By TANISHA KNUTZEN
Adjunct physiology instructor Tom McDonald will discuss “Life, Death and Redemption at the Grand Canyon” as the first lecturer of Pima Community College’s fall Speakers’ Series.
His talk will begin at 6 p.m. on Oct. 7 in the PCC District Office Community Board Room, 4905 E. Broadway Blvd. Light refreshments will be available.
McDonald will share his experience hiking Lava Falls, the steepest and most remote route in the Grand Canyon. He remained at the bottom of the canyon for two days, unable to find his way back to the rim.
His talk will also discuss the Grand Canyon’s geology, flora and fauna, plus spectacular views of regions that few people visit.
McDonald spends a month each summer hiking and camping through remote parts of the Grand Canyon and southern Utah.
He teaches part time at both Pima and Central Arizona College, and volunteers as a docent instructor and co-presenter of Sonoran Desert reptiles at Tohono Chul Park. He formerly worked as a researcher in the Ion Channel Lab at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.
The Speakers’ Series, in its fourth year, showcases PCC faculty. All lectures are free and open to the public. Two more fall talks are planned:
• Nov. 4: “The Aging Brain,” by Sarah B. Burger, psychology faculty.
• Dec 2: “The U.S. Poetry Academy,” by Kristen Hoggatt, writing faculty.