Campus: CSU Los Angeles -- October 5, 2005

Cal State L.A. Chemistry Professor Garners HENAAC Education Award

California State University, Los Angeles' chemistry professor Carlos G. Gutiérrez was recently chosen as the 2005 recipient of the HENAAC (Hispanic Engineering National Achievement Awards Corporation) Education Award by a selection committee of representatives from industry, government, military and academia.

The award, to be presented at the HENAAC Awards Show in Anaheim, California, on October 7, 2005, will recognize Gutiérrez for his strong commitment in preserving superior engineering, science and technical education programs as well as for his dedication in promoting college, graduate and post-graduate education. This award also recognizes his success as an educator in preparing students for math-based careers.

In his 28 years at Cal State L.A., Professor Gutiérrez has mentored more than 200 students through National Institutes of Health-funded programs and as a faculty participant in other projects such as the National Science Foundation-sponsored Research Improvement in Minority Institutions and Research Experiences for Undergraduates programs. Gutiérrez is the director of Cal State L.A.'s NIH (National Institutes of Health) Minority Access to Research Careers and Minority Biomedical Research Support programs, and faculty coordinator and mentor for its Beckman Scholars program.

Gutiérrez, whose Ph.D. is from UC Davis, has served on and chaired various NIH committees, subcommittees and the NIGMS Council, and is a member of the National Research Council Board on Higher Education Workforce and the AAAS Committee on Opportunities in Science.

Gutiérrez's research straddles the interface between organic, inorganic and biological chemistry and focuses on iron acquisition and transport in bacteria. He has published numerous articles, all with student coauthors. In great part through his effort, the American Chemical Society (ACS) established the Committee on Minority Affairs in 1993, with Gutiérrez serving as its first chair. During his tenure as chair, the Society also established the ACS Minority Scholars Program, a $5 million scholarship program for undergraduates, and the ACS Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students to Pursue Careers in Chemical Sciences. Gutiérrez helped to establish the ACS Scholars Program in 1995, and has been active on its behalf since its inception. This scholarship program has supported the career development of more than 1,100 undergraduates.

As vice-chair of the National Academy of Science Committee on a National Scholars Program, under contract to NASA, Gutiérrez has articulated persuasively the responsibility of all faculty-but especially science faculty-to seek out talented minority students and encourage their academic development very early in their undergraduate careers.

In 1996, Gutiérrez was among the first individuals named by the President of the United States to receive the then-newly-established annual Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. The honor was conferred at a White House ceremony. Additionally, he has received a 1999 Scholar-Fellow award from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation; the Quality Education for Minorities in Mathematics, Science and Engineering (QEM/MSE) Network's Year 2000 MSE Giants in Science Award; the 2001 American Chemical Society Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences; and the 2003 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Lifetime Mentor Award. He was one of four CSU faculty members selected for the $20,000 systemwide CSU Wang Family Excellence Award in 2000. In 2002, he was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He also received an award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the educational film, Antimatter. His campus honors include the President's Distinguished Professor Award; the University's Outstanding Professor Award; the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Cal State L.A. chapter of the national honor society Phi Kappa Phi; the Cal State L.A. Hispanic Support Network Outstanding Educator Award; and the Cal State L.A. Associated Students, Inc.'s Outstanding Faculty Award.

Gutiérrez is married to CSULA Chemistry Professor Linda M. Tunstad and is the father of daughters, Naomi Gabriela and Carolina Aurora.

Contact: Margie Yu, Public Affairs Specialist, (323) 343-3047

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