NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni and guest speaker Judith Viorst will
celebrate the power of clear writing at the fifth annual NIH Plain
Language Awards ceremony on Wednesday, Apr. 27 at 2 p.m. in Lipsett
Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. All staff are welcome to join this tribute
to colleagues whose works best exemplify the clear and concise writing
that helps improve communication within NIH, as well as between NIH,
other government entities and the public.
|Author Judith Viorst will help NIH laud plain language.
Approximately 200 nominations — including web sites, publications,
news releases, fact sheets, newsletters, manuals, posters and other
written products — were submitted in response to a call for
entries in September 2004. Members of the NIH plain language coordinating
committee, which includes representatives from every institute,
center and OD office, evaluated the submissions.
Viorst is the celebrated author of numerous works of fiction and
nonfiction for adults and children. Necessary Losses appeared
on the New York Times best-seller list in hardcover and paperback
for almost 2 years. Her most recent work of nonfiction is Grown-Up
Marriage. Her children's books include the classic Alexander
and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. A graduate
of the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, Viorst is the recipient
of various awards for her journalism and psychological writings,
and is the author of eight collections of poetry.
The event will conclude with light refreshments. Sign language
interpretation will be provided. To request other reasonable accommodation,
call (301) 496-1461. For more information about the plain language
initiative, visit http://execsec.od.nih.gov/plainlang/index.html.