Campus: CSU, Fullerton -- February 28, 2001
Biotechnology Service Award Honors
Third Cal State Fullerton Professor
Dr. Bruce H. Weber, an internationally recognized expert
in the fields of biochemical and biological evolution and a
veteran chemistry and biochemistry professor at Cal State
Fullerton, has received the 2001 Andreoli Biotechnology
Service Award from the California State University Program
for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB).
The award salutes outstanding career contributions to the
development of biotechnology in the CSU and was presented
most recently at the organization's 13th annual
Weber is the third Cal State Fullerton faculty member to be
so honored, in the10-year history of the award.
In nominating the Fullerton resident, Dr. Christopher R.
Meyer, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry,
cited Weber's "truly seminal contributions to the CSU system
in the past 30 years in support of the emerging field of
biotechnology as a researcher, teacher and mentor."
The award honors Weber's involvement in "many significant
programs that demonstrate his continuing leadership in
motivating and providing opportunities for students," said
Dr. Steve Dahms, CSUPERB director.
As founder and director of the National Institutes of Health
Minority Scientist Development (MSD) program at CSUF and the
Los Angeles Basin CSU Minority International Research
Training (MIRT) program,
Weber has been awarded nearly $6 million in grants to
support student research activities.
He has received outstanding evaluations in his teaching of
CSUF's core biochemistry course and graduate course work in
physical and protein biochemistry, and was honored with the
CSUF Outstanding Professor Award in 1979. He joined the
university in 1970 and was chair of the chemistry and
department from 1994 to 1997.
As undergraduate adviser, Weber has counseled more than 500
students, of which more than 100 women and minority students
have gone on to doctoral programs involving biotechnology.
Over the years, he has influenced the careers of many,
including more than 250 premed students, as a longtime
member of the
university's Health Professions Committee.
Weber has made an "enormous difference" in the lives of
students by establishing active and successful NIH-funded
programs to support minority student participation in
research careers, according to Meyer.
Outside of academe, novelist Michael Crichton has
acknowledged Weber's expertise, in listing him as a
consultant in the best-selling "Lost World," a sequel to
For his work in evolutionary biology, Weber was inducted
into the prestigious London-based Linnean Society in 1995.
Beginning this fall, the professor will serve a five-year
appointment to the Robert Woodworth Chair of Natural
Philosophy at Bennington College in Vermont. He will return
to CSUF each spring under the provisions of the Faculty
Early Retirement Program. He will continue as MIRT director
and as associate director of the Minority Scientist
The Andreoli Biotechnology Service Award is named for the
late Dr. Anthony Andreoli, a Cal State L.A. chemistry
professor, who was strongly committed to the idea that the
CSU has a special role to play in higher education.
Other campus honorees of the award are Dr. Marvin J.
Rosenberg, emeritus professor of biology, and Dr. Glenn M.
Nagel, former associate dean of the College of Natural
Sciences and Mathematics. In 1996, Nagel was tapped to serve
as dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
at Cal State Long Beach.
CSUPERB is a multicampus program designed to channel
systemwide resources and catalyze inter-campus, synergistic
endeavors involving biology and chemistry departments, as
well as those in engineering, agriculture and computer
Bruce H. Weber, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, at (714) 278-3621
Dave Reid, CSUF Public Affairs, at (714) 278-4855 or
Editor's Note: A photograph of Weber can be downloaded
from the university's Web site at