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UT is one of only three universities to earn this designation in 2020.

“This designation reflects both our land-grant mission and our Volunteer spirit, opening tremendous opportunities to expand our capacity to serve,” said UT Chancellor Donde Plowman. “We are always looking for new and better ways to increase access to education, make important discoveries, develop our state’s workforce and enhance quality of life for all Tennesseans. This designation recognizes what we are already doing and opens new doors for the future.”

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) established the IEP Universities Program to identify and further equip institutions that drive economic and community engagement through public and private-sector partnerships.

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Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering in UT’s Tickle College of Engineering, will join the newly created Expert Educator Team to help spread the growth of advanced manufacturing education through colleges.

“Our role will be to work with researchers and partners to identify areas of need in advanced manufacturing, particularly with lightweight materials,” said Duty. “We will then create a knowledge base and curricula surrounding those areas so that we can better prepare students for careers.”

The three groups working together to back the idea—Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences—selected Duty and five other leading experts for the task.
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APLU Lab Safety GuidelinesWashington, DC – Seeking to provide a roadmap for university-wide efforts to renew and strengthen a culture of research safety, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ (APLU) Task Force on Laboratory Safety today released its Guide to Implementing a Safety Culture in Our Universities.  The task force also released a companion website, intended to make the guide more accessible and allow for the continued sharing of best practices and other information to improve safety at research universities nationwide.

Designed for university presidents and chancellors who have pledged to commit their university to a renewed culture of research safety, the guide and website include 20 recommendations, each with an analysis of the alignment of the recommendation with other foundational reports, reading lists, tools, strategies, illustrative examples, and/or best practices drawn from a community of stakeholders. These resources were selected to help an appointed campus team navigate the process of strengthening their culture of safety.
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Association of Public and Land-grant Universities formed the Task Force on Laboratory Safety recently to provide research universities with recommendations and guidance on strategies to enhance a culture of laboratory safety. The task force is composed of senior research officers and environmental and health safety experts. Eighmy and Mark McLellan, vice president for research for Utah State University, are co-chairs.

APLU formed the group in coordination with the Association of American Universities (AAU), the American Chemical Society (ACS), and the Council on Government Relations (COGR).

“This is an essential matter to address,” Eighmy said. “The culture around lab and studio safety is integral to the responsible conduct of research and scholarly excellence. We are fortunate to have such a dedicated task force and support from APLU, AAU, COGR, and ACS. It will be important for us to listen and learn and bring forward recommendations for implementation. We are excited to work together to help lead this effort.”
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