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For Immediate Release,
2/18/2013
Contact:
Kathy Lane
Communications Director
(630) 775-2307
kathy.lane@nsc.org
 
NSC Announces Robert Forney as Recipient of 2013 Robert F. Borkenstein Award
 
Itasca, IL – This evening, the National Safety Council is pleased to present Robert B. Forney, Jr., Ph.D., DABFT, with the 2013 Robert F. Borkenstein Award at a dinner in his honor in Washington, D.C. Dr. Forney’s career in forensic toxicology encompasses 39 years, in which he has gained national and international recognition for his achievements and contributions in the fields of alcohol, drug and transportation safety. Forney is the 22nd recipient of this award.
 
Forney, a world-class scientist who has established himself as a master teacher, prominent professional leader and practitioner of clinical and forensic toxicology, received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Indiana University–Bloomington. Following a postdoctoral fellowship in Forensic Toxicology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Forney set out as a practicing toxicologist in 1976. He accepted positions as Chief Toxicologist of the Lucas County, OH Coroner’s Office and Assistant Professor of Pathology at the Medical College of Ohio. As a lecturer, his scope of topics in pharmacology and toxicology ranged from forensic science to its application in law enforcement. His particular interest has been on educational efforts at high school and college levels on the prevention of alcohol and drug abuse.
 
By virtue of his education, expertise, experience and interests, Dr. Forney is one of a handful of Board-Certified forensic toxicologists who are recognized experts in all major areas of clinical and forensic toxicology – postmortem toxicology, human performance toxicology, driver impairment by alcohol and other drugs, and issues of alcohol and drug abuse in the workplace. He has been a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Toxicology since 1978.
 
The award, named for Professor Robert F. Borkenstein – the inventor of the Breathalyzer®, recognizes individuals who, through a lifetime of service, have made outstanding contributions to the field of alcohol/drugs in relation to traffic and transportation safety. This evening’s award presentation is held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Council’s Committee on Alcohol and Other Drugs.
 
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Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council (nsc.org) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact -- distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety and safety beyond the workplace.
 
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