History of the CHAS LST Workshop

In 2018, Dr. Kali A. Miller, at the time a graduate researcher at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign and involved in the laboratory safety team there, developed a workshop called “Developing Graduate Student Leadership Skills in Laboratory Safety.” Initially supported by the ACS Committee on Chemical Safety, ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety, ACS Safety Programs, and the ACS Office of Graduate Education, the workshop was first held at the ACS National Meeting in Spring 2018. A paper was published describing this pilot workshop and initial survey analysis that can be found here. The workshop continued to be held at ACS National Meetings with different graduate researcher facilitators.

Jessica A. Martin began working closely with Dr. Miller to coordinate, and eventually take over general management of the workshop. They interviewed LST teams as a means of learning more about the movement and improving the offerings of the workshop. This resulted in a publication about LSTs that can be found here.

As 2020 approached, the COVID pandemic necessitated a rapid shift to a virtual world. Starting with the Spring 2020 ACS National Meeting, Jessica worked with the facilitators for that workshop to rapidly convert the workshop to a virtual format. 

As interest in the workshop continued to blossom in the academic community, it was recognized that the virtual version could reach a wider audience and be held independent of conferences. Jessica recruited known and active advocates in the ACS safety community to constitute an LST Mentorship Team to continue to improve the workshop. Graduate students involved in the LST leadership at their own institutions are also regularly recruited to serve as Facilitators and Moderators to share their experiences and improve their own professional skills. The workshop was renamed “Empowering Academic Researchers to Strengthen Safety Culture” in recognition of the changes made to it.

Workshop Date (year, month)RoleLinked nameInstitutionLocal safety program 
2018, 03FacilitatorKali A. MillerUniversity of Illinois-Urbana ChampaignChemistry Joint Safety Team (JST)
2018, 03FacilitatorMichael VlysidisUniversity of MinnesotaJoint Safety Team (JST)
2018, 08FacilitatorKali A. MillerUniversity of Illinois-Urbana ChampaignChemistry Joint Safety Team (JST)
2018, 08FacilitatorKaitlin TylerUniversity of Illinois-Urbana ChampaignChemistry Joint Safety Team (JST)
2019, 03FacilitatorKali A. MillerUniversity of Illinois-Urbana ChampaignChemistry Joint Safety Team (JST)
2019, 03FacilitatorKendra DenlingerUniversity of Cincinnati
2019, 06FacilitatorJessica A. MartinUniversity of ConnecticutJoint Safety Team (JST)
2019, 06FacilitatorDavid FinsterWittenburg University
2019, 08FacilitatorJessica A. MartinUniversity of ConnecticutJoint Safety Team (JST)
2019, 08FacilitatorChandra KarkiUniversity of South Dakota
2019, 08LeaderKali A. MillerUniversity of Illinois-Urbana ChampaignChemistry Joint Safety Team (JST)
2020, 03 (Virtual)FacilitatorVeronica HayesUniversity of ConnecticutJoint Safety Team (JST)
2020, 03 (Virtual)FacilitatorVictor BeaumontYale UniversityChemistry Joint Safety Team (JST)
2020, 03 (Virtual)LeaderJessica A. MartinUniversity of ConnecticutJoint Safety Team (JST)
2020, 08 (Virtual)FacilitatorCristian Aviles-MartinUniversity of ConnecticutJoint Safety Team (JST)
2020, 08 (Virtual)FacilitatorOmar Leon RuizUniversity of California, Los AngelesJoint Research Safety Initiative (JRSI)
2020, 08 (Virtual)LeaderJessica A. MartinUniversity of ConnecticutJoint Safety Team (JST)
2020, 08 (Virtual)ModeratorJessica DeYoungUniversity of IowaChemistry Safety and Responsibility Stewards (CSARS)
2020, 08 (Virtual)ModeratorSarah ZinnUniversity of ChicagoJoint Research Safety Initiative (JRSI)
2020, 08 (Virtual)ModeratorKali A. MillerACS Publications
2020, 08 (Virtual)ModeratorDavid FinsterWittenburg University (retired)
2020, 08 (Virtual)ModeratorMarta GmurczykACSACS Safety Web Site
2020, 08 (Virtual)ModeratorSamuella SigmannAppalachian State University
2020, 08 (Virtual)ModeratorRalph StuartKeene State College
2020, 11 (Virtual)FacilitatorJessica DeYoungUniversity of IowaChemistry Safety and Responsibility Stewards (CSARS)
2020, 11 (Virtual)FacilitatorSarah ZinnUniversity of ChicagoJoint Research Safety Initiative (JRSI)
2020, 11 (Virtual)LeaderJessica A. MartinUniversity of ConnecticutJoint Safety Team (JST)
2020, 11 (Virtual)ModeratorCristian Aviles-MartinUniversity of ConnecticutJoint Safety Team (JST)
2020, 11 (Virtual)ModeratorOmar Leon RuizUniversity of California, Los AngelesJoint Research Safety Initiative (JRSI)
2020, 11 (Virtual)ModeratorLindsey ApplegateUniversity of IowaChemistry Safety and Responsibility Stewards (CSARS)
2020, 11 (Virtual)ModeratorDagen HughesUniversity of IowaChemistry Safety and Responsibility Stewards (CSARS)
2020, 11 (Virtual)ModeratorKali A. MillerACS Publications
2020, 11 (Virtual)ModeratorDavid FinsterWittenburg University (retired)
2020, 11 (Virtual)ModeratorMarta GmurczykACS
2020, 11 (Virtual)ModeratorMary Beth KozaUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (retired)
2020, 11 (Virtual)ModeratorRalph StuartKeene State College
2021. 02 (Virtual)FacilitatorOmar Leon Ruiz(see above for contact information)
2021. 02 (Virtual)FacilitatorDagen Hughes(see above for contact information)
2021. 02 (Virtual)ModeratorLindsey Applegate(see above for contact information)
2021. 02 (Virtual)ModeratorJessica DeYoung(see above for contact information)
2021. 02 (Virtual)ModeratorCristian Aviles-Martin(see above for contact information)
2021. 02 (Virtual)ModeratorTaysir BaderUniversity of MinnesotaJoint Safety Teamhttp://www.jst.umn.edu/
2021. 02 (Virtual)ModeratorMelissa AlfonsoUniversity of MemphisUniversity of Memphis Graduate Safety Team
2021. 02 (Virtual)ModeratorAbhijeet PatilMichigan Technological UniversityMTU Safety Team
2021. 02 (Virtual)ModeratorMonica NysanaMichigan Technological UniversityMTU Safety Teamno website
2021. 02 (Virtual)ModeratorCalla McCulleyUniversity of Texas at AustinChemistry Student Safety Organization (CSSO)http://sites.utexas.edu/csso/

Description of Roles:

Leader: Recruits and trains Facilitators and Moderators; manages updates to workshop content; organizes logistics; communicates with participants before and after workshop as needed; manages technology during the workshop; leads pre-workshop practice and post-workshop review sessions for Facilitators with the LST Mentorship Team

Facilitator: Participates in updates to workshop content through pre-workshop practice and post-workshop review sessions with the Leader and LST Mentorship Team; delivers workshop content to live audience; facilitates small group and large group activities and discussion during the workshop

Moderator (Position created for virtual workshop): Serves in the practice audience for pre-workshop practice sessions and participates in post-workshop review session; can contribute to updates to workshop content; monitors Breakout Room activities during the Workshop

LST Mentorship Team: This team is a group of senior CHAS members and other safety professionals who support the workshop leader with content review and advice and who often serve as moderators for virtual workshops.

Mentorship Team

Kali A. MillerACS Publications
David FinsterWittenberg University (retired)
Marta GmurczykACS
Mary Beth KozaUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (retired)
Ralph StuartKeene State College
Samuella SigmannAppalachian State University

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