Thursday, January 13, 2011

UFOP - First Meeting of the Year

For those who do not know of UFOP, it is the Utah Friends of Paleontology group located across (obviously) Utah. We are an organization were people who are interested in paleontology (and more specifically vertebrate paleo) get together monthly to listen to talks by people in the field. The is a large variety of topics from invertebrate to current research. Here is the statement from the official website (linked below):
Utah Friends of Paleontology (UFOP) is a statewide non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to preserving Utah's fossil resources through public education and volunteer support of sponsoring institutions. Certification classes train UFOP members to assist paleontologists in a variety of ways. Trained volunteers may participate in museum-sponsored digs, specimen preparation projects, and public outreach programs. Individual chapters (listed at left) provide educational meetings, field trips and volunteer work for university paleontological research as well as the State Paleontologist's office at the Utah Geological Survey.

If anyone has any questions please feel free to get in contact with me. I am currently the president of the Great Basin Chapter (Salt Lake City region) and VP of the entire statewide organization. We hare having our first meeting of the year today in case you wished (or are able to) attend. Below is the official announcement:

Please join us for our first chapter meeting of the new year on Thursday, January 13th at 7 PM in the Department of Natural Resources Auditorium, 1594 W. North Temple, Salt Lake City. Our speaker will be Tony Ekdale from the Department of Geology & Geophysics at the University of Utah, and his talk will be "Crab Legs and Shrimp Cocktails in the Geologic Record: Paleoecology and and Ichnology of Fossil Crustaceans."

If you are coming from the downtown area, please keep in mind that the North Temple Viaduct is closed for reconstruction, so you should use an alternative route, such as 200 South or 400 South.

Click here for the official UFOP website. 

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