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Society for Advancement
of Chicanos honors Alderete
The Society for Advancement of
Chicanos and Native Americans in
Science recently honored Dr. John F.
Alderete as one of the best and brightest
Hispanic scientists in the country.
Dr. Alderete, professor of microbiology
at the Health Science Center, 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 the 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.