The US Department of State named University of Minnesota's Michael Osterholm one of 5 US science envoys this week.
The epidemiologist said he’ll focus on antibiotic resistance and stewardship—especially in low-resource countries. And he isn’t hung up on the politics. "This is not a Democratic or Republican issue," he told Cohen. "What’s important to me is the science. I’m just another private in the infectious disease army, and I do my best to serve."
Osterholm, who heads up CIDRAP, "has a reputation for speaking bluntly—torpedoes, political correctness, friends, even funders be damned—and understands the power of a punchy metaphor," writes Jon Cohen.