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JP Paredes admits he’s “never been much of a science guy.” Yet he’s spent nearly 27 years at UW working closely with researchers across the university as a program coordinator. His current role is with the Family Medicine Department, Research Section.

Outside the office, he spends a good chunk of his time volunteering with and advocating for the Filipino Community of Seattle. Paredes and his wife, Melanie, were recently awarded the society’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Promoting Culture and Arts. One of their many high-profile duties: helping to coordinate the annual Filipino Festival at the Seattle Center.

Paredes also sits on the board of the International Drop-In Center, a nonprofit that serves the elderly, and writes a regular column for the Filipino American Bulletin, a local broadsheet. Most of his op-eds analyze events here in Seattle as well as back in his native Philippines. “Basically, I try to solve the problems of the world,” he jokes.

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