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Areas of Interest: Acquisition of health beliefs, Social influences on eating-related behaviors, Personality and health behaviors.
My Story: I wish I could say that I always knew what I wanted to be when I grew up, but I did not. Fortunately, I have long felt like I'm doing exactly what I was "meant" to do. I think my early experiences as a dancer first primed my interest in body image and eating issues. I danced with the San Francisco Ballet and had to audition to move up a level in the company. After my audition (when I was twelve years old, and of perfectly normal weight) I was told that I was not going to be accepted because I did not have the "correct body type." Receiving such direct feedback about my body at a young age...
Areas of Interest: Air quality engineering; analytical methods for organic compounds in environmental and chemical engineering processes; and organic geochemistry of earth materials.
My Story: Motto: Follow the path with heart   Although I do not come from an academic family, I always liked learning, but had not even the slightest idea I eventually would go into science and engineering as a career. In high school, I tended to avoid science classes such as chemistry and physics, because I did not want to discover whether these courses would be too difficult and lower my GPA. Coming from a large family, I knew academic scholarships would be important for supplementing the cost of a college education. I did receive a scholarship to the University of California, but decided to defer...
Areas of Interest: The Challenges of Managing
My Story: My expertise is broadly defined as "the human ecology of marine and coastal ecosystems," which I approach with the training of an anthropologist as well as multi-disciplinary training in other fields. I view ecological matters as issues in using and managing "the commons," by which I mean places and things that are shared, valued, and managed collectively rather than just individually. I have spent most of my career-- which began in the early 1970s-- studying marine fisheries and fishing communities for what they can tell us about challenges and promises for the commons. I have done this in...
Areas of Interest: Topical and transdermal drug delivery.
My Story: I was probably about ten-years old when my parents bought me a little microscope for my birthday. I went out into our garden, looking at different “specimens” and I knew that I wanted to become involved in science. I loved human biology from early on. My parents always encouraged me, but neither one of them were biological scientists. My mum was a teacher and my father was an engineer. I grew up in a large industrial town called Leicester, in central England and like the rest of England, it was subject to a rigid educational system, parts of which are still in existence today. At eleven-years...