The Reub A. Long Professorship
Reuben A. Long, a native Oregonian and a 70-year resident of Fort Rock, southeast of Bend, was a living legend in the state’s agricultural community. Prior to his death in 1974, Long had been a horse rancher and conservationist, as well as past chairman and longtime member of the State Board of Agriculture. He was also renowned as a writer and storyteller, most famously as co-author, with the late E. R. Jackman, of The Oregon Desert, a regional bestseller.
As a board member for the OSU Foundation, Long was instrumental in securing the Harris Ranch gift, a property which the university now operates for rangeland research purposes. Long also made a significant contribution of his own to the state of Oregon, donating property that the state designated as Ft. Rock State Park.
Before his death, Reub Long established a trust which, upon the passing of its final beneficiary, provided funds for the Reub A. Long Professorship. The professorship is awarded by position to the Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and supports development activities and fund-raising programs for the college and the E.R. Jackman Foundation.
In 2012 Dan Arp was appointed as dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, the Reub Long Professor, and director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station at OSU.
A microbiology researcher and science educator, Arp has been at Oregon State since 1990 and is one of a handful of OSU faculty members to carry the prestigious title "distinguished professor." He was named the L.L Stewart Professor of Gene Research in 2002, and two years later became chair of the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology in the College of Agricultural Sciences. He became dean of the University Honors College program in 2008.
Arp's studies have focused on agriculturally and environmentally relevant microorganisms, nitrification, the biology of bacteria and bioremediation. He is an affiliate of the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing on campus.
Arp began his career at the University of Erlangen in West Germany, where he was research director and a NATO postdoctoral fellow. He also has been on the biochemistry faculty at the University of California-Riverside. He holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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