Clarenburg Lecture to feature renowned toxicologist at College of Veterinary Medicine

As part of its annual Clarenburg Lecture Series, the College of Veterinary Medicine will host Melvin “Mel” Andersen at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, in the Mara Conference Center on the fourth floor of Trotter Hall.

Andersen’s lecture topic is “A 50-Year Career in Toxicology-Using Pharmacokinetic Models to Understand Dose-Response Relationships.”

The Rudolf Clarenburg Lectureship was established in 1996 to honor the late Rudolf Clarenburg, professor of physiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine. This lecture series brings nationally acclaimed scientists to Kansas State University to discuss their research interests with students and faculty throughout the university.

Andersen, now semiretired, serves as a senior program adviser at ScitoVation LLC in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. During the course of his nearly 50-year career in toxicology, Andersen worked in multiple organizations, including the Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences, the environmental health department at Colorado State University and K.S. Crump Group of ICF Kaiser Consulting. Between 1971 and 1994, he worked in toxicology research programs in the federal government with the Department of Defense and Environmental Protection Agency as well with private industry at the Chemical Industry Institute of Toxicology.

Throughout his career, Andersen has primarily focused on developing biologically realistic models of the uptake, distribution, metabolism and biological effects of various chemicals and applying these models in safety assessments and quantitative health risk assessments.

The Clarenburg Lecture Series is made possible by the generous support received from the Clarenburg family to honor and recognize the significant contributions made by Clarenburg to the Department of Anatomy and Physiology and the College of Veterinary Medicine.