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UTHSCSA microbiologist selected as advisory council co-chair

San Antonio (April 3, 2003) — John F. Alderete, Ph.D., a faculty member in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA), recently was asked to serve as co-chair of the Health Sciences Advisory Council of the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU).

Dr. Alderete, a professor in UTHSCSA's department of microbiology and immunology, formerly directed the department's training programs in microbial and viral pathogenesis. "The Council and HACU will be well served by your expertise and exceptional background," Antonio R. Flores, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of HACU, wrote in a letter to Dr. Alderete.

Elma González, Ph.D., professor in the department of organismic biology, ecology and evolution at the University of California, Los Angeles, is the other new co-chair. "Your representation of two outstanding universities with fast-growing Hispanic student enrollments and that are members of HACU also ensures that the needs of our nation's youngest and largest ethnic population will be well represented on this distinguished advisory group," Dr. Flores wrote.

Dr. Alderete, a longtime advocate for the entry of young Hispanics into graduate programs in the health sciences, said the formation of the HACU Health Sciences Advisory Council was a "historical accomplishment." Dr. Alderete has had more than two decades of continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health to study sexually transmitted disease.

Contact: Will Sansom