Chico State Agriculture Professor Joins Elite Science Board

Nov 7, 2013 4:23 PM

California State University, Chico agriculture professor Cynthia Daley has been named to the advisory board for The Organic Center, a nonprofit research group in Washington, D.C.

According to the university’s press release, Daley is one of 24 scientists named to the newly established board. The Organic Center, first created in 2002, conducts scientific research on organic food and farming and on sustainable agriculture and health. The board will seek to expand the center’s internal scientific expertise and function as an evaluator on issues arising in the organic filed, said Jessica Shade, the center’s director of scientific programs.

“This is an unprecedented gathering of the best minds on sustainable food and farming,” Shade said. “All are distinguished researchers recognized for their excellence in the field of organic research.”

Daley has been a professor at Chico State since 1998 and serves as the director of the university’s organic dairy program, the first of its kind on the west coast. She holds a doctorate degree in endocrinology from UC Davis and she earned her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in animal science from Fresno State University and the University of Illinois. Daley will be joining fellow scientists from Harvard University, UC Berkeley, and Cornell University on the board.

“I’m looking forward to using my expertise in the organic industry to guide the research program and funding decisions for proposal review as well as providing expert testimony as issues come to the table,” Daley said.

Chico State’s College of Agriculture is one of only four CSU agriculture colleges in the state and has seen its enrollment double since 2006, according to the university.


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