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Travel Grants 2014 Fitzgerald Travel Grant Awardees Fitzgerald Travel Grants--named in honor of Gerald R. Fitzgerald, a Past President of the Society (1992-1994) and a pivotal figure in the founding of SPNHC--help offset the costs of attending the SPNHC Annual Meeting and are part of the Society's program of mentorship for emerging professionals in the field of natural history collections care. Thanks to the mentors who volunteered their time to assist these awardees in all aspects of their planning for the meeting, during their attendance, and subsequent publication of their work. tions Toolkit proved to be an invaluable resource while completing these projects. One of the most enjoyable aspects of managing the INHS collections is that they are stored on the University of Illinois campus, which allows me the ability to interact with a large number of undergraduate students. Not only do I educate them about the value and use of zoological collections, but offer many internships and employment in our labs and collections. Gali Beiner Daniel B. Wylie Gali Beiner and mentor, Susan Butts. Meghann Toner Daniel B. Wylie and mentor, Laura Abraczinskas. Meghann Toner I have spent the past six years working in the Illinois Natural History Survey Biological collections. For the past three years, I have been the Zoological Collections Manager overseeing the Astacology, Herpetology, Ichthyology, Malacology, and Ornithology Collections, as well as the associated genetic resource collections. I received a B.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Windsor in 2007. My current research focuses on emerging infectious diseases in amphibians and reptiles, specifically in North American pit vipers. Two co-authors and myself have nearly completed a field guide to crayfish of the Midwestern United States. I am a Co-PI on the NSF funded project Georeferencing U.S. Fish Collections: a community-based model to georeferencing natural history collections. An important aspect of my job has been databasing our Ornithology Collection as well as our frozen tissue collections with the goal of improving online access to our collections. Over the past three years, I have also accessioned approximately 23,000 specimens from several orphaned collections. The SPNHC Threatened Collec48 * SPNHC Connection I joined the SPNHC a couple of years ago, but did not have the opportunity to participate in the annual meetings until very recently. The Fitzgerald Travel Grant awarded me by the SPNHC committee enabled me to join in with the crowd at the SPNHC 29th annual meeting hosted by Amgueddfa Cymru - Museum of Wales. Being the only person currently dealing with preservation of natural history collections in my country, this meeting gave me a very special opportunity to be an active part of a global preservation community. Personally speaking, my interest in conservation of natural history collections started with a student job. When enrolling as a student of Archaeology and Art History, I had conservation in mind, but was not particularly aware of the needs of natural history collections until I started processing archaeozoological material from excavations as part of a student job. It was then that I became aware of the existence of the significant natural history collections in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The requirements of these collections remained in my mind when I went on to study chemistry and finally, when I achieved my M.A. in Conservation from Durham University, UK. For several years, my career was that of a "regular" conservator, working with archaeological and ethnographic collections in the Israel Museum (Jerusalem), the Conser-

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Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections September 2014