Campus: CSU, Northridge -- December 12, 2000

Joseph Drown Foundation Awards CSUN Cancer Center Ninth Grant in 11 Years

The Joseph Drown Foundation has awarded Cal State Northridge's Center for Cancer and Developmental Biology its ninth grant in 11 years, bringing the total the foundation has given the center to approximately $300,000.

The latest gift, $30,000, provides funding for research into the molecular basis for cell adhesion.

In a letter to the center's director, Steven Oppenheimer, Wendy W. Schine, the foundation's vice president and program director, said the foundation's board of directors' was pleased to see how well he "leveraged past funding from the Joseph Drown Foundation, and more importantly, inspired students to excel in the sciences. Your continued awards are a testament to the quality of both your work and your teaching."

Oppenheimer said he was happy to receive the grant.

"The Joseph Drown Foundation has provided funding for pilot projects that have led to millions of dollars in federal and other grants to continue the work it started," he said. "The foundation has been instrumental in our success and recognition."

Oppenheimer was recently elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in part for work he said was initiated through Joseph Drown Foundation grants. That work includes research on cell adhesion research involving cancer and his efforts to strengthen science education in elementary school through college.

California State University, Northridge has more than 27,000 full- and part-time students and offers 48 bachelor's and 39 master's degrees. Founded in 1958, it is the only four-year university in the San Fernando Valley.

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