President Hawdon, Dr. Janovy, Dr. Jiménez, honored guests, and members of the American Society of Parasitologists, I am truly honored and humbled to stand before you today and accept the 2019 Henry Baldwin Ward Medal. When Dr. Jiménez called to inform me that the ASP awards committee selected me as this year's H. B. Ward Medal recipient, I panicked. However, Dr. Jiménez quickly reminded me that this was a serious matter and I should take this honor in stride, and stop acting like a drama queen! As is customary and to prepare, I read many of the previous Ward medal recipients' acceptance speeches published in the Journal of Parasitology. However, none of those accounts made me feel any more comfortable in standing before you this afternoon. As I wondered how I got here today, I thought I would share with you some of...

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