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The Scishield EHS Community Connection Webinar Series

Safety Culture: A JEDI approach via org-culture?

Safety culture efforts are challenging. Since it’s part of organizational culture, partnering with Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (JEDI ) initiatives could benefit both. Hear from our experts in both areas.
Robert Nobles, DrPH, MPH
Vice President for Research Administration, Emory University, Office of Research Administration
Renetta Tull, PhD
 Vice-Chancellor, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, University of California
 Anthony Appleton, PhD
Research Safety Culture Program; Colorado State University, Office of the Vice President for Research

 This webinar aired on Thursday December 2, 2021.


Meet the Panelists:

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Robert Nobles, DrPH, MPH

Vice President for Research Administration
Emory University, Office of Research Administration
Emory University, Office of Research Administration

Dr. Robert Nobles (DrPH, MPH) serves as the Vice President for Research Administration at Emory University. Within Emory Nobles leads the research administrative and compliance departments including Clinical Research, Environmental Health and Safety, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Institutional Review Board, Research Administration – IT, Research Administration Services, Research Compliance and Regulatory Affairs, Research Grants and Contracts, Sponsored Programs, Strategic Operations and Training and Technology Transfer with more than 450 team members providing outstanding services that catalyze research and operational excellence. 


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Renetta G. Tull, PhD

Vice-Chancellor, Diversity Equity and Inclusion
University of California, Davis

Dr. Tull is on the Chief Diversity Officers Council for the University of California, and she is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC Davis. An international speaker on global diversity in STEM, Dr. Tull was a Global Engineering Deans Council/Airbus Diversity Award Finalist and received the ABET Claire L. Felbinger Award for Diversity, and the Student Platform for Engineering Education Development Global Mentoring Award. She was part of the consensus committee for the National Academies’ “Impact of COVID-19 on the Careers of Women in Academic STEMM” and is part of the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES) community. Her research interests in Humanitarian Engineering continue through sharing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

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Anthony Appleton, PhD

Research Safety Culture Program Coordinator
Colorado State University, Office of the Vice President for Research

Dr. Anthony Appleton (PhD) is the Research Safety Culture Program Coordinator, a liaison-style position acting as the “ganache” between researchers and the various safety and compliance units at Colorado State University (CSU). The Research Safety Culture Program has won multiple national awards for innovation and marketing involving researcher training that includes a focus on Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) resources. Anthony truly believes research safety is not just the researcher, research safety is the entire community involved in research.

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Jonathan Klane

MC; Director of Risk Management and Safety Education

After many years in consulting, teaching, and directing safety and risk for two engineering colleges, Jonathan is now part of the SciShield team in a new role – Director of Risk management and Safety Education. This new innovative position encompasses risk management, safety culture, EHS compliance, loss control, and safety education for the entire community.