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The AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition announced Thursday that it has appointed journalist Huntly Collins as the coalition's first director of science communication and advocacy. Collins wrote about public health issues, including HIV/AIDS, for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 1983 to 2001 and served as a Kaiser Teaching Fellow in South Africa, where she mentored reporters covering AIDS issues. "Huntly brings an ability to critically analyze scientific issues and clearly communicate on those issues," said coalition executive director Chris Collins. "She will be an effective advocate for accelerated, ethical AIDS vaccine research."