Help document NIEHS history
By Eddy Ball
In preparation for its 50th anniversary next year, NIEHS is calling on stakeholders to submit nominations for notable accomplishments and the people behind them.
NIEHS and the National Toxicology Program Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., is urging all current and former employees, and those with knowledge of NIEHS’ past, to join in documenting the institute’s history, research highlights, public health impacts, milestones, and people who have shaped the institute over the past half century.
To this end, the NIEHS Office of Communications and Public Liaison created a special Web page at www.niehs.nih.gov/about/50years where nominations can be submitted. All submissions are due by Sept. 15, 2015.
Birnbaum also invites employees and others to send names and email addresses of people who may be interested in participating in the Nov. 1, 2016 anniversary event to Kathryn Lawrence or Devlin Sawyer, support personnel for the 50th anniversary planning committee.
NIEHS already has some historical information, including a list of scientific accomplishments published in the January 1996 issue of the Environmental Factor newsletter (see text box below). However, Birnbaum and the planning committee now want to hear from others, in order to integrate a variety of perspectives for a more broad and inclusive range of the institute’s basic research, community engagement, and public health initiatives.
If you have information you’d like to share towards this cause, please submit your nomination through the Web page above.