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Celebrating Plain Language at NIH

On Monday, Mar. 5, NIH will pay tribute to the power of clear writing with a special on-campus event titled "Celebrating Plain Language at NIH." Open to all NIH staff, the event will start at 2 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10.

NIH acting director Dr. Ruth Kirschstein will kick off the event with a ceremony honoring the winners of the first annual NIH Plain Language Awards. More than 100 nominations, including web sites, speeches, manuals, posters, and other written products were submitted in response to Kirschstein's call for entries to the plain language competition. The entries were evaluated by members of the NIH plain language coordinating committee, which includes representatives from every NIH institute, center and OD office.

Michael Dirda

Immediately following the awards ceremony, special guest Michael Dirda — author, critic, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and senior editor of the Washington Post "Book World" magazine — will speak about the power of language. The event will wrap up with a reception in the NIH Visitor Information Center at 3 p.m.

Results of the 2000 federal employee satisfaction survey show increasing awareness of the plain language initiative government-wide. The measure of awareness of plain language increased by 8 percent over the previous year, more than any other measure in the survey. NIH has supported the plain language initiative since its introduction.

Sign language interpretation will be provided. For all other reasonable accommodation, call 496-1461. For more information about the NIH Plain Language Initiative, visit www1.od.nih.gov/execsec/plainlanguage.htm.


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