American Academy of Forensic Sciences to Recognize Broward County ToxicologistMichael Wagner, toxicologist with the Broward County Office of Medical Examiner and Trauma Services, will receive the Ray Abernethy Toxicology Award presented by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences at their annual meeting in Seattle this month.
The award honors an individual deemed to be an outstanding practitioner in forensic toxicology and recognized by their peers.
Dr. Gary Kunsman, Broward County’s chief toxicologist, said, “Mr. Wagner has served the County and the forensic toxicology field through his contributions as an analyst, and his service as a mentor, leader and teacher to his juniors and those studying at nearby universities seeking a career in forensic toxicology. These services have qualified him for the distinction as an outstanding forensic toxicology practitioner as the Ray Abernethy Award recipients embody and exemplify.”
A member of the Broward County Medical Examiner and Trauma Services office since 1986, Wagner earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry and a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and math, all from Florida Atlantic University. He earned a Master of Science degree from Columbia Commonwealth University in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He also has certifications from the American Board of Forensic Toxicology and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Alcohol Testing Program. In addition to his work duties with Broward County, Wagner has served as the forensic toxicology intern coordinator with Florida International University and the University of Central Florida.
Employee’s Son Named “Man of the Year”
Ryan Terrell, son of Victoria Cavallary, social worker with Community Action Agency, was recently named “Man of the Year” at the Young Democrats of America Southeast Conference held in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Southeast region includes Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Chuck Lanza, Emergency Management Division Director to Retire
A retirement celebration for Chuck Lanza, director of Emergency Management, will be held Friday, March 28, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Bokampers Sports Bar and Grill, 1280 S. Pine Island Road, Plantation. The charge of $20 per person includes hors d'oeuvres and cake. Those who would like to contribute toward a gift, can contact Wendy Aviles at 954-831-3901 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Penni Long, 954-831-3903 or email@example.com.