New Curator!

UCFC has a found curator! Dr. Barbara Sharanowski joined the UCF Department of Biology as the curator of UCFC and associate professor in January 2016. She has set up her lab and settled in. Her research focus is the evolutionary relationships of braconid wasps. We are very excited to have a hymenopterist as our curator since the UCFC is overwhelmingly composed of Hymenoptera specimens. We look forward to Dr. Sharanowski’s input and plans for the growth of the collection. To learn more about her research focus, please visit the people page.

In remembrance of Stuart M. Fullerton (1940-2014)

fullerton1Our beloved founder, Stuart M. Fullerton, unexpectedly passed away on April 5, 2014 apparently due to a heart attack. He was 74 years old. Stuart was an inspiration to so many lives. His kindness, generosity, mentorship, friendship, and passion will be sorely missed. Many people have already shared their memories of Stuart and more stories are coming. We will eventually create a dedicated page in remembrance of Stuart featuring all these stories.

To remember and share our thoughts of Stuart with his dear friends, colleagues, and students, there will be a memorial gathering. The specific time and location are:

Thursday April 17, 2014 at 6:30pm
First United Methodist of Oviedo, Fellowship Hall
263 King Street, Oviedo, Florida 32765 (corner of King St. and Lake Jessup Ave.)

For the memorial, we will not accept flowers. Stuart probably wouldn’t want that. Instead, if you wish, you can make a donation to support the Bug Closet, which represents Stuart’s legacy. To do that, you can visit this link, which will take you to the donation page. Under Designation, select “Entomological Research” and fill the rest of the information. At the bottom of the page under Tribute Information, select “In memory of” then write Stuart Fullerton. The donation will be used to sustain the life of the Bug Closet.