Vol 57 No. 17 : October, 2005
Vol 57 No. 17 | Oct. 3, 2005
CSULB Receives $500K Keck Foundation Grant
A Center for Education in Proteomic Analysis (CEPA) – the first of its type in The California State University system – is being established at CSULB with a $500,000 grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation.
“It is important to stress that CEPA will provide students and faculty throughout the CSU system with access to a state-of-the-art proteomics facility for both research and instruction,” McAbee added. “This is underscored by the fact that the proposal funded by the W. M. Keck Foundation listed 15 senior investigators from several CSU campuses, was supported by the Strategic Planning Council of CSUPERB, and outlined instructional applications of the facility for courses and workshops for students at the high school, undergraduate and M.S. levels.”
“Our college views student-faculty research as a proven and effective means to prepare and motivate young scientists,” said CNSM Dean Laura Kingsford. “Student participation is enriching and vital for their growth as scientists. We are highly committed to supporting faculty members in their research and, as such, put a high priority on providing ways to promote collaborations, share major resources and acquire state-of-the-art technologies. The establishment of CEPA will add another very important dimension to the training and research capabilities for students and faculty in this college and throughout the CSU system.”
“Because theory should not be divorced from practice, we must also equip students with the practical skills in the use of the latest technologies so that we can provide a trained, educated work force for biotechnological industries and the employment demands of the next decade,” Mason said.
“The CSU system has an excellent reputation for producing graduates with practical, hands-on laboratory experience and employers have always commented that the CSU produces students who are every bit as good, and often better than those graduating from the UC system. This is in part because of our emphasis on laboratory classes and undergraduate research.”
IIRMES also houses the CSUPERB (California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology) Core Facility for Elemental Micro-Chemical Analysis (FEMCA). By sharing equipment and expertise, CSUPERB core facilities located at several CSU campuses provide educators, researchers and students, both in the CSU and elsewhere, with a variety of fee-based analytical services. CEPA, once operational, will become part of FEMCA.
“The intellectual horsepower of the molecular life and chemical sciences at CSULB has long been underestimated and under-appreciated,” said A. Stephen Dahms, CSUPERB executive director and professor of chemistry at San Diego State University. “CSULB has been brought to the forefront of the CSU in key separation and analytical technologies that underpin modern biotechnology.”
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