Alex, thank you for your kind words—all the more meaningful coming from a good friend and colleague. Concerning the UNM English major and the poetry contest, he went to Edinburgh and finished third. More importantly, he now has a new perspective on the relation of science to literature. Every research group should have a poet laureate.

This is a moment when one reflects on their career and whom they should thank. For me, it is certainly the collaborators from different disciplines over many years. Some are here today in this first session—Alex Navrotsky, Lumin Wang, Bill Weber and Allison MacFarlane....

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