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Professor Hailed by Majority Leader

Brinton, left, and state Sen. Gloria Romero

Photo/David Galaviz

Roberta Diaz Brinton, vice provost for institutional diversity and professor of molecular pharmacology and toxicology in the USC School of Pharmacy, has been honored by Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero as one of 11 Outstanding Women of the 24th Senate District.

In honor of Women’s History Month, 11 women were selected from hundreds of nominations received from throughout East Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley for their leadership and dedication to the communities in which they live and work.

For the past 15 years, Brinton has directed the Science, Technology and Research (STAR) program, which provides junior and senior high school students in Los Angeles with the opportunity to join a USC basic science research team for one or more years as part of their high school curriculum.

The STAR program is now part of the larger Biomimetic MicroElectronic Systems Engineering Research Center, which is funded by a $17-million grant from the National Science Foundation.

The center will support educational programs designed to help local students of all ages prepare for careers in research and biotechnology.

Brinton is director of the education and outreach component of the center.

Professor Hailed by Majority Leader

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