A Cal State San Marcos faculty member who wrote an oft-cited article on drug tolerance and dependence and mentors minority students in math and science subjects will receive an award for excellence, it was announced Tuesday.Keith Trujillo, three other California State University faculty members and one staff employee will be honored next week with Wang Family Excellence Awards. The recipients have distinguished themselves through groundbreaking achievements in their academic disciplines and have an enormous impact on students through superior teaching, according to the CSU.
Trujillo is director of the Office for Training, Research and Education in the Sciences at CSUSM and co-director of the Summer Program in Neuroscience, Ethics and Survival.
His 1991 research article on the role of the neurotransmitter glutamate in drug tolerance and dependence is one of the most cited papers in the field of pain relief, and contributed to the understanding of brain plasticity in response to drugs, according to the CSU.
The honorees will each receive $20,000 from a fund established through a gift from CSU Trustee Emeritus Stanley Wang and administered through the CSU Foundation.
“The CSU community is proud of our faculty and staff whose work makes a lasting difference in the lives of our students,” said Chancellor Timothy White. “Thanks to Stanley’s genuine and longstanding generosity, we are able to highlight and uniquely recognize the exemplary accomplishments of five dedicated and mission-driven individuals.”
The awardees will be honored at the CSU Board of Trustees meeting next week.
— City News Service
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