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Today I have the pleasure of beginning my remarks with good news. That's always a treat, and it seems to become even more so in hard times. Certainly the state's budget crisis and its consequences ever-present in our lives make for hard times these days in Nebraska, and good news is something we all can use and celebrate. Our good news in the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska is that Dr. James Van Etten, a member of our Department of Plant Pathology, has been elected to membership in the highly prestigious National Academy of Sciences. It is absolutely wonderful to have Dr. Van Etten's significant achievements recognized in this way.