It is nearing the time for the Society’s Biennial Conference and much exciting new work will be presented. One presentation that I would like to highlight in advance is a special one that will be given as a plenary talk. Students are the future of our Society and the advancement of marine mammal science and conservation. Our Society is fortunate to have a very strong and active student component. One of our founding members, the late F.G. Wood, was a strong proponent of the importance of students and an award was created in his honor for excellence in scholarship by students. This award is given for the best student paper published in the Society’s journal, Marine Mammal Science, during the two years between conferences. The recipient of the Award this year, is Dr. Trish Lavery of the Department of the Environment (Australia) for her paper entitled, Whales sustain fisheries: Blue whales stimulate primary production in the Southern Ocean. Please be sure to attend Trish’s presentation and to congratulate her on her excellent work.