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OSU's Alexander Michels has an extensive background in vitamin C research with a specialty in understanding its transport through the body.

Apr 06, 2021

Vitamin C facts and fiction  will be the topic of the April 12 Oregon State University – Cascades Science Pub.

The virtual event will feature a talk by Alexander Michels, a research associate and communications officer for Oregon State’s Linus Pauling Institute. His presentation, a joint effort of Oregon State University in Corvallis and OSU-Cascades in Bend, is called: “Vitamin C and Health: Fact versus Fiction.”

“Fifty years after OSU alumnus and two-time Nobel Prize recipient Linus Pauling revealed the health benefits of taking vitamin C, scientists are still learning new things about the molecule,” Michels said. “Although there are claims about vitamin C that are not supported by current science, Dr. Pauling launched this vitamin into a new era of discovery – it was the start of modern nutrition science.”

Today, the frontiers of vitamin C research are found in cancer, sepsis and the immune system. However, many people don’t know if these discoveries change what they should eat or what supplements they should take.

Michels, who has a doctoral degree in biochemistry from Oregon State and an extensive background in vitamin C research with a specialty in understanding vitamin C transport through the body, will address those vitamin C questions during his talk. A question-and-answer session follows Michels’ presentation.

The free Science Pub will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The event will be broadcast on YouTube Live. Registration is required and can be completed at: https://beav.es/Jyo.

Sponsors of Science Pub include the OSU Office of Research, OSU-Cascades in Bend and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Connect Central Oregon, a collaborative program with the OSU-Cascades Innovation Co-Lab, will produce the event with student interns.

About OSU-Cascades: Oregon State University’s campus in Bend, Ore. features outstanding faculty in degree programs that reflect Central Oregon’s vibrant economy and abundant natural resources. Nearly 20 undergraduate majors, 30 minors and options, and three graduate programs include computer science, energy systems engineering, kinesiology, hospitality management, and tourism, recreation and adventure leadership. OSU-Cascades expanded to a four-year university in 2015; its new campus opened in 2016.

About Oregon State University: As one of only two universities in the nation designated as a land, sea, space and sun grant institution, Oregon State serves Oregon and the world by working on today’s most pressing issues. Our more than 33,000 students come from across the globe, and our programs operate in every Oregon county. Oregon State receives more research funding than all of the state’s comprehensive public universities combined. At our campuses in Corvallis and Bend, marine research center in Newport and top-ranked Ecampus online degree programs, we excel at shaping today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders.