Community Outreach

From the outset of the Regional Biocontainment Laboratory (RBL) project, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center has made a concerted effort to communicate openly and broadly to a variety of constituencies. Internal faculty, staff and student list serve messages and articles in the Health Science Center's newsletter related every step of the process from receiving the National Institutes of Health grant in 2003 to the groundbreaking the spring of 2007. Articles on the RBL were run in the alumni magazines of the various colleges. A dedicated RBL site on the UTHSC Web site was launched in April 2006. The local Memphis media covered the RBL from the grant funding to the most recent event.
Listed below are community presentations and links to the coverage the RBL project has received to date.

RBL Fact Sheet, Prepared for the State Legislature, July 2006
RBL Brochure, Prepared for the General Public, updated December 2008

RBL Media Coverage

March 8, 2004, Rich Resources Promote Biotech Boom in Memphis, Memphis Medical News, http://memphis.medicalnewsinc.com/news.php?viewStory=40

November 11, 2004, Board Approves lab in Memphis, Memphis Business Journal, http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/stories/2004/11/08/daily29.html

October 24, 2005, Major Work Set to Start in Biomedical District, Memphis Daily News, http://www.memphisdailynews.com/editorial/Article.aspx?id=29048

January 11, 2007, Memphis Bioworks signs formal pact to identify marketable research at UT, Memphis Business Journal, http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/stories/2007/01/08/story6.html

February 15, 2007, New UT-Baptist Research Park Underway, Memphis Medical News, http://memphis.medicalnewsinc.com/news.php?viewStory=1071

March 9, 2007, Work Begins on Biocontainment Lab, Memphis Daily News, http://www.memphisdailynews.com/editorial/Article.aspx?type=digest&date=3/9/2007

March 14, 2007, Biocontainment Lab Heralds Momentum at Research Park, Memphis Daily News, http://www.memphisdailynews.com/editorial/Article.aspx?id=32229

April 2, 2007, Groundbreaking for new UTHSC Regional Biocontainment Lab Signals Movement- At Last, Memphis Medical News, http://memphis.medicalnewsinc.com/news.php?viewStory=1150

April 20, 2007, Biocontainment Lab Constructions Requires Additional Safety Precautions, Memphis Business Journal, http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/stories/2007/04/23/focus2.html

July 28, 2007, $2 million earmarked for UT bioresearch, The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2007/jul/28/2-million-earmarked-for-ut-bioresearch/

August 21, 2007, More traffic shutdowns Union, The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2007/aug/21/b21delays/

October 5, 2007, Inman awarded construction contract for $42.8 M Facility, Memphis Business Journal, http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/stories/2007/10/08/story4.html

November 8, 2007, UT biohazard lab obtains Defense Dept. funding, The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2007/nov/09/ut-biohazard-lab-obtains-defense-dept-02/

November 11, 2007, UTHSC Lab Receives $4M in funding, Memphis Daily News, http://www.memphisdailynews.com/editorial/Article.aspx?type=digest&date=11/12/2007

October 10, 2008, Research Park making progress, Memphis Business Journal, http://memphis.bizjournals.com/memphis/stories/2008/10/13/story5.html

April 7, 2009, Cohen Lists $101.7 million in earmarks, Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2009/apr/07/cohen-lists-1017m-in-earmarks/

May 7, 2009, Tennesee's senators seek funds for Air National Guard maintenance facility, Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2009/may/07/tennessees-senators-seek-funds-air-national-guard-/

May 8, 2009Guard project gets support, Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2009/may/08/guard-project-gets-support/

June 23, 2009, UT-Baptist Research Park cuts ribbon on first building, Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2009/jun/23/med-research-park-taking-shape/

June 28, 2009, Biocontainment lab means skilled jobs for Memphians, Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2009/jun/28/biocontainment-lab-means-skilled-jobs-for/

October 10, 2008, Research Park making progress, Memphis Business Journal, http://memphis.bizjournals.com/memphis/stories/2008/10/13/story5.html

April 7, 2009, Cohen Lists $101.7 million in earmarks, Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2009/apr/07/cohen-lists-1017m-in-earmarks/

May 7, 2009, Tennessee’s senators seek funds for Air National Guard maintenance facility, Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2009/may/07/tennessees-senators-seek-funds-air-national-guard-/

May 8, 2009, Guard project gets support, Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2009/may/08/guard-project-gets-support/

June 23, 2009, UT-Baptist Research Park cuts ribbon on first building, Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2009/jun/23/med-research-park-taking-shape/

June 28, 2009, Biocontainment lab means skilled jobs for Memphians, Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2009/jun/28/biocontainment-lab-means-skilled-jobs-for/

UTHSC Internal Communication

February 2007, Groundbreaking for RBL, pg. 12, Record - UTHSC Faculty, Staff, and Students Publications, http://www.uthsc.edu/research/rbl/docs/February%202007%20Record.pdf

April 2007, RBL Groundbreaking Heralds UT-Baptist Research Park, pg. 1, Record - UTHSC Faculty, Staff, and Students Publications, http://www.uthsc.edu/research/rbl/docs/March%20-%20April%202007%20Record.pdf

April 2009, UTHSC Regional Biocontainment Laboratory Update, pg. 1, Research Newsletter - UTHSC Faculty, Staff and Students Publications, http://www.uthsc.edu/research/research_newsletter/docs/2009-04-April.pdf

June/July 2009, Regional Biocontainment Lab means more jobs for Memphis, pg. 23, Record - UTHSC Faculty, Staff and Students Publications, http://www.uthsc.edu/record/pdfs/2009/record_jun-jul09.pdf

April 2009, UTHSC Regional Biocontainment Laboratory Update, pg. 1, Research Newsletter – UTHSC Faculty, Staff and Students Publications, http://www.uthsc.edu/research/research_newsletter/docs/2009-04-April.pdf

June/July 2009, Regional Biocontainment Lab means more jobs for Memphis, pg. 23, Record – UTHSC Faculty, Staff and Students Publications, http://www.uthsc.edu/record/pdfs/2009/record_jun-jul09.pdf

UTHSC Alumni Publications

Spring, 2004, Biodefense Research: Protecting the Future for Memphis and the Region, pg.10-14, Medicine magazine
Spring, 2007, Campus Progress, Nursing magazine
Summer, 2007, Work on RBL Begins, Medicine magazine
Winter, 2007, Campus Progress, Medicine magazine
Summer, 2009, RBL Brings Opportunity to Memphis, Graduate Health Sciences Magazine

Community presentations have been made to:

  • November 2005, UTHSC Chancellor's Roundtable, given by Drs. Byrne, Kotb, and Cashion
  • 2006, Germantown Chamber of Commerce, given by Dr. Pifer
  • 2006, Dept. of Pathology at Baptist-East, given by Dr. Pifer
  • 2006, Mid-South Travel Association, given by Dr. Pifer
  • June 2007, Memphis Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, given by Dr. Pifer
  • September 2006, Exchange Club of Memphis, given by Dr. Cashion
  • February 26, 2007, UTHSC Leadership Presentation, given by Drs. Byrne, Cashion
  • March 2007, UTHSC Faculty Senate Presentation, given by Drs. Byrne, Cashion
  • March 9, RBL Groundbreaking, 2007
  • October, 2007, UTHSC Town Hall meeting, given by Drs. Byrnes, Lee, Mandrell, and Inman Construction.