Mountain-climbing doctor to present Wilson Chemistry Lecture

Posted on Wednesday, September 7th, 2005

Shoshanna Coon, interim head of chemistry, (319) 273-2437
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Man at Extreme Altitude: A Physician's Observations on Mt. Everest' will be the topic for the ninth annual Leland Wilson Chemistry Lecture at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 20, in McCollum Science Hall 201 at the University of Northern Iowa. Dr. Charles D. Huss, an emergency department physician and avid mountain climber, will deliver the lecture.

A 1971 UNI alumnus, Huss is a staff emergency department physician at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City and a clinical professor in the department of family medicine and emergency medicine at the University of Iowa. He recently returned from a climb on Mt. Everest and has also climbed the highest peak in 14 countries and the highest 100 peaks in Colorado. His lecture, which is open to the public and free of charge, will focus on the effects of ascent to high altitude on human physical and mental performance.

The lecture will be preceded by a dinner, which will begin with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., in the Georgian Lounge of the UNI Commons. For reservations to the dinner, at $20 per person, call Valerie Sarenpa at (319) 273-2437, by Monday, Sept. 12.

Shortly before the lecture, at 7:45 p.m., ChemWall, the recently installed interactive periodic table in the McCollum Science Hall addition, will be dedicated. ChemWall is a high-tech way for students to find out what chemistry involves.

Leland Wilson, the first head of UNI's chemistry department, had a profound impact on many students who studied chemistry during the more than 20 years he was in the department, according to Shoshanna Coon, interim head of chemistry at UNI. The Leland Wilson Lecture Series was initiated in 1997 by colleagues, family and former students, to honor Wilson's many contributions to the Department of Chemistry and the UNI community.