Sarah Pruett has been promoted to the role of Assistant Vice Chancellor of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) and Research Integrity Officer (RIO) in the Office of Research and Engagement effective December 1, 2019. She assumed the role following the departure of Robert Nobles who held the position for five years.
Pruett has been at UT since April 2018 when she was hired as the director of research integrity and research integrity compliance officer. As part of the Office of Research Integrity, she was responsible for investigating allegations of research misconduct at the university and provided research integrity training to raise awareness on campus of the institutional plan for the responsible conduct of research.
“As a UT alumna and a native Tennessean, I am both honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for RCR and the RIO of this institution,” said Pruett. “I look forward to working with our fantastic research community in my new role and helping us achieve and exceed all of our goals.”
With more than 10 years of research management experience in highly regulated environments, Pruett is well versed in regulatory procedures and requirements in environmental and radiation safety, human and animal research subjects, data management, responsible authorship, and research ethics.
In her new role, Pruett will coordinate with and help guide multiple research compliance activities at the university including the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) which provides oversight of research involving human subjects, the export control office which is charged with the review and management of defense- and business-sensitive information, research conflict of interest, and the institutional biosafety and radiation safety committees. She also works with groups ensuring the wellbeing of laboratory animals. Failure to comply with requirements in these areas can result in losing eligibility to do federal research, as well as civil and criminal sanctions for individual researchers and the university.
“Our university is committed to the responsible conduct of research,” said Matthew Mench, interim vice chancellor for research. “Dr. Pruett is dedicated to ensuring that faculty and students conducting research at UT do so in compliance with a wide array of federal requirements.”
Pruett has a doctorate in chemistry from Emory University and spent eight years at Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory, where she was the director of the Biomarkers Core Laboratory and a research assistant professor. While there, she was part of a $20 million NIH multidisciplinary contract that encompassed several universities and the Centers for Disease Control.
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