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USGS Hydrologist Honored for Outstanding Community Outreach

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Ann Tihansky
Above: Ann Tihansky in her USGS office in St. Petersburg, Florida. [larger version]

On June 14, Ann Tihansky received the Outstanding Community Outreach award during the 2007 U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Communications Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. A hydrologist who leads the science-communications efforts at the Florida Integrated Science Center office in St. Petersburg, Florida, Tihansky was honored for her success in connecting research organizations, educators, and the local community. Her efforts have helped to educate students, to promote interest in Florida's unique coastal and water-resource issues, and to increase the USGS's visibility throughout Florida. She has worked with the University of South Florida-St. Petersburg's journalism department to offer a summer journalism-intern program, and works regularly with the university's College of Marine Science and other research organizations in St. Petersburg. She also participates in and promotes a community forum that holds monthly brownbag-lunch discussions to link local news outlets and scientists. She has helped to lead the USGS's partnership with the American Ground Water Trust, providing USGS science to teachers, and has worked with the Pier Aquarium in St. Petersburg to design exhibits highlighting USGS hurricane research and to turn fifth-graders into "Watershed Watchers." Tihansky has given presentations at the National Marine Educators Association conference, and she coordinates an annual, multiday USGS open house for the public, including a special day for local schools that draws about 800 students.

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Journalism Interns Help Get the USGS Word Out
September 2005

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