Honored guests, friends, and fellow members of the American Society of Parasitologists, I would like to welcome you to the 2014 Presidential Address. Today, I am honored and privileged to introduce to you Dr. John Janovy Jr. as our ASP president. Before I ask John to present his address, I will highlight a few facts about John's life and some of his numerous accomplishments.

John was born in a small stucco house in Houma, Louisiana, in 1937. While in Louisiana, John's father worked for the Louisiana Land and Exploration Company as a petroleum geologist, and John's mother would take little Johnny to the Audubon Park zoo for entertainment. As a result, little Johnny developed a deep life-long fascination with the biological and geological world. The family moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, around 1942, where John's father took a job with the War Department and little Johnny attended kindergarten. Eventually the...

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