A wonderful symposium reunion of alumni and current Duke and the RTP area Mycology and pathogenesis labs is being held April 5 & 6 at Duke University. The talks have so far been an interesting collection of model pathogen systems, drug development, and host-pathogen interactions. Tomorrow myself, Tim James, and others will hit the evolutionary biology of fungi a bit focusing on chytrid pathogens. Feeling a lot of pride in the training program here at Duke and some nostalgia for days past when many of us were together in the same institution. The gathering is also a celebration of great mentoring and so it is great to see so many of those who taught and mentored us here - in particular Joe Heitman was also awarded a mentoring honor by Duke for his leadership and mentoring.