'A New Caliber of Learning and Research'

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'A New Caliber of Learning and Research'


Byline: Marie Wilson mwilson@dailyherald.com

A scientist who got his start at North Central College in Naperville thought it was important the colleges new science center be named for someone who actually practices a scientific career.

But this wasnt just any scientist.

The lead donor for the colleges $60 million science center, dedicated Friday, is Myron Wentz, a 1963 graduate who went on to achievements in humanitarian health and nutrition as well as treatment of infectious diseases.

Wentz returned to the school where he said he "encountered a real maturing" as a student for Fridays ceremony at the beginning of homecoming weekend. He spoke about the value of the 125,000-square-foot science center bearing his name and replacing the 37-year-old Kroehler Science Center.

"Our scientific understanding has changed dramatically through the years, and over time, the facilities were outpaced by this understanding and the quality of our education, faculty and students," Wentz said, "thus creating a need to update our scientific educational environment. This remarkable, modern facility is a stellar response to that need."

Wentzs career has been a response to the needs of diagnosing and treating diseases, North Central College President Troy Hammond said as he introduced the ceremonys featured speaker.

Wentz has received the Childrens Hunger Funds Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2007 Albert Einstein Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Life Sciences for work in microbiology and immunology.

He also has given back to his Naperville alma mater in the past, donating $10 million in 2003 to name the colleges fine arts center and concert hall. …

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