Los Angeles, CA - October 7, 1999 -- Noted biologist Jewel Plummer Cobb, CSU Trustee Professor and principal investigator of the ACCESS Center at California State University, Los Angeles, will be presented the 1999 Achievement in Excellence Award by the Board of Trustees of the Center for Excellence in Education at an awards gala, to be held tonight at the Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills, California.
The Center for Excellence in Education will be honoring Dr. Cobb for her contributions to science and education. Born in Chicago, Cobb's love of biology took her to the University of Michigan, Talladega College, and New York University. After a postdoctoral fellowship with the National Cancer Institute, she held faculty appointments at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and the Cancer Research Foundation at Harlem Hospital.
Cobb began her distinguished career as an academic administrator in 1969. While dean of Connecticut College, she held the post of professor of zoology and continued her oncology research. Between 1976 and 1981, she became professor of biology and dean of Douglass College of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. As president of the California State University, Fullerton from 1981 to 1990, she created the first privately-funded gerontology center in Orange County, established new academic opportunities for ethnic students, and successfully lobbied the California Legislature for new student housing on the Fullerton campus. In commemoration of her achievements at Fullerton, a campus dormitory bears her name.
Today, Professor Cobb serves as President Emerita of CSU Fullerton, as a Trustee of the California Institute of Technology, and she is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. She also serves on several corporate boards. She is principal investigator of the ACCESS Center at Cal State L.A., a program designed to encourage economically disadvantaged middle and high school students to pursue careers in mathematics, the sciences and engineering.
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