holds spring chemistry lecture
Dr. Helen M. Free, distinguished chemist,
is guest speaker
LAKELAND, Fla. (March
7, 2003) - Florida Southern's chemistry/physics department holds
its spring lecture with guest speaker Dr. Helen M. Free, a leading
scientist in clinical chemistry. The lecture takes place March 17
at 4:30 p.m. in Polk County Science Building, Dr. James M. Marlowe
Lecture Hall, room 152. The public is welcome to attend.
Free's lecture is titled, "Chemistry--Contributions to the Quality
of Life and Clinical Chemistry." She will present examples to illustrate
how to communicate the benefits of chemistry to the public, including
chemistry's major contributions to the monitoring of diabetes and
testing for inborn errors of metabolism to prevent mental retardation.
One of the world's leading experts on urinalysis, Free developed
the "dip-and-read" test used by diabetics to monitor their blood
glucose level instantly at home. "Dr. Free is a distinguished chemist
and promoter of science," said Dr. Carmen Gauthier, chair of the
chemistry/physics department. "I feel privileged that she has accepted
our invitation to visit."
Free holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the College of
Wooster and a master's degree in management in the health care field
from Central Michigan University. She joined Miles Inc., a subsidiary
of Bayer Corporation, in 1944. Her career includes wide experience
in laboratory work, management, growth and development, manufacturing,
and marketing related to clinical chemistry, medical devices, and
management in the health care area. She holds several patents and
has published over 200 papers.
In addition to her research in diagnostic chemistry, Free has been
active in professional organizations. She has held many elected
positions in scientific societies, including president of the American
Association for Clinical Chemistry in 1990 and president of the
American Chemical Society in 1993. Free has devoted special attention
to female and underprivileged students through programs such as
"Kids & Chemistry" and "Expanding Your Horizons."
About Florida Southern College
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.