Family and Friends Establish Richard Turner Endowed Research Fund in Biological Science:

At the end of the spring semester in 2017, Richard L. Turner, Ph.D., retired after 41 years of loyal service to Florida Institute of Technology and was named Professor Emeritus. Friends and family members have honored his impact on students’ lives and in his field by establishing the Richard Lincoln Turner Endowed Research Fund in Biological Sciences.

Dick was hired in 1976, when Florida Tech was just beginning to build its reputation as a research university. During his long career, he helped to advance the university through his own outstanding research, as well as his teaching and service. Dick contributed new insights into the biology of starfish, brittle stars and related animals. “His longstanding passion for understanding echinoderms helped inspire many students,” said Richard Aronson, Biological Sciences Department Head.
Along the way, Dick also dug into the ecology of native apple snails in Florida’s freshwater lakes and ponds. He published regularly in scientific journals, coauthored an undergraduate textbook on marine biology, and was active in the Florida Academy of Sciences, where he held the offices of president, program chair, and business manager of the Academy's journal, Florida Scientist. He served on a variety of university committees, most notably as director of undergraduate programs for Biological Sciences and as a major contributor to the university’s SACS-accreditation effort. As Professor Emeritus, Dick is now devoting himself to his family but still maintaining a research program.
The Richard Lincoln Turner Fund will support undergraduate research on organismal, cell, or molecular biology.

“I am delighted that Dick’s impact will continue to be felt forever at Florida Tech as this fund supports generations of student research” said Florida Tech President Dwayne McCay.

 
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