October Marked Our 27th Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary DataCeutics/Navitas Data Sciences! Twenty-seven years ago this October, Matt Ferdock and Paul Gilbert made their joint dream a reality as they merged their talents and resources to form this great company. We have since grown, evolved, and blossomed, with 105 US employees and 45 global colleagues benefiting mankind and saving countless lives as a result of the wonderful work that we do. We are exceedingly grateful and are delighted to be celebrating this anniversary and our recent accomplishments with you!

Our congratulations to the following employees who observed Work Anniversaries in October:

  • Matt Ferdock - 27 years
  • Paul Gilbert - 27 years
  • Beth Reinbolt - 10 years
  • Barry Brolley - 6 years
  • Kristi Mahadocon - 6 years
  • Barbara Berendt - 5 years
  • Dwayne Bracy - 5 years
  • Raimy George - 5 years
  • Andee Garrison - 5 years
  • Kevin Lawlor - 1 year
  • Lyle Adams - 1 year

Let’s extend a warm welcome to our new staff members who joined us this October:

  • Kathy Mediboyina - Senior SPA I
  • Carolyn Ervin - Senior Statistician - PhD

We also received some impressive thank you notes this past month-

We congratulate Natalie Springfield on multiple recognitions! She has exceeded our expectations and delighted everyone with her work with R-based deliverables, and has exhibited great team spirit and exemplary collaboration skills! Kudos!

Our congratulations to David Lombardi on the wonderful thank you from our partner! Your dedication, hard work, and quality of delivery have impressed everyone. You are making some great contributions to world health, and we salute you!

We are exceedingly grateful for the following individuals who worked so hard together and made such a great first impression on our new client with their expert delivery on a short time-line. We received wonderful feedback and we thank you for your dedication!

India-based Programming Team members who supported this deliverable: Rammohan Konda, Vinay S, Amilineni Sasidhar, Sowmya N, Sandeep Kumar, and Lella Samuel

US-based experts who supported the Team to ensure this critical deliverable: Troy Ruth, Siddharth Kumar, Sharon Hall, and Steve Light

Now that we are into November, and the elections are finally over, we focus our attention on this month’s health observances.

November is Family Caregivers Month

Even before COVID-19, many of us juggled priorities as we cared for our elderly parents in multi-generational households, in addition to heavy workloads and day-to-day responsibilities. The pandemic added to caregivers’ challenges considerably as schools and other facilities were shut down, and many of us now also act as teachers, nurses, and recreation directors. It is easy to feel isolated and overwhelmed, especially in light of these uncertain times.

The Caregiver Action Network is an excellent resource for caregivers, offering videos, shared stories, tips for caregiving, and even a Family Caregiver Toolbox that is full of valuable, helpful information. During National Family Caregivers Month, they address the new realities that family caregivers are facing in the pandemic. The organization offers a free helpline (call 885-227-3640 8:00 am-7:00 pm) to help you through the challenges of caregiving and can also refer you to agencies and organizations for additional help.

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

COVID-19 has made us all even more aware of the need to take care of our lungs. People who smoke or vape are far more likely to experience major complications should they contract the virus. On November 18th, the American Cancer Society holds its annual Great American Smokeout, designed to encourage smokers to make a plan to quit smoking - even for one day - to reduce their risk for lung cancer.

The American Lung Association website is also a great resource for information about lung cancer, tips on how to quit smoking, and general lung health and wellness.

November is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Awareness Month

COPD is a long-term lung disease that affects millions of Americans and is “the third leading cause of disease-related death in the US,” according to the American Lung Association. Bronchitis, emphysema, and other chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases that make it hard to breathe are often preventable and treatable.

The American Lung Association offers a variety of excellent information, educational resources, and tools on their website to help you understand COPD and manage treatment and lifestyle changes. With the pandemic still raging, this is an especially great year to focus on lung health.

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Much progress has been made in the last 20 years, but Pancreatic Cancer still has the lowest survival rate among the major cancers. Early detection is still the best defense, so it is wise to know the risk factors. A diet high in red and processed meats, obesity, smoking, diabetes, and family history are some of the factors that increase the risk of contracting the disease. Symptoms can be vague, so awareness is key. Symptoms may include loss of appetite, weight loss, abdominal or mid-back pain, and jaundice. To learn more, please visit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

November is National Gratitude Month

Research has shown that shifting our focus from negative thoughts to positive ones can be good for our health, especially our mental health. It has been reported that people who incorporate gratitude into their daily lives tend to have fewer stress-related illnesses, experience less depression, and lowered blood pressure. Generally, grateful people are more physically fit, happier, and have more satisfying personal and professional relationships.

This is a good month to begin a gratitude journal, write thank you notes to those who have shown you kindness, and call the loved ones in your life that you are grateful for. November 26th is Thanksgiving Day in the US and an excellent day to acknowledge all that we are grateful for.

We are grateful for all of you and these past 27 years of growth and evolution in our company.

We wish you and your loved ones Good Health and a joyful, Happy Thanksgiving!