Dear SIT members,
Recently, I've been reflecting on what the Radiation Research Society has meant to me. I attended my first RRS meeting in 2013 in New Orleans. I was early into my PhD program and my husband and I had just had a baby. Anxious and homesick already, I remember sitting at the airport wondering why I was making the trip for this particular conference at that point in my life... but, I'm so glad that I did. I walked in for the SIT workshop that first early morning, and I was greeted with warm, enthusiastic smiles. I was absolutely captivated by the presentations - I took pages and pages of notes - and during the coffee and lunch breaks, I met such wonderful people in the SIT community. I even sat next to one of my "radiation heroes" during the lunch break and had a meaningful and stimulating conversation with her - starstruck! The fun and collegiality of the SIT social that night confirmed for me that I had just joined up with a group of people that would mean a lot to me personally and professionally.
Knowing that I had this new group of friends, I was very excited to attend the rest of the meeting. The atmosphere was very welcoming, and I was so happy to be learning so much. I felt confident and comfortable asking questions and speaking up when I had the opportunity to talk with senior scientists. When the meeting ended, I felt energized; I had a long list of articles marked as "to read", and I was eager to get back to my work. I also knew that I wanted to contribute to this incredible SIT community outside of the annual RRS meeting. I'm proud that I was given the opportunity to work as part of the SIT committee, and, fortunately, I haven't had to miss a RRS meeting yet.
I share this story with you, because I hope that you have similar feelings of belonging and fondness for both the SIT community and the greater Radiation Research Society. I know, for me, RRS has been a source of education, encouragement, and comfort. I know that, as part of the RRS, I belong to a scientific society which yearns to come together to study and advance radiation science. And, I also know, as part of RRS, I will always have an audience with whom I can share my ideas and results and receive the feedback and support I need to help me reach my next goal, my next step.
We are very excited for the annual meeting in Hawaii
. We have a great, "star-studded" SIT Workshop
planned for you, including, for the first time a Science Speed Networking session (nice opportunity to practice your research pitch in a relaxed environment!). In addition to the workshop, you're not going to want to miss the SIT social following the workshop or the Mentors Lunch during the meeting. If you're a returning SIT member, we hope to see you soon, and if you're a new SIT member at the meeting, we look forward to meeting you!
Vice Chair, SIT Committee