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MISSOULA (AP) - An associate professor at the University of Montana will join the board deciding which researchers will get grants from the National Institutes of Health.

Kari Harris has a four-year board term that begins next month.

Harris is on the faculty in the UM School of Public and Community Health Sciences.

It's important that the board considering grant applications have members who understand the special needs in a rural state such as Montana, she said.

Criteria in selecting board members include achievement in scientific disciplines. The National Cancer Institute has supported Harris's study of smoking-related issues among college students.

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