I’ve been back home for about 5 weeks now and keeping plenty busy with some chores around home and just getting back into normal routines.
I couldn’t help myself and started right in working on the very last bone we excavated from the Clarence dig site once I got my gear stowed away. I have a small list of repairs and “upgrades” to do the camper but I didn’t jump right on them and had to get it folded up and put in a garage so it would be out of the way. It was so hot and humid when I first got back to Indiana that I just didn’t want to work outside much. I spent my time in the shop working on the large scapula bone instead of the last pieces still on the bench from before I left for the field work this season. Here’s a couple of photos of the scapula piece –
I’ve gotten started with a new intern in the workshop this semester – Bailey, you know who you are! She’s a local high school senior and worked hard to keep in touch with me over the summer and worked out a schedule for a few hours a week in the shop as an intern working on learning how to clean and prepare fossils. Welcome Bailey.
I’ve also started a new endeavor with a local college to instruct a few of their students in the art/science/craft (?) of fossil preparation. We recruited four students for this inaugural semester, lab only class at Franklin College, in Franklin, IN. I got associated with a retired school teacher from our local school system who in his “retirement” started teaching science classes at Franklin College. Clark and I talked about some of his students becoming interns at SIPI but then changed course to consider me teaching the same basics of fossil preparation at their location. Before I knew it we were setting up a small lab area and got to recruiting some students to give it a try. Started classes on Aug. 30 and so far so good. Have four college students in a lab on campus for two sessions per week. We’ve got music (I get to choose station), a dorm fridge full of drinks, and assorted snacks in our little lab making it a pretty cool spot to learn how to play with dinosaur bones and have some relaxation from their normal class routines. I occasionally get addressed as “professor” Bodi and am quick to correct, that I am far from it! I’m glad to be there and it’s been enjoyable to have this small group together learning techniques to ready fossils for academic study or display in a museum. I’ll get a group photo to share in the near future.