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April 29, 2013

Kerr Lab is known around the world

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Ada City Councilman Guy Sewell said the Environmental Protection Agency refusing to renew an important contract for Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Laboratory in Ada is a cause for concern. 

“(Kerr Lab) represents a huge economic resource for the city of Ada and has for decades now,” Sewell said. “Today’s uncertain budget climate certainly creates the thought the lab may be on shaky ground. We would hate to see something happen to the laboratory both from our perspective as citizens of Ada but also from the perspective it is an internationally recognized research facility.” 

Sewell is hardly a newcomer to this branch of science. He is currently executive director of the Institute for Environmental Science, Education and Research at East Central University as well as the Robert S. Kerr Endowed Chair of Environmental Health Sciences. He also worked at Kerry Lab 14 years as a research microbiologist and research team leader before joining ECU in 2003.

“I was always surprised as I traveled around the country and internationally that people knew Ada, Oklahoma,” Sewell said. “They know Ada in those international scientific communities because of the research laboratory. They might not know where Oklahoma is but they know where Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Lab is. It’s an amazing compliment to the quality of work that organization has done over the last few decades. I would hate to see anything happen to it.

“The laboratory represents a huge economic resource for the city of Ada and has for decades now. Today’s uncertain budget climate certainly creates the thought the lab may be on shaky ground. We would hate to see something happen to the laboratory both from our perspective as citizens of Ada but also from the perspective it is an internationally recognized research facility. 

“It is, I would say, a reason for concern from an environmental, scientific standpoint, but for the city of Ada, those are high paying jobs and easily the most technical jobs in the city, at least outside the medical side.”

 

 

 

 

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