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DATE 2018-01-20
FROM Ruben Safir
SUBJECT Re: [Learn] little can be better
From learn-bounces-at-nylxs.com Sat Jan 20 14:19:00 2018
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http://qrius.si.edu/explore-science/webcast/inside-smithsonians-fossil-prep-lab

I see you are making a name for yourself ..

at your leisure watch this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pPKsksLni4&list=PLZlbplZQQwVpcyo2zibn-TBciG0Cmc8R1&index=29&ytbChannel=Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology
on Hope Johnson

On 09/28/2016 03:12 PM, Pinsdorf, Michelle wrote:
> Hello Ruben,
>
> I'm likely not the best person to answer this question, as I don't often get involved in research beyond the technical level of setting up and handling specimens during data collection. We do not routinely scan newly-acquired specimens, but photograph them instead. There is some photogrammetry, CT, and 3D scanning work done for research and public education purposes on specimens that are the targets of particular research goals. The 3D scanning data is available freely through the Smithsonian's website at https://3d.si.edu/. We do 'loan' other digital data to institutions and researchers as well, in the same way that we would loan a physical specimen. Our researchers and students frequently do comparative analysis. I believe the program they prefer to use nowadays is called R. I personally don't get to crunch the numbers, which is probably a good thing as that is not at all my area of expertise!
>
> Hope this was helpful,
>
> Michelle Pinsdorf
> Museum Specialist
> Department of Paleobiology
> t 202.633.1356 pinsdorfm-at-si.edu
>
> SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION
> NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ruben Safir [mailto:ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 12:18 PM
> To: Pinsdorf, Michelle ; learn-at-nylxs.com
> Subject: Re: little can be better
>
> Michelle,
>
> I got a green light on using Machine Learning and AI on fossil analysis and Cladistics (Pylogenetics). We were looking at work done by Jon Tenant on Tyranosaurs and his evolutionary trees. Do you guys routines scan fossils that you have or acquire these days, or comparative analysis. Do you ever get your hands dirty with the math?
>
>
> Ruben Safir
> MS Canidate, LIU Brooklyn
>
>
> On 07/05/2016 08:56 AM, Pinsdorf, Michelle wrote:
>> Hello Ruben,
>>
>> Glad to hear that you visited! I hope you enjoyed your time in D.C. As you said, our paleo content has been greatly reduced by the renovation of the Fossil Hall, which will open in 2019. Until then, the fossils we have on display are in our Last American Dinosaurs exhibit and the Ocean Hall exhibit, with a few others sprinkled around elsewhere. The content of Last American Dinosaurs was limited mainly by the space, which is the largest hall we had available for non-permanent exhibitions. While some content is re-used from the Fossil Halls (the video game which was originally from the 1980's, and the cast mounts of T. rex and Triceratops), most of the specimens have never been exhibited before. My personal favorite parts of the exhibit are the large wall mural done by our department's artist Mary Parrish, and the section dedicated to showing how we do field work.
>>
>> The glass bubble is our FossiLab, which is staffed by volunteers. I unfortunately do not have a workspace there, although I will visit to consult on various projects. The lab has moved temporarily from its previous place in the Fossil Hall while the renovation is ongoing, and so the lab does not have all of the equipment (compressed air, running water, and dust evacuation) that a normal fossil prep lab would have. Despite this, our volunteers are doing a lot of work improving housing for specimens in our collection, repairing damaged specimens, photographing specimens to digitize their catalog records, and screening sediments for microfossils.
>>
>> Thanks again,
>>
>> Michelle Pinsdorf
>> Museum Specialist
>>
>> Department of Paleobiology
>> MRC-121
>> PO Box 37012
>> Washington, DC 20013-7012
>> T 202.633.1356
>>
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Ruben Safir [mailto:ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com]
>> Sent: Friday, July 01, 2016 5:19 PM
>> To: Pinsdorf, Michelle
>> Subject: Re: little can be better
>>
>> On 12/11/2015 11:30 AM, Pinsdorf, Michelle wrote:
>>> Hello Ruben,
>>>
>>> No argument there, I agree! Mike Eklund has offered some excellent
>>> presentations on how the use of varying kinds of light
>>
>> etc...
>>
>> ~~~
>> You inspired me to go to Washington and see the Smithsonian. I have to say, there is NOTHING there in the natural museum, so I suppose that the new Dino exhibit will change that. I did look for you in the bubble.
>> Overall, it seems to be pointed towards small children. What is with the video game?
>>
>> Alsa, I did look for you in glass bubble but I would think that your would have more than two fossil exhibits.
>>
>> Ruben
>>
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