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Celebrating Plain Language at NIH

On Wednesday, Mar. 20, NIH will pay tribute to the power of clear writing with a special event titled "Celebrating Plain Language at NIH." Open to all staff, the ceremony will start at 9:45 a.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10.

Acting director Dr. Ruth Kirschstein will host the occasion honoring the winners of the second 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 plain language coordinating committee, which includes representatives from every institute, center and OD office.

Prior to the distribution of awards, special guest Susan Dentzer will speak about the power of language and the challenge of communica-ting science information clearly. Dentzer is a correspondent with PBS's NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, where she leads a unit dedicated to providing coverage of health care and health policy. Issues she has reported on include medical education, medical errors, rural health care, AIDS, mental illness, genetics research and binge drinking on college campuses, among others. The event will conclude with a reception in the Visitor Information Center at 11 a.m.

Sign language interpretation will be provided. For other reasonable accommodation, call 496-1461. For more information about the NIH plain language initiative, visit

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