Thank you, Mike, for that kind introduction, and many thanks to the membership of the American Society of Parasitologists (ASP) for the honor and privilege of serving as your president this year. It has been especially good fortune to be serving during a year in which the ASP is meeting jointly with the British Society of Parasitology in conjunction with the 2006 International Congress of Parasitology (ICOPA) here in Glasgow, which promises to be a very exciting meeting. However, I must admit that choosing a topic suited to this venue for my address was a bit of a challenge. The title I finally chose, “Thinking globally, acting locally,” was adapted from the phrase “Think globally, act locally” coined by environmental scientist Rene Dubos, who promoted the idea that in addressing global environmental problems one has to first consider the unique conditions that are working at...

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