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Environmental Factor, March 2012

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Communications team recognized for intern program video

By Eddy Ball

Robin Arnette, Ph.D.

Arnette joined OCPL in 2006. She writes and edits science stories in the Environmental Factor, provides content for the NIEHS Web pages, and prepares press releases on new scientific studies by NIEHS intramural researchers. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Ian Thomas

Thomas, who writes for the Environmental Factor, drew on his broadcast experience as narrator of the prize-winning video. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Weinberg)

The NIEHS Office of Communications and Public Liaison (OCPL) is taking home a Pegasus Award of Distinction for one of its first video efforts, “Falling in love with research, students in the laboratory.” The 3 1/2 minute video mixes still and motion photography with sound to highlight the four poster winners from the 2011 NIH Summer Internship Program at NIEHS.

Watch as poster winners discuss their research and summer of discovery at NIEHS (03:30)


Written, produced, and directed by OCPL Science Writer/Editor Robin Arnette, Ph.D., the video features narration by OCPL Writer/Editor Ian Thomas. Contractor John Maruca of Image Associates handled filming, audio, and mixing for the video, which includes still photography by his colleague, Steve McCaw.

Not surprisingly, OCPL Director Christine Flowers was pleased by news of the award. “Winning a Pegasus says a lot about the creative talent of our team members who put together a terrific video at minimal cost,” she said.

The Pegasus Award is given to the top videos of the year in seven categories, recognizing exceptional work by non-broadcast professionals. Judged by broadcast and communications veterans, the award honors individuals, production companies, businesses, medical facilities, government agencies, educational institutions, and organizations from all over the United States.

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