Outstanding Project Directors
Cindy Wolff (lower right), biological
sciences and director of the Sierra Cascade Nutrition
and Activity Consortium, is director of an overweight prevention
and treatment program for children pre-K-12, OPT for Fit Kids.
The program received a $589,000 grant from the Butte County
Families and Children Commission and a matching grant from
the California Nutrition Network. The program also received
$177,000 from the California Department of Health Services
to expand services to nearby counties. Students play a significant
role in the nutrition programs.
In photo: Top, Kristin Gruneisen, clinical
registered dietitian at OPT, and Rachel Pearson;
bottom, Jamie Gonzales and Melinda
Garcia. Gonzales just completed her M.S. in nutrition
and food sciences, and Garcia and Pearson are in their final
year at CSU, Chico.
Lal Singh, agriculture,
is the director of five research projects involving 11 faculty
members and 200 students. The topics of his projects include
a business-to-business e-commerce portal, testing for pesticide
drift to rural homes, research on the effects of pH and sodium
on soils and plants in a food-processing waste-management
project, and improving olive harvesters.
Sociology Professor Is Expert on Brainwashing
Sociology professor Janja Lalich was a
resource for national and local media when Salt Lake City
kidnap victim Elizabeth Smart was returned
to her home in March 2003 after nine months in captivity.
An expert on cultic behavior and charismatic leaders, Lalich
theorized that Smart may have bonded with her captors because
of an indoctrination process that altered her perception of
reality. Lalich's most recent book is Crazy Therapies:
What Are They? Do They Work? (Jossey-Bass, 1996).
Professor Chronicles Life of Count
History professor Laird Easton's The
Red Count: The Life and Times of Harry Kessler (The University
of California Press, 2002) was a Reader's Catalog
selection, a listing of the most important books in print
as chosen by the editors and contributors of The New York
Review of Books. It was also listed as one of the five
best biographies of 2002 by The Economist. The
Red Count was recommended as one of the best books of
2002 in the November holiday book issue of the St. Louis
Post-Dispatch, and by Hot Type, the book show
of the Canadian Broadcasting Company. It was also recommended
in The Washington Post Book World's Summer Reading
issue in May 2002.
Agriculture Professor Wins Coveted CSU Award
Cindy Daley, animal science professor in
of Agriculture, was one of five recipients of the prestigious
California State University Wang Family Excellence Award for
2003. The $20,000 award recognizes CSU faculty and administrators
for extraordinary accomplishments. Daley was named CSU, Chico's
Outstanding Professor for 2002-2003. Last year, the American
Association of State Colleges of Agriculture and Renewable
Resources named her the recipient of its Outstanding Teacher
Award. In 2001, the California Agriculture Teachers Association
presented her with its Teacher of Teachers Award. Daley, a
specialist in animal biotechnology, headed a national research
project that resulted in the birth of three cloned Charolais
calves in March 2001.
Anthropologist Awarded Ford Fellowship
Antoinette Martinez, anthropology professor,
received a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2003-2004.
The grant will support research at the University of California,
Berkeley into the role of Native American women in maintaining
cultural and ethnic identity for her book Keepers of Tradition:
Two Thousand Years of Cultural Continuity.