The North American Benthological Society (NABS) is an international organization of over 1800 scientists dedicated to the study, management and protection of freshwater resources, including streams and rivers, and lakes and wetlands. The "....whole purpose [of the society] is to promote better understanding of the biotic communities of lake and stream bottoms, and their role in aquatic ecosystems." (http://www.benthos.org). Current members include scientists, and many students, who come from academia, private consulting firms, NGOs, and federal, state, provincial, and municipal governments. Every spring or early summer, we convene at our annual meeting, where we present the results of our research, collaborate, communicate, and generally have a good time. In May 2011, our meeting will take place in Providence, RI, and there will be a special focus this year. One of our own, Dr. Patrick J. Mulholland, a long-time, and very active member of NABS, is currently battling ALS. Dr. Mulholland is well known, and very well respected, as a scholar and scientist, and as an active and productive member of NABS. He will be given NABS highest honor The Award of Excellence, because he is an extremely productive aquatic ecologist, having authored or coauthored over 100 scientific papers during the past 31 years since he completing his Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina. This year, NABS is joining forces with the Rhode Island Chapter of the ALS Association to raise awareness, and to raise money in support of research to find a cure for ALS. Part of this effort will involve a 5k run and volleyball tournament, both of which we hope will help raise additional funds to support the efforts of the ALS Association. When money is raised to support research, 100% of this money goes to research organizations working to find a cure for ALS. We hope that you can join us in support of Pat, and in support of the ALS Association as we continue to fight this debilitating and devastating disease.