National Geographic's limited series called THE HOT ZONE features two Kansas State University veterinarians and leaders: Nancy and Jerry Jaax. The series is based on the 1994 best-seller by Richard Preston and is inspired by the true story of an Ebola-related outbreak in 1989. 

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. Nancy and Jerry later returned to Kansas State University and served in research leadership positions to further the university's biodefense mission. They played important roles in the development of the Biosecurity Research Institute and the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility.

Kansas State University will host an advance screening of the premiere of THE HOT ZONE followed by a panel discussion with Nancy and Jerry Jaax, along with the showrunners, writers and executive producers Brian Peterson and Kelly Souders. The event will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, in Forum Hall in the K-State Student Union.

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.