Dear CHAS colleagues,
Our current national awards nominations process uses the following statement: "To the best of my knowledge, the nominee employs and requires good safety protocols and practices in his/her laboratory." The nominator must select "yes", "no" or "Unknown".
At our meeting this week, the ACS Board began the process of adding safety to the ACS Fellows criteria, and adding clauses to the ACS national awards and Fellows program that allows ACS to revoke an award or Fellows designation. I expect that these provisions will be put in place shortly.
Diane G. Schmidt
I his AAAS Fellowship should absolutely be revoked. But, I continue to question, what was she trained in, to what standards and what were our responsibilities to see that she was adequately protected? Dr. Harran was receiving the award based upon "The association bestows this honorary title on members "whose efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished," according to the AAAS website. Nominated by people in their own disciplines, 347 fellows were chosen this year." Upholding safety principals is not mentioned, I hypothesize that the very fact he was nominated by peers from his profession, is an indicator of how far we still have yet to travel with our responsibilities to ensure they are fully informed and accountable. We've come a long way, but serious laboratory accidents continue to occur. Maybe a correct analogy is to consider we may be 20' up on a 40' ladder and still have a long way to go. Are our efforts being successful? If not, why not? Finally, how can we expedite the process to achieve higher impact/results? I have asked a lot of questions, that we will probably never obtain specific answers to. But shouldn't we be asking these questions?
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