Fluid inclusion geologists are a pretty cool bunch of scientists. I can't quite put my finger on what separates them from many other scientists we come into contact with. The research is highly complex and yet they just seem a little more laid back and easy going - noted by the high proportion of sandal and short wearing attendees.
Maybe it has something to do with spending a lot of time outside gathering samples in exotic locations or maybe they just know something we don't.
What I do know is that we had a great time at the recent PACROFI (Pan-American Current Research On Fluid Inclusions) conference hosted at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Not only because Fluid inc researchers are a great bunch of people to be around, but because we had the chance to show off our new TS1400XY stage.....ok, it didn't hurt being a couple of blocks from the strip either.
Prof. Bob Bodnar of Virginia Tech GeoSciences, has had one of our prototypes for a few months and he was on hand with his colleague Dr. Rosario Esposito to show off some nice melt inclusion pics they had taken using the high speed quench cooling feature.
Prof. Jean Cline and Dr. Adam Simon, PACROFI hosts and organisers, recently received their new TS1400XY and though they had some initial issues with imaging at temperatures above 1200C, this has now been sorted out and we hope to hear some good reviews pretty soon.
It was also great to meet up with Dr. Jim Reynolds, legendary fluid inclusionist and inventor of the USGS Fluid Inc stage, who also had some nice compliments for our TS1400XY stage. The Fluid Inc stage was a major competitor to our THMSG600 stage and to receive a compliment from a former competitor is high praise indeed.
Many thanks to Jean and Adam for hosting a fantastic show and allowing us to exhibit our hotstage. Why all conferences don't end with a poster session lubricated with something like 15 different types of beer is a mystery to me.
Also thanks to Jeff McGinn and Sam Cortes of McCrone Microscopes and Accessories fame - our preferred U.S distributor, for setting up the booth, shipping out their demo TS1400XY and Imaging Station and sorting out the logistics. Hope you guys have some better luck at the tables next time!
Not that I would ever advocate gambling of course.