NBC correspondent Arnot to speak at USD NBC Special Foreign Correspondent Dr. Bob Arnot is this year's featured speaker at the Volk Symposium, an event sponsored by the School of Business at The University of South Dakota.
Arnot will deliver two speeches during the symposium held Nov. 21. The first, at 4 p.m. in Farber Hall, is titled "Bottom Line Medicine: Human Lives vs. Dollars."
The second, and keynote address of the symposium, is titled "On the Front Line of Terror," and is scheduled for 8 p.m. in Slagle Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.
Arnot is one of the most recognized names in the medical and health professions.�Formerly NBC chief medical editor, Arnot has been named NBC special foreign correspondent. In this new capacity, he is reporting from the front lines on any and all major foreign developments. Recently on duty covering the war on terrorism, Arnot has returned from Pakistan and Somalia and is now seen frequently on the NBC News network broadcasts, including MSNBC and CNBC.
The Arthur A. Volk Symposium is sponsored annually by The University of South Dakota School of Business to bring together students, academicians, and business leaders for discussion of current topics of interest.
The symposium is named in honor of a man who gave 36 years of service to USD as professor of accounting and director of the business placement bureau. During his tenure, Art Volk taught every accounting course offered by the school as well as such diverse subjects as small business management and principles of economics. Through the generosity of many donors, this symposium has been established with The University of South Dakota Foundation to perpetuate the memory of Volk's outstanding service to students.
Prior to joining NBC in December 1996, Arnot was health correspondent for the CBS Evening News and CBS This Morning.�He is also a veteran foreign correspondent, having covered�the Gulf War, the Rwandan genocide, and civil wars in Burundi, the Congo, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Mozambique, Uganda, and Kosovo.
He has covered epidemic disease from Ebola in Central Africa and AIDS in Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Malawi to Cholera in�Bangladesh, Somalia, and Turkey. Partly because of his undergraduate degree in Islamic Studies, he was reporting from Pakistan prior to the U.S. retaliation to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
He is also reporting extensively on the threat of biological and chemical attacks and the anthrax scare that has gripped the nation.
Arnot plays an active role in international relief and serves on the board of directors of Save The Children and the U.N. high commission for refugees (USA). He is a veteran 6,000-hour pilot and has covered air disasters including that of JFK Jr., Egyptair, Alaska Air, and the Concorde.
He won the Dupont Award for its insider's look at the use and abuse of crack (48 Hours on Crack Street) and the Overseas Press Club award for NBC's team coverage of the floods in Mozambique.
A native of Boston, MS, Arnot received a bachelor of medical science degree from Dartmouth College in 1972 and a medical degree from McGill University in Montreal in 1974. He began his medical career as the founder and chief of the Lake Placid Sports Medical Center, where he not only served as administrator, but also as the physician for the 1977-80 U.S. Ski Team and the 1980 Winter Olympic Games. He continues as an�active member of the U.S. Ski Team board of directors.
From 1980 to 1984, Arnot served as national medical director of the National Emergency Service, where he was responsible for the education and quality control of 2,500 physicians in 116 hospitals across the country and for the planning and implementation of emergency services.
A successful author, Arnot has published eight books: Sports Selection (1985), a comprehensive sports science book; The Best Medicine (1992), a book which gives concrete, practical advice on how to receive the best medical treatment possible; Dr. Bob Arnot's Guide to Turning Back the Clock (1995), a complete fitness program for men featuring nutrition, sports and exercise; Dr. Bob Arnot's Revolutionary Weight Control Program (1997), a groundbreaking step-by step diet program; The Breast Cancer Prevention Diet (1998), The Biology of Success (2000), a book which� focuses on the role that positive mental energy plays in living a successful and satisfying life, The Prostate Cancer Protection Plan (2000), and the Healthy Breast Cook Book (2001).
A veteran lecturer, he has spoken before business organizations and conventions, colleges, sports groups, and community hospitals from Massachusetts to Florida, to California and Hawaii. Whether giving a motivational speech or discussing the threat of biological warfare, Arnot captivates his audiences with his intelligence, energy, and charm.�His medical career is one that has set standards, changed accepted ideas, and created a greater ability to understand our own physical being.