Transfer of the US National Parasite Collection (USNPC)
In 2013, an agreement was articulated between the USDA/ARS and the Smithsonian Institution to transfer the USNPC in its entirety (fluid specimens, slide specimens, frozen tissues, and reprints) to the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) in Washington, D.C. Current collections staff, including senior curator Dr. Eric P. Hoberg and support scientists/managers from the ARS will be transferred with the collection and with adjunct appointments in the NMNH will provide continuity and assistance for curation and accessibility during and after the relocation. New curatorial controls will be established under NMNH guidance by Dr. Anna J. Phillips and collections management policy of the NMNH as implemented by the Department of Invertebrate Zoology.
Operational responsibility for curation and management of the USNPC, including new accessions, cataloging, loan processing, information requests and visitor support shifted from the ARS to the NMNH on 2 June 2014.
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