George Mason Professors Featured in PBS Documentary

Posted: April 14, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Patty Snellings

“Avoiding Armageddon,” a four-part PBS documentary that examines the threat of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, airs tonight at 9 p.m. on WETA-TV. The series, hosted by veteran journalist Walter Cronkite, continues through Thursday, April 17.

Ken Alibek, Distinguished Professor of Medical Microbiology and Immunology and executive director of the Center for Biodefense, is featured in the first segment, “Silent Killers, Poisons, and Plagues.” The mastermind behind the former Soviet Union’s offensive biological weapons program for two decades, Alibek defected to the United States in 1992 and subsequently has served as a consultant to numerous U.S. government agencies. He became a member of the faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences in 2002.

Frank Sesno, professor of Public Policy and Communication, moderates a discussion at the conclusion of each program. The former CNN senior vice president and Washington, D.C., bureau chief was appointed to the George Mason faculty last year. Prior to joining CNN in 1984, Sesno served as a London correspondent and a White House correspondent for Associated Press Radio.

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