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.

In 2022, Monica Nyansa of Michigan Tech assumed the role of workshop coordinator. She described her experience in the workshop as part of her professional development in a posting for the ACS Chemistry Grad and Postdoc blog.

Workshop date (year, month)RoleFinal name linkInstitutionLocal safety program
2022. 06 (Virtual)LeaderMonica NyansaMichigan Technological UniversityMTU Chemistry Graduate Safety Committee (MTU CGSC)
2022. 06 (Virtual)FacilitatorHossain ShadmanThe University of MemphisUniversity of Memphis Joint Safety Team
2022. 06 (Virtual)FacilitatorAmanda ChungUniversity of California, IrvineGraduate Safety Team
2022. 06 (Virtual)ModeratorDinesh GautamOhio University
2022. 06 (Virtual)ModeratorChristy DyerThe University of MemphisUniversity of Memphis Joint Safety Team
2022. 06 (Virtual)ModeratorBrady BresnahanUniversity of MinnesotaChemistry and CEMS Joint Safety Team
2022. 06 (Virtual)ModeratorAshan WettasingheUniversity of Texas at Dallas
2022. 06 (Virtual)ModeratorMelissa AlfonsoThe University of MemphisUniversity of Memphis Joint Safety Team
2022. 06 (Virtual)ModeratorAdelina OronovaMichigan Technological UniversityMTU Chemistry Graduate Safety Committee (MTU CGSC)
2022. 03 (Virtual)LeaderMonica NyansaMichigan Technological UniversityMTU Chemistry Graduate Safety Committee (MTU CGSC)
2022. 03 (Virtual)FacilitatorRachel WileyThe University of MemphisUniversity of Memphis Joint Safety Team
2022. 03 (Virtual)FacilitatorOmar Leon RuizUniversity of California, Los AngelesJoint Research Safety Initiative (JRSI)
2022. 03 (Virtual)ModeratorHossain ShadmanThe University of MemphisUniversity of Memphis Joint Safety Team
2022. 03 (Virtual)ModeratorAmanda ChungUniversity of California, IrvineGraduate Safety Team
2022. 03 (Virtual)ModeratorAbhijeet PatilMichigan Technological UniversityMTU Chemistry Graduate Safety Committee (MTU CGSC)
2022. 03 (Virtual)ModeratorSaghar GomrokThe University of MemphisUniversity of Memphis Joint Safety Team
2022. 03 (Virtual)ModeratorHemanta TimsinaUniversity of ArkansasEngineering Safety Club
2022. 03 (Virtual)ModeratorFarouq BusariUniversity of Ibadan (Nigeria)
2022. 03 (Virtual)ModeratorJessica MartinMentorship Team Member
2022. 03 (Virtual)ModeratorTammy Lutz-RechtinMentorship Team Member
2021. 10 (Virtual)LeaderJessica MartinUniversity of ConnecticutJoint Safety Team
2021. 10 (Virtual)FacilitatorMonica NyansaMichigan Technological UniversityMTU Chemistry Graduate Safety Committee (MTU CGSC)
2021. 10 (Virtual)FacilitatorCalla McCulleyUniversity of Texas at AustinChemistry Student Safety Organization (CSSO)
2021. 10 (Virtual)ModeratorAustin MoyleWashington University in St. LouisChemistry Peer Review Safety Group (CPRSG)
2021. 10 (Virtual)ModeratorAbhijeet PatilMichigan Technological UniversityMTU Chemistry Graduate Safety Committee (MTU CGSC)
2021. 10 (Virtual)ModeratorRachel WileyThe University of MemphisUniversity of Memphis Joint Safety Team
2021. 10 (Virtual)ModeratorMaggi Braasch-TuriColorado State University
2021. 10 (Virtual)ModeratorMelissa AlfonsoThe University of MemphisUniversity of Memphis Joint Safety Team
2021. 10 (Virtual)ModeratorHemanta TimsinaUniversity of ArkansasEngineering Safety Club
2021. 10 (Virtual)ModeratorAdelina OronovaMichigan Technological UniversityMTU Chemistry Graduate Safety Committee (MTU CGSC)
2021. 10 (Virtual)ModeratorFarouq BusariUniversity of Ibadan (Nigeria)
2021. 06 (Virtual)LeaderJessica MartinUniversity of ConnecticutJoint Safety Team
2021. 06 (Virtual)FacilitatorLindsey ApplegateUniversity of IowaChemical Safety and Responsibility Stewards (CSARS)
2021. 06 (Virtual)FacilitatorJessica DeYoungUniversity of IowaChemical Safety and Responsibility Stewards (CSARS)
2021. 06 (Virtual)ModeratorTaysir BaderUniversity of MinnesotaJoint Safety Team
2021. 06 (Virtual)ModeratorAbhijeet PatilMichigan Technological UniversityMTU Chemistry Graduate Safety Committee (MTU CGSC)
2021. 06 (Virtual)ModeratorMonica NyansaMichigan Technological UniversityMTU Chemistry Graduate Safety Committee (MTU CGSC)
2021. 06 (Virtual)ModeratorCalla McCulleyUniversity of Texas at AustinChemistry Student Safety Organization (CSSO)
2021. 06 (Virtual)ModeratorRachel WileyThe University of MemphisUniversity of Memphis Graduate Safety Team
2021. 06 (Virtual)ModeratorAustin MoyleWashington University in St. LouisChemistry Peer Review Safety Group (CPRSG)
2021. 06 (Virtual)ModeratorMaggi Braasch-TuriColorado State University
2021. 02 (Virtual)LeaderJessica MartinUniversity of ConnecticutJoint Safety Team
2021. 02 (Virtual)FacilitatorOmar Leon RuizUCLAJoint Research Safety Initiative
2021. 02 (Virtual)FacilitatorDagen HughesUniversity of IowaChemical Safety and Responsibility Stewards (CSARS)
2021. 02 (Virtual)ModeratorLindsey ApplegateUniversity of IowaChemical Safety and Responsibility Stewards (CSARS)
2021. 02 (Virtual)ModeratorJessica DeYoungUniversity of IowaChemical Safety and Responsibility Stewards (CSARS)
2021. 02 (Virtual)ModeratorCristian Aviles-MartinUniversity of ConnecticutJoint Safety Team
2021. 02 (Virtual)ModeratorTaysir BaderUniversity of MinnesotaJoint Safety Team
2021. 02 (Virtual)ModeratorMelissa AlfonsoUniversity of MemphisUniversity of Memphis Joint Safety Team
2021. 02 (Virtual)ModeratorAbhijeet PatilMichigan Technological UniversityMTU Chemistry Graduate Safety Committee (MTU CGSC)
2021. 02 (Virtual)ModeratorMonica NyansaMichigan Technological UniversityMTU Chemistry Graduate Safety Committee (MTU CGSC)
2021. 02 (Virtual)ModeratorCalla McCulleyUniversity of Texas at AustinChemistry Student Safety Organization (CSSO)
2020. 11 (Virtual)LeaderJessica MartinUniversity of ConnecticutJoint Safety Team
2020. 11 (Virtual)FacilitatorSarah ZinnUniversity of ChicagoThe Joint Research Safety Initiative
2020. 11 (Virtual)FacilitatorJessica DeYoungUniversity of IowaChemical Safety and Responsibility Stewards (CSARS)
2020. 11 (Virtual)ModeratorMarta GmurczykMentorship Team Member
2020. 11 (Virtual)ModeratorMary Beth KozaMentorship Team Member
2020. 11 (Virtual)ModeratorLindsey ApplegateUniversity of IowaChemical Safety and Responsibility Stewards (CSARS)
2020. 11 (Virtual)ModeratorDagen HughesUniversity of IowaChemical Safety and Responsibility Stewards (CSARS)
2020. 11 (Virtual)ModeratorKali MillerMentorship Team Member
2020. 11 (Virtual)ModeratorDavid FinsterMentorship Team Member
2020. 11 (Virtual)ModeratorCristian Aviles-MartinUniversity of ConnecticutJoint Safety Team
2020. 11 (Virtual)ModeratorOmar Leon RuizUCLAJoint Research Safety Initiative
2020. 08 (Virtual)LeaderJessica MartinUniversity of ConnecticutJoint Safety Team
2020. 08 (Virtual)FacilitatorCristian Aviles-MartinUniversity of ConnecticutJoint Safety Team
2020. 08 (Virtual)FacilitatorOmar Leon RuizUCLAJoint Research Safety Initiative
2020. 08 (Virtual)ModeratorSarah ZinnUniversity of ChicagoThe Joint Research Safety Initiative
2020. 08 (Virtual)ModeratorJessica DeYoungUniversity of IowaChemical Safety and Responsibility Stewards (CSARS)
2020. 08 (Virtual)ModeratorKali MillerMentorship Team Member
2020. 08 (Virtual)ModeratorMarta GmurczykMentorship Team Member
2020. 08 (Virtual)ModeratorSammye SigmannMentorship Team Member
2020. 08 (Virtual)ModeratorDavid FinsterMentorship Team Member
2020. 08 (Virtual)ModeratorRalph StuartMentorship Team Member
2020. 03 (Virtual)LeaderJessica MartinUniversity of ConnecticutJoint Safety Team
2020. 03 (Virtual)FacilitatorVictor BeaumontYale UniversityChemistry Joint Safety Team
2020. 03 (Virtual)FacilitatorVeronica HayesUniversity of ConnecticutJoint Safety Team
2019. 08 (In Person)LeaderKali MillerUniversity of Illinois Urbana-ChampaignChemistry Joint Safety Team
2019. 08 (In Person)FacilitatorJessica MartinUniversity of ConnecticutJoint Safety Team
2019. 08 (In Person)FacilitatorChandra KarkiThe University of South Dakota
2019. 06 (In Person)LeaderKali MillerUniversity of Illinois Urbana-ChampaignChemistry Joint Safety Team
2019. 06 (In Person)FacilitatorJessica MartinUniversity of ConnecticutJoint Safety Team
2019. 06 (In Person)FacilitatorDavid FinsterMentorship Team Member
2019. 03 (In Person)LeaderKali MillerUniversity of Illinois Urbana-ChampaignChemistry Joint Safety Team
2019. 03 (In Person)FacilitatorKendra DenlingerXavier University
2018. 08 (In Person)LeaderKali MillerUniversity of Illinois Urbana-ChampaignChemistry Joint Safety Team
2018. 08 (In Person)FacilitatorKaitlin TylerUniversity of Illinois Urbana-ChampaignChemistry Joint Safety Team
2018. 03 (In Person)LeaderKali MillerUniversity of Illinois Urbana-ChampaignChemistry Joint Safety Team
2018. 03 (In Person)FacilitatorMichail VlysidisUniversity of MinnesotaJoint Safety Team

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

Please check our workshop schedule for information and registration for the latest workshop!

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