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Environmental Factor – February 2022: One Year, 12 Conversations: The Directors Corner in Review

Environmental Factor – February 2022: One Year, 12 Conversations: The Directors Corner in Review

Rick Woychik, Ph.D., NIEHS Director's Corner

These topics included precision environmental health, climate change and disaster research.

Rick Woychik, Ph.D., NIEHS Director's CornerRick Woychik, Ph.D. directs NIEHS & the National Toxicology Program. (Image courtesy NIEHS

I would like to begin 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 about what he hopes to accomplish in his new role. Given the importance of this announcement, I decided to highlight our discussion in a feature piece 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 sciences community well for years to come.

I thought I would also reflect on the past 12 months of the Director’s Corner. My inaugural piece in January 2021 highlighted my leadership philosophy. It was based on five fundamental goals.

  • Encourage strong leadership at all levels
  • Encourage innovation
  • Encourage collaboration.
  • Improve communication
  • Diversification can strengthen the workforce.

Because NIEHS research is multifaceted, it involves everything from toxicology and data science to genetics, and health disparities, I wanted to interview thought leaders and scientists after the first article. My goals were — and still are — to increase the exchange of ideas so that researchers at NIEHS and elsewhere can learn about exciting new initiatives and find opportunities for collaboration.

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Below is a rundown of all 12 Director’s Corner Q&As to date. There is likely to be something for everyone with topics like precision environmental health, climate change, environmental justice and climate change. Readers are encouraged to send me suggestions for experts and topics they would like to be highlighted in future columns. Send your ideas to

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 NIEHS/the National Toxicology Program.

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