UO addresses the global Ebola crisis

As the world watches the unfolding Ebola crisis with increasing concern, the UO also is assessing programs that send students to West Africa to study. Decisions on whether to continue those programs are being made with the safety of students and faculty as the first priority.

But the university is contributing to the discussion in other ways also, using its expertise as a public research university to help inform issues such as why the virus has caused such a high level of fear. This collection of stories is meant to help the university community track our response to this public health threat.

INRB Lab workers in Kinshasa with a diagnostic kit for use in the field
October 12

Ebola halts program in Ghana, shines light on UO-based disaster resilience network

A group email list initiated to serve Disaster Resilient Universities is now tracking Ebola responses and helping disaster planning in higher education
SOJC students in Ghana
October 12

SOJC taking wait-and-see approach to Ghana program

Leslie Steeves says the school is keeping a close watch on the Ebola epidemic as it ponders whether to take students to Ghana next summer
Paul Slovic
October 8

UO psychologist discusses risk in Oregonian story on Ebola

While the odds of infection are low, people's perceptions are driven by 'our gut feelings,' says Paul Slovic
Paul Slovic
August 22

Paul Slovic discusses Ebola and public fears with NYT, NPR

The UO psychology professor discusses the 'dread factor' that deadly diseases create in the popular imagination and how that can cause overreaction
Photo courtesy of Office of International Affairs
August 27

Going global: Staying healthy at home and abroad

The Travel Clinic is just one of the many resources available through the University Health Center to keep the campus community healthy