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Vol, LVII, No. 7
April 8, 2005

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Plain Language Awards Ceremony To Be Held, Apr. 27

Author Judith Viorst will help NIH laud plain language.  
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.

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