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SIT Newsletter: February 2017

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FEBRUARY 9, 2017
Abstract Submission Site Opens for the Scientific, ECI, & SIT categories.  Preview the Call for Abstracts by clicking



MARCH 9, 2017
Call for Society Award Nominations - Failla, Jack Fowler, Michael Fry, Marie Curie, J.W. Osborne.  Do you know someone who would be a good candidate for an award from RRS? Be sure to nominate him or her in March!


APRIL 5, 2017
RRS 2017 Annual Meeting Registration Opens!


Postdoctoral Fellow - Cell Biology
Biocenter of the Medical University Innsbruck (MUI), Austria
Postdoctoral Research Scientist - Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Biology or Immunology
College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University Medical Center, USA

Postdoctoral Research Associate - Radiation Chemistry
Aqueous Separations & Radiochemistry Department, Idaho National Laboratory (INL), USA

PhD Research Studentship - Cancer Biology
Division of Cancer and Stem Cells, School of Medicine, University of Nottingham, UK

PhD Position - Experimental Radiotherapy using Synchrotron Radiation
Institute of Anatomy, University of Bern, Switzerland

63rd Radiation Research Society Annual Meeting
Cancun, Mexico
October 14-18, 2017

ICRRP 2017: 19th International Conference on Radioactivity and Radiation Protection
Madrid, Spain
March 26-27, 2017
Abstracts: November 11, 2016
Registration: February 2, 2017

5th International Symposium on Space Radiation and Particle Radiotherapy

Suzhou, China
May 24-27, 2017
Abstract Submission: March 1, 2017

NASA Space Radiation Summer School
Upton, NY
June 5-23, 2017

RAD 2017 Fifth International Conference of Radiation and Applications in Various Fields of Research
Budva, Montenegro
June 12-16, 2017

15th Wolfsberg Meeting Series on Molecular Radiation Biology/Oncology
Ermatingen, Switzerland
June 17-19, 2017

International Conference on Advances in Radiation Oncology (ICARO2)
Vienna, Austria
June 20-23, 2017

ERRS2017: 43rd Annual Meeting of the European Radiation Research Society
Essen, Germany
September 18-21, 2017
Mary-Keara Boss - Medicine/Biology  

Pavel Blaha - Biology
Reza Taleei - Physics
Jason Domogauer, Medicine
Pil Fredericia, Multi-discipline

Cristian Fernandez-Paloma - Biology  
Yuan-Hao (Chris) Lee - Biology/Physics
Nicholas Colangelo - Medicine/Biology
James McEvoy - Biology
Emil Schueler - Biology/Physics
Mattia Siragusa - Biology/Physics
Ryan Wei - Medicine
Dear SIT Members,

I hope you are already fully engaged in completing your scientific New Year's resolutions such as: put all your data together, write several articles, or finally defend the dissertation you have been working on for so long. It is not an easy task to finish something you started a while back or what you have been putting aside for a long time, but now is the ideal time to do it. Not only you will get rid of some burden, but also if your resolutions were reasonable - you are free of them for the rest of the year! J

You all know the situation when you have so much to do that you seem to spend the whole day at work - you are sitting at your lab bench by a little lamp with pipette in hand or in the dimly lit room behind your computer, trying to make some sense of the data. And suddenly you get your blood results back: your levels of Vitamin D are critical! At the moment, it also might be because of the winter time and not because of the long hours in a dark laboratory (which, unfortunately, might be my case...). It is cloudy all the time, the sun rises late (you are already at work) and sets early (you are still at work) so you have basically no chance to produce any of the precious Vitamin D even though evolution equipped you perfectly (probably did not account for scientists...). Moreover, it seems that even your T-lymphocytes are becoming somehow lazy without the sun[1]! Even though it seems grim, don't worry, there is no need to panic. We all can get better during the 63rd annual Radiation Research Society meeting in Cancun - I can guarantee you that there will be enough sun, and Vitamin D, for everyone!

You can check for other conferences as well in the "Upcoming conferences and courses" section and also do not forget to apply for the NASA Space Radiation Summer School - it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  The SIT webpage was recently updated with the extensive survey done by Dr. Marjan Boerma, who presented the data in her excellent talk called "Towards an independent career in the radiation sciences" during the 2016 SIT workshop. At the same workshop, you could have also heard Dr. Lisa Simonsen talking about the "Overview of the NASA Space Radiation Program and Funding Opportunities" and Prof. Mendonca's take on the Scientific Fraud from the Editor in Chief Perspective. Both presentations can be found in newly created section of the SIT website "Documents" where we would like to share various interesting material with you.

Pavel Bláha
SIT Committee Vice Chair

[1] Phan, T. X. et al. Intrinsic Photosensitivity Enhances Motility of T Lymphocytes. Sci. Rep. 6, 39479; doi: 10.1038/srep39479 (2016)

The following information concerning NASA Space radiation Summer school may be of interest to you.  Please have a look at the information and links below.

NASA Space Radiation Summer School, June 5-23, 2017, with student arrival on May 31

The NASA Space Radiation Summer School ("NSRSS") at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory is designed to provide a "pipeline" of researchers to tackle the challenges of radiation exposure to humans who will travel on space exploration missions. Co-sponsored by NASA's Space Radiation Research Program, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and the Translational Research Institute, the three-week course has been offered each summer for more than a decade through an open, competitive application process.
Application to the program is open to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with an interest in the radiation sciences, including physics, biology, and engineering. Faculty can be considered as auditors under special circumstances. Both foreign nationals and U.S. citizens may apply to the program. Due to the intense nature of the course, applicants must demonstrate oral and written proficiency in the English language. All selected students must satisfy Brookhaven National Laboratory and Department of Energy safety and security requirements in order to be admitted. 
This concentrated, multidisciplinary program is taught by leading university and national laboratory biologists and physicists actively engaged in NASA space radiation research and BNL experts in charged particle experimentation and methods. Each "professor" lectures on his/her research specialty, with topics focused on those needed to support human space flight. The course also includes a research practicum as part of the core curriculum.
The Scientific Director for the 2017 NASA Space Radiation Summer School is Dr. Amy Kronenberg. Dr. Kronenberg is a Biophysicist Staff Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Information about applying to the 2017 NASA Space Radiation Summer School is available at the URL given below.
If you have any questions or need assistance with the application process, contact Katy Buckaloo at or 832-978-9542.

Course Sponsors

Charles Limoli, Ph.D.
President, Radiation Research Society
Tang TT, Rendon DA, Zawaski JA, Afshar SF, Kaffes CK, Sabek OM, Gaber MW. Imaging Radiation-Induced Gastrointestinal, Bone Marrow Injury and Recovery Kinetics Using 18F-FDG PET. PLoS One 12(1):e0169082 (2017). doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0169082

Lee Y-H, Hsiao H-F, Yang H-T, Huang S-Y, Chan WP. Reproducibility and Repeatability of Computer Tomography-based Measurement of Abdominal Subcutaneous and Visceral Adipose Tissues. Scientific Reports 7, 40389 (2017). doi: 10.1038/srep40389

Do you know of any SIT publications? Let us know! 
If you haven't renewed your RRS membership, it is now past due! Memberships expired on 12/31/16.
  • Please make sure you fulfil the criteria for SIT membership or if you need to update your membership category. Per the RRS Constitution (Article III.4: "...a Scholar-in-Training is limited to six years, but may be extended indefinitely by petitioning the Membership Committee.").
  • Log in to the RRS webpage to "Manage Profile" and you will find details regarding your member type there.
  • If you are outside the window of the SIT membership and evaluating your current career path in radiation research, we encourage you to consider the Early Career Investigator (ECI) interest group as it may be more appropriate.  The Early Career Investigator is defined as one who is within the first 10 years of running his/her own independent group. Benefits of becoming involved in the ECI group include: mentorship and networking opportunities much like the SIT Committee, potential to earn a Travel Award to attend the RRS Annual Meeting and the potential to speak or chair a session during the RRS Annual Meeting.
If you need to update your membership status or have questions regarding renewal, please contact the RRS Association Manager, Audrey Rinehart (406-522-1316,, and she can provide you additional information.

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