Michael Osterholm is director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), director of the NIH-supported Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance within CIDRAP, a professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, and an adjunct professor in the Medical School, University of Minnesota. He has been a national leader detailing the growing concern regarding the use of biological agents as catastrophic weapons targeting civilian populations.
Here Prof. Osterholm talks to Peter Shea about the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster that occurred in Japan on March 11, 2011. Shea, who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, is the director and producer of the Bat of Minerva, an interview show that frequently features guests of the University of Minnesota's Institute for Advanced Study.
Originally recorded on March 30, 2011.