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Students in the University of Central Missouri Department of Safety Sciences learned how to make the work environment a safer place with the help of faculty members such as Larry Ferguson. He has retired as professor emeritus of industrial hygiene after a decade of service to the university.
Before he began teaching at UCM, Ferguson was already well acquainted with the campus having prepared for his professional career as a university graduate student. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physical sciences at Black Hills State University, then came to Central Missouri to pursue a master’s degree in industrial hygiene, which he completed in 1991. Additional study led to an educational specialist degree in public service with an occupational safety and health emphasis in 2006.
As a faculty member and scholar, Ferguson had a special interest in areas such as air contaminant occupational exposure assessment, radiation exposure assessment, environmental monitoring instrumentation technology, and computer systems applications. He regularly taught courses such as Safety: A Personal and Societal Focus, Safety and Health Laboratory, Noise Measurements, and Special Projects in Safety Sciences, in addition to directed studies and readings courses.
During his career, Ferguson made various presentations at conferences and seminars, served as a judge of safety programs for the annual Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA) Conference in Kansas City, and presented at events such as the Mid-America Safety, Health and Environmental Conference and Exposition.
Ferguson belonged to professional organizations such as the national Academy of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers, National American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, and Mid-America Chapter of the American Industrial Hygiene Association.