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LSU scientists honored for work during oil spill

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Posted: Mar 15, 2011 5:24 PM by Russell Jones
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BATON ROUGE - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has honored a team of scientists at LSU for "extraordinary" work during and after the Deepwater Horizon Oil spill.

Ed Overton, professor emeritus in LSU's School of the Coast and Environment, and his team of scientists were recently given the Superior Accomplishment Award by NOAA.

"You have provided quality service in an efficient and exceptional fashion," said Chief of the NOAA Office of Response and Restoration William Conner. "LSU's ‘can-do' attitude and solution-oriented posture contributes significantly to success of the NOAA response mission."

According to LSU Overton's lab evaluated samples for NOAA after last April's spill, watching toxicity levels and other qualities of the oil. The lab has also been studying the environmental effects of oil spills since 1984, trying to find out more about their impact and how to better mitigate the damage from a spill.

Overton's team members include research associates Scott Miles, Buffy Meyers, Heng Gao and Lee Levergne, with additional support from Robert Wong.

"My research group colleagues certainly rose to the challenge and provided 24-7 support to NOAA during the frantic days when oil was gushing into the Gulf," said Overton. "Their contributions cannot be overstated."

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