The Joseph E. Alicata Award was established in 1981 by Dr. Joseph Alicata and Mrs. Earleen Alicata to encourage the study of Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases and to reward outstanding scholastic achievement by graduate students in this field of study. It commemorates the lifetime achievements of Dr. Alicata in parasitology and public health as a professor at the University of Hawaii and a commissioned officer of the US Public Health Service. Recipients of the 2013 Alicata Award are PhD graduates Anna Babakhanyan (mentor: Diane Taylor) and Mukesh Kumar (mentor: Vivek Nerurkar). JABSOM Dean Jerris Hedges presented the award to the recipients on July 2, 2013.
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