OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Flavor chemist, artist named alumni fellows for 1996

10/16/1996

CORVALLIS - Two noted Oregon State University alumni - public artist Larry Kirkland and food flavor chemist Roy Teranishi - will be honored this Friday by the OSU Alumni Association as Alumni Fellows for 1996.

The Oct. 18 ceremony, part of OSU's Homecoming activities, will begin at 4 p.m. in the lounge of the Memorial Union. It is free and open to the public.

Established in 1988, the Alumni Fellows program invites distinguished alumni to campus during Homecoming week to lecture and to serve as role models for students.

Kirkland has completed more than 100 large-scale commissioned artworks for such places as the San Francisco and Kansai, Japan, international airports; Johns Hopkins University; and Putra World Trade Center in Malaysia.

His major Oregon projects include a massive carved marble head in a plaza at Oregon Health Sciences University; the Story Garden playground maze in Portland's Waterfront Park; and a granite "equation" in the lobby of the electrical and computer engineering building on the OSU campus.

Kirkland earned a bachelor's degree in art from OSU in 1972 and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Kansas in 1974.

Until his retirement in April, Roy Teranishi was research leader of the biocommunications chemistry research group at the Western Regional Research Center, USDA Laboratory in Albany, Calif.

Since the early 1960s, he has been at the forefront of the development of analytical techniques for food aroma and flavor chemical research. He directed the research of 12 scientists who were involved in studying the chemistry of food flavor and the chemistry of volatile compounds that modify insect and animal behavior.

He also collaborated with Linus Pauling in designing methods to analyze human metabolic products. Teranishi graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a B.S. in chemistry in 1950 and received a Ph.D. in chemistry from OSU in 1954.