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Tripp – Smith Lab Going Away Party for Heather, Erica, Andrea
April 2016!

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What a blast! In mid April 2016, the Tripp and Smith Labs + friends celebrated the contributions of 3 of our dear lab members: Heather Stone, Erica Tsai, and Andrea Berardi. All are going on to explore bright futures! We will miss you but thanks for the excuse for a GREAT party. PS: don’t miss this video of Heather’s banana dance ( Those three carpels have never been so excited….



  1. I’m a Buff from the seventies who studied under Drs Marr, Shushan, and Ives among others. Spent a lot of time tracking lichens in the mountains. If you find new lichen species in CO, please consider naming one after Sam Shushan. He was a CU lichen pioneer. You should have seen his offices in the towers of Hale. Specimens to the ceiling.

    Good luck. Go Buffs!



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