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Expert on Childhood Obesity to Speak
at UW-Eau Claire Oct. 13

RELEASED: Oct. 5, 2005

Dr. William KlishEAU CLAIRE — Dr. William Klish, a 1963 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire graduate and one of the nation's leading experts on childhood obesity, will be on campus Oct. 13 as part of the Marshfield Clinic Biological Sciences Speaker Series.

Klish, who earned degrees in chemistry and biology from UW-Eau Claire in 1963, will give a presentation titled "Childhood obesity: A public health crisis." The free seminar will begin at 4 p.m. in Room 100 of Schneider Hall.

Klish is chief of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition service and head of the department of medicine at Texas Children's Hospital. He also serves as a professor of pediatrics and head of the pediatric gastroenterology at Baylor College of Medicine.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin Medical School, Klish was among the medical professionals who appeared in the movie "Supersize Me."

Klish is one of several experts who will be on campus this fall as part of the biology department's second annual speaker series, which is sponsored by a $5,000 gift from the Marshfield Clinic. The Marshfield Clinic also sponsored the series last year.

"The seminar series has been a huge success," Paula Kleintjes, biology department chair, said of the program. "The seminars have been well attended. The speakers have introduced new ideas and advances in biology that fulfilled our own intellectual curiosity and are being shared with students in and outside of the classroom. We are especially pleased to kick off the second year of the program with a UW-Eau Claire alum who also is a national expert in his field."

The seminar series is a great opportunity for students and faculty to learn what is going on at the cutting edge of research, Kleintjes said. "And as research is an important part of the Marshfield Clinic's mission, the speaker series makes for a great partnership with UW-Eau Claire," she said.

Kleintjes notes that there is no shortage of information on new advancements or research findings. The challenge is staying up-to-date with the information stream.

"The speaker series lets our student and faculty stay on top of the information curve," Kleintjes said. "Dr. Klish will provide information on a timely topic and issue for the entire community."

Other series speakers, dates and topics include:

  • Dr. Robert Aldridge from the biology department of St. Louis University, Oct. 20, "The evolution of the mating season in pit vipers of North America";
  • Dr. David Lonzarich from the biology department at UW-Eau Claire, Nov. 3, "The early life history of non-native salmonids in Lake Superior tributaries";
  • Sasha Showsh from the biology department at UW-Eau Claire, Nov. 17, "Sex and dissemination of antibiotic resistance"; and
  • Catherine McCarthy from the Marshfield Clinic, Dec. 1, "Marshfield Clinic Personalized Medicine Research Project — taking research from the bench to the bedside to improve patient care."

All the seminars will be held at 4 p.m. in Phillips Science Hall Room 319.

The series also will include a spring seminar featuring a nationally or internationally recognized biologist who will address broader scientific issues and societal implications, Kleintjes said. That speaker has yet to be announced, she said.

"The speaker series really encourages collaborative learning that is beneficial to everyone involved," Kleintjes said. "We are glad to provide such a venue to share scientific information with our students and the community."

The speaker series is free and open to students, faculty and members of the community.



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