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Nov. 9: 26th Annual Leonard A. Ford Lectureship

Michael Osterholm to discuss ebola and infectious disease in two public lectures.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 11-2-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Michael T. Osterholm, a Regents Professor, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health and the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, will deliver two lectures at Minnesota State University, Mankato, on Monday, Nov. 9 as part of the 26th annual Leonard A. Ford Lectureship.

Both lectures are free and open to the public. The first lecture, titled “Ebola Virus in Africa: A Harbinger of Things to Come,” will be held at 11 a.m. The second lecture, titled “Infectious Disease of the 21st Century: A New World Order,” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Both lectures will be held on campus in the Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium.

According to his online biography, Osterholm is also a distinguished teaching professor in the Technological Leadership Institute, College of Science and Engineering, and an adjunct professor in the Medical School at the University of Minnesota. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the Council of Foreign Relations. He also serves as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to the National Science Advisory Board on Biosecurity.

Among the many professional positions he has held, Osterholm served various roles at the Minnesota Department of Health from 1975-1999. While there, he and his team were leaders in the area of infectious disease epidemiology. He has led numerous investigations of outbreaks of international importance.

The event is being sponsored by the Department of Chemistry and Geology in Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Science, Engineering & Technology.

For more information, contact Christine Cords, office manager in the Department of Chemistry and Geology, at 507-389-1963, or

Leonard A. Ford was a professor of chemistry at Minnesota State Mankato from 1939 until his death in 1967. In 1950 he founded the first science fair in Minnesota, and the event later grew into two fairs. The annual elementary fair has attracted more than 1,300 young scientists and is one of the biggest in the United States.

Ford also led the effort to add Minnesota State Mankato’s Nursing program in 1950, and he helped to establish the dental hygiene program.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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