Abstract

Mr. Chairman, Colleagues of the MSA and Guests

The MSA award is a truly magnificent gift—not only encouragement for one's work, but also a chance to say thank you to those who have supported and encouraged one in two decades of scientific life. I am embarrassed that in a year of time to ponder how to say “thank you,” I have found few adequate words, and, whereas I can blame Mt. St. Helens for everything else that I have failed to do this year, I cannot lay the blame for my lack of words on the mountain.

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