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August 24, 2018
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NIH Publications Win ‘Blue Pencil’ Awards

Understanding Sleep (Brain Basics).
Understanding Sleep (Brain Basics)

Two NIH publications recently won first-place honors in the annual Blue Pencil and Gold Screen Awards presented by the National Association of Government Communicators.

The NINDS publication Understanding Sleep won Most Improved Publication. “I was very pleased to see NINDS was recognized for our total redesign and rewrite of text [originally] presented on 8½ x 11-inch glossy paper to an extremely colorful, illustrated, reader-friendly fold-out booklet,” said Paul Girolami of the NINDS communications office.

NAGC Blue Pencil and Gold Screen Award, First Place for NIEHS E-Newsletter.
Winning first place in the e-newsletter category was the NIEHS Environmental Factor.

“This is a terrific honor for the institute and for our newsletter team,” said Christine Bruske Flowers, director of NIEHS's Office of Communications and Public Liaison. “NIEHS supports a tremendously broad research portfolio, and our writers, editors, photographer and webpage designers do a fabulous job of presenting that research to the world each month in our newsletter.”

The NINDS brochure can be viewed at https://catalog.ninds.nih.gov/pubstatic//17-NS-3440-C/17-NS-3440-C.pdf.
The NIEHS e-newsletter can be found https://factor.niehs.nih.gov.


Children's Inn Holds Outdoor Carnival

Cyntana Thomas, 2, daughter of inn employee Dennis Thomas, marvels at bubbles as they float through the air. 6-year-old Emma Sotelo of Texas shows off her butterfly face paint
At left, Cyntana Thomas, 2, daughter of inn employee Dennis Thomas, marvels at bubbles as they float through the air. At right, 6-year-old Emma Sotelo of Texas shows off her butterfly face paint.

PHOTOS: P. JENNIFER FORESTER, SONJA LUECKE

The Children's Inn at NIH recently held an old-fashioned outdoor carnival to bring joy to children and families staying at the inn. Board members, trustees and inn staff members and their families also were invited to join in the fun.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of NIAID, poses with Zilly, the Children's Inn therapy dog Muna Albusaidi, 8, beams as she shows off the caricature of her
At left, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of NIAID, poses with Zilly, the Children's Inn therapy dog. At right, Muna Albusaidi, 8, beams as she shows off the caricature of her made at the inn's summer carnival.
Carnival games set up in the inn's parking lot included a duck pond, disc drop, knocking over cans, bean bag toss, bowling, a bubble machine and more. Attendees also fearlessly volunteered for the pie attack—inviting children and teens to gently smash cream pies into their faces.

Everyone had a chance to win prizes, enjoy barbecue and Ben & Jerry's ice cream. A caricature artist and face-painting rounded out the fun.

The inn's Teen Ambassadors - high school students selected to participate in a volunteer program that emulates the activities of a board of directors - ran the carnival game stations and helped children with physical or other health challenges participate in the activities.



Volkow Participates in Politico Summit

NIDA director Dr. Nora Volkow (fourth from l) , Politico health care editor Joanne Kenen (r), Dr. Rahul Gupta (c), commissioner and state health officer in West Virginia; Dr. Jeanmarie Perrone (l), director of medical toxicology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine; and Dr. Anne Schuchat (second from l), principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

On July 16, NIDA director Dr. Nora Volkow (fourth from l) participated in the second Politico Pro Summit, which brought together subscribers, experts and key decision-makers from the executive branch, federal agencies and Congress for a full day of in-depth conversations about various policies. Volkow was on a panel called “Seeking Light in the Opioid Tunnel,” moderated by Politico health care editor Joanne Kenen (r). Other panelists included Dr. Rahul Gupta (c), commissioner and state health officer in West Virginia; Dr. Jeanmarie Perrone (l), director of medical toxicology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine; and Dr. Anne Schuchat (second from l), principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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