Cora Downs, professor of bacteriology at the University of Kansas from 1917-1963, discusses choosing KU for her undergraduate degree, describing what the university was like in the early 1900s. She discusses her work with biological warfare and her time spent in Alaska researching Tularemia. Discussion of her professional career follows with her work at Rockefeller Institute. She recalls the Great Depression at KU and its affects on salary. Also covered is her relationship with her grandmother, Cora M. Downs, the first woman Regent for the University of Kansas.