By Andrea Frydl, Contributing Writer

Fall Activities

The Employee Diversity Team is out and about this fall, making the NCI at Frederick community aware of various cultural traditions and events that employees can participate in around Frederick County. The team is working with Native American staff to feature a display case and movie selection celebrating Native American Heritage month in November. The team will keep you informed about Frederick events taking place in November and December. Keep a look out for EDT e-mails. Members of the EDT will also be at the NCI at Frederick Farmers’ Market, where you can find out more information about the team and what it does.


Each month the EDT features a movie for staff to watch during lunchtime in Building 549. These movies celebrate a variety of cultures.

If you can’t make it in person, the movies are available for renting through the Scientific Library. Currently, there are more than 100 titles to choose from. Find out more by visiting the Scientific Library website.

Display Cases

November is Native American Heritage Month, and to celebrate, the EDT is featuring artifacts from various Native American tribes in the EDT display case located in the Building 549 lobby. Other heritages that were highlighted throughout the year included the Women of NCI at Frederick, Caribbean Display – Dreamin’ of the Islands, and Indian Independence – Celebrate India.

EDT’s display cases are an opportunity to showcase the diverse cultures represented by NCI at Frederick staff. The also provide an opportunity to win two free movie tickets to Regal Cinemas. The latest ticket winners are Jeanne Warfield (Leidos Biomed) and Robert Koogle (NCI). To enter for a chance to win, visit the EDT display case each time it is updated, answer the questions, and place your answers in the box located next to the display case. The questions are distributed via the List-Events listserv.

New Members and Fresh Ideas

The EDT is always looking for new ideas and perspectives. If you would like the team to feature a specific culture or cultural event, please contact any EDT member. The team meets on the first Thursday of every month, and is always looking for new members.


Current EDT members are: Andrea Frydl (chair), Laura Geil (past chair), Ethel Armstrong, Peter Boving, Molly Buehn, and Myla Spencer (Advanced Technology Research Facility representative).

Visit Our New Website

We encourage you to check out the newly revamped website at: Here you’d find the latest and greatest on what the EDT is offering the NCI at Frederick community.