CSUSB’s College of Natural Sciences to honor alumnus and students at commencement


The College of Natural Sciences at Cal State San Bernardino will recognize three exceptional individuals at its graduation ceremony at noon, on Saturday, June 16, at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario: Robert Tanguay as the Outstanding Alumnus, Maylen Jackson as the Outstanding Graduate Student, and Rafael Alamilla as the Outstanding Undergraduate Student.Tanguay graduated cum laude from CSUSB in 1988 with a bachelor’s in biology, and then earned his doctorate in biochemistry from UC Riverside in 1995. He served as an adjunct professor for a short time at CSUSB that same year.
He eventually became a faculty member at the University of Colorado, Denver and subsequently at Oregon State University, Corvallis, where he currently serves as the Distinguished Professor of Molecular Toxicology in the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology.
Tanguay, who uses the zebrafish as a model to study systems toxicology and how hazardous chemicals assert their toxic effects, has been successful at securing research grants from numerous federal, state and private funding agencies.
Additionally, Tanguay has co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed paper and book chapters, and has mentored dozens of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
Maylen Jackson, the Outstanding Graduate Student, is graduating with a master’s degree in health science and human ecology, a major she chose due to her passion for helping others.
“Ever since I was young, I would help others with homework assignments, and while in college, I continued helping colleagues with projects,” she said. “In addition, outside college, I have chosen many times to volunteer and helped many friends, family and organizations during Thanksgiving, Christmas with donation collections to help the needy in the surrounding communities or Tijuana, Mexico.”
Jackson plans on taking the certified health education specialist exam later this year and wants to work for a local organization with either children, seniors or the prevention of HIV. She hopes to one day become …

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