Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History

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Jean Mayer U.S.D.A Human Nutrition Research Center, 1979


The Jean Mayer U.S.D.A. Human Nutrition Research Center, designed by architects Shepley, Bulfinch, Richardson, and Abbott, opened in 1982. The building, a joint project of Tufts and the United States Department of Agriculture, was constructed to house facilities for a variety of programs dedicated to research in nutrition, health, and aging. It was named in honor of Tufts president and renowned nutritionist, Jean Mayer.

The groundbreaking for the $32 million project took place in December 1979, after the Department of Agriculture granted Tufts funding to begin construction. At the time, the building was the first and largest nutritional research center in the country. The building was constructed to house research facilities to determine what role nutrition plays in the aging process, and what nutrient requirements are optimal for a healthy and vigorous lifespan.

Completed in 1982, the fifteen-story building contains clinical research facilities, special kitchen and dining facilities, outpatient facilities for local community studies, a 230-seat auditorium, offices, seminar rooms, and a large library. The third and fourth floors of the building contain animal quarters with advanced environmental control systems. These quarters are capable of holding up to 15,000 small animals. The center also contains living facilities for up to twenty-eight volunteers participating in long term studies.

As of 2001, the Jean Mayer U.S.D.A. Human Nutrition Research Center, located at the corner of Washington and Stuart Streets in Boston, continues to house the facilities of the joint research projects. It provides research facilities for up to fifty scientists and over one hundred and fifty staff members.

Source: TC1982

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Dame, Lorin Low, 1838-1903
Dana, Charles A., 1881-1975
Dana Laboratory, 1963
Daniel Ounjian Prize in Economics,
Davies, Caroline Stodder, 1864-1939
Davies House, 1894
De Florez Prize in Human Engineering, 1964
de Pacheco, Kaye MacKinnon, ca. 1910-ca. 1985
Dean Hall, 1887-1963
Dean, Oliver, 1783-1871
Dearborn, Heman Allen, 1831-1897
Department of Anatomy and Cellular Biology, 1893
Department of Anesthesia, 1970
Department of Art and Art History, 1930
Department of Biochemistry, 1893
Department of Chemistry, 1882
Department of Community Health, 1930
Department of Dermatology, 1897
The Department of Economics, 1946
Department of Medicine, 1893
Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology
Department of Neurology, 1893
Department of Neuroscience, 1983
Department of Neurosurgery, 1951
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1893
Department of Ophthamology, 1893
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, 1906
Department of Otolaryngology, 1895
Department of Pathology, 1893
Department of Pediatrics, 1930
Department of Pharmacology, 1915
Department of Physics and Astronomy, 1854
Department of Physiology, 1893
Department of Psychiatry, 1928
Department of Radiation Oncology, 1968
Department of Radiology, 1915
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, 1955
Department of Surgery, 1893
Department of Urban and Environmental Policy, 1973
Department of Urology, 1910
Dental Health Sciences Building, 1969
Dewick, Cora Alma (Polk), 1875-1977
Dewick/MacPhie Dining Hall, 1959
Dickson Professorship of English and American History, 1913
Dirlam, Arland A., 1905-1979
Dog Cart, 1900
Dolbear, Amos Emerson, 1837-1910
Donald A. Cowdery Memorial Scholarship, 1946
Dr. Benjamin Andrews Professorship of Surgery, 1987
Dr. Philip E. A. Sheridan Prize, 1977
The Drug Bust, 1970
Dudley, Henry Watson, 1831-1906
Dugger, Edward Jr., 1919-75
Durkee, Frank W., 1861-1939
Durkee, Henrietta Noble Brown, 1871-1946
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