Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Though the clouds were horribly menacing, soon we were all eating and drinking merrily. As the desserts rolled out, there was suddenly a toast -- er, a roast! -- of Jerry Esch, our out-going editor.
The meeting wrapped up on Monday with another session of taxonomy and systematics for me, including several talks by folks from Gerardo Pérez-Ponce de Leon's lab from UNAM who I met while visiting last fall and then my talk, where I talked about a way to eradicate Plasmodium falciparum - taxonomically, that is. Posters were presented over lunch and then we headed into our business meeting. Lihua Xiao of CDC recapped his childhood in China and how it prompted him to have an interest in parasitology and then, as an introduction to Bill Font's acceptance of the Mentor Award, Charles Criscione and Michelle Steinauer did a little skit comparing him to Yoda - complete with voices.
Looking forward to seeing everyone in beautiful Quebec City in 2013. If you're interested in joining the American Society of Parasitologists, click here.