President Nadler, Chairman Durden, Dr. O'Brien, ASP members, colleagues, and friends, it is a great honor to be this year's recipient of the Ward Medal. I am flattered and humbled to receive this award, following in the footsteps of other winners whose work I truly admire. I am particularly honored, and a little embarrassed, in light of my poor participation in ASP activities over some 18 years of my membership. At least I can claim to be a regular contributor to the Journal of Parasitology. I recently read in a newsletter that Dan Brooks remains the youngest ever recipient of the Ward Medal. I represent the other end of the spectrum. I was born in 1957 before the award was even established, making me one of the oldest, if not the oldest recipient, to date. This makes it an even greater honor for me. As...

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