The Office of Communications & Public Liaison is the first source of news and information about the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). The communications team provides a broad range of services to support the institute's ground-breaking biomedical research, and to share its discoveries with Members of Congress, local governments, public health officials, the media, and communities throughout the world.
- Christine Flowers, M.A.
Director, Office of Communications and Public Liaison
- Tel 919-541-3665
- P.O. Box 12233Mail Drop B2-05Durham, N.C. 27709
Christine Bruske Flowers joined the NIEHS in 2004 as Director of the Office of Communications and Public Liaison (OCPL). She serves as the Institute's chief advisor on international protocol, community engagement, and public information sharing to build support and cooperation for institute’s mission. She leads a team of highly skilled communications, science, and policy professionals. She co-chairs the institute’s Cyberinfrastructure Leadership Committee. Ms. Flowers reports to the institute Director, Dr. Linda Birnbaum, and is the director’s primary speech writer-editor. In previous roles, Ms. Flowers led communications and outreach activities for other U.S. federal government programs including International Affairs for the Department of the Interior, and the Everglades Restoration Program for the Army Corps of Engineers. Ms. Flowers also served as Director of Communications and Legislative Affairs for the North Carolina House of Representatives, and Director of Public Relations for the U.S. House of Representatives in North Carolina's Fourth Congressional District. Ms. Flowers is a veteran of the U.S. Army Medical Specialty Corps. She holds an M.A. in Public Affairs Journalism from Regent University, and a B.S. in Biology from North Carolina State University.
Key services provided:
- Audiovisual Production
- Community Outreach
- Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests
- Exhibits, Demonstrations, and Science Conferences
- Event Planning
- History of NIEHS
- International Visits and Protocol
- Kids Environment Kids Health: Discover, Explore, Learn
- Media Relations
- Newsletter: Environmental Factor
- Public Information Brochures, Fact Sheets and Booklets
- Public Inquiry Responses
- Photography, Arts and Graphics
- Science Writing and Editing
- Social Media
- STEM Education Support
- Strategic Communications and Planning
- Study Participant Recruitment
- Webcasts and Webinars
- Website Development and Management
Communications and Public Liaison Staff
Robin L. Arnette, Ph.D.
Carol B. Kelly
Kelly L. Lenox, M.F.A.
Newsletter Editor in Chief
Joseph D. Poccia
Digital Design Manager
Jesse Saffron, J.D.
Devlin Sawyer, MBA
Sheena Scruggs, Ph.D.
Digital Content Coordinator
Regina J. Stabile, J.D.
FOIA Public Liaison and Privacy Act Coordinator
Ian V. Thomas
Public Information Officer
Cheryl R. Thompson, MBA
Science Editorial Services
Marla V. Broadfoot, Ph.D.
Contractor — Science Writer & Editor