PhD candidate Spencer Roberts helps launch CDC Museum digital exhibit on Ebola

PhD candidate Spencer Roberts helps launch CDC Museum digital exhibit on Ebola
Spencer Roberts at the Pitts Theology Library, Emory University

Spencer Roberts, GMU PhD candidate in the History and Art History department and currently Systems and Digital Scholarship Librarian at Emory University, played a leading role in the recently launched online exhibition on Ebola at the David J. Sencer CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Museum. Created in collaboration with Georgia State University and Emory University, this exhibit is a digital edition of the 2017-18 exhibition, EBOLA: People + Public Health + Political Will. It explores the history of Ebola in West Africa, 2014-2016, and how CDC, global partners, governments, organizations, and individuals came together to stop an epidemic.

Spencer Roberts was invited to participate in the project given his knowledge of Matterport virtual tour equipment and digital exhibit platforms. He eventually served as the technical lead and co-editor throughout the project. His work has involved building the system infrastructure, managing collaborator accounts, modifying the Omeka plugins and theme, updating content and layout, audio and video production, 3D object capture, and much more.

In reflecting on the exhibit content, Roberts says “We hope that visitors to the exhibit will better understand the complexities of coping with a viral outbreak, the importance of cultural and social awareness in public healthcare responses, and the impact of such outbreaks in vulnerable communities. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, we’ve recognized that our exhibit also demonstrates many elements of public health that now have a high-profile, such as personal protective equipment (PPE), contact tracing, quarantine, public outreach about health risks, and so on. As a result, we now hope that visitors will see how essential these practices were in containing Ebola and make the connection to their continued importance during the current epidemic.”

To view the exhibit, please visit


Thumbnail image credit: 

“Stop.Ebola.jpg,” CDC Museum Digital Exhibits, accessed September 28, 2020,