CSU, Chico News

Acting Director Of Gateway Science Museum Named

Date: 07-08-2009

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

Professor Rachel Teasdale, Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, has accepted the position of acting executive director of the Gateway Science Museum at California State University, Chico.

Teasdale begins the position immediately and steps in for Executive Director Greg Liggett, who is taking a leave of absence for medical reasons.

Teasdale joined the CSU, Chico faculty in 2004. Her areas of expertise include volcanology, rocks and minerals, submarine geology and science education. She has been active in museum activities and served on the planning committee for the museum’s ground-breaking event in April 2008.

Dean Jim Houpis, College of Natural Sciences, said, “Rachel is an outstanding faculty member in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences. Since arriving at Chico State, she has developed international recognition for her research on volcanoes and is one of our best teacher/scholars. She is a natural fit as acting director for the Gateway Science Museum. While this represents a partial reassignment of her duties, she will continue with instructional duties within her department.”

Judy Sitton, museum board president, said, “Rachel brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and scientific background to this project. She understands the needs of the museum, our board and the administration and has a passion and enthusiasm for the past, present and future of this life-long learning center.”

The Gateway Science Museum, formerly known as the Northern California Natural History Museum, is in the final stages of construction at its location next to the Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park in Chico. Selected programmatic events begin this fall.