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

Christopher Scharpf (
Sun, 06 Mar 2005 10:12:33 -0400


Let us know how she does in the finals. My fingers are crossed!


> From: "Hoover, Jan J ERDC-EL-MS" <>
> Reply-To:
> Date: Fri, 4 Mar 2005 19:49:41 -0600
> To: <>
> Subject: RE: NANFA-L--Member recognized for sturgeon work
> 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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