WCU professor wins NC award of clinical laboratory science

The North Carolina Society for Clinical Laboratory Science recently awarded its highest honor to a faculty member at Western Carolina University.

Daniel Southern, WCU professor of health sciences, received the organization’s “Member of the Year” award. Honored for his long-term service to the society and profession, Southern has been called one of the society’s most dedicated members by fellow members.

“When you attend board meetings with Dan, you can’t help but be influenced by his enthusiasm for the profession. Dan’s knowledge of state, regional and national policies and issues is unequaled and he shares it freely with other society members,” said Kathleen Schulman, president of NCSCLS.

“At a time when the profession of clinical laboratory science is facing challenges due to a shortage of qualified professions, the growth of point-of-care testing, and continuing decreasing support from the federal government, Dan works to combat them by fostering cooperation between the members of our various state societies,” said Schulman.

A Waynesville resident, Southern joined the WCU faculty in 1976. He has been a member of NCSCLS for 35 years and has served as president, and as a member of the board of directors, and nominations and elections committees. This is the third time Southern has won the “Member of the Year” award.