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SIT Newsletter - January 2016

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Postdoctoral Fellowships in Basic Research
University of North Carolina  
Chapel Hill, NC
Postdoctoral Position - In-vivo Verification of Adaptive Proton Therapy
Delft University of Technology 
Delft, Netherlands 
Postdoctoral Researcher - Generation and Application of Electromagnetic Radiation
Tomsk Polytechnic University - RASA Center
Tomsk, Russia
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FEBRUARY
ICRR-HHE: International Conference on Radiation Research: Impact on Human Health & Environment
Mumbai, India
February 11-13, 2016
REGISTRATION CLOSED
ICTR-PHE: International Conference on Translational Research in Radio-Oncology & Physics for Health in Europe
Geneva, Switzerland
February 15-19, 2016
REGISTRATION CLOSED 
MARCH
18th International Conference on Medical Physics, Radiation Protection, and Radiobiology
London, United Kingdom
March 17-18, 2016
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14th International Workshop on Radiation Damage to DNA
Melbourne, Australia
March 20-24, 2016
ABSTRACT DEADLINE 1/31/2016 
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3rd Symposium on Small Animal Precision Image-Guided Radio Therapy
Ghent, Belgium
March 21-23, 2016
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MAY
14th International Congress of the International Radiation Protection Association
Cape Town, South Africa
May 9-13, 2016
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 1/31/2016 
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55th Annual Conference of the Particle Therapy Co-operative Group (PTOG)
Prague Congress Centre, Czech Republic
May 22-28, 2016
ABSTRACT DEADLINE: 2/2/2016 
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JUNE
NASA Space Radiation Summer School
Long Island, NY
June 6-24, 2016
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 2/7/16
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SEPTEMBER
42nd Conference of the European Radiation Research Society
Amsterdam, Netherland
September 4-8, 2016
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OCTOBER
RRS Annual Meeting
Big Island, Hawaii
October 16-19, 2016
REGISTRATION OPENS
MARCH 1, 2016
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2017: OCTOBER
RRS Annual Meeting
Cancun, Mexico
October 14-18, 2017
Registration opens March 2017
 
Tiniest particles shrink before exploding when hit with x-ray laser
Where are the Radiation Professionals (WARP)?
CHAIR
Thomas Friedrich - Physics
VICE CHAIR
Mary-Keara Boss
- Medicine 
 
COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Olivia Kelada - Physics/Biology
Reza Taleei - Physics
Balazs G. Madas - Physics 
Adeola Makinde - Biology
Pavel Blaha
- Biology
Jason Domogauer, Medicine
Pil Fredericia, Multi-discipline

Cristian Fernandez-Paloma - Biology  
Yuan-Hao (Chris) Lee - Biology/Physics
Russell Rockne - Biology/Physics 
PRESIDENT
VICE PRESIDENT
    Charles Limoli
VICE PRESIDENT ELECT
    Kevin Prise
 
PAST PRESIDENT
    Gayle Woloschak
 
SECRETARY/TREASURER
    Eleanor Blakely
RR EDITOR IN CHIEF
    Marc Mendonca
 
COUNCILORS
    Polly Chang - At Large
    David Close - Physics
    Albert Fornace - At Large
    David Kirsch - Medicine
    Jay LaVerne - Chemistry
    Janice Pluth - At Large
    Michael Story - At Large
    Steven Swarts - At Large
    Claudia Wiese - Biology
    Daohong Zhou - At Large 
Dear SIT Members,
 
A belated Happy New Year to all! As we look forward to 2016 I would like to welcome two new members to the SIT committee and to reflect on the social aspect of the Scholars in Training group.
 
Pil Frederica and Jason Domogauer join us from the Technical University of Denmark and Rutgers University, respectively. As members of the SIT committee they will help organize SIT events for the RRS annual meeting, contribute to the SIT monthly newsletter, and add a valuable dimension to their training, namely leadership and networking. In addition to publications, awards, grants, and quality research (as if that wasn't enough), demonstrating quality of character and making friends can be an important and rewarding aspect of one's career.
 
To this end, conferences and meetings are a valuable component of any scholar's training, and 2016 looks to be a great year to make progress on this front. There is a great line up of conferences all around the world this year, including meetings in Europe, Australia, India, and our own annual meeting in Hawaii. Also, the location for the 2017 RRS annual meeting has been announced: Cancun Mexico! If this isn't enough motivation to get your work published and abstracts written, I don't know what is. Kidding aside, socializing with your peers, colleagues, mentors, and even giants in the field in a relaxed atmosphere is an opportunity to make new friends and also to show the quality of your character: a feature not easily communicated on your CV. I encourage you to consider this aspect of your career and training this year and to show the society what the next generation of leadership looks like. Check out the "Upcoming meetings" section below for more information.
 
Another great avenue for networking is the RRS website and its features. You can manage your profile and edit your bio and post to the SIT board. You can connect directly with your RRS peers in a professional forum before you get to know them on a personal level. You can also create a CV to attract the attention of potential employers. Be sure to keep you RRS membership current too. Last, but not least, consider following RRS on social media: RRS Facebook, SIT Facebook, LinkedIn group, and Twitter.
 
I hope you all work hard toward your goals and enjoy the great conference locations this year!
Russell Rockne
SIT Committee Member
RRS Memberships not paid by 12/31/2015 are now in a 90 day grace period before expiring. After 90 days you will lose access the member benefits provided with membership.
  • Please check if you fulfil the criteria for SIT membership or if you need to update your membership category
  • Log in to the RRS webpage and check your profile - you will find all the details there.
  • If you need to change membership status or have problems with renewal, please contact Audrey Rinehart from the RRS office via email (audrey@radres.org) or call (406)-522-1316.
SIT MEMBERSHIP
We often get inquiries from SIT members about regulations concerning membership status: How can you become a SIT member of the RRS? How long can you be a SIT member? What regulations are associated? These questions are being clarified by the RRS constitution, article III point 4:
"Pre- or post-doctoral students may be elected as Scholars in Training. Membership as a Scholar in Training is limited to six years, but may be extended indefinitely by petitioning the Membership Committee. The fulfillment of these qualifications shall be determined by examination of the membership application. Scholars affiliated with an Institutional Member may be nominated by that Institutional Member. Scholars in Training have all the privileges of Full Members except that they may not vote or hold office."
The Governing Council of the Radiation Research Society (RRS) is pleased to announce the availability of SIT and ECI Travel Awards for Two (2) meetings in 2016.  The details of the meetings are as follows:  
  1. The 14th International Workshop on Radiation Damage to DNA (IWRDD) will take place in Melbourne, Australia over the dates of March 20th to 24th, 2016. Program highlights and details can be found on the conference website: http://www.14thiwrdd.com/ 
  2. The National Council on Radiation Protection (NCRP) is planning its 2016 annual meeting in Bethesda, Maryland from April 11th to 12th, 2016. The theme of this meeting is: "Meeting the Needs of the Nation for Radiation Protection" and additional details can be found by visiting the conference website: www.ncrponline.org  
These meetings will provide excellent learning opportunities for our young and early career investigators of the Society. In line with promoting career developments of our young Scholars in Training and Early Career Investigators, the Radiation Research Society will provide financial support (via a travel award) to attend each of the two meetings. The details of the award (i.e. amount and what it will support) will be disclosed by the IWRDD and NCRP once the winner is selected.  Please note that NCRP meeting has no registration charge.

Applications (brief 2-page CV and a personal statement describing how this meeting will be helpful in his/her career development) should be sent to the association manager of the Radiation Research Society (Audrey Rinehart, audrey@radres.org), by Friday February 5, 2016. The awardees will be selected by the Awards and Honors Committee of the Society, chaired by Peter O'Neill, PhD. Notification of funding will be provided by Friday February 12, 2016.
 
As a reminder, the Scholar-in-Training (Jr or Sr SIT) member is an undergraduate, graduate, medical student, postdoctoral fellow, or resident enrolled in a course of study or in a training program related to the field of radiation research or radiation sciences. The Early Career Investigator (ECI) is a current member of the RRS who is within the first 10 years of running his or her own independent group.
ANTICANCER THERAPEUTIC POTENTIAL OF Mn PORPHYRIN/ASCORBATE SYSTEM Tovmasyan A, Sampaio RS, Boss MK, Bueno-Janice JC, et al. Free Radical Biology and Medicine, Volume 89, December 2015, Pages 1231-1247, ISSN 0891-584
A COMPARISON OF KINETIC PHOTON CELL SURVIVAL MODELS Herr L, Friedrich T, Durante M, Scholz M. Radiat Res. 2015 Nov;184(5):494-508. PMID: 26484400
KILL-PAINTING OF HYPOXIC TUMOURS IN CHARGED PARTICLE THERAPY Tinganelli W, Durante M, Hirayama R, Krämer M, Maier A, Kraft-Weyrather W, Furusawa Y, Friedrich T, Scifoni E. Sci Rep. 2015 Nov 24;5:17016. doi: 10.1038/srep17016.PMID: 26596243 Free PMC Article
IMPACT OF FRACTIONATION AND NUMBER OF FIELDS ON DOSE HOMOGENEITY FOR INTRA-FRACTIONALLY MOVING LUNG TUMORS USING SCANNED CARBON ION TREATMENT Wölfelschneider J, Friedrich T, Lüchtenborg R, Zink K, Scholz M, Dong L, Durante M, Bert C.
Radiother Oncol. 2015 Dec 29. pii: S0167-8140(15)00671-4. doi: 10.1016/j.radonc. 2015.12.011. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26743829
NOVEL MANGANESE-PORPHYRIN SUPEROXIDE DISMUTASE-MIMETIC WIDENS THE THERAPEUTIC MARGIN IN A PRECLINICAL HEAD AND NECK CANCER MODEL Ashcraft KA, Boss MK, Tovmasyan A, Roy Choudhury K, Fontanella AN, Young KH, Palmer GM, Birer SR, Landon CD, Park W, Das SK, Weitner T, Sheng H, Warner DS, Brizel DM, Spasojevic I, Batinic-Haberle I, Dewhirst MW. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2015 Nov 15;93(4):892-900. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2015.07.2283. Epub 2015 Jul 29.
PMID: 26530759
ANALYSIS OF THE TRACK- AND DOSE-AVERAGED LET AND LET SPECTRA IN PROTON THERAPY USING THE GEANT4 MONTE CARLO CODE Guan F, Peeler C, Bronk L, Geng C, Taleei R, Randeniya S, Ge S, Mirkovic D, Grosshans D, Mohan R, Titt U. Med Phys. 2015 Nov;42(11):6234. doi: 10.1118/1.4932217.
NCI PLANNING GRANT - INTERVIEW WITH ELEANOR BLAKELY 
Allison Burrell interviews Eleanor Blakely on the recently awarded NCI Planning Grant. Interview conducted at the 2015 ICRR in Kyoto, Japan. LISTEN NOW

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