First, I express my appreciation to the MSA; this means a lot to me. Attention is often paid to scientists at the head and the tail of their careers. We think of young scientists as needing special attention and appreciation to help get their careers started. Giving tribute to our esteemed colleagues for a lifetime of research and service is also time honored and proper. But for the person still slogging through the middle of one’s career, fighting daily frustrations, always finding it difficult to make progress as rapidly as desired, daily facing technical and conceptual roadblocks, the appreciation of...

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