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UTSA Biologist Astrid Cardona Named A ≥2012 Womanof Distinction≤ By Texas Association of Mexican AmericanChambers of Commerce

May, 2012

Astrid Cardona, assistant professor of biology and member of
the UTSA South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, is one of 13
Texas women selected to receive the ³2012 Woman of Distinction Award² by the
Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC). The
award recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of outstanding
Latinas who have made a significant difference in their community and
excelled in their profession.

³Dr. Cardona distinguishes herself by the very high expectations she places
on herself and in turn translates to her students and laboratory trainees so
they can succeed,² said Judy Teale, associate dean in the UTSA College of
Sciences. ³She is a wonderful role model, an excellent scientist, and the
Œcomplete package¹ who will continue to grow and touch many lives.²

A native of Colombia, Cardona joined UTSA in 2009 and focuses her research
on better understanding the damage that occurs to the brain during chronic
diseases such as multiple sclerosis and diabetes. She is the author of more
then 25 scientific publications and serves as a member of the American
Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association of
Immunologists 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 and
funding agencies. She is also involved in training graduate and
undergraduate students in biomedical research. Her community
contributions include leading education and research workshops to reach
youth and serving as a judge for conferences and fairs such as the Intel
International Science and Engineering Fair, the Exxon Mobil Texas Science
and Engineering Fair and the John Jay High School Science and Engineering

Cardona¹s research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, National
Multiple Sclerosis Society and the San Antonio Area Foundation.

In addition to TAMACC¹s honor, Cardona has been recognized with the Barbara
Stanford Memorial Teaching Award at the University of Texas Health Science
Center at San Antonio and the F. Merlin Bumpus Junior Investigator Award for
Excellence in Basic Science Research at the Cleveland Clinic.

She received her doctoral degree in microbiology and immunology from The
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio her undergraduate
degree in biology from the University of Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia.

TAMACC, founded in 1975, is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to assisting
Hispanic Businesses. In 1980, Texas had the second largest number of
Latino-owned businesses--61,540--in the United States.

The University of Texas at San Antonio is one of the largest of nine
academic universities and six health institutions in the UT System. As a
multicultural institution, UTSA aims to be a national research university
providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for
the global environment.

UTSA serves nearly 31,000 students in 135 degree programs in the colleges of
Architecture, Business, Education and Human Development, Engineering,
Honors, Liberal and Fine Arts, Public Policy, Sciences and the Graduate
School. Founded in 1969, UTSA is an intellectual and creative resource
center and a socioeconomic development catalyst for Texas and beyond. Learn
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