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Vice President - Elect
Kevin M. Prise, PhD
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DISCIPLINE: Biology

VISION STATEMENT:

The Radiation Research Society is the premier society for radiation research and is evolving to offer tremendous opportunities for its membership with their full engagement. My objectives would be 1) to continue to develop and strengthen the multidisciplinary ethos of the Society to ensure it acts as the natural home for all researchers working in the radiation sciences, both basic and applied, and that the annual meeting is a focal point for all radiation research, 2) To engage with other agencies and related societies to maximize the impact of radiation research on the National and International stage with the Radiation Research Society playing a major strategic role, 3) To further build on the strengths of the Scholars-in-Training program so that the Society can act as an enabler of career development from graduate students right through to principal investigator status and 4) To assist in the continuing success and development of the Journal as the premier communicator of high quality radiation research.

  Councilor-at-Large

Janice Pluth, PhD
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DISCIPLINE: Biology

VISION STATEMENT:
As Councilor-at-Large, I am committed to maintaining the collegiality and scientific excellence of the society, and the disciplines that comprise it. I recognize that the future of Radiation Research lies in the next generation of scientists and am dedicated to providing opportunities within Radiation Research to enhance the careers of the society‚Äôs emerging scientists. 
  Councilor-at-Large
Michael Story, PhD
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DISCIPLINE: Biology

VISION STATEMENT
That vision thing: There is enormous downward pressure on the radiation sciences community. The contraction is evident at meetings where I find myself, at my age, to be one of the younger people in the room. Of course, science in general suffers from a significant reduction in grant dollars and at the same time increasing pressure from the institutional level to generate more and more grant revenues. The mentality of living quarter to quarter is invading academics. Yet at the same time, there is greater than ever a need for a community steeped in the knowledge of what radiation is and what the consequences of exposure are. Radiological terrorism, nuclear accidents, low dose exposures, even the short-lived implementation of backscatter detectors in airports calls for a community of experts that can be engaged to enhance the understanding of, and to disseminate accurate information for, the risks from such exposures. In addition, new biotechnologies and a greater understanding of the oncogenic process are being integrated into research designed to enhance the therapeutic use of radiation, the notion being precision medicine. We are also seeing an ever increasing use of proton therapy and there is a significant push to engage therapy using heavier particles. All are ripe areas for biological and medical and particle physics investigation. HR 35 of the 114th Congress is one step in that direction and as a society we should engage with our congressional representatives as appropriate, but each and every member of congress should have an RRS member in their rolodex. In addition, I fully support and would hope to expand the RRS educational and early career programs. These endeavors require funds and I would be more than willing to offer my time and effort towards current efforts as well as working to identify new sources of funding to sustain projects vital to the RRS mission.
  Councilor-at-Large
Daohong Zhou, MD
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DISCIPLINE: Medicine

VISION STATEMENT:
The Radiation Research Society (RRS) has been my professional home since I became an independent investigator in 1999. Since then I have been actively involved in various activities in the society, including serving as a member on the RRS membership committee for more than 4 years. If I am fortunately elected as the Councilor-At-Large, one of my goals is to be actively involved in mentoring young scientists in radiation research and recruiting investigators from other disciplines in order to maintain the excellence and to ensure long-term success of our Society. In addition, while we should continue our traditional excellence of research in radiation physics, chemistry, biology and medicine, I believe that our society should broaden the scopes of our research into the more rapidly expanding fields of biology and medicine, such as stem cell biology, tumor immunology and aging, to have a great impact on the improvement of human health. Therefore, I would like to advocate more multi-discipline collaborations within our society and with investigators in other disciplines to increase the visibility and recognition of our society in the general scientific community.
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