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Birthday Surprise for Three USGS Scientists in St. Petersburg, FL


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Birthday honorees Gene Shinn, Terry Edgar, and Mario Fernandez
Birthday honorees (from left to right) Gene Shinn, Terry Edgar, and Mario Fernandez.

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists Terry Edgar, Gene Shinn, and Mario Fernandez celebrated their 70th birthdays within months of each other. The USGS' St. Petersburg Science Center in St. Petersburg, FL, held a surprise party for the birthday boys on November 5.

The instigator, Shawn Dadisman, asked Jim Flocks, Chris Reich, Laurinda Frye, and Betsy Boynton for help in creating a memorable event. Just 2 days after preparations began, the planned trap was sprung, complete with a cake that was a creative scientific effort all its own. The cake featured a geologic time scale with Edgarian, Shinnian, and Fernandezian eras, and an illustration of the evolution from ape to man, culminating in caricatures of the three USGS scientists. The faces of the birthday boys and the specially picked "tools" each carried added the finishing touches to a wonderful and unusually successful surprise!


Birthday honorees Gene Shinn, Terry Edgar, and Mario Fernandez
Cake: The birthday cake was adorned with an illustration of the evolution of man, culminating in caricatures of the three scientists. From left to right: Terry Edgar is depicted with a geologic hammer, in recognition of the many years he has dedicated to studying rocks. Gene Shinn carries a copy of Killer Dust, a murder mystery by former USGS employee Sarah Andrews that is based on Gene's research on African dust. Mario Fernandez carries a magnifying glass, to symbolize his work testing water samples for contaminants in Tampa Bay.

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U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

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