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Empowering Safe Practices Team (ESPT)

The ESPT (Empowering Safe Practices Team) is led by a group of graduate students who serve as Laboratory Safety Officers (LSOs) from various areas of the Department of Chemistry at Stony Brook University.

Graduate Students:

Myounwoo Kim ( Organic Chemistry)

Monty Cosby ( Materials and Solid State Chemistry)

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Jessica Durham (Inorganic Chemistry/Materials) - Alumni Member

Diane Colabello (Safety Position at Weill Cornell Medicine) - Alumni Member

Wendy Hom (EHS Officer at Hofstra University ) - Alumni Member 

Brianna O'Neill (Chemical Biology) - Alumni Member

Andrea Bruck (Battery Chemistry) - Alumni Member



Faculty/Staff Members:

Karena Chapman ( Safety Committee Chair)
Patricia Nolan ( Departmental Safety Officer)
April Musano ( Director of Laboratories)

How does the ESPT aim to promote safety in the department? 

  • Increasing awareness of safe practices in the laboratory by posting safety-related flyers throughout the Chemistry building
  • Ensuring that LSOs from all labs fully comprehend and are up-to-date on all mandatory training
  • “Peer reviews” of each other’s labs, in addition to annual inspections by Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S)
  • Involvement with graduate students through hands-on demos
  • Participating in an annual department-wide safety day


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