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Release: Jan. 15, 2003

FBI agent to discuss Iowa’s terrorism risk, preparedness Jan. 23

The Iowa Center for Public Health Preparedness (ICPHP) will begin its spring 2003 series of Grand Rounds lectures with a presentation by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent Kevin B. Curran on Thursday, Jan. 23.

Curran, the supervisory senior resident agent based in Des Moines, will present, "Dimensions of Terrorism: Assessing the Threat in Iowa." The free lecture will be from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 20 of the Nursing Building on the University of Iowa campus. The lecture also will be broadcast over the Iowa Communications Network (ICN). Advanced registration for the program is requested and may be completed at

"Special Agent Curran will provide a general overview of terrorism, discuss the threat of a terrorist act in Iowa, review how Iowa law enforcement is addressing the threat, and explain how the healthcare/medical community can assist law enforcement in preventing and responding to terrorism," said Gregory Gray, Ph.D., UI professor of epidemiology.

Curran earned a J.D. degree in 1978 from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, and practiced law in California until 1982. He joined the FBI in June 1982 and has had assignments in the Los Angeles, New Orleans and New York City field offices, as well as at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He has been the supervisory senior resident agent in Des Moines since October 1991.

The presentation is part of the ongoing Grand Rounds series sponsored by the Iowa Center for Public Health Preparedness, based in the UI College of Public Health, and the Iowa Association of Local Public Health Agencies. The ICPHP is funded by a grant from the CDC through a cooperative agreement with the Association of Schools of Public Health. For more information about the Grand Rounds series, contact Shari Heick at (319) 384-8417.