Achieving Excellence
at California State University, Chico

Leading Faculty

Photo:Kristin Gruneisen,  Rachel Pearson, Jamie Gonzales, Melinda Garcia, and Cindy Wolff 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).

Photo:The Red Count: The Life and Times of Harry KesslerHistory 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 the College 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.

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