Professor Zoeller’s research laboratory has pioneered the study of the role of thyroid hormone in brain development of the fetus. These studies have led to a better understanding of the importance of thyroid function in pregnant women and have led to concern about the industrial chemicals to which all of us are exposed. Professor Zoeller's lecture discussed how his findings have clear implications for public health protection.

Professor Zoeller was presented with the Chancellor's Medal, the highest recognition bestowed to faculty by the campus, at the conclusion of the lecture.