Distinguished members of the American Society of Parasitologists (ASP) and honored guests, welcome to the Annual Presidential Address. It is my honor and privilege to represent the Society in introducing to you this year's President, Dr. Bruce M. Christensen. Our Society is honored by this dedicated and highly accomplished professional who has served his colleagues and his discipline with admirable distinction. I am proud to know him and extremely fortunate to have him as a colleague and friend. In the short time allotted to me for introducing the president, I shall attempt to provide an overview of his professional accomplishments as well as a brief account of his nonscientific, artistic pursuits.

I met Bruce 27 yr ago at the ASP meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada. I was impressed by his energy, passion, and contagious enthusiasm for his studies involving insect host–parasite associations, specifically the innate...

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