Today I had the honor to receive the Microbiome Pioneer Award from Ami Bhatt, Assistant Professor at the Stanford School of Medicine. I was scheduled to get the award at the Stanford Bioinformatics for the Microbiome Symposium in May, but I had to suddenly fly to Europe for a funeral, so I missed the ceremony. But today Ami and I were finally able to meet, and I got this beautiful award. Thank you Ami, for this wonderful present. And thank you, David Relman, without whose support I would not be able to run Microbiome Digest. It’s a privilege to work with these fantastic people at the Stanford School of Medicine.