Curtis appointed head of OSU toxicology department


CORVALLIS - Larry Curtis, a nationally known researcher in the field of environmental toxicology, has been appointed head of the Oregon State University Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology.

He succeeds Ian Tinsley, who retired. Curtis will begin his OSU appointment Aug. 1.

Curtis has been chair of the Department of Environmental Health at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn. His relocation to Corvallis is actually a homecoming.

Curtis began his academic career in the OSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife in 1980 as an assistant professor. He continued teaching and conducting a variety of basic and applied research projects in environmental toxicology at OSU over the next 15 years. He received the rank of professor in 1991, and moved to East Tennessee State University four years later.

Curtis brings to his new position at OSU a strong record of experience in university departmental administration, and a broad perspective on the role of research in health and environmental policy.