Although there are some more formal acknowledgments at the end, I would like to thank all of you for the honor of being elected President of ASP. This past year has been a very rewarding, although in some cases challenging, experience. I have always considered ASP to be a very open organization, offering many opportunities for professional development and interaction between members of all ages and stages in their careers, and I now know that those opportunities extend throughout our lives. So on behalf of Council, I also thank all of you for your work on behalf of the society and for your participation in these meetings.

Today I'm going to address 4 topics that I believe not only characterize the discipline of parasitology, but also are largely missing from our national conversation about education, especially at the college and university level. Those topics are the production of transferable...

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