Liz is holding up her cell phone because they come to me for help in retrieving some audio recordings she had made with it.
I had originally met Liz in July of 2011 at the second Humanities conference sponsored by the UM African Studies Center. Judy and other colleagues from UM were also at the conference, which was held in Johannesburg.
The two of them have been collaborating in South Africa for a while, and these recordings were from a recent visit to Soweto where they were pursuing a collaborative research project in linguistics. Liz recorded several conversations using the audio recording function of her cell phone, as that was all she had with her at the time.
I digitized her recordings and tweaked them up to make them much more intelligible so they could better use them in their research. All told it took about 3 hours, but they went away very satisfied with the resulting audio files. I also put them up in Google Drive as MP3 files so they could grab them and put those files into their own Google space.
A lovely afternoon of international collaboration. Liz was delighted that Judy had access to the resources and assistance to get to this next step in their research; she had been saving the recordings for almost a year trying to figure out what to do with them.