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Vol. LXIII, No. 8
April 15, 2011
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Fox To Keynote Plain Language/Clear Communication Awards Ceremony

Science writer Maggie Fox
Science writer Maggie Fox
NIH will celebrate outstanding writing and production from across the agency at the Plain Language/Clear Communication Awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 17 at 1 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. All are welcome to attend.

Each annual awards event features a talk by a noted communications expert. This year, health and science writer Maggie Fox, managing editor for technology and health care at the National Journal Group and long-time correspondent for Reuters, will speak about “Losing the Static: How Compromise Helps People Hear You.” Fox knows NIH well and has written many stories about all aspects of NIH science and policy. She will also take questions from the audience.

The Office of Communications and Public Liaison, OD, sponsors the Plain Language/Clear Communication initiative and the awards program. Each year, a top award winner is additionally recognized with an NIH Director’s Award. Since President Obama signed the Plain Writing Act of 2010 on Oct. 13, 2010, there has been renewed commitment to plain language and clear and transparent communication. The ceremony, now in its 11th year, is one of many efforts to bring better communication to employees and the public. Keep an eye on www.nih.gov/clearcommunication/plainlanguage.htm for a growing number of helpful resources.

This year’s committee received more than 400 submissions including health promotion materials, outreach items, visual, multimedia and social media products, administrative documents, training manuals and foreign language materials. Reviewers included representatives of institutes, centers and OD as well as outside reviewers tapped for special expertise, including the Council of Public Representatives.

Sign language interpretation will be provided. For other reasonable accommodation, call (301) 496-5787 or the Federal TTY Relay (1-800-877-8339) before the event. NIHRecord Icon


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