Environmental Factor, August 2010, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Four NIEHS employees received the NIH Director's Award July 18 at Natcher Auditorium in Bethesda. They are Perry Blackshear, Thorsten Fjellstedt, Cindy Lawler and Kathy Odenwald.
Kennita Johnson, who started working at NIEHS just 18 months ago, was selected for the Young Investigator Award at the annual meeting of the Society of Toxicologic Pathology in June.
The NIEHS Division of Research Coordination, Planning, and Translation hosted a two-day retreat, recruiting a cross section of representatives from various Institute disciplines to discuss ways of ensuring the Institute's research has the greatest possible impact on public health and medicine.
Marian Johnson-Thompson, director of Education and Biomedical Research Development, was recognized by the American Society for Microbiology for "outstanding service as chair of the American Academy of Microbiology's Committee on Diversity 2002-2005."
NIEHS grantee Gary Grant is one of 29 national finalists for the 2005 Leadership for a Changing World award. Seventeen winners will be selected to receive $100,000 to advance their work and an additional $15,000 for supporting activities.
Two public health officials from Kazakhstan toured the NIH Clinical Center and met with Fred Miller, head of the NIEHS Environmental Autoimmunity Group, as part of a professional exchange program.
Shyamal Peddada, of the Biostatistics Branch, was elected fellow of the American Statistical Association. Peddada and 55 other fellows will be honored at the annual Joint Statistical Meetings Aug. 7-11 in Minneapolis.
Inside The Institute
Rachel Wilhite is nothing if not tenacious. She could probably glide through life on her good looks and cheerful disposition, but she'd rather use her intellectual abilities and her drive to get her where she wants to be.
Cynthia Radford said she was not surprised when colleges started scouting her linebacker son. What did surprise her was how soon they did. Virginia Tech, University of North Carolina, North Carolina State University, Clemson, University of Virginia and Wake Forest University have all been trying to convince Devin Radford that he should play for them. But Radford still has a year to go to finish high school.
Debbie Garner, editorial assistant in the Environmental Diseases and Medicine Program in the Laboratory of Respiratory Biology, has made more than the average contribution to the local Combined Federal Campaign.
The new daycare center opening date was pushed back to September as construction teams work to complete the $3.6 million facility. It previously was scheduled to open after the July 4 weekend.
When is a playground not just a playground? When it's an outdoor learning environment, of course.
The Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management sponsored a cultural mini-series July 13 at the Rodbell auditorium. The presentation was titled, "Zimbabwe: The House Munhumatapa Built."
The Disability Advocacy Subcommittee, a new addition to the NIEHS Diversity Council, was established to monitor concerns and improve the working conditions for employees with disabilities. The subcommittee works in conjunction with the Disability Awareness Committee, which plans activities for Disability Awareness Month in October.
Gone are the individual all-hands e-mail announcements about upcoming scientific seminars. Instead, a single e-mail will serve as notification of scientific events each week. As part of an initiative by NIEHS Director David Schwartz, a weekly e-mail now goes out to all Institute employees. It goes out each Thursday, and lists NIEHS-sponsored scientific events for the upcoming week.
The Office of Management sponsored a workshop July 21 at Nottingham Hall for federal staff and contractors affected by A-76 efforts. The workshop was titled, "Understanding Personal and Organizational Change."
The A-76 program, as it is commonly called, refers to the competitive sourcing activities outlined in the President's Management Agenda, Competitive Sourcing Initiative. One of the goals of the program is to outsource activities to the private sector when it is more economical to do so, according to the NIH A-76 web site.
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The cover of the summer issue of Cure magazine sports an article on radiation hazards. "The Dark Side of the Sun & other radiation hazards" extensively quotes Chris Portier, associate director of the National Toxicology Program. Ray Tennant, director of the National Center for Toxicogenomics, is quoted throughout a sidebar article on genetic interactions.
From a CDC press release
NIEHS researchers determined that fertility drugs may not work for women who lack the estrogen receptor beta.
New findings from an ongoing study show that more than half of the people in the United States tested positive to one or more allergens.
The following photographs were submitted by Rob Wine, a biologist in the Laboratory of Neurobiology.
A six-year study of more than 600,000 babies in Southern California revealed that pregnant women who were exposed to high levels of outdoor air pollution had a greater risk of low birth weight babies and premature births.