Dr. Williams joined the faculty of the College of Agricultural Sciences in 1987 as an Assistant Professor, originally in Food Science and Technology, then transferring to the Department of environmental and Molecular Toxicology.
Over his 27 years on the faculty in the College of Agricultural Sciences, Dave emerged as an outstanding scholar, instructor and leader. He has been instrumental in developing new research programs or initiatives, most recently by leading the development of the OSU Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center application. Dave has also played a major role in identifying new faculty candidates, directing recruitment and especially mentoring new faculty who have joined EMT.
David is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in the fields of toxicology and carcinogenesis as evidenced by his role as peer reviewer for scientific manuscripts for many journals, especially through his leadership role as an Associate Editor of Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology for 10 years (arguably the top ranked toxicology journal in the world), and for which he has managed over 220 manuscripts to date.
He has also served as an interim Department Head of EMT, Center Director of two NIEHS-funded centers (Director of both the Superfund Research Program and Marine and Freshwater Biomedical Sciences Center at OSU). In addition, Dr. Williams has an outstanding record of leadership in the national scientific community, through his continuous participation as an invited reviewer by NIH in the peer review of research grant applications.
Two other faculty members of OSU Environmental and Molecular Toxicology have recently received this award ‐ Dr. Robyn Tanguay in 2012 and Dr. Nancy Kerkvliet in 2011.