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SIT Newsletter April 2017

Thursday, March 30, 2017  
Posted by: Lindsey Keeley
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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 before the deadline of April 12!

April 19, 2017
Abstract Submission and Travel Award Application deadline for the Scientific, ECI, & SIT categories. Submit HERE.

Radiation and Health Officer
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, Ottawa, Canada.
Assistant/Associate Professor of Radiation Epidemiology, Faculty
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts.
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Senior Scientists- Radiation Biologist, Research
ChromoLogic, Monrovia, California.
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Faculty Position- Free Radical and Radiation Biology Program, Research
The University of Iowa College of Medicine- Department of Radiation Oncology, Iowa City, Iowa.
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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

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,

Happy April! In the United States, we have officially welcomed Spring! With Spring comes new growth and the reemergence of animals, insects, and plants from their winter slumber. For me it serves as a chance to shake off the winter blues and put away the hibernation sweatpants.

Spring also serves as a nice time to reflect upon our New Year’s resolutions and devise strategies to put them into effect, if you haven’t done so already. For me, I resolved to create better balance in my life. Returning to medical school was a challenging transition for me. I quickly realized how much clinical knowledge I had forgotten during my four PhD years. This created a lot of stress in my life and led to a great deal of self-doubt. I compensated by locking myself in the library or at home to study. I became absent in the lives of family and friends, and grew increasingly unhappy. I was missing balance.

I recently came across a quote by Thomas Merton, “Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony”. As we move through our training and careers it is easy to get caught up in our experiments, projects, manuscripts, grants, and the list goes on. However, we must remember to put equal effort in ensuring we are taking care of ourselves in other ways including spending time with friends and family, exercising, eating well, developing and maintaining hobbies, or whatever else you find enjoyable.

The annual meeting is a good example of such balance. There, you can participate in lectures by field-leading experts, while spending time reconnecting with friends/colleagues. Additionally, with the upcoming meeting being held in Cancun, Mexico there are numerous opportunities to explore a new country with rich history, culture, and eco-tourism. So, do not forget to submit your abstracts, deadline extended to April 19th, or to register for the conference! Additionally, do not forget to submit nominations for Society Awards, deadline April 12th. Mentorship nominations will open later in the year, but now is a great time to start preparing nomination letters.

Although it may seem difficult at first, take some time to create balance in your life. I have already begun to see a difference in my own!

Jason Domogauer
SIT Committee Member

 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 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.

RRS Annual Meeting Registration Now Open
You may view the program, speakers and location information by clicking HERE. SIT Members must be in good standing to receive the deep registration discount to attend.

Who Inspires You?
The deadline to NOMINATE a colleague or mentor for one of the Society Awards is Wednesday April 12!


SIT VODCAST: Sylvia Formenti: Potential of radiation therapy to convert tumor into an "in situ" vaccine


SIT VODCAST: Wendy McGuiness: Effects on combined immune radiation cancer therapy on measures of anxiety in murine model

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 have been extended until Wednesday, April 19, 2017. 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 April 19, 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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