Winter Cornucopia

By Andrea Frydl, Guest Writer
Group photo of three women.

From left: Laura Geil, previous chair of the EDT; Andrea Frydl, new chair of the EDT; and Myla Spencer, new member from the ATRF.

By Andrea Frydl, Guest Writer

Display Cases, Movies, and Raffles—Oh My!

In December, Alicia Gussio (SAIC-Frederick) and Robert Koogle (NCI) were the lucky winners of free movie tickets to Regal theaters. They each correctly answered questions about Employee Diversity Team’s (EDT’s) November display case featuring the fall harvest.

If you love movies and would like to enter future contests, watch for EDT’s “List NCI-Events” e-mail announcements. Then answer the short quiz in the e-mail about the EDT display case (located in the front lobby of Building 549) and submit your answers in the box next to the display.

Each month, the EDT features a film that embraces diversity and shows it for two days in the Scientific Library during lunch hours. The film is then filed at the library for reserving on demand. The EDT will announce the movie showings through the “List NCI-Events” listserv.

“A woman is like a tea bag—you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.”

  • Eleanor Roosevelt, Former First Lady

Join the Team

The EDT is always looking for bright, dedicated new members. Being a member of the team will give you an opportunity to network with fellow employees and put your skills to use. If you’re interested in joining or would like more information, contact Andrea Frydl at 301-846-5382 or The EDT meets in Building 549 on the first Thursday of every month from 9 to 10 a.m.

In January, the EDT welcomed its new Advanced Technology Research Facility member, Myla Spencer!

Honoring Women at the National Cancer Institute at Frederick

March 1 marked the beginning of women’s history month. In honor of the women who work here at NCI, SAIC-Frederick, and contractor locations in Frederick, the EDT will feature the “Women of NCI at Frederick” in the June issue of the Poster. Honorees were announced in early March based on nominations submitted during January and February. If you have questions regarding the “Women of NCI at Frederick,” please contact Andrea Frydl.

Employee Diversity Team Welcomes New Chair

The Employee Diversity Team (EDT) welcomes Andrea Frydl as its new chair. Frydl is a public affairs specialist in the Office of Scientific Operations at the NCI campus at Frederick. She has a diverse background of work experience throughout the Department of Health and Human Services, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. “I am happy to take on the role of new chair,” Frydl said. Laura Geil, past chair of the EDT and scientific program analyst, will continue to be involved with the team.