Hanging out and doing museum work with a bunch of carabidologist at the Carnegie Museum was great fun and very rewarding, even in the face of our largely grim purpose. We gathered to help with the posthumous curation of Tom Barr’s collection and loans.
Our task was to sort and salvage, for loan returns as much of the material that we could, locate types, associate dissected parts and figure out the status of Barr’s unpublished manuscripts on Scaphinotus and Rhadine.
Though it was a huge task with many disappointing discoveries, we did accomplish a great deal and had a lot of fun in the process.
Aside from hard work during the day we had evening research meetings to get Nebriated in the wet lab and ate some great lunches and dinners. We hatched all kinds of projects and made plans for future aggregations.
Of the places we ate, two of my favorites were the Cuban sandwich at the Black Bean.
And Café Sam, which was a spectacular dinner (I had duck).