Friday, March 21, 2014

UNO Student Takes Top Honors at State of the Coast Conference

Tara Yocum University of New Orleans student Tara Yocum took first place in the undergraduate poster presentation at the 2014 State of the Coast conference held this month in New Orleans.

University of New Orleans student Tara Yocum took first place in the undergraduate poster presentation at the 2014 State of the Coast conference held March 18-20 in New Orleans. Yocum's winning presentation was entitled "Do constructed crevasses obey delta laws? Implications for the restoration of the Mississippi River delta." Yocum, an earth and environmental sciences major, beat out dozens of other college students from around the state to earn a $500 first prize.

The State of the Coast conference is an interdisciplinary forum that exchanges information on the dynamic conditions of Louisiana's coastal communities, environment and economy and applies that to coastal restoration and protection efforts. The conference is a biennial event organized by the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana and the Water Institute of the Gulf.

First held in 2010, the conference is the largest gathering of scientists, policy-makers, planners, business leaders and citizens concerned with the future of the Louisiana coast.