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CONTACT: DEBRA VENZKE
UI COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
5203 Westlawn1112
(319) 335-9647
e-mail: debra-venzke@uiowa.edu

Release: Nov. 12, 2001

Gordon to lecture Nov. 14 on 'Preparedness and Homeland Security in Iowa'

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Ellen Gordon, administrator of the Iowa Emergency Management Division and Homeland Security Advisor for Iowa, will speak on "Preparedness and Homeland Security in Iowa" as part of the University of Iowa College of Public Health Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) Seminar Series. The lecture will be from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov.14 in Medical Alumni Auditorium (E-331 General Hospital) at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

The lecture, sponsored by the Iowa Center for Public Health Preparedness, the Center for Public Health Practice and the Iowa Association of Local Public Health Agencies, is free and open to the public.

Gordon has held the post of administrator of the Iowa Emergency Management Division since 1986. She is a recipient of the U.S. Army Commanders Award for Public Service and the U.S. Army Civilian Award for Humanitarian Service for her meritorious performance during the floods of 1993. She is a member of the advisory panel to assess domestic response capabilities for terrorism and serves as a member of the Executive Session on Domestic Preparedness, a standing task force of leading practitioners and academic specialists concerned with terrorism and emergency management. The task force is sponsored by the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the U.S. Department of Justice.

As Iowa's Homeland Security Advisor, Gordon serves as Iowa's liaison to the federal government's anti-terrorism effort and the newly created federal Homeland Security Office.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Laurie Walkner at (319) 335-6836.