UTSA Biologist Astrid Cardona Named A ≥2012 Womanof Distinction≤ By Texas Association of Mexican AmericanChambers of Commerce
May, 2012Astrid Cardona, assistant professor of biology and member ofthe UTSA South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, is one of 13Texas women selected to receive the ³2012 Woman of Distinction Award² by theTexas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC). Theaward recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of outstandingLatinas who have made a significant difference in their community andexcelled in their profession.³Dr. Cardona distinguishes herself by the very high expectations she placeson herself and in turn translates to her students and laboratory trainees sothey can succeed,² said Judy Teale, associate dean in the UTSA College ofSciences. ³She is a wonderful role model, an excellent scientist, and theŒcomplete package¹ who will continue to grow and touch many lives.²A native of Colombia, Cardona joined UTSA in 2009 and focuses her researchon better understanding the damage that occurs to the brain during chronicdiseases such as multiple sclerosis and diabetes. She is the author of morethen 25 scientific publications and serves as a member of the AmericanAssociation for the Advancement of Science, American Association ofImmunologists and the American Society for Neurochemistry.An active member at the institutional, international and national levels,Cardona has served as a reviewer for multiple scientific journals andfunding agencies. She is also involved in training graduate andundergraduate students in biomedical research. Her communitycontributions include leading education and research workshops to reachyouth and serving as a judge for conferences and fairs such as the IntelInternational Science and Engineering Fair, the Exxon Mobil Texas Scienceand Engineering Fair and the John Jay High School Science and EngineeringAcademy.Cardona¹s research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, NationalMultiple Sclerosis Society and the San Antonio Area Foundation.In addition to TAMACC¹s honor, Cardona has been recognized with the BarbaraStanford Memorial Teaching Award at the University of Texas Health ScienceCenter at San Antonio and the F. Merlin Bumpus Junior Investigator Award forExcellence in Basic Science Research at the Cleveland Clinic.She received her doctoral degree in microbiology and immunology from TheUniversity of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio her undergraduatedegree in biology from the University of Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia.TAMACC, founded in 1975, is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to assistingHispanic Businesses. In 1980, Texas had the second largest number ofLatino-owned businesses--61,540--in the United States.The University of Texas at San Antonio is one of the largest of nineacademic universities and six health institutions in the UT System. As amulticultural institution, UTSA aims to be a national research universityproviding access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders forthe global environment.UTSA serves nearly 31,000 students in 135 degree programs in the colleges ofArchitecture, Business, Education and Human Development, Engineering,Honors, Liberal and Fine Arts, Public Policy, Sciences and the GraduateSchool. Founded in 1969, UTSA is an intellectual and creative resourcecenter and a socioeconomic development catalyst for Texas and beyond. Learnmore at www.utsa.edu/today http://www.utsa.edu/today.
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