Thank you very much Dr. Patrick Hanington for your kind introduction. Thank you, Dr. Al Shostak, for putting the nomination package together, and undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and colleagues who wrote letters of support on my behalf. Many thanks to the Awards Committee and all of you for this prestigious award.

I joined the American Society of Parasitologists (ASP) more than 30 years ago as a graduate student and presented my first paper during the ASP annual meeting in Minneapolis back in 1978. I always felt truly at home in this vibrant society.

This afternoon, I would like to share with you some ideas (and suggestions) for establishing a lasting relationship between a mentor and mentee. I think that these relationships are essential for promotion and maintenance of parasitology as a discipline. As we have heard earlier today, a shining example of a...

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