June 22, 2013
Dear AAPS Members.
2013 is certainly on pace to be one of the fastest years ever. I think that the hours and minutes must be getting shorter, because it is already June and it seems that Tucson just got over. I thank everyone who gave items to the auction and for those who bought those items. We raised quite a bit of money at the auction this year to help keep this organization going. We need to come up with other ways of bringing money into this organization so think of other things that we can do.
This year the René Vanderveldt Research Grant was awarded to Kimberly C. Handle of Graduate Center of the City University of New York, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences in New York for her work on the molluscan fauna from Late Cretaceous bioherms in the Pierre Shale of the Western Interior. Dr. Neil Landman, her advisor Matt Garb and I have been working with her on these bioherms over the last couple of years and will continue this summer. As a co-author, she will have her first paper coming out this year; I am the main author and will have it submitted later this month to the Wyoming Geological Association.
The James Welch Scholarship was awarded to Ekaterina (Katya) Larina from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences; Brooklyn College in New York to support her fieldwork on ammonite biozonation on the latest Cretaceous rocks in the Gulf Coastal Region of southeast US. This is something that no one has yet done. This work has been needed for a long time. It is great that we can help fund this kind of work. She has spent a couple of weeks in the Southeast already this Spring and will be going back this Fall.
It is obvious to me that we will need to be observant and watch what is happening to our rights and freedoms in this country. Hopefully the privilege of collecting fossils will not be taken from us. It seems that many of our other rights are not so secure. Now, more than ever, we need to work together as friends, colleagues and as an organization. We cannot do it on our own. We need to find ways to help our members and past members if they are in trouble as so many did for some of us in the 1990's. I am not sure what we can do so we need suggestions.
Our organization (The AAPS) represents a small, unique, independent group of paleontological suppliers who make incredible discoveries, create products to assist in preparation and preservation, do pain-staking fossil preparation and provide stimulating specimens for display in museums, science centers, universities, businesses and homes throughout the world. We cannot let our important contributions to the science of paleontology deteriorate and go away. We must be diligent and work together as one. Lets stop any backstabbing, jealousy and fighting and help each other so that we do not let our industry crumble from the inside out. We have too much to lose and too many other battles to fight.
Have a great year and see you in Denver.
Sincerely, Neal L. Larson - President.