.  Participants should be prepared to offer suggestions on the proposed program, understanding the existing constraints (e.g., what is covered by Response and Restoration, and duration), as well as the potential roles academic partners can play in the design, collection and interpretation of data.  Participants should also be prepared to hear from the Unified command as to the boundaries set on this specific effort. The draft plan is attached.
Please share this invitation with investigators at your institution who may be interested in attending.  Logistical information about the meeting may be found below.
Laura S. Levy, Ph.D.
Professor of Microbiology & Immunology
Vice President for Research
Tulane University
E-mail:  llevy@tulane.edu


The meeting will be held in the Rogers Memorial Chapel on Tulane’s uptown campus. Parking will be extremely tight but may be found near the campus on the Broadway Street side.  A good alternative is to take the shuttle from University Square at 200 Broadway Street.
Please find a campus map here: http://tulane.edu/about/visiting/uptown-campus-map.cfm
(the Chapel is Building 73 at the top of the map, 1100 block of Broadway Street)
Parking is readily available at University Square (http://tulane.edu/about/visiting/university-square-map.cfm). There is a free shuttle to campus that leaves at 12:20pm and will arrive in front of Howard Tilton Library at 12:35pm. The chapel is a short walk away. Return shuttles will leave Howard Tilton Library at regular intervals, including at 3:15, 3:35 and 3:55 to return to the University Square parking lot. (Complete shuttle schedule: http://tulane.edu/studentaffairs/tom/transportation/upload/Blue-Line-Fall10-Spr11.pdf)
General visitor information, including maps and driving directions, can be found at http://tulane.edu/about/visiting/campus-maps.cfm