Environmental Factor, January 2007, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
NIEHS Celebrates Humor and Diversity at International Day
By Eddy Ball
NIEHS employees and contractors enjoyed food from around the world, good (and not so good) jokes and holiday fellowship at the 2006 International Day Celebration following the Director's Annual Honor Awards Ceremony on December 14. The theme of this year's event was "A World of Laughter," promoting the NIEHS mission to improve health by promoting laughter and all the healthful benefits of good humor.
The event featured Mistress of Ceremonies Eli Ney, Jokemeister Jerry Phelps and Silly Hat Specialist Dick Sloane, along with a Funny Holiday Hat Contest, video humor clips and holiday karaoke. The highlight of the celebration, however, had to be seeing kids from First Environments decorating the Christmas tree.
On stage and behind the scenes, International Holiday Awards Celebration Committee members made it all possible: Eli Ney, Ginny Ivanoff, Dona McNeill, John Maruca, Farida Sharief, Terry Blankenship-Paris and Diane Spencer.