Eric:Hi, Professor Mason, do you have a minute?
Pro:Yeah, of course, Eric.
I think there was something I wanted to talk to you about too.
Eric:Probably my late essay.
Pro:Ah, that must be it.
I thought maybe I’d lost it.
Eric:No, I'm sorry.
Actually it was my computer that lost it, the first draft of it.
And, well, anyway, I finally put it in your mail box yesterday.
Pro:Oh, I haven't checked the mail box yet today.
Well, I'm glad it's there.
I will read it this weekend.
Eric:Well, sorry again.
Say, I can send it to you by email too if you like.
Pro:Great. I'll be interested to see how it all comes out.
Eric:Right. Now, ah, I just have overheard some graduates students talking.
Something about a party for De Adams?
Pro:Retirement party, yes,
all students are invited.
Wasn't there notice on the Anthropology Department's bulletin board?
Eric:Ah, I don't know.
But I want to offer help with it.
You know whatever you need.
De Adams, well, I took a few anthropology classes with her and they were great, inspiring.
That's why I want to pitch in.
Pro:Oh, that's very thoughtful of you, Eric,
but it will be low key, nothing flashy.
That's not her style.
Eric:So there's nothing?
Pro:No, we'll have coffee and cookies, maybe a cake.
But actually couples of the administrative assistants are working on that.
You could ask them but I think they've got covered.
Pro:Actually, oh, no, never mind.
Pro:Well, it's nothing to do with the party and I'm sure there are more exciting ways that you could spend your time.
But we do need some help with something.
Work pilling a database of articles the anthropology faculty has published.
There is not much glory, but we are looking for someone with some knowledge of anthropology who can enter the articles.
I hesitate to mention it.
But I don't suppose it's something you would.
Eric:No, that sounds like cool.
I would like to see what they are writing about.
Pro:Wonderful. And there are also some unpublished studies.
Do you know De Adams did a lot of field research in Indonesia?
Most of them haven't been published yet.
Eric:No, like what?
Pro:Well, she is really versatile.
She just spent several months studying social interactions in Indonesia and she's been influential in ecology.
Oh, and she's also done work in south of America, this is closer to biology, especially with speciation.
Eric:ah, not to seem uninformed.
Pro:Well, how's species form?
You know, how two distinct species form from one.
Like when population of the same species are isolated from each other and then developed into two different directions and ended up with two distinct species.
Pro:Yes, while she was there in the south of America, she collected a lot of linguistic information and sounds, really fascinating.
Eric:Well. I hate to see her leave.
Pro:Don't worry. She'll still be around. She's got lots of projects that she's still in the middle of.