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ORE’s NIH Open House a Success Despite Winter Weather

janet1_webOn Wednesday, February 18, the Office of Research and Engagement hosted the UT NIH Research Community Open House. Despite the snow and ice, 55 Community members were able to attend, with faculty representation from the Institute of Agriculture, the Graduate School of Medicine, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in addition to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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New UT Committee for Lab Safety on Campus

Laboratory accidents are not only a threat to the safety of our students, faculty and staff, but the media exposure can be a threat to the reputation of an institution as well.

January 7, 2010, chemistry laboratory explosion at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

January 7, 2010, chemistry laboratory explosion at Texas Tech University. Photo by U.S. Chemical Safety Board

Texas Tech University

Four people were taken to the hospital for minor injuries following a chemical explosion at a Texas Tech University chemistry building on February 2, 2015. A university spokesperson confirmed that the explosion was caused by chemical waste products.
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UT’s Smart Communities Initiative to Partner with Southeast Tennessee Development District

UT has chosen the Southeast Tennessee Development District to be its 2015–16 Smart Communities Initiative (SCI) partner.

Through SCI, UT pairs faculty and students with Tennessee cities, counties, special districts, and other governmental organizations to engage in real-world problem solving aimed at improving the region’s economy, environment, and social fabric.
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Policy Reminder: Minors in Laboratories and Shops

The Minors in Laboratories and Shops safety policy went into effect two years ago and is found in the online safety manual. It was developed in response to an increase in high school students on campus. The policy covers individuals less than 18 years of age who are in engaged in university-sponsored activities in laboratories and shops.
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Annual Chemical Inventory Submission Deadline Approaching

Have you updated your chemical inventory?

The university’s effort to annually update the chemical inventory is underway. Please ensure your lab or workplace’s inventory of any hazardous materials is submitted to Environmental Health & Safety by the due date. If you use or store hazardous materials and have never submitted an inventory please follow the link below for more information and guidance.
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