The Citizen-Scientist: an Essential Species for our Times

John R. DavidDepartment of Tropical Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts

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You have honored me by electing me to be president of the Society for the past year and I thank you. It has been an exciting time with a new secretary/treasurer Jonathan Ravdin, a new editor McWilson Warren, a new program chairman Thomas Monath, and our first year under professional management. With all these changes, the year has gone well.

I was surprised, but pleased, to find that I was not alone in the anxiety of fashioning a presidential address. Most past presidents have discussed their choice between a presentation on science or on issues of concern to our Society. In the past few years, many have tended to the latter. Although, initially, I was tempted to present a talk on science, and you can be assured that some of my younger colleagues urged me to do this, I believe it more in keeping with the needs of our Society and my role during the past year to do otherwise.