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"The Demon in the Freezer: The True Story of the War Against Bioterrorism" is Topic of Sagan National Colloquium Speaker

October 27, 2006

Richard Preston, best-selling author of The Hot Zone, will be the featured speaker on November 7, 2006 at 7:30 p.m. in Gray Chapel as part of Ohio Wesleyan’s Sagan National Colloquium lecture series. His topic will be “The Demon in the Freezer: the True Story of the War Against Bioterrorism.”

The Hot Zone tells the story of the deadly Ebola virus and its journey from Africa to the U.S. in 1989. Preston has written two other non-fiction bio-thrillers, including The Cobra Event and The Demon in the Freezer. He has a Ph.D. in English from Princeton University and is also a regular contributor to The New Yorker. He holds a Ph.D. in English from Princeton University, and he’s won numerous awards for his writing, including the American Institute of Physics Award and the National Magazine Award. He’s also the only non-physician ever to receive the Centers for Disease Control's Champion of Prevention Award for public health. An asteroid is named "Preston" in his honor. (Asteroid Preston travels on a wild orbit near Mars, and it may slam into Mars or the Earth some day, creating an explosion similar to the one that wiped out the dinosaurs.)

Preston is currently climbing extremely tall trees and working on a book and a New Yorker article about forest canopy science.

The Sagan National Colloquium is in its 21st year at Ohio Wesleyan. The year’s theme is “The Citizen Scientist, How Science Affects Our Daily Lives.” All lectures are free of charge and open to the public. For more information, please visit http://snc.owu.edu or call 740-368-3995.