Oregon State University recently opened a new nutritional sciences building with the help of a record donation from philanthropists Bob and Charlee Moore, founders of Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods (photo courtesy of Oregonlive). The new facility was named the Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health in their honor.
The new center will focus on research into whole foods and nutritional health with a special focus on the prevention of childhood obesity and the promotion of healthy eating. Emily Ho, associate professor of nutrition at OSU, commented on the opening of the center saying, “With a focus on whole foods....the center will be a catalyst in bringing together campus educators, researchers and those in community outreach to address our nation’s health in practical, concrete ways. There is a huge gap between science and application, which our center is uniquely positioned to address.”
The completion of the center would not have been possible without the generous $5 million donation made by the Moore's, the second largest donation in the history of OSU. They were also instrumental in providing state of the art lab equipment and education technology for the modern facility.
Students take advantage of one of the new food science labs at the Moore Family Center (image courtesy of OSU)
The center's new facilities are already getting positive feedback from professors, researchers, and students alike. Mary Cluskey, Associate Professor and director of food labs, said that there is a "night-and-day" difference between the new labs and the old. she said the new labs "really put the students in a position to see the kinds of spaces they’ll see when they go out into the real world.” Her students seemed to agree. One student said “They’re more high-tech" and that they are way better at familiarizing students with "commercial cooking techniques."
The Moore Family Center also promises to advance research possibilities in the nutritional sciences at OSU and is a part of the institutions long-term capital plan. Over the year's Oregon State University has received significant funding for the creation of new academic research facilities. The school recently opened the doors to the $62.5 million Linus Pauling Science Center, which houses researchers studying life science, biology, and chemistry.
Oregon State University is a powerhouse among the state's academic institutions and receives private and public funding comparable top the top research institutions around the nation. During the 2011 FY, OSU's research funding totaled $261 million. It is also one of two universities in the United States to hold the title of being a land, sea, space and sun grant institution.
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