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TOXIC EARTH:TOXIC BODIES Binational Perspectives in Environmental Health April 5, 2011, HUB Room 355 Sponsors
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The University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS), established in 1980, is an academic research institute dedicated to encouraging, securing, and contributing to binational and Latino research and collaborative academic programs and exchanges with Mexico. Headquartered at the UC Riverside campus, UC MEXUS serves all ten campuses of the University of California system as well as associated laboratories and research centers. The Institute's main focus is to improve binational scholarly understanding and provide positive academic and research contributions in both Mexico and the United States, particularly in the graduate and professional areas. To date it has supported UC-Mexico collaborative research, academic exchanges, and graduate student development for faculty, researchers, and students throughout the UC system and Mexico. The director of UC MEXUS is Exequiel Ezcurra, Professor of Ecology at UC Riverside.

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El Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (Mexico's National Council of Science and Technology, abbreviated CONACYT) is Mexico's entity dedicated to increasing the country's scientific and technological capacity, elevating the quality, competitiveness and innovation for business enterprises, and setting government policies for these matters. To this end, CONACYT provides funding for research activities and infrastructure, awards scholarships for graduate studies in Mexico and abroad, offers support for postdoctoral positions and sabbatical leaves, and administers the National System of Researchers (abbreviated as SNI in Spanish). Additionally, CONACYT manages programs to encourage industry and private sector involvement in science and technology research and oversees 27 public research centers located throughout Mexico. The director of CONACYT is Juan Carlos Romero Hicks, appointed in 2007 by the President of Mexico.

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The One Health Center (OHC) is a center of expertise within the University of California Global Health Institute, jointly housed at UC Riverside and UC Davis. The objective of the Center is to assess and respond to global health problems arising from the human-water-animal-food interface and to design, implement, and evaluate practical, cost-effective, and sustainable solutions that focus on the foundations of health in collaboration with partners around the world. The co-directors of the OHC are Anil Deolalikar, Professor of Economics, Associate Dean of Social Sciences, and Director of the Public Policy Initiative in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at the University of California, Riverside, and Patricia Conrad, Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology in the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis.