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The José Cuatrecasas Botanical Endowment

The Department of Botany, National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), Smithsonian Institution is pleased to announce the establishment of the José Cuatrecasas Botanical Fund. This new international endowment honors the lifelong botanical work of Dr. José Cuatrecasas, a pioneering botanist. His research, especially in the flowering plant family Asteraceae, was devoted to the classification, biogeography, exploration, and ecology of plants of the paramo and subparamo regions of Andean South America.

The Cuatrecasas Botanical Fund will support significant research projects that emulate the spirit of the research of José Cuatrecasas. It will support projects within the NMNH Department of Botany and also support professional researchers and students from outside the Institution, especially from Andean South America, who wish to study at the United States National Herbarium in the Department of Botany and to conduct related field studies. Finally, the Fund will support an annual Cuatrecasas Lecture by a distinguished botanist.

The endowment will be administered by the Department of Botany and proposals for support will be reviewed by a panel of Smithsonian scientists and one extra-Smithsonian scientist. The results of projects supported by the Fund will be communicated to the botanical and wider biological communities through publications and presentations at scientific meetings. Collections made during the course of these investigations will enhance the diversity of collections in the United States National Herbarium and relevant herbaria in the countries where the materials were collected.

The NMNH Department of Botany is a world­class research group of 18 scientists and more than 35 technical staff. In addition, an international array of research associates, collaborators and students work in close conjunction with the permanent staff. Curatorial responsibility for the United States National Herbarium, an internationally recognized collection, is a primary mission of the Department. The staff has worldwide research interests with particular emphasis on the New World tropics. Areas of special collection/research strength include the pteridophytes, Asteraceae, Poaceae, and a number of other angiosperm families. The United States National Herbarium collection consists of more than 4.5 million specimens, including nearly 100,000 type specimens. The most significant collections include those from the New World tropics, North America (especially from early exploration of the region), and Pacific islands (especially the Philippines, Hawaiian Islands and Micronesia).

Friends and colleagues of José Cuatrecasas and the Department of Botany are invited to contribute to this important endowment that will help perpetuate the innovative and pioneering botanical work that meant so much to José Cuatrecasas. Donations may be sent to the José Cuatrecasas Botanical Endowment, Smithsonian Institution, Department 0561, Washington, D.C. 20073-0561. Contributions from outside the United States should be in U.S. dollars. For further information concerning the Fund or the life and accomplishments of José Cuatrecasas, please contact Dr. Warren L. Wagner, Chairman, Department of Botany, National Museum of Natural History, Ph. (202) 357-2534, Fax (202) 786-2563, or e-mail wagner.warren@nmnh.si.edu.

FLAS: University of Florida Herbarium Address Change

The vascular plant collection of the University of Florida Herbarium (FLAS), a unit in the Department of Natural Sciences of the Florida Museum of Natural History, is moving from its present location in Rolfs Hall to Dickinson Hall on the campus of the University of Florida. The move is planned to begin in early September 1997 and the actual move will be completed by 1 December 1997. Unpacking should be completed by 1 March 1998. This move impacts only the vascular plant collection at this time.

Because of the move, the herbarium will be closed from 1 September 1997 to approximately 1 March 1998. For the most part, we will not be able to accept loan shipments to the herbarium during this time period, nor will we be able to ship loans out of the herbarium. We regret any inconvenience that this might cause the botanical community.

Progress on our move will be posted on our Web page at: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/natsci/herbarium/

Please direct any inquiries to either the Keeper or the Collection Manager listed below at the Rolfs Hall address until 15 October 1997. After 15 October 1997, please use the new address at Dickinson Hall:

Dr. Norris H. Williams, Keeper, or Kent D. Perkins, Manager of the Collection
University of Florida Herbarium
209 Rolfs Hall
PO Box 110530 Gainesville
FL 32611-0530

University of Florida Herbarium
Florida Museum of Natural History
Dickinson Hall
PO Box 117800 Gainesville FL 32611-7800 Telephone: (352) 392-1767
FAX: (352)-392-1777
Email: herb@flmnh.ufl.edu

Editorial Committee for Volume 43
James D. Mauseth (1997)
Department of Botany
University of Texas
Austin, TX 78713
Allison A. Snow (1998)
Department of Plant Biology
Ohio State University
Columbus, OH 43210
Nickolas M. Waser (1999)
Department of Biology
University of California
Riverside, CA 92521
P. Mick Richardson (2000)
Missouri Botanical Garden
P.O. Box 299
St. Louis, MO 63166
Vicki A. Funk (2001)
Department of Botany
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, D.C. 20560

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