Campus: CSU Systemwide -- January 21, 2003
CSUPERB Symposium Held
This January, the 15th annual symposium of the California State University
Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB) brought
together more than 550 faculty and research students for scientific
and research presentations, poster sessions, and workshops. The symposium
focused on new technologies and projected molecular advances at the
interface of biomaterials, bio-inspired materials, and tissue engineering,
and was entitled "The Nexus of Biotechnology, Bio-inspired materials
and Biomaterials: Challenges and Opportunities".
The key luncheon speaker was Eric Drexler, father of nanotechnology
and nanomachines. Previous noted speakers have included Louis Sullivan,
George H. Bush’s Secretary of Health and Human Services, the President
of the Morehouse School of Medicine, Carl Feldbaum, presidents of major
biocommerce trade groups, California legislators, and members of Congress.
The audience included NIH/NSF-supported basic research-molecular life
science investigators, biomedical engineering faculty, process engineering
faculty, agbiotech faculty, other biotechnology faculty, faculty and
students interested in what’s hot in biotechnology, research students
from the university system, etc. The plenary sessions speakers were
internationally-known scientists and corporate leaders in the biomaterials
The CSUPERB Legislator of the Year Award was presented to State Senator
CalPoly Pomona Present Suzuki received an award of special recognition
from CSUPERB for his past efforts in enhancing CSU biotechnology.
The CSU Biotechnology Faculty Research Awardee is Dr. Skai Krisans,
Molecular Biology Institute, SDSU.
The CSU Biotechnology Faculty Service Award went to Dr. Frank Bayliss,
Department of Biology, San Francisco State University.
The Crellin Pauling Student Teaching Award went to to Hungphuc Ha, CSU
The eight Howell/CSUPERB Student Research Awardess were also presented.
The 2004 Symposium, the 16th, will be held in the Bay Area for the first
time. The topic will be on proteomics, the role of the over 1,000,000
The five previous symposia were:
- 1998: "Biotechnology and Vaccines: Molecular Biology in Conquest
- 1999: “Environmental Biotechnology: New Products and Solutions
for Old Problems” which focused on DNA shuffling.
- 2000: “The Brave New World of the Post-Human Genome Project:
Bioinformatics and Genomics”.
- 2001: “Bioinformatics, Structural Genomics and Future Prospects”
- 2002: "The Impact of Biotechnology on the Future of Medicine"