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Recreation and athletic center named for late trustee Charles Benson Bear '39


GRINNELL, IA— Grinnell College dedicated its new $90-million recreation and athletic center Saturday and named the Charles Benson Bear ’39 Recreation and Athletic Center for the late alumnus, trustee, and publishing executive Charles Bear.

Bequests of more than $10 million from the estates of Bear and his partner, A. John Gambers, supported the construction of a natatorium and fieldhouse in the two-part state-of-the-art center begun in 2003. The bequests are among the largest combined gift distributions in the college’s history.

Class of 2014 Bowen Scholars announced

GRINNELL, IA—Five Iowa high school students will soon benefit from the generous Howard R. Bowen Scholarship program at Grinnell College. Bowen Scholars are selected on the basis of a written scholarship examination and an on-campus interview and are awarded a $25,000 scholarship each year ($100,000 total during four years at Grinnell).

The Bowen Scholars entering Grinnell College this fall include:

Honorary degrees to Commencement speaker Jeffrey Sachs, Sam Tanenhaus '77, Lonabelle Kaplan Spencer '47


GRINNELL, IA—Director of The Earth Institute Jeffrey Sachs will be available for media interviews Mon., May 24, from 8:30-9 a.m., prior to Grinnell College commencement exercises. Media who wish to interview Sachs should contact Cindy Deppe, media relations, deppec[at]grinnell[dot]edu,641-269-4834 for details.

Sachs will address the Grinnell Class of 2010 during outdoor commencement ceremonies, which begin at 10 a.m. on Central Campus. If inclement weather, the ceremonies will be held in Darby Gymnasium on 10th Ave.

NIH grant to support nicotine receptor research


GRINNELL, IA—Research by Grinnell College Associate Professor of Chemistry Mark Levandoski and biological chemistry students may hold the key—a molecular “key”—to a protein “lock” leading to potential discoveries behind cellular “doors.”

A three-year $373,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will support the ongoing Grinnell research that studies a family of proteins in the brain which respond to nicotine and may also be involved in neurological disorders such as epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.


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