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Susan Hunston, Professor of the English Language at the University of Birmingham and a member-at-large of AILA’s Executive Board, was awarded recently the prestigious Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to Higher Education and Applied Linguistics. Susan is one of the world’s pre-eminent linguists. She was the lead researcher on the pioneering COBUILD project that established the first electronic corpus of contemporary text, the Bank of English. She is well known for her reference work on the grammar patterns of English and their pedagogical applications. Her work on appraisal theory has been particularly influential in discourse analysis to understand the ways in which people form and express evaluation in discourse. She has been tireless in promoting the field of Applied Linguistics as the co-editor of the Cambridge Applied Linguistics series, as the Chair of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) and as Chair of the University Council of General and Applied Linguistics (UCGAL). As Jeannette Littlemore writes in the BAAL Newsletter: “[Susan Hunston] has brought great skill and knowledge to her role, always encouraging students to become rigorous researchers themselves. Susan is not only an outstanding teacher and mentor to all her students, but also an inspiration to those of us who have been lucky enough to work with her.” We at AILA would like to add our congratulations to Susan and thank her for her wise and experienced counsel on our Executive Board these last few years.