Natural sciences faculty donate essential medical supplies

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Faculty and staff prepare and donate a truckload of protective equipment to Salem Health.

Over the past week, hospitals and other essential medical providers have alerted the public to severe shortages of personal protective equipment — masks, gloves, gowns, etc. These items are essential to address the COVID-19 crisis while continuing to provide regular healthcare to patients.

Don Thomson, director of Bishop Wellness Center and Katja Meyer, assistant professor of environmental science, reached out to the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences to determine how the college could help.

Thanks to the quick generosity of faculty and staff in the natural sciences, who both donated items from their labs and stockrooms and also helped gather materials together, on Friday afternoon CAS Dean Ruth Feingold and Senior Associate Dean Sarah Kirk delivered a large truckload of supplies to Salem Health. On Monday, faculty members delivered more gloves to Oregon Oncology Specialists, who responded, "Thanks so much for the gloves! This will help us keep our cancer patients safe."

Way to go, Bearcats!

Professor Sarah Kirk with a cart full of healthcare supplies

Professor Sarah Kirk and a cart full of healthcare supplies

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