October 29 - 30, 2007
On October 29-30, 2007 a two-day conference at Oregon State University's LaSells Stewart Center was held to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the publication of Linus Pauling's General Chemistry and the fiftieth anniversary of Linus and Ava Helen Pauling's first public appeal for a ban on nuclear weapons testing. The theme of the conference was "The Scientist as Educator and Public Citizen: Linus Pauling and His Era."
Among the speakers were 1986 Chemistry Nobel Laureate Dudley Herschbach, speaking on "Linus Pauling as an Evangelical Chemist," climate research scientist Warren Washington discussing "The Evolution of Global Warming Science: From Ideas to Scientific Facts," and MIT Professor David Kaiser presenting on "Zen and the Art of Textbook Publishing: Quantum Mechanics and Counterculture in the 1970s." Other speakers included science documentary writer and producer Steve Lyons, award-winning science educator Bassam Shakhashiri, former British Museum director Robert Anderson, Pauling biographer Thomas Hager and OSU scientists Jane Lubchenco and Kenneth Krane.
The conference was sponsored by the Oregon State University Horning Endowment in the Humanities, the OSU History Department, and the OSU Libraries Special Collections. Thanks to the Oregon Public Affairs Network (OPAN) for filming the conference.
Video of all of the speakers is now available, along with full transcriptions.