Members and fellow officers of the American Society of Parasitologists, it is my pleasure and honor to introduce Dr. Kevin Dale Lafferty, the winner of the 2009 Henry Baldwin Ward Medal. As his major professor, I have tracked Kevin's professional career since its inception. As his collaborator for 20 yr and co-leader of our research group for 17 yr (now as a leadership trinity with Ryan Hechinger), I have witnessed many of the events Kevin will present in his acceptance speech. So my observations here will be like the classic Japanese film Rashomon, directed by Kurosawa, in which the several characters give their somewhat different interpretations of the same incident. In the fog of memory, who knows what really happened? I will finish with much greater certainty, offering a brief overview of his contributions to the field of parasitology.

Kevin was born in 1963...

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