Air Force biological defense expert and veterinarian to speak Feb. 26 at ISU

AMES, Iowa - U. S. Air Force Col. Donald L. Noah, a veterinarian and international expert on protecting animals and humans against biological terrorism, will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, in the Sun Room, Memorial Union at Iowa State University. His talk, "The Threat of Bioterrorism: A 'One-Medicine' Perspective," is free and open to the public.

Noah is the deputy command surgeon at the United States Southern Command, Miami. He was the first Air Force public health officer to receive disease outbreak training at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 1994 to 1996. Noah received the 1995 Republic of Zaire's "Brevet de Participation" for his efforts in the control of their Ebola outbreak.

Noah's previous military assignments include infectious disease analyst with the Defense Intelligence Agency; liaison officer between the U.S. Air Force Surgeon General and the Central Intelligence Agency; medical epidemiologist at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases; special assistant for biological defense at the Pentagon's Office of the Secretary of Defense; and the Department of Defense liaison to the CDC.

Noah was named the 1996 Dr. Daniel E. Salmon Federal Veterinarian of the Year Award, and received the 1996 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary's Award for Distinguished Service. He received his bachelor's and veterinary medical degrees from The Ohio State University, Columbus, and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, and a U.S. Department of Agriculture certified Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostician.

Noah's lecture is sponsored by the Dr. John H. Greve Lecture Series, Omega Tau Sigma, College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Iowa State University Lectures Program as part of the National Affairs series. For additional information, call (515) 294-1492.