Ka Yee Christina Lee, Ph.D., professor of chemistry and senior associate vice president for research at the University of Chicago, will discuss “The science of breathing: Wrinkle-to-fold transitions in long surfactants and other elastic sheet” at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 23 in the Dicke Hall Forum at Ohio Northern University.

Her talk is part of the Kritzler Lectureship in Chemistry at ONU and is sponsored by the Donald J. Bettinger Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The talk is free and open to the public.

Lee has been with the University of Chicago since 1998 and is a full professor in the Department of Chemistry. She has served as the director of NSF-funded Materials Research Science and Engineering. A native of Hong Kong, she earned her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Brown University and her master’s and doctoral degrees from Harvard University.

The Kritzler Lectureship is designed to highlight fundamental developments in chemistry and biochemistry. Speakers are selected on the basis of distinguished contributions to chemical sciences and outstanding communication skills in the interpretation of their work for the public.

Dr. James H. Kritzler, for whom the series is named, graduated from Ohio Northern with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1940. He had a distinguished medical career, ranging from family practice in Amarillo, Texas, to medical radiology in hospital practice in Houston. He passed away in 1998.