Environmental Factor – November 2021: Outstanding achievement, effort by NIEHS staff honored during ceremony – Environmental Factor Newsletter

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Scientific accomplishments, staff dedication, and perseverance during COVID-19 pandemic celebrated at institute’s annual event.
By Tara Ann Cartwright
A year’s worth of outstanding effort by NIEHS scientists, administrative staff, and contractors was celebrated at the institute’s annual employee awards ceremony on Oct. 28.
Employees’ perseverance during the COVID-19 pandemic received special attention from NIEHS and National Toxicology Program Director Rick Woychik, Ph.D.
“We met that challenge head on, with quick action by our safety and facilities staff; innovative problem solving by our administrative staff; and remarkable, creative initiatives by our scientific staff,” he said. “We did things we never realized we were capable of doing.”
Participants were recognized for accomplishments ranging from building a research program on the toxicity of e-cigarettes and raising awareness about effects of climate change to supplying personal protective equipment and providing rapid safety guidance during the pandemic.
Read below to learn more about this year’s winners.
The Merit Award, the highest recognition at NIEHS, recognizes both individuals and groups for their scientific and administrative achievements that support the institute’s mission.
The Peer Award gives NIEHS employees a chance to recognize their colleagues’ professionalism, integrity, hard work, efficiency, and innovation.
Federal employees also were recognized for their years of dedicated service.
Green Champion Awards
This award, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), honors outstanding federal employees, Native American tribal members, and others within HHS involved in sustainability projects. Awardees were recognized during the ceremony, and they were highlighted in the June issue of Environmental Factor.
Fellows Award for Research Excellence
NIH recognizes intramural postdoctoral fellows for their outstanding scientific research based on merit, originality, experimental design, and overall quality and design. Earlier this year, 17 NIEHS trainees received the award.
(Tara Ann Cartwright, Ph.D., is a technical writer-editor in the NIEHS Office of Communications and Public Liaison.)
Additional recognition during the ceremony included the prestigious NIH Director’s Award, which honors the greatest achievements across all 27 NIH institutes and centers.
Also, Edward Kang received the NIH Work/Life and Well-Being Champion Award for exceptional performance or special efforts in supporting employees’ work/life and well-being while maintaining or improving productivity in support of the agency’s mission.
And Mark Miller, Ph.D., won the Commissioned Corps Outstanding Service Award for continuous leadership in carrying out the mission of public health service.
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