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Kimberly A. Prather is a professor of chemistry at UCSD. An atmospheric chemist, Prather's research involves the development of new methods for continuously monitoring atmospheric aerosols and particulate matter. Her laboratory has developed analytical methods capable of monitoring particles in a variety of forms -- from clouds of ice to smoke from combustion sources -- that have impacts on human health, visibility in the atmosphere, and global climate change.

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Dr. Jeffrey Harris is a professor of surgery and chief of the division of otolaryngology/head and neck surgery at the UCSD School of Medicine. Harris is a neuro-otologic surgeon who deals with disorders of the ear, hearing and balance, and tumors that affect the skull base. He is also an expert in otosclerosis and the surgery to correct it. Since 1987, Harris has led the UCSD division of otolaryngology/head and neck surgery, which is among the top group of NIH-funded programs for this specialty and has been listed as one of the best otolaryngology programs in the country by U.S.

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Jean M. Mandler is a research professor in the department of cognitive science at UCSD. A renowned authority on cognitive development in infancy, Mandler's specific areas of interest include concept formation in infancy and the ability of infants to recall the past. She is interested in how babies develop concepts that help them navigate their world. Cognitive scientists have gradually come to realize that one of the best ways to understand the complexities of mental processes is to find their origins in infancy and trace them as they develop over time.

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James A. Kulik is a professor of psychology at UCSD. Kulik studies social psychological principles as they bear on health-related issues, including health promotion, coping, emotion, emotional contagion, and medical care delivery. Of particular interest to him are issues relevant to social comparison processes, social support, and stress and affiliation relationships in acute threat situations, e.g. surgical settings. Recently, he has begun to explore the neural underpinnings of emotion.

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Dr. Igor Grant is a professor and executive vice chairman of the psychiatry department at the UCSD School of Medicine. He also serves as director of two important research programs at UCSD: the HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center (HNRC), a clinical research center designated and funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health; and the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research (CMCR), headquartered at UCSD and a collaborative effort of UCSD and UCLA to rigorously study the safety and efficacy of medicinal cannabis to treat certain diseases.

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Dr. Homer G. Chin is a clinical professor and vice chair of reproductive medicine at the UCSD School of Medicine. Chin provides comprehensive care to obstetric and gynecological patients with a wide range of needs, ranging from preventative health care to common problems such as abnormal Pap smears, benign surgery, fibroid uterus, abnormal bleeding, ovarian cysts, contraceptive counseling, hormone replacement and gynecological infections.

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Dr. Douglas D. Richman is director of UCSD's Center for AIDS Research and director of the Research Center for AIDS and HIV Infection at VA San Diego Healthcare System. He is also a professor of pathology and medicine at UCSD and the Florence Seeley Riford Chair in AIDS Research. A virologist, Richman was among the early AIDS investigators who led several of the original drug treatment studies of HIV infection. His lab first identified HIV drug resistance and was one of the original labs to describe latent infection of blood lymphocytes by HIV.

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David H. Serlin is an associate professor and vice chair of UC San Diego's Department of Communication. Serlin's areas of research include 19th and 20th century cultural studies of medicine and health, gender/sexuality studies and queer theory, disability studies, material culture and museum studies, as well as architecture, urbanism and the built environment. Some of Serlins publications include "Replaceable You: Engineering the Body in Postwar America," "Crippling Masculinity: Queerness and Disability in U.S. Military Culture, 1800-1945."

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David Pellow is a professor and the Don Martindale Endowed Chair of sociology at the University of Minnesota. Previously, he was a professor in the department of ethnic studies at UC San Diego and director of California Cultures in Comparative Perspective, a research initiative that supports creative interdisciplinary research, teaching and collaborations among faculty, students, and the public. His areas of research focus on environmental conflict in ethnic communities in the United States, Africa and Asia.

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Christine R. Harris is an assistant professor of psychology at UCSD. Her research focus on emotion and interpersonal relationships, especially the function and effects of different specific emotions -- particularly, jealousy, embarrassment, envy, and humor -- and the role of such emotions in health and well-being. Harris also studies how emotional states interact with processes of cognition and judgment.

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