Environmental Factor, December 2007, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Employees Mix and Mingle at Nottingham
By Eddy Ball
It didn't take long for most people at the Institute's first Mix and Mingle session in Nottingham Hall November 14 to see the wisdom behind the new series of get-togethers initiated by NIEHS Acting Director Sam Wilson, M.D. Once the event was underway, Nottingham staff and their visitors alike seemed to agree about the desirability of getting together more often in the future.
When he arrived at the gathering, Wilson humbly admitted that he had followed Associate Director of Management Marc Hollander's motorcycle over to the satellite office space because he thought he might get lost. "The last time I tried to drive to Nottingham," he joked, "I ended up at the airport."
The group of nearly fifty employees and contractors had a chance to chat with Wilson and, in some cases, put faces to several names they may have heard many times before - as well as meet some people they didn't know even existed.
Along with Wilson, the Nottingham visitors included four suited-out associate directors, Acting Director of DERT Dennis Lang, Ph.D., Acting Scientific Director Perry Blackshear, M.D., D.Phil., and B-module heavy lifters Lindsay Lloyd and Angie Sanders. Although some of the people who call Nottingham home knew all of the visitors, almost no one had yet met the newest NIEHS associate director, Sharon Hrynkow, Ph.D., who spends most of her time in Bethesda.
Refreshments were simple, but popular among the mix-and-mingle crowd, and the success of the event was evident from the paucity of leftovers in the Nottingham break room the next morning.
The series continues in December with Mix and Mingle sessions slated for East Campus and Main Campus.