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Richard Turner Named 2018 FAS Medalist

Richard Turner, professor emeritus of biological sciences at Florida Tech, a respected scholar of Florida invertebrates, and a guiding force at the Florida Academy of Sciences, has been awarded the academy’s highest honor, the FAS Medal.

Turner is the fourth Florida Tech faculty member to receive one of Florida’s highest academic honors since the academy started awarding the medal in 1963, joining George Maul (2016), Terry Oswalt (2010) and John Trefry (2002).

“It has been an honor to serve science and scientists in Florida through my participation and leadership in the Academy over these 45 years,” Turner said.

The academy awards one medal annually to a Florida resident who has “contributed in an outstanding manner to the promotion of scientific research, to the stimulation of interest in the sciences, or to the diffusion of scientific knowledge.” Candidates may be research scientists, philanthropists and educators, journalists, science fair coordinators or members of industry, government or other organizations.

Turner, the academy’s 56th medalist, was recognized at a banquet March 9 during the group’s annual meeting at Barry University in Miami Shores. He is pictured above, right, with Florida Academy of Sciences Honors Committee chairman Jeremy Montague of Barry University.

Find the full news release announcing Turner’s section by clicking here.

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