Environmental Factor – February 2022: One Year, 12 Conversations: Director’s Corner in Review


Precision environmental health, climate change, environmental justice and disaster research were just a few of the topics discussed.

Rick Woychik, Ph.D., directs the NIEHS and the National Toxicology Program. (Image courtesy of NIEHS)

I’d like to start this column by encouraging Director’s Corner readers to check out my recent conversation with new NIEHS Deputy Director Trevor K. Archer, Ph.D., to learn more about what he hopes to accomplish in his new role. . Given the significance of this announcement, I’ve decided to highlight our discussion in a feature article in this month’s issue of Environmental Factor. Dr. Archer’s scientific knowledge, passion for advancing innovative research, and ability to bring colleagues together to achieve ambitious goals will serve our institute and the environmental health science community well for years to come.

I thought I’d also reflect on the last 12 months of the Director’s Corner. When I launched the column in January 2021, my inaugural article outlined my leadership philosophy, which is based on five fundamental goals.

  • Reinforce strong leadership at all levels.
  • Promote innovation.
  • Encourage collaboration.
  • Improve communication.
  • Strengthen the workforce through diversity.

After this first article, I sought to interview thought leaders and scientists in various disciplines, as the research conducted by the NIEHS is multifaceted, involving everything from toxicology and data science to genetics and health disparities. My goals were – and still are – to increase the exchange of ideas so that researchers at NIEHS and beyond can discover exciting new initiatives and find opportunities for collaboration.

Below is a rundown of the 12 Director’s Corner Q&As so far. With topics like precision environmental health, environmental justice, climate change, the exposome, and natural disasters, there’s probably something for everyone. Additionally, I invite readers to submit ideas for topics and experts they would like to see featured in my future columns. Please email your ideas to
[email protected].

February 2021

March 2021

April 2021

May 2021

June 2021

July 2021

August 2021

September 2021

October 2021

November 2021

December 2021

January 2022

(Rick Woychik, Ph.D., directs the NIEHS and the National Toxicology Program.)


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