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Vol. LXII, No. 19
September 17, 2010

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Rodriguez To Highlight Hispanic Heritage Observance, Sept. 21

Dr. Eloy Rodriguez

NIH will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on Tuesday, Sept. 21 from 1 to 2 p.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A. Adopting the 2010 national theme, “Heritage, Diversity, Integrity and Honor: The Renewed Hope of America,” the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management along with the NIH Hispanic employment committee will welcome Dr. Eloy Rodriguez, the James A. Perkins professor of ethnobotanical medicine and pharmacognosy at Cornell University. He will give a seminar titled “The Origins of American Medicine: The Great Encounter of Indigenous, African and European Cultures.” In his presentation, Rodriguez will discuss the use of natural drug extracts by the ancient Aztecs to treat breast tumors, the use of animals to determine drug efficacy and the creation of original American “African-Latina-indigenous” medicinal cuisines made from foods from Africa, the Caribbean, Mexico and South America.

Rodriguez is an accomplished biologist and chemist committed to his work and providing opportunities to aspiring young scientists. He created the KIDS program (Kids Investigating and Discovering Science) for K-8 minority children at the University of California, Irvine, and has also established other programs at UCI and Cornell that benefit undergraduate students from all backgrounds. He has presented hundreds of lectures to elementary and high school students in the U.S., the Caribbean and Mexico.

Ethnic food sampling will follow. Sign language interpreters will be provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation should contact Mary Okwaro at (301) 496-2906 or the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339. For more information, contact Gerard Roman at (919) 541-3430 or NIHRecord Icon

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