The William D. Wagner Award, established in 2003, is presented annually to a person in the field of national and international worker health and safety who is an outstanding example of commitment and dedication to the creation and dissemination of occupational exposure values (OEVs).
The 2017 recipient of the William D. Wagner Award is Larry K. Lowry, PhD.
Larry K. Lowry, PhD is an adjunct professor at Stephen F. Austin State University and professor of Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. Originally from Oakland, CA, Dr. Lowry holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from San Jose State University and a Doctorate in comparative biochemistry from the University of California at Davis.
After spending three years in the U.S. Army conducting research in human nutrition, Dr. Lowry moved to Cincinnati, OH, where he held various positions at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) focused on the assessment of human exposure using biological monitoring. In 1990, he retired from the U.S. Public Health Service, served as an independent consultant, and later as a research scientist at Midwest Research Institute in Kansas City. In 1996, he joined the faculty at the University of Texas Health Center at Tyler to teach in the joint UTHCT-Stephen F. Austin State University graduate program in Environmental Science. In 2000, he became co-director of the Southwest Center for Pediatric Environmental Health (SWCPEH), a program focused on education and consultation for pediatric care providers and the general public. This program is now housed at Texas Tech School of Medicine in El Paso, Texas.