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Fellow ECN Members,

By now, some of you have already heard, but Joe McHugh and I both agreed that we should make a brief announcement on behalf of the McHugh lab.  It is with deep sadness and regret that we report the unfortunate and sudden passing of Dr. José Adriano Giorgi. He was 47.  Adriano was a coccinellid specialist who came to the McHugh lab at the University of Georgia shortly after we received our NSF PEET grant, focusing on higher level relationships of Coccinellidae and the evolution of food preference in ladybird beetles using molecular evidence.   After graduating with his Ph.D., Adriano returned to Brazil and was working as a Professor in the Centro de Ciências Biológicas da Universidade Federal do Pará (UFPA), where he continued to work and collaborate on studies related to ladybird beetles. Specific details remain limited at the moment, but we will share additional information, if appropriate, when a clearer picture of what happened develops.  Thank you for your patience as we try to come to terms with the unexpected and tragic loss of our dear friend, colleague, and McHugh family member. 

Sincerely,

Floyd

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Floyd W. Shockley, Ph.D., F.R.E.S.
Collections Manager
Department of Entomology
National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution
P.O. Box 37012, MRC 165
Washington, DC 20013-7012
Tel (office): 202-633-0982
Fax (office): 202-786-2894
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