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What Does the Employee Diversity Team Have in Store for Fall?

A photograph of a Sioux Indian

The Sioux Indian tribe and others are represented in the EDT display case for November. (Photo credit: Library of Congress.)

By Andrea Frydl, Contributing Writer

Fall Activities

The Employee Diversity Team (EDT) is out and about this fall, making the NCI at Frederick community aware of various cultural traditions and events around Frederick County that employees can participate in. The team is working with staff members of Native American descent 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. 

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Green Team Hosts Plant Swap to Encourage Gardening

Howard Young and Dolores Winterstein receiving a plant from a participant

Green Team members Howard Young and Dolores Winterstein received an Oxalis triangularis from one of the participants in the team’s Fall Plant Swap

By Carolynne Keenan, Contributing Writer

What started out as a way for Howard Young, Ph.D., to thin out his garden last fall turned into the NCI at Frederick Green Team’s Plant Swap. The group held its Fall Plant Swap on October 24, encouraging all members of the Fort Detrick community to pick up a free plant or swap a plant of theirs for another.

“Those who love to garden introduce others to the joy of gardening,” said Dolores Winterstein, a member of the Green Team and the coordinator of the Fall Plant Swap.

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NCI and Leidos Play Ball

Winning softball team

The winning team (Gray). Front row, from left: Andi Gnuschke; Kyle Beard; Shawn Kelly; Anna Trofka. Standing, from left: Peggy Pearl (coach); Brooks Brenkus; Troy Taylor; Chris Ohler; Bob Barber; Chris McLeland; Will Sheffield; Tim Gower; Trent McKee; Jeff Strathern.

By Carolynne Keenan, Contributing Writer

The ping of an aluminum bat off a ball or the thump of a pop-up fly ball caught in a glove are two sounds familiar to baseball fans. Slow-pitch softball sounds—like those in the August game between mixed teams of NCI and Leidos Biomedical Research (formerly SAIC-Frederick) players—are similar.

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