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Meet CNSM's New Associate Dean for Research

Snapshot of Dr. Barbara Taylor, new Associate Dean for Research

Dr. Barbara Taylor, Associate Dean for Research in in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, was asked to introduce herself to the University and its research community. Here is her self-introduction:

I am delighted to be part of CSULB. I arrived at The Beach in mid-August, coming from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), culminating experience at six different institutions in the U.S. and Canada. It is easy to see why CSULB is one of the most popular universities in the nation and why staff and faculty become happily entrenched here. (Two recent retirements in CNSM celebrated 37- and 50-year careers at the University!)

I am a broadly trained physiologist, who began a research career as an undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia (UBC) with published research in marine ecological physiology. My graduate degrees (also completed at UBC) focused on nutritional and metabolic physiology, and as a postdoc, I moved to biomedical neurophysiology. At UAF, my research program centered on mechanisms by which exogenous metabolites (nutriceuticals and toxins) influence neural function during development and over lifespan. While research questions have always captivated me, the most rewarding aspect of research has been mentoring junior investigators at all levels from high school students to postdocs. I also find great reward in teaching and outreach and have a distinguished record in both.

My previous experience in academic leadership includes serving as the inaugural director of UAF’s office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity, interim director of the University Honors Program, and Principal Investigator of Alaska’s NIH-funded BUILD program. These experiences prepared me for my new duties, which broadly include:

  • Providing leadership and vision in seeking external support for research initiatives;
  • Promoting research and assisting faculty/staff in the grant proposal process;
  • Promoting and seeking external support for student research;
  • Facilitating collaboration and interdisciplinary research; and
  • Increasing the visibility of CNSM on campus and in the community.

 

Previously, I have had the good fortune to work within collegial leadership teams that were a good fit for my personal approach, which is to be organized and outcome-driven, through measured, realistic, and iterative processes. I believe leaders are people with a vision, who can engage colleagues in that vision so that as a team they achieve what none of them would have achieved alone. Teamwork is the key, specifically, it's synergy. Good teamwork combines the strengths and skills of individuals so that the team’s ability is greater than the sum of the individuals’ abilities. My leadership style is one of service; I strive to operate as a team member and serve as an advocate and a resource for faculty, staff and students.

I look forward to working with colleagues across campus to advance research in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the university as whole.

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