National Hispanic Science Network

19th Annual International Conference
October 9-11, 2019
New Orleans, LA

The National Hispanic Science Network’s Nineteenth Annual International Conference planning is underway!  Visit the Conference Page for details.

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CSUSM Professor Receives 2017 Wang Family Excellence Award

California State University San Marcos psychology professor Keith Trujillo has been recognized with the prestigious 2017 Wang Family Excellence Award in the category of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Service. The California State University’s Board of Trustees will honor Trujillo at its Jan. 31 meeting in Long Beach.

500_trujillomugcroppedThe annual Wang Family Excellence Award recognizes four outstanding faculty members and one outstanding staff member from the California State University system who, through extraordinary commitment and dedication, have distinguished themselves by exemplary contributions and achievements. Their activities advance the CSU’s mission and enhance excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. Each recipient is given a $20,000 award.

“It’s an incredible honor,” Trujillo said. “I work with some extraordinary people here at Cal State San Marcos and in the entire California State University system, and this award could have gone to any number of people who are deserving. So, I feel this is more of a recognition of the work we all do, rather than an individual award.”

The Wang Family Excellence Award is the latest in a long list of honors for Trujillo. In 2001, he earned CSUSM’s President’s Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity. Among the numerous recognitions since then is the National Award of Excellence in Mentorship from the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse; the Award for Education in Neuroscience from the Society of Neuroscience; and the National Award for Research from the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse.

Trujillo’s areas of specialization are psychopharmacology and neuroscience, and his current research focuses on the behavioral and neurobiological effects of psychoactive drugs.

Trujillo has trained scores of first-generation college students in his psychopharmacology laboratory at CSUSM, with more than half of them transitioning to Ph.D. programs at some of the most prestigious universities in the country.

He mentors scientists from disadvantaged groups nationwide as co-director and principal investigator of a prestigious National Institute of Mental Health summer program at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Massachusetts. And he serves as director of the CSUSM Office for Training, Research and Education in the Sciences, which has recruited, trained and mentored more than 600 students in STEM fields over the past decade.

Press Release | By Eric Breier



Dr. Judy Arroyo Receives 1st Annual Dora Goldstein Diversity in the Sciences Award

At the 2019 RSA Scientific Meeting in Minneapolis Dr. Judy Arroyo was awarded with the 1st Annual Dora Goldstein Diversity in the Sciences Award.  This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated excellence and creativity in alcohol research, and a commitment to diversity and mentoring throughout his or her career.

Dr. Arroyo has been an important part of the NHSN family and we are proud of her accomplishments.  Congratulations Dr. Arroyo on this amazing achievement!

Drs. Avelardo Valdez and Alice Cepeda receive Research Project Grant from NIMHD

Dr. Avelardo Valdez and Dr. Alice Cepeda have received a Notice of Award for a Research Project Grant (R01) from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD).   Their study, “Disparities in Health among Floating Immigrant Populations” is a 5-year, $3 million research project that will be conducted in Los Angeles and Mexico City.   The study’s objective is to identify mechanisms by which immigration processes expose “floating populations” (those who move back and forth between the U.S. and Mexico either voluntarily or forced) to distinct environments, increases their susceptibility to risk behaviors and contributes to mental and physical health disparities.  This international study will be conducted in collaboration with the University of Southern California (USC), the Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatría Ramon de la Fuente Muñiz (INPRFM), and the Centro para la Prevención y Atención Integral del VIH/SIDA de la CDMX (Clínica Condesa).

Developing scientists in Hispanic substance use and health disparities research through the creation of a national mentoring network

Angela Bazzi, Cristina Mogro-Wilson, Nalini Junko Negi, Jennifer Reingle Gonzalez, Miguel Angel Cano, Yessenia Castro & Alice Cepeda 

@500WomenSci has just launched its Fellowship for the Future!

This fellowship provides $5,000 for the applicant and $1,000/year for a maximum of two years for the project itself. 

"The Fellowship for the Future is a two-year leadership program for women of color in STEM leading research or outreach projects in line with the 500 Women Scientists mission and focused on increasing equity, inclusion, accessibility, or social justice in STEM. During their fellowship, fellows will carry out a project with financial and logistical support from the 500 Women Scientists leadership team. Our hope is that by providing these extra resources and community connections, we can help expand the scope and impact of amazing work led by women of color in STEM"

Contact with any questions. 

Vacant Position

Texas A&M University,   Health Science Center and College of Medicine, Department Head, Neurosciences & Experimental Therapeutics

The Texas A&M University seeks a distinguished academician with proven scientific, strategic and collaborative leadership skills to serve as the next Department Head for Neurosciences and Experimental Therapeutics (NExT). A visionary leader is sought to build upon existing strengths and create a nationally recognized department which has thematic alignment with the Departmental, the College of Medicine and the Health Science Center’s vision. The Department Head will lead initiatives to expand the funded research portfolio of the Department and to engage with translational research in the Department and College. See Announcement.

Postdoctoral Fellowships - Graduate Research Training in Alcohol Problems:  Alcohol Related Disparities

University of California Berkeley, School of Public Health and the Alcohol Research Group is currently accepting applications for two-year postdoctoral fellowships sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) for research training in alcohol studies.  See Announcement.

Training Specialist, Office of Workforce Effectiveness and Resources and Division of Intramural Research, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health

NIAID is seeking four outstanding training specialists for two open positions in the Division of Intramural Research and two open positions in the Workforce Development Branch (WDB), Office of Workforce Effectiveness and Resources.  See Announcement.

Postdoctoral Fellow/Site Research Directors HIV Prevention and Testing

We are looking to fill three Postdoctoral Fellow/Site Project Director positions with funding available for up to 5 years. The successful candidates will be housed in the state health departments of Indiana (Indianapolis), West Virginia (Charleston), or Georgia (Atlanta) and lead the NIH grant-funded initiatives in one of these states. The research aims to develop and test technology-based public health responses to the HIV crisis in difficult to reach regions and includes drug and sexual transmission.  See Announcement.

Department of Physiology: LSU Health – New Orleans

The Department of Physiology in the School of Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, LA seeks outstanding candidates with a PhD or equivalent degree for a tenure track faculty position at the assistant to full professor level. Special consideration will be given to candidates with significant extramural funding and research strengths in cardiovascular physiology or alcohol-related pathophysiology. Click here for more Info