Eleanor Gardner

  • Eleanor Gardner posted a new activity comment
    1 day, 22 hours ago

    @george-powell – I did receive your email and I forwarded it to Jeanette so she could send you another version of the certificate. She has been doing field work in Nebraska and Wyoming, but I’m sure she’ll send it to you soon. I don’t have access to the document anymore as I turned in my work computer on my last day. Sorry for the delay and thanks for your patience!

  • Eleanor Gardner's profile was updated
    2 days, 7 hours ago
  • Eleanor Gardner posted an update
    2 days, 8 hours ago

    Shout out to @jnance for contributing a bunch of fossils to the Fossil Gallery recently!  Thanks so much!  @kcrippen – how close are we to 1000 fossils now? 😉

    • The countdown is on…only 16 fossils needed to get us to 1,000!! Will you be the fossil hunter to put us over the top?

  • 2 days, 8 hours ago

    Hi, @george-gough!  Thanks for sharing this forum idea.  I agree that it is critically important for scientists and researchers to be able to communicate effectively to the public.  Would you be interested in ‘chairing’ this forum and contributing to it?  Perhaps you could find resources online and share them with the myFOSSIL community.

  • Eleanor Gardner posted a new activity comment
    2 days, 8 hours ago

    It is helpful! Thanks for sharing, @proth!

  • Eleanor Gardner posted a new activity comment
    2 days, 8 hours ago

    Glad you’re here, @stuart-wood! Where are you in England? Where do you like collecting fossils?

    • Hi Eleanor, I live in the Northwest of England and mainly collect fossils in the local Silurian rocks. Unfortunately, fossils are not as impressive as some of the fossils from the USA but I do enjoy the search.

  • Eleanor Gardner posted a new activity comment
    2 days, 8 hours ago

    Looks fun! Thanks for sharing, @jbauer. Were there any K-12 teacher attendees from TN? I can’t recall. Regardless, maybe @mgibson and others could share with teachers in TN and the surrounding region!

    • Yes, I am aware of this event and was hoping to go myself. Unfortunately, this is also GeoConclave weekend and SGE’s national convention. I have to attend the SGE event and we are sending our new faculty member to take students to SGE. I do hope, and fully encourage, Tennessee teachers to attend at least part of this meeting. Our AIPG folks in TN do a great job. Make connections with them and they will help with your classroom!

  • Eleanor Gardner posted a new activity comment
    2 days, 8 hours ago

    Eleanor Gardner
    previous FOSSIL Coordinator at FLMNH and new Outreach & Engagement Coordinator at the Univ of Kansas Nat. History Museum
    Master’s degree in geology with specialization in avian taphonomy/paleontology
    Lawrence, KS

  • Eleanor Gardner posted a new activity comment
    2 days, 8 hours ago

    Is this similar to the museum event that @llundgren participated in back in 2015? Will posters be set up for museum researchers and students to view, along with the talks from each range? Should FOSSIL send over the general poster with @vperez perhaps?

  • Eleanor Gardner posted a new activity comment
    2 days, 8 hours ago

    I’m so glad you were able to come to the workshop, @george-powell! It was wonderful to see you before I moved to Kansas. (My husband, dog, cat, and I arrived in KS safely and have been busy getting to know our new town of Lawrence.) I hope that you will participate in future myFOSSIL events as you are able. You made such an impression on the teachers and provided them with incredibly useful information!

  • Eleanor Gardner posted a new activity comment
    2 days, 8 hours ago

    Wow! Thank you for sharing, @samuel-ciurca! Sounds like a great symposium. I bet the field trip was terrific with Carl co-leading. He is such a character! 🙂 If you have any pictures from the field trip, we’d love to see them in the forums.

  • Eleanor Gardner posted a new activity comment
    2 days, 8 hours ago

    I’m interested to learn this bit of news, @george-powell! There is some controversy among fossil preparators that Elmer’s glue is not good for certain kinds of fossils. I wonder if @jkallmeyer, @rleder, or @rnarducci could chime in here? I’m curious if it just depends on the preservation circumstances, or something else?

    • Eleanor I have never had any thing go wrong with it so far & no one has told me that they have had any thing go bad YET.

      • @jeanette-pirlo, @egardner, @george-powell, @rleder, @rnarducci Brenda Hunda, the Curator of invertebrate paleontology at the Cincinnati Museum Center has told all workers never to use PVA glues (Elmer’s, etc) as they are not reversible over time. Yes, they are reversible short term but archivability is not short term. Since I made this statement before and there is still some controversy I decided to rely on Google. On this site: https://psap.library.illinois.edu/collection-id-guide/adhesives I have found and copied this statement: “Polyvinyl acetate is a synthetic copolymer emulsion that is generally a viscous white or creamy yellow before use which dries clear. PVA is used in various craft, bookbinding, and paper conservation applications. Polyvinyl acetate can be found in acidic adhesives (e.g. woodworking glue, Elmer’s® glue, or “school glue”) as well as acid-free, archival products (e.g. Jade nos. 403 and 711, Rhoplex®, and Lascaux® acrylic). This adhesive class is perhaps the most common type of glue on the market as it is flexible, easy to use, and non-toxic. Bookbinders and conservators use acid-free PVA both as a consolidant and as a glue in conservation treatments. PVAs offered by conservation suppliers are pH neutral. They do not “off-gas” once dry, are believed to not break down over time, and are relatively light stable. However, this adhesive is not easily reversible, and it is sensitive to moisture and humidity.” To George’s point, 40 years may seem like a long time, but to museum collections it is a drop in the bucket. George’s statements do not seem to address reversibility but only that nothing has gone wrong yet. I took that to mean nothing has fallen apart which does not necessarily relate to the question of reversibility.

        I personally have used PVA glue on specimens for display at home that have no scientific value. This includes a ton of our local fossils in Cincinnati. I do not use this adhesive on anything that might have scientific value and that might some day need to be “unglued.” I have been told that I can use DUCO cement, a nitrocellulose cement, that is readily available. It is reversible in acetone forever. I now use this on everything. The museum uses the Butvar products that are reversible with acetone as I understand it.

        I hope this clarifies things.

        Jack

  • Eleanor Gardner posted a new activity comment
    2 days, 8 hours ago

    Terrific! Glad to hear that your students are psyched about the fossils, @cindy-birkner! When do you plan to start utilizing them in your school year?

  • Eleanor Gardner posted a new activity comment
    2 days, 8 hours ago

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing this update and this resource, @nina-corley! Where did you end up hanging your poster in your classroom?

    • In the hallway the first day so all the kids in it could see… now it is in my room…. the kids were excited and really looking forward to doing the activity … we are doing eclipse stuff Monday … but will start fossil fun next week… the poster has whetted their appetite

  • Eleanor Gardner replied to the topic #2-5 in the forum What Is It?
    2 days, 9 hours ago

    Hi, @denise-porcello!  Thanks for posting your questions/images in the ‘What Is It?’ forum.

    @vperez, @proth, @smoran – can any of you help out Denise with IDs?

  • Eleanor Gardner posted a new activity comment
    2 days, 9 hours ago

    Very nice finds, @pam-plummer! Thank you for sharing! Have you taken individual photos and posted these finds in the Fossil Gallery? Oh, and a quick tip: including something for scale, like a pen or a quarter, would make your image even better 🙂

  • 2 days, 9 hours ago

    Wow, @jayson-kowinsky, those are some awesome pictures!  And your video – whoa!  I agree with @julie-niederkorn… no blackwater diving for me, thanks!  Where are you headed for your next adventure?

  • Hi, @julie-niederkorn!  Perhaps @bill-heim, @vperez, or @rleder could help you with your labels.  I don’t think they received a notification about your post.

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