Environmental Factor, January 2006, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Director David Schwartz presented NIH Merit Awards to NIEHS' best during the annual Director's Annual Honor Awards Ceremony on Dec. 15 in the Rodbell Auditorium. Fellows Award for Research Excellence, Unsung Hero and Peer Awards were also presented. NIH Director's Award recipients were recognized at the ceremony as well.
After the conclusion of the annual Honor Awards ceremony, Director David Schwartz invited everyone to adjourn to the cafeteria for the International Day celebration.
The request for input on the NIEHS Strategic Plan drew nearly 400 responses representing a spectrum of interests from academia, advocacy groups and the general public.
NIEHS, along with NCI, sponsored the Breast Cancer and the Environment Resource Centers conference Nov. 9-11 in East Lansing, Mich. The conference is an annual event, and the 2005 conference focused on early environmental exposure.
Inside The Institute
When Astrid Haugen graduated from eighth grade and was asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she quickly said, "I want to be a Master one day and own my own school." Since she was so impressed with martial arts and Bruce Lee, her parents thought it was a logical answer.
Vendors lined the mall areas from the C building through the F building for the NIEHS Holiday Craft Fair on Dec. 8. The fair, and annual event, started in 1992 as a creative project initiated by the local chapter of the Federal Women's Program.
Personnel files are now just a click away. Well, almost.
There are a number of new books and CDs available for checkout in the NIEHS Work/Life Center just outside the library.
Tom Goehl, editor-in-chief of Environmental Health Perspectives, retired at the end of 2005. Jim Burkhart, science editor, is now acting editor-in-chief.
A total of 51 people signed up to donate blood at the December blood drive. Of that number, 46 units of blood were collected for the American Red Cross. None of the donors were first-time donors. Blood drives are held quarterly at NIEHS.
The National Toxicology Program continually seeks new ways to test for the toxicity of more compounds that make up potentially live-saving drugs each year. High Throughput Screening promises to alleviate the bottleneck effect in the discovery process because it allows a researcher to effectively conduct hundreds of experiments at once through a combination of modern robotics and other specialized laboratory hardware.
NIEHS got a little local publicity on Elon University's web-based campus news service, which cited NIEHS as a major sponsor of the Sigma Xi annual conference held Nov. 4-6 in Seattle.
NIH-funded research shows nighttime exposure to artificial light stimulates the growth of human bcreast tumors by suppressing melatonin, a key hormone that regulates sleep.
New research shows a clear link between the combination of high-fat diet and fine particulate exposure in the development of atherosclerosis in lab mice.
A gene that plays an important role in immune function may also play a critical role in suppressing chronic lung inflammation, NIEHS researchers discovered. That conclusion comes from a study published in the Dec. 7 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Society.