Legacy samples yield headaches
Sep09

Legacy samples yield headaches

Several safety breaches involving pathogens have brought attention to the problem of legacy samples. Vials of smallpox dating to the 1950s were discovered in unsecured Food & Drug Administation labs on the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Md., earlier this summer. Then, last week, the Washington Post reported that NIH workers found ricin, the bacteria that cause plague, and other so-called “select...

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Academic lab safety: One chemist’s observations
Aug28

Academic lab safety: One chemist’s observations

Contributed by Brenna Arlyce Brown, who received her PhD in chemistry in 2013 and is currently working in business development for a research funding organization. She is working on setting up a safety consulting business. A few weeks ago, when reading about the deal that prosecutors made with University of California, Los Angeles, chemistry professor Patrick Harran regarding the lab fire that led to researcher Sheharbano Sangji’s...

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More details on the University of Minnesota explosion and response
Jul30

More details on the University of Minnesota explosion and response

On June 17, an explosion in a chemistry lab at the University of Minnesota injured graduate student Walter Partlo. He was making trimethylsilyl azide, starting with 200 g of sodium azide. The incident originated in lack of hazard awareness, school representatives say, and the department response focuses on identifying hazardous processes and communication. The synthesis was based on previously published methods, with some...

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Los Angeles district attorney comments on Harran settlement in #SheriSangji case
Jun25

Los Angeles district attorney comments on Harran settlement in #SheriSangji case

Michael Torrice and I have another story up today on the terms of the settlement agreement between University of California, Los Angeles, chemistry professor Patrick Harran and the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. The new story includes comments from head deputy district attorney Craig Hum regarding the specific terms of the settlement. What didn’t make it into the story: I also asked UCLA whether the...

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Myths of the #SheriSangji case
Jun24

Myths of the #SheriSangji case

From Twitter yesterday on Sunday, after I shared the link (yet again) to my 2009 story about the circumstances surrounding the fire in a University of California, Los Angeles, chemistry lab that led to the death of researcher Sheharbano (Sheri) Sangji: @jkemsley Thx 4 link; may be a bit of misinformation flying around right now abt #sherisangji @krismarsh @DaveFernig @ChemBark — Dr. Allison Stelling (@DrStelling) June 22, 2014...

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Reactions to the Patrick Harran settlement in the #SheriSangji case
Jun23

Reactions to the Patrick Harran settlement in the #SheriSangji case

[View the story "Reactions to Patrick Harran Settlement Agreement in #SheriSangji case" on...

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