Dr. Mel Hovell is Professor and Director at the Center for Behavioral Epidemiology and Community Health in the Graduate School of Public Health, SDSU. He has conducted epidemiological, and community trials in lung health, to estimate the prevalence of risk practices, identify determinants of health behavior, and test interventions to reduce the risk of disease. He has served as Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator for over 22 National Institutes of Health and other federal, state, and foundation-funded studies and has produced over 300 scientific publications; the majority were to enhance lung health in children, women, minorities, and immigrants. He is a founding leader of research in the measurement and control of Second Hand and Third Hand smoke exposure, to help parents quit smoking, to prevent smoking in healthy children, to avoid exacerbation of asthma and cystic fibrosis, and to prevent lung cancer. He has led trials to prevent active Tuberculosis Infection in adolescents. His lung research has been collaborative with the American Lung Association and funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health. For his commitment to Lung Health, the American Lung Association in California recognizes him as an Evening in the Sky 2013 Honoree.