Public comments posted on our social media sites do not necessarily reflect the official views of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or other federal government entities.
Where commenting is supported on this or any other website or third party application owned or administered by NIBIB, we encourage you to share your thoughts as they relate to the topic being discussed. We review and post comments according to the policy below. We reserve the right not to post comments, or to remove comments, that are inconsistent with our policy, at our complete discretion. The views expressed in comments reflect those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official views of NIBIB, NIH, or DHHS, or the Federal Government.
Comments that include the following are prohibited:
- Vulgar, profane, or abusive language; personal attacks of any kind; inappropriate religious, sexual, political, or racial references; unsupported accusations.
- Endorsements of commercial products, services, organizations, or other entities.
- Endorsements of political parties, candidates, or groups.
- Content that infringes on copyrights.
- Solicitation of funds.
- Comments on any ongoing investigation of any sort.
- Procurement-sensitive information related to any current/future NIBIB acquisitions.
- Surveys, polls, questionnaires, etc., subject to OMB Paperwork Reduction Act clearance.
In posting your comments or other work to websites owned or administered by NIBIB, you irrevocably grant NIBIB permission to copy, distribute, make derivatives, display or perform your work publicly and free-of-charge.
We welcome your comments at any time. However, given the need to responsibly manage federal resources, reviewing and posting of comments will generally occur during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Comments submitted at other times will be reviewed and posted as soon as possible.
Reporters' questions — all media inquiries must be directed to the NIBIB Press Officer.
- NIBIB does not endorse or recommend any commercial products, processes, or services. You may not use NIBIB materials for advertising or endorsement purposes.
- NIBIB does not provide specific medical advice, treatment recommendations, or referrals. You may not use NIBIB materials in a manner that has the appearance of such information.
- NIBIB requests non-Federal organizations to not alter publications in a way that will jeopardize the integrity and NIBIB brand.
- Addition of non-Federal Government logos and website links should not imply an NIBIB endorsement of any specific commercial products or services and/or medical treatments or services.
NIBIB uses its website at https//www.nibib.nih.gov to communicate and disseminate information to stakeholders about research and activities of the institute. Information on research funding opportunities, research results, science topics, meetings, events, and resources are available through the website.
NIBIB does not collect any personally identifiable information (PII) during your visit to this site unless you choose to provide it. NIBIB does, however, collect some data about your visit to better understand how the public uses the site and how to make it more helpful. NIBIB collects information from visitors who read, browse, or download information from this site. NIBIB never collects information for commercial marketing or any purpose unrelated to its mission and goals.
When visitors send email messages containing personal information to the general NIBIB.nih.gov email box firstname.lastname@example.org, NIBIB responds to and files the messages. Only designated staff and contractors requiring access to the emails may view or respond to them.
Types of Information Collected
When you browse through any website, certain information about your visit can be collected. NIBIB automatically collects and temporarily stores the following type of information about your visit:
- Domain from which you access the Internet.
- IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to a computer when surfing the Web).
- Operating system and information about the browser used when visiting the site.
- Date and time of your visit.
- Pages you visited.
- Address of the website that connected you to NIBIB (such as google.com or bing.com).
NIBIB uses this information to measure the number of visitors to our site and its various sections and to help make our site more useful to visitors.
How NIBIB Collects Information
This website uses Google Analytics measurement software to collect the information in the bulleted list under Types of Information Collected. Google Analytics collect information automatically and continuously. No PII is collected. NIBIB staff and contractors conduct analyses and report on the aggregated data from Google Analytics. The reports are only available to designated staff who require this information to perform their duties. NIBIB retains the data from Google Analytics only as long as needed to support the goals of this website.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) memo M-10-22, Guidance for Online Use of Web Measurement and Customization Technologies allows federal agencies to use session and persistent cookies.
When you visit any website, its server may generate a piece of text known as a “cookie” to place on your computer. The cookie allows the server to “remember” specific information about your visit while you are connected.
The cookie makes it easier for you to use the dynamic features of web pages. Cookies from NIBIB web pages only collect information about your browser’s visit to the site; they do not collect personal information about you.
There are two types of cookies, single session (temporary) and multi-session (persistent). Session cookies last only if your web browser is open. Once you close your browser, the cookie disappears. Persistent cookies are stored on your computer for longer periods.
Session Cookies: We use session cookies for technical purposes, such as to enable better navigation through our site. These cookies let our server know that you are continuing a visit to our site. The OMB memo 10-22 guidance above defines use of session cookies as "Usage Tier 1—Single Session.” The policy says, “This tier encompasses any use of single session web measurement and customization technologies.”
Persistent Cookies: We use persistent cookies to enable Google Analytics to differentiate between new and returning NIBIB.nih.gov visitors. Persistent cookies remain on your computer between visits to this website until they expire. The OMB memo 10-22 guidance defines use of persistent cookies as "Usage Tier 2—Multi-session without Personally Identifiable Information (PII).” The policy says, “This tier encompasses any use of multi-session Web measurement and customization technologies when no PII is collected.”
Opt Out or Disable Cookies: If you do not wish to have session or persistent cookies placed on your computer, you can disable them using your web browser. If you opt out of cookies, you will still have access to all information and resources at NIBIB.nih.gov. Find instructions for disabling or opting out of cookies in the most popular browsers on the USA.gov website. Note: By following the instructions to opt-out of cookies, you will disable cookies from all sources, not just those from NIBIB.nih.gov.
How Personal Information is Protected
You do not have to give NIBIB personal information to visit this website. However, if you choose to receive e-newsletters, NIBIB collects your email address to complete the subscription process.
If you choose to provide PII (information that is personal in nature and which may be used to identify you) through an email message, request for information, paper or electronic form, questionnaire, etc., NIBIB will maintain the information you provide only as long as needed to respond to your question or to fulfill the stated purpose of the communication. If NIBIB stores your personal information in a record system designed to retrieve information about you by personal identifier (name, personal email address, home mailing address, personal or mobile phone number, etc.), so that NIBIB can contact you, NIBIB will safeguard the information in accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (5 U.S.C. Section 552a).
If NIBIB operates a record system designed to retrieve information about you in order to accomplish its mission, so a Privacy Act Notification Statement (this policy) is displayed on the public-facing website. The notice addresses the following five criteria:
- NIBIB legal authorization to collect information about you
- Purpose of the information collection
- Routine uses for disclosure of information outside of NIBIB
- Whether the request made of you is voluntary or mandatory under law
- Effects of non-disclosure if you choose to not provide the requested information
Data Safeguarding and Privacy
NIBIB uses web measurement and customization technologies to help sites function better for visitors and to better understand how the public uses NIBIB’s online resources. All uses of web-based technologies comply with existing policies with respect to privacy and data safeguarding standards. Information Technology (IT) systems owned and operated by NIBIB are assessed using Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs) posted for public view on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Privacy Impact Assessments web page. NIBIB conducts and publishes a PIA for each use of a third-party website and application (TPWA) as they may have a different functionality or practice. TPWA PIAs are posted for public view on the DHHS website.
When web measurement and customization technologies are used, a Privacy Notice displayed on the website must provide:
- Purpose of the web measurement and/or customization technology.
- Usage tier, session type, and technology used.
- Nature of the information collected.
- Purpose and use of the information.
- Whether and to whom the information will be disclosed.
- Privacy safeguards applied to the information.
- Data retention policy for the information.
- Whether the technology is enabled by default or not and why.
- How to opt-out of the web measurement/customization technology.
- Statement that opting out still permits users to access comparable information or services.
- Identities of all third-party vendors involved in the measurement and customization process.
Data Retention and Access Limits
NIBIB will retain collected data only long enough to achieve the specified objective for which they were collected (i.e. improve website function). The data generated from these activities falls under the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) General Records Schedule (GRS) and will be handled per the requirements of that schedule.
How NIBIB Uses Third-Party Websites and Applications
As part of OMB memo M-10-06, Open Government Directive, NIBIB uses a variety of new technologies and social media options to increase government transparency, enhance information sharing, promote public participation, and encourage collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the National Institutes of Health, and NIBIB. These sites and applications may include popular social networking and media sites, open source software communities and more. TPWAs are web-based technologies that are not exclusively operated or controlled by NIBIB, such as applications not hosted on a.gov domain or those that are embedded on NIBIB web pages. Users of TPWAs often share information with the general public, user community, and/or the third-party operating the website. These non-government entities may use this information in a variety of ways. TPWAs could cause PII to become available or accessible to NIBIB and the public, regardless of whether the information is explicitly solicited or collected by NIBIB.
Third-Party Websites and Applications
Note - Please see our Comment Policy which also applies to social media and third party websites.
For more information on the uses of social and new media for which the General Services Administration has negotiated a federally friendly Terms of Service agreement, visit the DHHS Center for New Media.
E-mail sent to NIBIB/NIH may be seen by a number of people who are responsible for answering questions. If you send us an e-mail, you are advised that e-mail is not necessarily secure against interception. Do not include sensitive information like your Social Security Number or personal health information.
This site is maintained by the U.S. federal government. It is protected by various provisions of Title 18, U.S. Code. Violations of Title 18 are subject to criminal prosecution in federal court.
For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, we employ software programs to monitor traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. In the event of authorized law enforcement investigations and pursuant to any required legal process, information from these sources may be used to help identify an individual.
Viewers and Players
Some files on the NIBIB website require the use of software to view or display the content. The file types on the NIBIB website include:
- PDF files that require Adobe Reader software
- Microsoft Word files that require Microsoft Word Viewer
- Microsoft Excel files that require Microsoft Excel Viewer
- mp3 Media files that require Microsoft Windows Media Player
- mp4 QuickTime files that require Apple Quicktime Player