President Fayer, Steve Upton, fellow members of the American Society of Parasitologists, and guests, it is a profound honor for me to accept this Award. It is through a great deal of luck and association with extremely talented people that I stand before you today.

I grew up in Albany, Georgia. Albany was a prosperous town having 2 military bases (1 Air Force and 1 Marine) and several factories. My father came to Albany from Pennsylvania because he was in the Air Force and that is how he met my mother. She was his third and last wife. He joined the Air Force because he did not want to be a coal minor. He retired as a Master Sargent.

My mother quit school in the sixth grade and my father only graduated from high school. They encouraged me to do well in school but were...

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