Cal State L.A. Chemistry Faculty Honored with Prestigious Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award
Matthias Selke (South Pasadena resident), associate professor of chemistry at
California State University, Los Angeles, has been awarded the prestigious Henry
Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar Award for 2004. The Foundation presents each
scientist with a $60,000 award to be used for research. Cal State L.A.'s Department
of Chemistry and Biochemistry receives $5,000 of the total award.
To Selke, what is unique about the research conducted at CSULA is that "all of the work has involved undergraduate students, and most of them have been coauthors on one or several publications in major peer-reviewed journals." He continues: "It is essential to understand that doing research with undergraduates is teaching, and I can at least say for myself, doing research with undergraduates makes me a better teacher. I've been really fortunate that this teacher-scholar model has been favored in the CSULA chemistry department for many decades."
Selke received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California at Los Angeles. He is a specialist in organic chemistry, bioorganic chemistry and the role of metals in biology. He is particularly interested in biological oxidation reactions, damage to enzymes by so-called reactive oxygen species, and antioxidants. His research also includes the development of new sensitizers for photodynamic cancer therapy. His research interests are not limited to chemistry-he has been studying long-term climate cycles in Southern California and is an expert on the climatological history of Los Angeles. His interests encompass political economy and philosophy of science. His several awards include a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Faculty Start-up Award and a Siemens Mentor Recognition Award for his involvement of high school students in scientific research.
Contact: Margie Yu, Public Affairs Specialist, (323) 343-3047
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