Mandy Carter-Lowe

"Journey to Everest: A Physiological Perspective"

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Speaker Bio: Mandy Carter-Lowe began working at Columbia State in 2000 and is currently an Associate Professor of Biology while also serving as the Science Department Coordinator and an advisor for Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She received her bachelor’s degree in 1996 from Murray State University (KY) with a double major in biology and chemistry. While at Murray State, her physiological studies with prairie voles received the Most Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award from the local chapter of Sigma Xi Scientific Honor Society and was later published in Advances in Chemical Signals in Vertebrates. In 1999 Ms. Carter-Lowe completed her master’s degree at Middle Tennessee State University in biology with an emphasis in physiology, and her graduate research studies focused on endocrine disruptors. She is a lover of outdoor recreation and has been fascinated with extreme human performance ever since watching Mark Burnett’s Eco-Challenge Adventure Race in the late 90s and reading Jon Krakauer’s Mt Everest account, Into Thin Air.

Abstract of Presentation: In this lecture I will discuss the physiological challenges of high altitude mountaineering that must be overcome to successfully summit the world’s tallest mountain, Mt Everest. Additionally, I’ll outline unique anatomical and physiological adaptations of the Sherpas, a local ethnic group known for their mountaineering expertise. Although most of the lecture will focus on scientific aspects, a brief historical timeline of Himalayan mountaineering and its presence in literature and film will be addressed


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