Program Update: New Appointments

We are happy to announce that Dean Katherine Kantardjieff (CSU San Marcos) has been selected to serve a term on the CSUPERB Strategic Planning Council (SPC).  You can read 10 more things about Katherine here, but she’s also served CSUPERB as a proposal reviewer and committee member since her days on faculty at CSU Fullerton.  As the founding dean of CSU San Marcos’ College of Science and Mathematics, she is already working with the San Diego region’s biotechnology industry association, BIOCOM, to make sure San Marcos is “a resource for innovation and workforce development in the region.”

It’s not often that Dean Kantardjieff can expect to get top billing over Timothy P. White, the CSU’s incoming Chancellor, but that’s how we’re rolling things out today at CSUPERB.  I am delighted to hear there will be a scientist in the Chancellor’s chair in Long Beach.  The news reports are just now hitting the wires and twittersphere, but Dr. White’s CV demonstrates very well what CSUPERB tries to tell our students: you never know where your science will take you! His academic appointments in kinesiology, human biodynamics, exercise and sport science and, most recently, biological sciences show the “porousness” and inter-connectedness of scientific and technical disciplines.  His NIH-funded research into muscle regeneration and transplantation crosses many disciplinary “boundaries.”  Dr. White started on his scientific career as a student at both Fresno State and CSU East Bay, so he’s a CSU alum as well!  We look forward to welcoming Dr. White back to the CSU and hearing what “10 things [he] has done or experienced that shaped [him] as a person and scientist!”

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    About Susan Baxter

    I'm the executive director of CSUPERB and the editor of this blog. Over my career, I've worked with teams to formulate new herbicide products, to figure out how transcription factors work in combination, to discover protein targets for new diabetes treatments, and to develop software for human population genetics studies. I started a biotechnology career because a couple of companies in Richmond, Virginia, offered me summer internships. Since then I’ve worked in major corporations, small start-ups, research institutions and academia. Now I'm working with CSUPERB, funding promising CSU students and faculty, and supporting biotechnology education and research across the 23 CSU campuses. It is a personal mission of mine to smash the myth of "the right academic pedigree." Biotechnology changes so rapidly that it is extremely limiting to ask students to chart an exact career path, focus on a particular technique, or build a defined technical skill-set. My career advice? Stay agile by keeping your mind open, exploring your own interests, and working alongside excellent colleagues on hard problems.

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