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Environmental Factor, December 2012

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CFC enters the home stretch

By Eddy Ball

CFC Logo

With two more special events building the pledge coffer in November, the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) at NIEHS has its Dec. 15 deadline clearly in sight. Co-chair Claire Long reported the drive had raised $86,022 as of Nov. 29, or about 75 percent of its ambitious 2012 goal of $115,000.

“Over the next two weeks,” she said, “we need to raise $28,978 to reach our goal for this year. We’re asking you all to reach a little deeper to help the many people who need our support.”

CFC held its annual Halloween Fun Run and Walk Oct. 31, along with employees of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Despite unseasonably cold weather, participants from NIEHS and EPA assumed a holiday attitude and dressed in Halloween costumes for the event, and some even pretended to be competitive.

Three weeks later, the annual CFC Ice Cream Social drew scores of NIEHS employees to the cafeteria for dairy delights and fellowship, during a welcome break from their daily routines. With free treats, the turnout was better than ever.

Enthusiastic CFC supporter, NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., encouraged employees to do better than they did last year. “I’m proud of the NIEHS tradition of generosity,” she said, “and I think, with a little extra stretch, we can meet or exceed our goal by the end of the pledge drive this month.”

Elizabeth Ruben, Claire Long and Scott Redman

Shown, left to right, are Elizabeth Ruben from the Division of Extramural Research and Training, who coordinated the Halloween Fun Run in collaboration with the EPA; Claire Long of the Office of Management; and Scott Redman of the Financial Management Branch. Long and Redman are the 2012 CFC coordinators. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)


Runners left from the main building at EPA. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Birnbaum in costume

Birnbaum, right, was dressed appropriately for an unexpectedly cold morning of fun, as she waited for the walk to begin. Shown with her, left to right, are Administrative Officer Katy Fine, Chief of Staff Paul Jung, M.D., and Deputy Director Rick Woychik, Ph.D. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Vijji Panduri, Michelle Campbell and Alexandria Mara

Researchers have very busy schedules, but there’s always time for ice cream. Shown, left to right, are Vijji Panduri and Michelle Campbell from the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics, and Alexandria Mara from the Laboratory of Respiratory Biology. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Scott Redman, Cynthia Innes, and Chris Long

In addition to tasty goodies, the tree in the background certainly makes it feel like the holidays. From left to right, are Redman, Cynthia Innes from the Laboratory of Toxicology and Pharmacology, and Deputy Associate Director for Management Chris Long. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Kay Tierney, Debbie Wales, Linda Birnbaum and Joellen Austin

Members of the NIEHS Office of the Director lend their support for a good cause. From left to right are Kay Tierney, Debbie Wales, Birnbaum, and Associate Director for Management Joellen Austin. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

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