NIEHS celebrated 50 years of environmental public health in FY 2016. Throughout FY 2016, NIEHS hosted events to celebrate and commemorate the institute’s history and achievements. Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., director of NIEHS and NTP, with input and help from NIEHS staff, created and buried a time capsule with items representing NIEHS’ work. Several organizations and companies partnered with NIEHS to host seminars, workshops, and public forums to honor NIEHS and to share information about environmental health and the value of NIEHS’ research.
In July 2016, the Society of Toxicology and NIEHS hosted a day-long symposium, reflecting on the decades of collaboration and new opportunities to come in the future. During the symposium, Birnbaum lauded the important toxicology work conducted by the NTP over the years. Birnbaum highlighted the establishment of NTP in 1978, NTP’s 2004 roadmap for toxicology in the 21st century, and the 2016 publication of the 14th Report on Carcinogens. Speakers commended and thanked Birnbaum and John Bucher, Ph.D., associate director of NTP, for their guidance and perseverance in helping to improve toxicology research applications. The symposium ended with Nigel Walker, Ph.D., NTP deputy division director for research, leading a panel discussion on advice for early-career scientists.