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Faculty, Students, Staff Awarded for Research Integrity and Compliance

All the award winners with Chancellor Davenport
The Office of Research and Engagement’s third annual Research Integrity and Compliance Awards were held at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy Tuesday, February 6. Chancellor Beverly Davenport and Robert Nobles, interim vice chancellor for research and engagement, celebrated faculty, staff, and students who practice excellence in safety and compliance areas every day.

“These awards were created to highlight the value and importance of shared governance, which lays the foundation for UT’s continued success,” said Nobles. “I am indebted to those who contribute to our research integrity, safety, and compliance infrastructure, and appreciate their dedication.”

Eighteen individuals were recognized by their peers for consistently going above and beyond in their field, showcasing their dedication to research integrity, radiation and laboratory safety, and issues of compliance.

“The recipients of these awards are a dedicated and compassionate group of people who serve as role models of the Volunteer spirit and go the extra mile in giving their all for the university in such a selfless manner,” said Nobles.

The recipients this year are:

  • Melinda Hauser, research assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology was named a Faculty Champion for Research Compliance and Safety
  • John Kobza, department head and professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering was named a Faculty Champion for Research Compliance and Safety
  • Matthew Cook, postdoctoral research associate in the Institute for Nuclear Security, was named a Staff Champion for Research Compliance and Safety
  • Reggie Millwood, research associate in the Department of Plant Sciences was named a Staff Champion for Research Compliance and Safety
  • Will Ferrell, graduate student in materials science and engineering, was named a Student Champion for Research Compliance and Safety
  • Dorothy Sharp, senior veterinary tech at UT College of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Small Animal Clinical Science was given the award for Promoting Radiation Safety and Compliance
  • Bill Dunne, associate dean for Research Technology in the Department of Engineering was given the award for Promoting Laboratory Safety and Compliance
  • Andrea Lear, clinical instructor in the Department of Veterinary Medicine, was given an award for Excellence in Biological Safety and Compliance
  • Mark Campbell, assistant director for the East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, was given an award for Excellence in Biological Safety and Compliance
  • Sharon Hale, academic support coordinator for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was given an award for Excellence in Laboratory Safety
  • Audrey Paterson, geochemistry lab manager for the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, was given an award for Excellence in Laboratory Safety
  • Ampofo Darko, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, was given the award for Excellence in Laboratory Safety
  • Michael Karlstad, professor in UT Medical Center’s Department of Surgery, was given the award for Promoting Animal Care and Use
  • Paul Erwin, department head and professor in the Department of Public Health, was given an award for Promoting Human Research Protections
  • Marsha Smith, radiation safety officer in the Office of Research and Engagement’s Radiation Safety unit, was given an award for Promoting Human Research Protections
  • Neal Stewart, professor in the Department of Plant Sciences, was given the award for Extraordinary Contributions to Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Holly Mercer, associate dean for Research, Collections, and Scholarly Communication in the University Libraries, was given an award for Extraordinary Collaborations in Research Compliance and Safety
  • Lela Young, associate general counsel for the General Counsel, was given an award for Extraordinary Collaborations in Research Compliance and Safety

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