The award is given annually to an individual who has advanced the understanding of the science of toxicology on a national and international basis, with special preference given to individuals who have promoted an understanding of the science to non-toxicologists.
The award was presented to Klaunig at the MASOT Fall Symposium on Thursday, October 31, 2019 in Edison, New Jersey. As Ambassador, Klaunig was a featured speaker at the meeting and served as one of the judges for the MASOT student poster award competition.
Klaunig is recognized as a highly effective teacher and mentor for graduate students. He initiated and developed the Ph.D. and Master’s program in Toxicology at the Medical University of Toledo. At the IU School of Medicine, he revitalized the Ph.D. and Master’s program in Toxicology, and upon his arrival to the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington, he developed and initiated the Ph.D. program in Environmental Health.
In 2003, Klaunig was the recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash, which is the highest award presented to a citizen of Indiana by the Governor of Indiana for service to the State.