The Visual Resources Association Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the spring 2017 VRAF Professional Development Grants. Due to the considerable number of commendable grant applications received, the VRAF Board of Directors decided to provide professional development funding to two qualified individuals this spring. Congratulations go to Chris Strasbaugh and Sali Underwood, who will each receive an award of $850 to pursue the professional development goals described in their applications. Both recipients demonstrate a strong commitment to the field of visual resources within cultural heritage and natural history information management respectively, while serving as adroit ambassadors for the visual resource community:
- Chris Strasbaugh, Ohio State University, will use VRAF funding to attend the May 2017 “2 + 3D Photography — Practice and Prophecies” conference to be held at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, where he has been invited to present his paper “Hacking Technology to Document Difficult Spaces” describing a creative use of technology in the digitization and preservation of student work.
- Sali Underwood, Nevada State Museum, will use VRAF funding to attend the 32nd annual meeting of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections this June in Denver, where she will present on her digitization project on “Nevada’s Neglected Lepidoptera Herbarium” collection of over 2500 specimens and its importance to understanding the life cycle of Nevada’s butterflies.
VRAF Board of Directors