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Re: MidAmerica IAS chapter meeting

  • Subject: Re: MidAmerica IAS chapter meeting
  • From: "Famille FERRY" <jpcferry2@wanadoo.fr>
  • Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2010 10:37:50 +0200

 Hello Steve ,

Many thanks for send your impressions .
The best,

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Steve Marak" <samarak@gizmoworks.com>
To: "Aroid list" <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
Sent: Monday, April 26, 2010 12:56 AM
Subject: [Aroid-l] MidAmerica IAS chapter meeting

> We're back from St. Louis and the 2nd meeting of the Mid-America chapter
> meeting, held at the Missouri Botanical Garden yesterday (Saturday, April
> 24).
> Thanks to the team at MoBot who put everything together to host the
> meeting - Tom Croat, Carla Kostelac, and Emily Colletti, as well as
> several of Tom's volunteers and students (Polly, Susan, Steve, and at
> least one other whose name I never got) who devoted their Saturday to
> making it a great event for all of us (with unanticipated excitement in
> the afternoon just to keep everyone on their toes!).
> We had attendees from an amazing range, including Phoenix, Arizona and
> Virginia (the Virginia attendees were actually visiting in Arkansas, but I
> think it still counts) and a sizable contingent from Chicago, Illinois.
> The highlights of the meeting proper were Tom's overview of the entire
> Araceae, as well as of the work going on with Araceae in the New World,
> and Joep Moonen's fascinating travelogue of aroids on a trip through
> Brazil and the Burle Marx Collection there.
> Then we went out to the gardens, where some combination of Tom, Carla, and
> Emily had managed to get permission to take us into the Climatron, even
> though it was closed for some maintenance work. Afterwards, we also got a
> tour of Tom's research greenhouses and a chance to see some examples of
> what he's working on up close.
> To keep it exciting, the MoBot crew had somehow arranged a massive
> thunderstorm to come through just as we made the hike from the research
> greenhouses back to the Lehmann building. We arrived drenched to the skin,
> with the tornado sirens and massive thunder providing the musical score.
> (It was slightly unnerving to hear someone asking Zach DuFran, just ahead
> of me, why he was taking pictures of the clouds, and hear him reply "I'm a
> meteorologist, and it's really bad when the sky turns green like that.")
> But once at Lehmann, we had time to dry off and get a look at the details
> of what Tom, Carla, and their volunteers are doing with the many specimen
> collections. Fascinating, and more than I can describe in a brief note,
> plus you really should hear it from Tom rather than me.
> A fun day, and thanks again to the crew at MoBot, staff and volunteers,
> for hosting us.
> Steve
> -- Steve Marak
> -- samarak@gizmoworks.com
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