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Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2017

Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2017

Fifty Years of NIEHS Captured in History and Science Collections

To commemorate its golden anniversary year, NIEHS staff searched, collected, sorted, identified, and cataloged hundreds of mementos and artifacts to record and preserve the institute’s history. The NIEHS Office of Communications and Public Liaison assembled the material into multimedia collections now available on the NIEHS 50th Anniversary webpages.

Photographs, an interactive timeline of scientific milestones, oral histories, and testimonial reflections on the institute’s impact have been restored, digitized, and organized for easy viewing. Other keepsakes that could not be digitized for the online collections have been stored in a time capsule at the NIEHS facility in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

The NIEHS Reflections page has news clips, oral histories, and early issues of the institute’s newsletter, Environmental Factor. The page features a personal tribute to NIEHS, written by environmental toxicologist, Bernard Goldstein, M.D., professor emeritus and former dean of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

Audio files of oral histories from scientists and institute leaders have been posted on the page, and 50 years of institute history and scientific progress, including the following, can be explored:

  • Highlights of environmental health science research, such as discovery of the link between asbestos and mesothelioma.
  • New programs, including the autism research network.
  • Institutional developments, from creation of the National Toxicology Program to information on institute directors.

The NIEHS communications team collected photos from retirees, current employees, archives, and long-forgotten boxes and file folders. Most are available to the public on the Photo Gallery page of the anniversary website. Posed or informal, artistic or candid, the snapshots provide glimpses of institute researchers, facilities, and team-building activities across the years.

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