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Kritzler Lectureship In Chemistry

The Kritzler Lectureship in Chemistry was established in 1996 as a means of highlighting fundamental new developments in the science of chemistry and biochemistry. Speakers are selected annually on the basis of distinguished contributions to chemical sciences and outstanding communication skills in the interpretation of their work for the public. The objective of the Kritzler Lectures is to afford students access to major new developments in chemistry presented by a scientist recognized as a masterful communicator of ideas.

The Kritzler Lectureship in Chemistry gives our students the chance to learn about a major development in the field of the chemistry or biochemistry from a scientist who is a masterful communicator of ideas.

The lectures series launched in 1996 and was named after ONU alumnus Dr. James H. Kritzler, BA ’40. Speakers are selected annually on the basis of distinguished contributions to chemical sciences and outstanding communication skills in the interpretation of their work for the public. All chemistry and biochemistry students are encouraged to attend the lecture, and they have the opportunity to meet and interact with the speaker.

Kritzler graduated from Ohio Northern University’s Getty College of Arts & Sciences with a BA in chemistry in 1940. Upon completing doctoral work in osteopathic medicine at Kansas City College of Osteopathy in 1944, he commenced a medical career that ranged from a family practice in Amarillo, Texas, to a highly technical position in medical radiology at a hospital practice in Houston. He retired from active practice in 1983. He spent his retirement as an active member of Holy Trinity Methodist Church; volunteering in various civic, service and professional groups; and fishing and playing golf. At the age of 78, and after 45 years of marriage to his wife, Eleanor, Kritzler passed away on Feb. 28, 1998.

Kritzler has 13 relatives who attended ONU. His wife, Eleanor, attended ONU but did not graduate.

Kritzler Lecturers:

Dr. Marc A. Hillmyer
University of Minnesota
February 6, 2019
How sustainable polymers can shape the future of plastics

Dr. Adina Paytan
University of California, Santa Cruz
October 3, 2017
Coral and Acid – Impacts of ocean acidification on coral reefs

Dr. Ka Yee Christina Lee
University of Chicago
February 23, 2017
The science of breathing: Wrinkle-to-fold transitions in long surfactants and other elastic sheet

Dr. James K. McCusker
Michigan State University
April 7, 2016
An Inorganic Chemist in ExxonMobil’s Court: The Role of Fundamental Science in Our Energy Future

Dr. Christopher M. Hadad
The Ohio State University
January 27, 2015
Developing Therapeutic Approaches Against Chemical Weapons of Mass Destruction

Dr. Bruce E. Maryanoff
The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif.
Oct. 8, 2012
A Story of Adventure: The Discovery of the Drug TOPAMAX® Topiramate for Treating Epilepsy and Migraines

Dr. Paul W. Bohn
University of Notre Dame
March 22, 2011
Integrating Microfluidics in 3-D-Scientific Challenges in Putting Your Hospital's Clinical Lab on a Keyring

Dr. David Bernlohr
University of Minnesota
March 17, 2010
The Biology of Obesity from Health to Disease

Dr. Donald Abraham
Virginia Commonwealth University
April 15, 2009
How to Win a Nobel Prize

Dr. Suzanne Lomax
Scientific Research Department, National Gallery of Art
October 1, 2007
The Application of Chemistry to the Examination of Works of Art

Dr. David Rakestraw
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
December 7, 2006
High Technology Start-Up: Invention thru Commercialization

Dr. John W. Thoman
Williams College
March 23, 2006
Heavy Metal, Fish, and the Environment

Dr. Loyal Tillotson '76
Rapid City Medical Center
March 22, 2004
Molecular Biology and Solving the Riddle of Colon Cancer

Dr. Roger Hahn
Syracuse University
April 9, 2001
New Sites On the Camphorsulfonate Road to 99.9 + % Pure Chiral Building Blocks for Asymmetric Synthesis

Dr. Steven L. McKnight
University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center
December 2, 1998
Switching Genes On and Off in Mammals: New Glimpses of Molecular Sensors

Dr. Robert F. Curl (Nobel Laureate 1996)
Rice University
October 7, 1997
The Amazing Fullerenes: An Adventure in Chemistry

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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