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NIH Record  
Vol. LXV, No. 19
  September 13, 2013
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When Science, Policy, Politics Mix
Petitti Reviews Screening Mammography Guidelines

Dr. Diana Petitti borrowed a movie title from Clint Eastwood for her recent NIH talk.

Dr. Diana Petitti borrowed a movie title from Clint Eastwood for her recent NIH talk.

When a government-supported task force changed its screening mammography guidelines in 2009, Dr. Diana Petitti found herself at the center of a public uproar.

As an epidemiologic expert on women’s health and evidence-based medicine and disease as well as a specialist in biomedical informatics, Petitti was vice chair and spokesperson for the U.S. Preventive Service Task Force’s embattled new recommendations.

She recently visited NIH to talk about her experience in “Screening Mammography: Science, Policy and Politics—The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” NCI’s annual Advances in Cancer Prevention Lecture in Masur Auditorium.
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A Special Force
Firefighters of NIH Exceed the Norm

Master Firefighter Allen James in “Tower 751”

Master Firefighter Allen James in “Tower 751”

When most people see a towering inferno, they run away from it.

First responders run towards it.

On a recent Saturday morning, the NIH campus was vivid with lights and sirens, first responders in tactical dress and simulated victims. Law enforcement and emergency response teams were doing drills and testing the new mass notification system, soon to be deployed by floor, by building or even campus-wide. The goal is to spread the word quickly—about incoming tornadoes, for example. The system is still in test mode.

If you’ve visited the Transportation Services Office—our parking office—then you’ve probably noticed NIH police officers in the suite. Yet you may not know that NIH also has its own Fire Department housed in the northwest corner of campus.


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