Jyllian Kemsley

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Charges Brought In UCLA lab Death | January 2, 2012 Issue - Vol. 90 Issue 1 | Chemical & Engineering News

Sangji<p>Sangji<p>PDF of court documents.<p><b>The Los Angeles</b> County District Attorney’s Office filed charges against the University of California and UC Los …

Learning From Mistakes | February 23, 2009 Issue - Vol. 87 Issue 8 | Chemical & Engineering News

<i>Sangji received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Pomona College in May 2008.</i><p><i>Sangji received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Pomona College</i> …

Obituaries | February 16, 2009 Issue - Vol. 87 Issue 7 | Chemical & Engineering News

Bank<p>Bank<p><b>Shelton Bank</b>, 76, emeritus professor of chemistry at the State University of New York, Albany, died suddenly on Jan. 12, while traveling in …

A death in the lab

Published online<p>18 April 2011| Nature 472, 270-271 (2011) | doi:10.1038/472270a<p>News<p>Fatality adds further momentum to calls for a shake-up in academic …

Crossing the Rubicon

On 27 July, the regents of the University of California (UC) took a step unprecedented in U.S. history, one that laboratory safety experts believe is …

UC Berkeley

In the wake of the Harran plea deal, are universities embracing lab safety?

Earlier this month, prosecutors in Los Angeles reached a plea agreement with UCLA chemistry professor Patrick Harran in the criminal case against him …

Letter: "... the responsibility for chemical safety ultimately rests with the individual."

From this week's C&EN, a letter that encapsulates a common opinion among chemists about the #SheriSangji case:<p>I am offended by a system that believes …

Podcast

Janet Stemwedel is not unfamiliar to readers of the blog; her comments on the Sheri Sangji case are well-known here. Early in August (right after the …

Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis on Sheri Sangji

An essay on worker safety (in advance of Workers Memorial Day) written for US Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis chooses to point out Sheri Sangji as an …

A conversation with a state prosecutor around the Sangji case

MG is a family friend and an state prosecutor. He is not in any way associated with the #SheriSangji case, nor is he in the same geographical area as …

Readers speak on potential prison time for Professor Harran

Last week, I asked if anyone thought that Professor Patrick Harran should go to prison. As I've said before, the felony charges are likely to be an …

Suit against UCLA in fatal lab fire raises question of who is responsible for safety.

Right before 2011 ended (and, as it happened, right before the statute of limitations ran out), the Los Angeles County district attorney's office …

60 mL syringes can get unstable

One of the details that keeps coming back from the Sheri Sangji case was the use of a large plastic syringe to perform the transfer. They're quite …

The Most Important Lesson from Sheri Sangji’s Death

This post on The Safety Zone indicates that the community is already forgetting many of the details and lessons of Sheri Sangji’s tragic death. That …

UCLA Professor Patrick Harran Strikes Deal with Prosecutors

Patrick Harran, the UCLA professor who faced four felony counts in connection with the death of Sheri Sangji in a laboratory fire, has struck a deal …

Did Sheri Sangji Die in Vain?

I was away last week, and I’m still processing all of the recent developments in the Patrick Harran case. Harran, a chemistry professor at UCLA, is …

Some Thoughts on the UCLA/Harran/Sangji Case

Jyllian Kemsley has a post that summarizes all of the coverage and commentary on the UCLA/Harran news. Her blog is undoubtedly the best place to …

Beryl Benderly's article on Sheri Sangji: Wrong on the facts, wrong on the policy

Beryl Lieff Benderly is apparently a science writer of some repute; she writes the "Taken for Granted" column of ScienceCareers. While most of her …

Focus of UCLA lab-death case turns to murder from past | L.A. NOW | Los Angeles Times

The case is supposed to be about the accidental death of a UCLA lab worker in 2008. But it temporarily has focused on another death: a 1985 murder involving a methamphetamine robbery.<p>Defense attorneys contend that occupational-safety charges against UCLA chemistry professor Patrick Harran should be …

UCLA says it will fight ‘outrageous’ felony charges in fatal lab fire | L.A. NOW | Los Angeles Times

UCLA could be fined up to $1.5 million for each of the three counts.<p>Reed described the incident as "an unfathomable tragedy," but not a crime.<p>Sangji's family and a former workplace safety prosecutor who has been assisting them for the last two years strongly disagree.<p>"The confluence of events that …

Deadly UCLA lab fire leaves haunting questions

UCLA<p>'s Molecular Sciences Building was mostly closed for the holidays on Dec. 29 as research assistant Sheri Sangji worked on an organic chemistry experiment.<p>Only three months into her job in the lab, the 23-year-old Pomona College graduate was using a plastic syringe to extract from a sealed …

Ronald Reagan

A young lab worker, a professor and a deadly accident

The systemic failures that led to Sangji’s death began accumulating well before the day a young, inexperienced woman was permitted to undertake a …

Landmark worker death case continues against UCLA chemistry professor

LOS ANGELES — Sheri Sangji is on fire.<p>The 23-year-old research associate, a Pomona College graduate raised in Pakistan, has accidentally pulled the …

UCLA's legal fees in fatal lab fire case neared $4.5 million

After<p>UCLAchemistry professor Patrick Harran walked out of court in June, his lawyers issued a news release hailing the "first-of-its-kind" deal that all but freed him from criminal liability in a 2008 lab fire that killed a staff researcher.<p>The "deferred prosecution agreement" that allowed Harran …

Corruption

Promoting Better Academic Lab Safety Culture | August 4, 2014 Issue - Vol. 92 Issue 31 | Chemical & Engineering News

<b>Two new reports from</b> the National Research Council (NRC) and Stanford University offer guidance to the chemistry community for how to improve the …

Prudent Practices Updated | March 30, 2011 Issue - Vol. 89 Issue 14 | Chemical & Engineering News

NRC's Kathryn Hughes (left) gives safety consultant and revision committee member Russell Phifer (center) and Meridian Life Science's Cynthia Perrine …

Myths of the #SheriSangji case

Posted By Jyllian Kemsley on Jun 24, 2014 in Academia, Accidents | 7 comments<p>From Twitter<p>yesterdayon Sunday, after I shared the link (yet again) to …

Reactions to the Patrick Harran settlement in the #SheriSangji case

Posted By Jyllian Kemsley on Jun 23, 2014 in Academia, Accidents | 4 comments<p>Subscribe to this author's posts feed via RSS

Patrick Harran and district attorney reach deal in #SheriSangji case

Posted By Jyllian Kemsley on Jun 20, 2014 in Academia, Accidents | 1 comment<p>A Los Angeles County judge approved today an agreement between the …