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Every year, AAFS members volunteer on countless committees and boards, and their names are published in newsletters and announced throughout the week of the annual meeting. However, there are some who work behind the scenes all year long, quietly and cheerfully offering their expertise and energy to the AAFS staff—they are our unsung heroes.
The AAFS staff selected James Caruso from the Pathology/Biology Section to receive the 2015 “Kenneth S. Field Award of Appreciation for Outstanding Service.” Virginia Lynch (General), who was selected last year but was unable to attend the 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting in Seattle, was also presented with her award in Orlando. Both gave tirelessly of their time, and their expertise helped the AAFS staff to remain steady and to move the Academy in a forward direction. Both honorees performed outstanding service that impacted the Academy overall as well as the work performed by the staff (our criteria). The acknowledgement is open to Members and Fellows, and the nominees must be an Academy member at the time of the recognition. Thank you so much for all that you do, and congratulations to Virginia and James! We look forward to working with AAFS members throughout the coming year and selecting our unsung hero for 2015-16.