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SIT Newsletter October 2017

Thursday, October 5, 2017  
Posted by: Lindsey Keeley
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October 6, 2017
Late Registration Deadline

October 15, 2017
Registration for Winter Workshop Open

Research Faculty
Free Radical and Radiation Biology Program,
University of Iowa College of Medicine Department of Radiation Oncology.


17th International Symposium on Microdosimetry
Venice, Italy
November 5-10, 2017

International Training Course on Carbon-ion Radiotherapy
Chiba & Gunma, Japan
November 6-11, 2017

18th Radiochemical Conference
Czech Republic
May 13-18, 2018

OCRP5: 5th Asian & Oceanic Regional Congress on Radiation Protection
Melbourne, Australia
May 20-23, 2018

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,
The RRS annual meeting is finally upon us and I hope that you all will have the opportunity to attend. The program is looking really exciting with a lot of really good symposiums and speakers. However, make sure to also have some time to enjoy Cancun! You can always write it off as networking :)

I am personally very excited about the SIT Workshop this year. I have lately been involved a lot in career development discussions, both for myself as well as for trainees and PhD students in my lab, and I am very glad that we have four very strong talks within this subject this year, with something for everyone. It is not an easy subject to tackle and unfortunately it is left out of most programs despite it being a requirement at most institutions. Talking from personal experience, the “career development plan” has previously for me always been something that needs to be filled out, sent in, and gotten over with to make room for what I am here to do, i.e. Research! However, I have lately come to the realization that it is not that simple, and having the mind-set that I had could very well lead to a lack of progress.

One complaint that I have always been given, especially since I moved to the US a few years back, is that I don’t have a career plan. I have always thought that the best practice is to be open to all opportunities and to maximize my chances in multiple subjects. After all, that is how I got my postdoc position. However, what I have found out (and what people have been telling me all along but I just haven’t been listening) is that you can have it both ways. You can have a well worked out career development plan but still have the flexibility to seize the opportunities that are presented to you. The reason for a career plan is not to keep you on a one-way track, it is to always keep you mindful of your next step! If your circumstances change, then change your career plan. It is there to work for you.

My personal struggle has been to decide which path to take. The choices as always were to pursue either an industry, academic, or clinical career, or even try out the infamous hybrid career (also known in my circles as the path that everyone thinks they want to take but that everyone curses who has it). This is only one of the many subjects that I wish that William, Eric, and Carmel will be asked during the panel discussion during the SIT Workshop. I have recently, however, made my decision on which path I want to pursue and have started to take the steps necessary to reach my goal. While this goal may change, and knowing myself it definitely will, I will take the lessons learned and I will modify my plan for what is to come next.

As always, keep reading, writing, and applying for grants.
Emil Schüler, PhD
SIT Committee Member

  P. Bláha, N.A. Koshlan, I. V Koshlan, D. V Petrova, Y. V Bogdanova, R.D. Govorun, V. Múčka, E.A. Krasavin Delayed effects of accelerated heavy ions on the induction of HPRT mutations in V79 hamster cellsMutat. Res. Mol. Mech. Mutagen. 803–805 (2017) 35–41

K Mishra and G Alsbeih (2017) Appraisal of Biochemical Classes of Radioprotectors: Evidence, Current Status and Guidelines for Future Development, 3 Biotech, 7(5), 292

Al-Harbi, NM, Bin Judia SS, Mishra KN, Alsbeih GA. (2017) Genetic Predisposition to cervical cancer and the association with XRCC1 and TGFB1 polymorphism. Int. J. Gynecol. Cancer

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

RRS Annual Meeting Is Next Week! Make sure you are ready for travel. View tips HERE.

Activities are now available for registration. See details HERE and register HERE!

Bringing a poster to the meeting?
Visit the Poster Information page for details.

Call for Abstracts is open for the 2018 Inaugural Winter Workshop. Learn more HERE or submit your abstract HERE.

SIT Vodcast: Lung Tissue and Radiation Exposure with Stacy Muise

SIT Vodcast: Carbon Ions, Protons and Radiotherapy with Christin Glowa

Catch the latest RRS video updates on our YouTube channel!


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