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Environmental Factor

Environmental Factor

Your Online Source for NIEHS News

October 2017

NIEHS honors milestones in service

NIEHS staff gathered for the Years of Service Award ceremony, honoring those who have served a decade and more, as well as retirees.

NIEHS employees from across the institute gathered Sept. 13 to recognize milestones in the careers of institute staff. NIEHS and National Toxicology Program Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., kicked off the annual Years of Service Awards ceremony and handed certificates to those who have so far served 10, 20, 30, or 40 years in the federal government. Those who retired in the past year were also honored.

Birnbaum began by expressing gratitude that the Research Triangle region of North Carolina had been spared the hurricanes and wildfires that many Americans were grappling with. Even as she spoke, some employees were preparing to answer the call for volunteers from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“We want to honor the service and dedication that you have shown and say thank you to all of you who are celebrating milestones,” Birnbaum said. “Like you, I feel very lucky to serve the American people, and at NIEHS that means performing, funding, and supporting groundbreaking research into the causes of disease.”

NIEHS Deputy Director Rick Woychik, Ph.D., called up awardees one by one. NIEHS Executive Officer Chris Long assisted.

Following are awardees by years of service.

Birnbaum, left, thanks Qing Xu Birnbaum, left, thanked Qing Xu, biologist in the Signal Transduction Laboratory, for her 10 years of service. Besides lab work, Xu also writes for the Environmental Factor. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

10 years

Linda Birnbaum and Benny Encarnacion Benny Encarnacion, right, from the Financial Management Branch, received recognition for his 20 years of federal service from Birnbaum. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

20 years

Linda Birnbaum and Cassandra Shines Cassandra Shines, biologist in the National Toxicology Program Laboratory, has served the federal government for 30 years — so far. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

30 years

40 years

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