This July, NIEHS and National Toxicology Program (NTP) Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., announced that she will retire on Oct. 3. Deputy Director Rick Woychik, Ph.D., will step up as acting director until new leadership is selected after a national search by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Birnbaum’s career as a federal scientist and leader spans more than 40 years, including work at the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
“Under Linda’s leadership, NIEHS became a world leader in toxicology and environmental health research, with NIEHS science inspiring health policy and safety standards in the United States and abroad,” wrote NIH Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., in a press release. “It has been my privilege to work with Linda. She is an enthusiastic, accomplished, and caring scientist who has provided dedicated scientific leadership to NIEHS and the NTP since 2009.”