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Society for Advancement of Chicanos honors Alderete
(1-09-02)

The Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science recently honored John F. Alderete, Ph.D., as one of the best and brightest Hispanic scientists in the country. Dr. Alderete, professor of microbiology at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, is one of the leading researchers of a sexually transmitted infection known as trichomoniasis. It affects an estimated 5 million U.S. women annually.

A native of rural New Mexico, Dr. Alderete was honored in an exhibit, "Hispanics in Science and Engineering," on display at the National Atomic Museum in Albuquerque. The exhibit also rotated among universities and communities throughout New Mexico. The National Atomic Museum, Lockheed Martin and Sandia National Laboratories' Hispanic Leadership and Outreach Committee lauded Dr. Alderete for his many years of scientific achievements and efforts to promote research careers among young Latinos. Dr. Alderete overcame a humble background and cultural barriers to obtain his Ph.D. from The University of Kansas and rise to scientific acclaim in the study of trichomoniasis.

Contact: Will Sansom or Aileen Salinas