It is a pleasure and an honor to introduce Armand Kuris as the 2010 recipient of the Clark P. Read Mentor Award. This award honors extraordinary leadership in training young scientists and fledging budding parasitologists. It targets individuals who develop strong parasitology research and education at their institution. Armand has spent over 35 years at UC Santa Barbara passionately doing both.

Armand grew up in the Bronx, New York, but cold winters and an appetite for adventure drove him south to Tulane University, where he found himself on the road in the South, seining in rivers and bayous. As an undergrad mentored by the ichthyologist Royal Suttkus he gained a deep knowledge of fish biology and contributed extensively to the fish collection at Tulane. He was exposed to a parasitology course at Tulane taught by the Panamanian parasitologist Frank Sogandares but decided that fish was...

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