RE: NANFA-L--Member recognized for sturgeon work

Hoover, Jan J ERDC-EL-MS (
Fri, 4 Mar 2005 19:49:41 -0600

NANFA member Heather Smith is familiar to many of you. She has attended the
last two conventions and she is passionately interested in native fishes.
That interest just gained her some substantial recognition.

Heather conducted a study of swimming performance on juvenile lake sturgeon
in our fish lab. She did this after school and on weekends. Her data, along
with newly developed mathematical models for suction forces generated by
dredges, make it possible now to assess the risk of a dredge entraining a
small sturgeon....and more to minimize and maybe eliminate
that risk!

Heather presented her data a couple of weeks ago-in-the Mississippi Junior
Academy of Science Meeting and won the Junior Division in "Environmental and
Behavioral Studies." She gave an expanded version of her presentation
yesterday-in-the Mississippi Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium
(MRJSHS)-in-the University of Mississsippi and won first place and a sizeable
scholarship to the University of Mississippi. Next month, Heather, who is a
9th grader, will compete in the JSHS national finals in San Diego.

I AM bragging a little...and apologize for that...but I do think its
important to acknowledge the great work that our members do on behalf of
native fishes.

I also think its pretty darn impressive what young people can do for native
fishes if given a little bit of encouragement and opportunity.

- Jan Hoover
Vicksburg, MS

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