THE HOT ZONE
National Geographic is producing a limited series called THE HOT ZONE, which is based on the 1994 best-seller by Richard Preston and is inspired by the true story of the arrival of Ebola on U.S. soil in 1989 in Reston, Virginia. THE HOT ZONE involves two prominent Kansas State University veterinarians and leaders: Nancy and Jerry Jaax.
The six-part limited series premieres on National Geographic at 8 p.m. on Monday, May 27, and will air over three nights. Julianna Margulies plays Lt. Col. Nancy Jaax and Noah Emmerich plays Lt. Col. Jerry Jaax.
To coincide with the TV series and celebrate the work of Nancy and Jerry Jaax, Kansas State University is organizing several events in Manhattan and Kansas City. The university hosted a May 7 advance screening of the premiere of THE HOT ZONE followed by a panel discussion with the real-life subjects of the series, Nancy and Jerry Jaax, along with the showrunners, writers and executive producers Brian Peterson and Kelly Souders.
Details about other events will be posted soon.
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Nancy and Jerry Jaax both graduated with veterinary medicine degrees from Kansas State University and served in medical defense with the U.S. Army, during which time they became involved in the events depicted in THE HOT ZONE.
Following the events of 1989 and after stellar military careers, Jerry and Nancy returned to Manhattan. Jerry joined the university and served in a prominent research leadership position to further the university's biodefense mission. Nancy participated in innumerable infectious disease initiatives at the university.
Both Jerry and Nancy played important roles in the development of Kansas State University's biocontainment facility called the Biosecurity Research Institute, or BRI, at Pat Roberts Hall. Nancy inspired the need for a training lab based on her experience with Ebola. They also assisted in winning the national competition for the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility, or NBAF, which is under construction north of the university's Manhattan campus. Once NBAF becomes operational in 2022-2023, it will be America's foremost animal disease research facility.
K-State advance screening
Watch the below video of Kansas State University President Richard Myers leading a panel discussion with THE HOT ZONE real-life subjects, Nancy and Jerry Jaax, and showrunners, writers and executive producers Brian Peterson and Kelly Souders.
View photos below from the panel discussion.
Watch the above video of real-life subjects Nancy and Jerry Jaax discussing THE HOT ZONE at the Los Angeles premiere.