OSU clinical toxicologist receives national award


CORVALLIS - Sheldon Wagner, a professor of clinical toxicology in the Oregon State University Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, has received a special recognition award from The Society for Occupational and Environmental Health.

Wagner was credited for his "significant contributions to the recognition and prevention of illness related to pesticide exposure." He received the award at the International Conference on Pesticide Exposure and Health held recently in Bethesda, Md.

Wagner is semi-retired in the OSU Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology.

"This award is a well-deserved honor for Dr. Wagner," said Larry Curtis, head of the OSU Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology. "His commitment to the protection of human health through careful case studies and consultations with other practitioners has greatly advanced application of science to promote safe use of pesticides."

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1957, Wagner completed an internship and internal medicine residency and then received an appointment as a research fellow at Northwestern University Medical School.

In 1963, Wagner started an internal medicine practice in Corvallis and a part-time appointment with the Environmental Health Science Center within the OSU Department of Agricultural Chemistry. In 1970, Wagner became a full-time professor of clinical toxicology at OSU.