On the move in the IG’s office and the Office of Safety, Health and Environmental Services

July 25, 2014 Coming? Going? Let your colleagues know! Submit items to torch@si.edu and put “On the Move” in the subject line. Be sure to include contact information and a picture as an attachment. We love pictures!

Cathy Helm

Cathy Helm

Office of the Inspector General

Cathy L. Helm, formerly deputy inspector general at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, has been appointed inspector general for the Smithsonian, effective July 14. Helm has served in various roles at GAO since 1979. She became deputy inspector general in 2008; before that she was assistant director for the Office of Inspector General (2004–2008), assistant director for the Human Capital Office (2002–2004) and assistant director for the Natural Resources and Environment Team (1998–2002).

Helm graduated from George Washington University with a master’s in public administration in 1980. She earned her bachelor’s degree in 1978 at Western Kentucky University. She replaces Scott Dahl, who served as inspector general from January 2012 until November 2013.

Hugh Dowd

Hugh Dowd

Office of Safety, Health and Environmental Services

The National Museum of Natural History now has a dedicated Registered Nurse in the Health Unit office. Hugh Dowd comes to the Smithsonian from the Department of Defense, where he served military personnel and their families in multiple locations, including for the past few years as head pediatric nurse at Caserma Ederle in Vicenza, Italy. Along with tending to the day-to-day bumps, scrapes and sunburns our visitors might incur, Dowd will help keep Smithsonian employees healthy by providing Occupational Health Services.



Posted: 25 July 2014
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Alex di Giovanni has been editing The Torch since August 2006. Prior to joining the Smithsonian, she worked as a writer and editor for the National Geographic Society, Plexus Scientific, The Nature Conservancy, The National Foreign Language Center and St. Martin’s Press, among others. She has the best job in the world.