I wish to very sincerely thank the Paleontological Society for this unexpected honor.

I developed my initial interest in paleontology from family natural history trips to the areas around Rochester. These areas, particularly south of the city, are fossil-rich with abundant outcrops. Collecting weathered-out specimens is easy and leads to the question of what they were and how they got there. I am personally trained as a chemist and photographic scientist so it wasn't enough just to have the fossils—I needed to know more. To help, I joined the local fossil club where I was introduced to both amateur and...

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