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NIH Record  
Vol. LXII, No. 21
  October 15, 2010
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Science’s Hispanic Heritage
Medicinal Biochemist Rodriguez Underscores Latino Contributions to Health, Medicine
  Dr. Eloy Rodriguez at Lister Hill Auditorium
  Dr. Eloy Rodriguez at Lister Hill Auditorium

Dr. Eloy Rodriguez knows a thing or two about making one’s way in the world. As a guest lecturer at NIH’s observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, he told how his love of science and tremendous family support took him from an impoverished upbringing to the groundbreaking science he is conducting today.

Rodriguez grew up in a large family that included some 67 first cousins, a family tree so large “we had enough for two football teams with cheerleaders and people in the stands throwing beer cans at us,” he told the Lister Hill Auditorium audience.

Born and reared in one of the poorest regions of south Texas, in an area he calls “Chicano land,” Rodriguez grew up not bilingual, as one might suspect, but instead what he calls trilingual—knowing English, Spanish and the blend known as Spanglish. His family can trace its American roots back to the 1600s, another fact many people might not think upon meeting him, he says.
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‘No Cannot-Dos’
Pacific Island Students Find that Labs And Lab Coats Suit Them
  Salefu Tuvalu
  Salefu Tuvalu

Through time zones, cultures and continents, Salefu Tuvalu left her native American Samoa to come to NIH to make her mark in the world of science.

This summer, under a National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases program designed to attract underrepresented minorities to the medical sciences, the Idaho University student found that mark in NIDDK’s Phoenix branch, where she worked to identify genetic explanations for why an American Indian tribe in Arizona has higher rates of obesity and diabetes than many other groups.
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