Dedication, open house planned for Linus Pauling Science Center


CORVALLIS, Ore. – The $62.5 million Linus Pauling Science Center, the largest donor-supported building project in the history of Oregon State University, will hold a grand opening and public open house on Friday, Oct. 14, dedicating the facility to OSU’s most accomplished alumnus and two-time Nobel laureate.

Linus Pauling, Jr., son of the famous chemist and peace activist, will present the keynote address in the ceremony, which will begin at 3 p.m. at the site of this 105,000-square-foot research and educational structure, at 30th Street and Campus Way in Corvallis.

All of the activities are free and open to the public.

“Linus Pauling revolutionized the fields of chemistry and molecular medicine, and this facility will be a working memorial to him, a great tribute,” said Balz Frei, professor and director of the Linus Pauling Institute. “It will also help further establish LPI as a national leader in the study of diet, optimal nutrition and micronutrients.

“Chronic disease prevention through diet and lifestyle is the future of medicine,” Frei said. “This building will support discoveries and breakthroughs that will benefit human health in this state and around the world.”

The new facility will house OSU’s Linus Pauling Institute and part of the Department of Chemistry. Pauling, who won separate Nobel Prizes for both chemistry and peace, received his bachelor’s degree from what was then Oregon Agricultural College in 1922.

Besides Frei and Pauling, other speakers at the event will include OSU President Edward Ray; Sherman Bloomer, dean of the College of Science; Provost and Executive Vice President Sabah Randhawa; and Patricia Reser, OSU Foundation trustee, 1960 OSU graduate and co-chair of The Campaign for OSU.

An open house and self-guided tours will be held from 1-6 p.m., and continued on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. During the tours, free food will be available at Ava’s Café in the Linus Pauling Science Center, and an artist’s reception held Friday at 6 p.m.

The dedication ceremony on Friday will be from 3-4 p.m., followed by OSU scientists discussing some of the cutting-edge research that will take place in the facility with lectures, research presentations and interactive sessions. Topics will include micronutrients such as vitamin E, cancer chemoprevention and green materials chemistry.

Free parking is available on Friday in lots on Campus Way between 30th and 35th streets. More details about the events are available online at http://bit.ly/nxyX7p

Primary support that made the new facility possible came from the Wayne and Gladys Valley Foundation – a $20 million gift – and another $10.65 million from Pat and Al Reser. Construction began in 2009.

The Linus Pauling Institute is a world leader in the study of vitamins, micronutrients and phytochemicals that may play a role in preventing or treating disease and achieving optimum health. It focuses research efforts on cancer chemoprevention, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, and healthy aging.  The National Institutes of Health has stepped up its research funding, and in the last fiscal year almost half of the NIH funds going to OSU were based on LPI research.

Research in the Department of Chemistry that will be done in the new facility includes organic synthesis, relevant to the creation of new drugs; and analytical chemistry, including a clean room for preparing “lab-on-a-chip” devices useful in sensing and measurement. The facilities will house $8 million in new equipment, including magnetic resonance and electron microscopy instruments.

A 180-seat auditorium will serve as a state of the art learning space, with full multimedia capabilities and the ability to capture and display events for distance education. More individualized 24-person laboratory modules will enhance student education.

An increase in the number of principal investigators will also be made possible by the new facility.