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Vol. LXI, No. 11
May 29, 2009
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Plain Language Awards Ceremony, June 2 in Lipsett Amphitheater

Acting NIH director Dr. Raynard Kington will host the 9th annual NIH Plain Language Awards ceremony on Tuesday, June 2 at 1 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. Along with special guest speaker, Jonathan Capehart, award winning editorial writer for the Washington Post, Kington will honor a group of NIH writers and editors who have developed communication products that are exceptional for their clarity and focus. All are welcome to attend.

NIH began its plain language program in 2000 and held its first award ceremony in March 2001. That year, the plain language coordinating committee received more than 100 entries. Each year since then, the number of entries has increased. For 2008, the committee received more than 159 nominations including web sites, exhibits, news releases, fact sheets, newsletters, calendars, manuals and other written products. Members of the committee, which includes representatives from every institute, center and the directorís office, evaluated submissions.

Capehart is a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial writer at the Post, specializing in national politics and environmental issues. Before that, he was a member of the New York Daily News editorial board. He then became national affairs columnist for Bloomberg News and left to work as a policy adviser to Michael Bloomberg in his successful campaign for mayor of New York City. Capehart and the Daily News editorial board won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing for their series on the Apollo Theater in Harlem.

The Plain Language Awards ceremony will conclude with light refreshments. Sign language interpretation will be provided. For other reasonable accommodation, call (301) 443-8650. For more information, visit www.nih.gov/clearcommunication/ plainlanguage.htm. NIHRecord Icon

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