Oregon State University professors Balz Frei and James Carrington have been recognized as "distinguished professors" for their global contributions in their respective fields.
Established in 1988 at OSU, the "distinguished" designation recognizes when a professor's contributions to scholarship, creative activity, research, education or service rank him or her as and exceptional innovator and leader.
Frei is a professor of biochemistry and biophysics and director of the Linus Pauling Institute; Carrington is a professor of botany and plant pathology and director of the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing.
Frei has been at OSU for 13 years. He is a world leader in the study of vitamin C, as well as other antioxidants and micronutrients, and in the prevention or treatment of cardiovascular diseases and other health problems. He is carrying on some of the pioneering research in orthomolecular medicine of Linus Pauling, the two-time Nobel laureate and OSU alumnus.
Frei has received numerous career awards and honors. He is a member of the editorial boards of several professional journals and has written about 200 publications. His research has been cited more than 14,000 times by other scientists.
Frei also led the drive to create the Linus Pauling Science Center, a new $62.5 million facility being built at OSU. His efforts were instrumental in obtaining for the Linus Pauling Institute a $6 million award in from the the National Institutes of Health for a Center of Excellence for Research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine. That grant recently was renewed for a second five-year term.
Carrington, who recently was named a member of the National Academy of Sciences, has been at OSU for nine years. He is one of the world's leaders in the study of "small RNA," part of the research that in 2002 was cited by the journal Science as the scientific "Breakthrough of the Year."
Carrington's work has received millions of dollars in grant support from the National Institutes of Health and other agencies. It has contributed to knowledge about how genes are "silenced" through a natural mechanism involving tiny RNA. He and others have shown that animals, plants and other organisms use small RNA and gene silencing to control growth, development and defend against viruses.
Among his many accomplishments, Carrington has led a campus initiative to transform biological sciences by linking them more closely with the huge potential of computational science and advanced, powerful computer systems.
Among the other OSU professors honored with the designation of distinguished professor are Jane Lubchenco, a marine biologist who is the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrationt recipients and Steve Strauss, an expert in the application of gene research to forestry.