Peru State College Biology Professor Dr. Richard Clopton will receive the Helminthological Society of Washington's Anniversary Award later this month in a ceremony in Maryland. Established in 1960, the Anniversary Award is the highest honor that can be bestowed by the Helminthological Society of Washington to one of its members. The Anniversary Award recipients comprise a distinguished group of parasitologists primarily from the Washington, D.C. area.

Dr. Clopton is recognized for his years of loyal and dedicated service to the organization, which has included serving as Editor of the journal Comparative Parasitology from 2002-2006. He has also served as Associate Editor and Graphics Editor. Additionally, the award recognizes Dr. Clopton's research with gregarines, noting that he has become the world's leading authority on the topic. Dr. Clopton's research includes an article in the Society's journal, which is the most cited paper in the journal's history.