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was born in Buenaventura, a Pacific coast city in Colombia’s Valle del Cauca Department. Of African descent, he came from a very poor family, and because he did not have many toys as a young child, he played with small animals. These were his entertainment and also the origin of his interest in nature and what awoke his curiosity in science. Along with his academic interests, Cuero was also an accomplished athlete. He was a professional basketball player while pursuing his studies, becoming one of the best national players in Colombia.

Cuero graduated as a biologist from Universidad del Valle in Colombia In the 1970s he received an academic scholarship to study in the United States specifically at Heidelberg University in Ohio where he obtained his bachelor s degree in biology Later he received his master s degree in plant pathology at Ohio State University Cuero was awarded another scholarship ...

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J. Deborah Johnson Sterrett

microbiologist, was born Dorothy Varie McClendon in Minden, Louisiana, one of two daughters of Glennie J. Henry, a teacher.

McClendon got her early education in the segregated schools of the small predominantly white town of Minden, Louisiana, located twenty-eight miles east of Shreveport. When McClendon was a young teen she moved with her mother and older sister Melba to Detroit, Michigan. The value of education was instilled in McClendon throughout her life. Her mother, a veteran teacher for forty-two years, encouraged her early interest in the sciences, and McClendon applied to Detroit's Cass Technical High School, one of two public “magnet” type schools open to top-notch students from all over the city. McClendon explored her interest in the sciences at Cass, and excelled in her classes in chemistry, bacteriology, and biology.

After graduation from Cass Tech McClendon attended the Tennessee Agricultural Industrial State College in Nashville which began ...