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SIT Newsletter: March 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017  
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FEBRUARY 9, 2017
Abstract submission site open.

MARCH 8, 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!

MARCH 22, 2017
Abstract Submission and Travel Award Application deadline for the Scientific, ECI, & SIT categories. Submit HERE.

MARCH 24, 2017
RRS 2017 Annual Meeting Registration Opens!

Radiation Oncology Biologist
Faculty- The Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of California, San Francisco.
Faculty Researcher - Radiation Biology
The University of Iowa College of Medicine Department of Radiation Oncology Iowa City, Iowa.
More Information

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

5th International Symposium on Space Radiation and Particle Radiotherapy

Suzhou, China
May 24-27, 2017
Abstract Submission due: March 1, 2017
Early Registration: March 18

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

RAD 2017 Fifth International Conference on Radiation and Applications in Various Fields of Research
Budva, Montenegro
June 12-16, 2017
Registration due: May 20

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 Bláha - Biology

Reza Taleei - Physics
Jason Domogauer, Medicine
Pil Fredericia, Biology/Physics

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

Dear SIT Members,

In Denmark, March marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring, and so it represents the promise of warmer and happier days to come. This picture resembles very well my current situation. I am about to finish my PhD, and so my time in the previous year has been completely occupied by work. I have not had much time to enjoy life outside work, and I cannot describe how much I am looking forward to spending time with family and friends again.


While working those long hours, I have thought a lot about my “career” decisions and I have reconsidered several times a future life in academia. However, every time I have come to the same conclusion; I cannot imagine a work life outside of science/research. I have an endless desire to learn and obtain new knowledge and I think research (especially in academia) is the best possible place to fulfill this. I spend the day with very intelligent and competent colleagues who are as curious and “nerdy” -about the same scientific area- as I am and every day I learn something new, either in my own area of biology, or about chemistry or physics through my colleagues.


The last year has been very stressful, and full of emotional ups and down. I think this emotional roller-coaster is very common to experience at the very end of your PhD. Unfortunately, going through it, you often feel very alone. I have found it very useful to talk to the post docs in my office, who had just gone through the same period and could remind/tell me that what I felt was very normal.


So, to all the PhD (and master) students who are “fighting”: You are not alone! You are not the only person that feels overwhelmed by the work. Take my best advice and to talk to the “older” colleagues of yours; they can tell you that they felt exactly the same as you, and made it through!

Last but not least, keep up the spirit, your spring will come too!

Pil M. Fredericia
SIT Committee Member

Wadsworth BJ, Pan J, Dude I, Colpo N, Bosiljcic M, Lin KS, Benard F, Bennewith KL. 2-18F-Fluoroethanol is a novel positron emission tomography (PET) reporter of solid tumour perfusion. J Nucl Med. 2017 Jan 26 doi: 10.2967/jnumed.116.183624

Do you know of any SIT publications? Let us know!

Important Reminder Regarding RRS Membership Renewal: The Grace Period For Any Expired Memberships Will End 3/31/17 & You Will Lose Access To Your RRS Profile. Log In To Submit Your Dues Today!

  • Ensure that you fulfill the criteria for SIT membership by clicking HERE (Link to:  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.")
  • If you need to update your membership status or have questions regarding renewal, please contact Audrey Rinehart from the RRS office via email ( or by phone (406-522-1316).
  • For instructions on how to renew your membership, visit the RRS Website and look for the 1st item under the “Calendar” section regarding renewals. Alternatively, you may contact Audrey Rinehart (, 406-522-1316) 

SIT VODCAST: Pulmonary Exposure to Radiation Results in an Altered
T-Cell Microenvironment in Mediastinal Lymph Nodes | Angela Groves


SIT VODCAST: The paradox of adaptive response and iso-effect per fraction | Benjamin Blyth

The Call for Abstracts (RRS Scientific, SIT, and ECI) for the 63rd Annual Meeting of the Radiation Research Society in Cancun, Mexico October 15-18, 2017 is now open. This includes the Travel Award Applications for SITs. Submissions will be accepted between Thursday, February 9, 2017 - Wednesday, March 22, 2017, unless an extension is needed. All abstracts must be submitted online.

Please Note the Policies on SIT Travel Awards:
1. A person may apply for a SIT Travel Award, regardless of current degree, as long as he/she is working toward a higher degree (e.g. PhD, MD, and DVM) or is in a post-graduate training program (post-doctoral, research associate etc.)
2. The online application must be completed and affirmed by both the faculty sponsor and the institution’s department chair.
3. The applicant must submit an abstract via online submission by the March 22, 2017 deadline.
4. Each applicant must be an RRS member or have a membership application pending.
5. The SIT applicant may be awarded travel support for only 3 (calendar) years and no more.


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Evolved Cellular Mechanisms to Respond to Genotoxic Insults: Implications for Radiation-Induced Hematologic Malignancies

Courtney J. FleenorKelly HigaMichael M. Weil, and James DeGregori

Radiation Research Oct 2015, Vol. 184, No. 4: 341-351.
Evolved Cellular Mechanisms to Respond to Genotoxic Insults: Implications for Radiation-Induced Hematologic Malignancies

Courtney J. FleenorKelly HigaMichael M. Weil, and James DeGregori

Radiation Research Oct 2015, Vol. 184, No. 4: 341-351.

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