Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Visiting the alma mater

I am going on a solo road trip next week to Lawrence, KS to work at the University of Kansas for 10 days. KU is the place where I got my Ph.D and it be will be nice to chat again with friends and colleagues. I am looking forward to the visit, although, since my family is staying back, it will probably be non-stop work for these 10 days.

When I was a graduate student, SEMC used to be in Snow Hall. Awesome building but not really built for collections. Currently, Snow Hall houses the department of Economics (how do you like the mothball smell?) and SEMC is the Public Safety Building, right next to the police department. The building is great for collections but it lacks the 19th century appeal of Snow Hall. For the first three years of my graduate career, I was in Snow Hall every single day (if I was in town). Then I met my wife.

It looks like we are going to have a mini paleontology symposium there with colleagues visiting from Spain and France. I am definitely looking forward seeing all these new fossils and perhaps I will find some time to sort out some xanthopygines.