Environmental Factor, August 2010, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
A well choreographed, NIEHS-produced video montage highlighting impressive women who shaped national policy was an appropriate introduction for the articulate and accomplished woman who presented the 2005 Spirit Award Lecture March 31.
NIEHS takes it role as a steward of the environment seriously. That's why the North Carolina Department of Natural Resources' Environmental Stewardship Initiative seemed like a natural for NIEHS.
Many functions under the Facilities Engineering Branch at NIEHS merged with NIH at the start of the federal government's 2005 fiscal year. The consolidation follows similar action that merged the Human Resources Management Branch and the Equal Employment Office at NIEHS with their counterparts at NIH.
Masahiko Negishi, a scientist in the Laboratory of Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology in the Environmental Diseases and Medicine Program, will receive an honorary doctorate from the faculty of the pharmacy school at the University of Kuopio in Finland.
NIEHS successfully diverted 75 percent of its waste stream into recycling in the past year, said Dick Sloane, resource recovery expert for NIEHS.
Inside The Institute
Mark Evans describes himself as a computer geek who got tired of messing with his computer when he got home from work.
NIEHS now has its own self-guided nature trail. The trail, which follows a path around the lake NIEHS shares with the Environmental Protection Agency, has a total of 15 markers that correlate to information in a new NIEHS brochure - hence, the self-guided tour.
The old proverbial career ladder has fallen by the wayside. In its place is a new tool: networking. According to Gordon Folger, career counselor at NIEHS who conducted a networking workshop March 9, networking is the key to career advancement these days.
Kamal Abdo has spent 24 years at NIEHS, most of it doing cancer testing. But these days, it's a different story. In response to a question about how he plans to spend his time, Abdo replied: "Goofing off."
Sixty-two people, including one first-time donor, participated in the NIEHS Blood Drive March 2. Blood drives are schedule quarterly, and the next one is slated for June 22.
Noboru Sato is a staff scientist in the Laboratory of Molecular Carcinogenesis.
The Plant Exchange
A paper by NIEHS researchers that was published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology last summer was among the 10 most cited papers in media coverage for that journal last year.
Technological advances like the Internet and wireless communication have dissolved national borders in many ways, opening the door for global economics and industrialization.
The following manuscripts appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Online Early Edition for the week of March 21-25:
Paul Foster, who joined NIEHS from CIIT Centers for Health Research, was honored at the Society of Toxicology annual meeting when his paper was selected Best Paper from the Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology Specialty Section of SOT.
The NIEHS Environmental Health Science Education website and an NIEHS/NCI cancer booklet are 2004 Plain Language Award winners.
Researchers in the Laboratory of Computational Biology and Risk Analysis have something to smile about these days.
NIEHS's Jerry Yakel was featured on Native America Calling on March 17. The following listing appears on the Native America Calling web site: