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FOCUS ON: U.S. Geological Survey (Transcript)

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The U.S. Geological Survey’s California Water Science Center is located in Modoc Hall, which is nestled in the heart of Sacramento State’s campus. For ten years world-class scientists and faculty, students and staff have been immersed in a world of discovery and collaboration.

(Narrator:) From the campus of Sacramento State, this is Focus.

(Jim Finnerty reporting:) A decade old cooperative venture between Sacramento State and the U.S. Geological Survey continues to create opportunities for both federal scientific efforts and students looking to careers in earth science.

(Michael Shulters, U.S. Geological Survey:) “They can get the experience. We get the added advantage of having somebody who is interested. They’re looking toward the future in earth sciences.  And it really contributes to what we’re doing.  And when you’re on a university campus like this, you have a very readily available supply.”

(Finnerty:) Grad Student Michelle Sneed found a career as a hydrologist after serving as an intern on campus while completing her undergraduate courses.

(Michelle Sneed, Sacramento State Graduate Student:)  “Just being able to rub elbows and hang out with people that I wanted their job someday was a grand opportunity.”

(Finnerty:)  In addition to earthquake research, the USGS focuses on water quality and availability. The Sacramento State labs location sits between the Sierra Snow pack and California’s extensive Delta System.

(Gerald Bawden, U.S. Geological Survey:) “Lots of the Southern California water supply flows through the Delta and Northern California.  So being located here, we’re closer to the field that we’re studying.”

(Finnerty:) The cooperative venture of real world science also gives students a chance to investigate disciplines like public policy, environmental issues and governmental decision making. Mike Shulters sees a synergy of success.

(Michael Shulters, U.S. Geological Survey:)  “It was just something that everyone agreed would make a lot of sense.  For many reasons: for the dollars, for the excitement, for being able to do better science, which is what we want to do and for the university which is building its department.”

(Finnerty:) This is Jim Finnerty Reporting.

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