By News StaffPublished: Oct 29, 2014 at 9:07 PM PDTLast Updated: Oct 29, 2014 at 9:07 PM PDT
The public often lets feelings of fear drive their perception of a risk, rather than the probability of the risk actually happening, said University of Oregon Psychology Professor Paul Slovic.
With Ebola in the headlines, Slovic said, our thoughts of possibly contracting the disease hit all the risk perception hot buttons. It's unfamiliar, it's deadly, it's invisible, and not easily controllable.
Slovic says we tend to overreact and over-prepare, so that a disease doesn't spread. He says a lot of the precautions are more to ease the public fears than prevent a tragedy.
A web site's readers want to see just how high they can fly a model airplane. So they've built one using a 3-D printer and crowdfunding, and they're planning to launch it, with a toy pilot, from the New Mexico. CNN's Jim Boulden got a look at the plane.
The Oregon Nurses Association has teamed up with the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems to make sure nurses around the state have the training and equipment they need to handle Ebola patients.
Jane Lubchenco, the University Distinguished Professor and Advisor in Marine Studies at Oregon State University. (Photo courtesy of Oregon State University)
Climate One at The Commonwealth Club on Thursday announced that Jane Lubchenco, the University Distinguished Professor and Advisor in Marine Studies at Oregon State University and former NOAA administrator, will receive the fourth annual Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication.
The $10,000 award is given to a natural or social scientist who has made extraordinary scientific contributions and communicated that knowledge to a broad public in a clear and compelling fashion. It was established in memory of Stephen H. Schneider, a pioneer in the field of climatology.
During her tenure with NOAA, Lubchenco helped lead the nation through the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, 770 tornadoes, 70 Atlantic hurricanes, six major floods, three tsunamis, historic drought and wildfires, prolonged heat waves and record snowfalls and blizzards.
Two Native American totem poles that loom tall in Oregon Zoo history have reappeared on the zoo campus — newly refurbished, brightly painted and more striking than ever.
The totem poles — one crafted by Chief Don “Lelooska” Smith and another by father-and-son artists Rex and Ray Losey — have been at the zoo for decades, becoming familiar visual cues for visitors over the years.
They were relocated last year as the zoo began a major transformation, breaking ground on both Condors of the Columbia, which opened in May, and Elephant Lands — a sweeping expansion of the zoo’s Asian elephant habitat that will quadruple the animals’ space and dramatically enhance their daily experiences.