Wilson chemistry lecture to discuss new ways to treat cancer

Posted on Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

Laura Strauss, department head and professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry,


Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- This year's annual Leland Wilson Lectureship event will be presented by Kimryn Rathmell, director of the Division of Hematology and Oncology and professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University, at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22, in Lantz Auditorium in McCollum Science Hall on the University of Northern Iowa campus. Her lecture is titled "The Exciting State of Affairs for Drug Development in Cancer: 2015."

Rathmell is a 1991 UNI graduate with a double major in chemistry and biology. She received her Ph.D. in 1996 and M.D. in 1998 from Stanford University. She was named as the Cornelius Abernathy Craig Professor of Medicine, and is currently a medical oncologist with her work focused on kidney cancers. Her research programs include the development of animal models, innovative imaging strategies and novel therapeutics. In her lecture, she will talk about how cancer works and how recent research has shown new ways to treat cancer.

The Leland Wilson Endowed Chemistry Leadership was established in 2007 by a gift from Wilson's daughter, Mary Sue Coleman, who has served as president at the University of Michigan and University of Iowa, and her husband, Kenneth Coleman. Leland Wilson was the first department head in the Department of Chemistry in 1968. He retired as professor of chemistry in 1979 and died in 1993 at the age of 79. He left behind a legacy of professionalism and integrity in faculty and staff.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Laura Strauss, UNI department head and professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, at 319-273-2052 or