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SIT Newsletter: July 2018

Friday, July 6, 2018  
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July 20, 2018
Poster Presenter Registration Deadline

July 27, 2018
Advanced Registration Ends

Chief of Statistics
Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF)
Hiroshima, Japan

Assistant Professor (Tenure Track)
Rutgers University, New Jersey Medical School

Research Associate I/II, Early Discovery
Eureka Therapeutics, Inc
Emeryville, CA

Research Associate I/II, Immuno-Oncology
Eureka Therapeutics, Inc
Emeryville, CA

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Nuclear Medicine
The University of Duisburg-Essen Hospital
Essen, Germany


ICIP 2018: International Conference on Ionizing Processes
Annapolis, MD
July 22-27, 2018

The Radiosurgery Society: Workshop on Understanding High-Dose, Ultra-Dose-Rate and Spatial Fractionated Radiotherapy
Bethesda, MD
August 21, 2018

44th Annual ERRS Meeting

Pecz, Hungary
August 21-25, 2018

64th Annual RRS Meeting
Chicago, Illinois
September 23-26, 2018

ASTRO Annual Meeting
San Antonio, TX
October 21-24, 2018

Pavel Bláha - Biology

Tien Tang- Biology

Jason Domogauer, Medicine
Pil Fredericia, Biology/Physics

Nicholas Colangelo - Medicine/Biology
James McEvoy - Biology
Mattia Siragusa - Biology/Physics
Ryan Jonathan Wei - Medicine
Jade Moore- Multidisciplinary
Britta Langen- Biology
Brian Canter- Biology

Dear SIT Members,
Many of those I know in the SIT community recently graduated from their PhD programs, myself included. I believe this post-graduate time is a formative one, and provides some good lessons about the importance of transition periods.

“So what’s next?” This is a commonly asked question to recent graduates or anyone in a transition period. While it can elicit panic in the recipient, it should instead invoke a sense of inspiration and self-determination. This is the easiest time to define or redefine the direction of your life. A transition period is a chance for you to try something new, to do things differently, or to seek a complete change of scenery. Keep what you like, lose what you don’t. My advice is to take the opportunity that a transition period provides to assess where you are, where you’re going, and whether that direction is what you truly want. This is the best time to actualize a change.

Well, what about those who are still working on their PhD? During graduate school is one just stuck? While your options may seem limited, even the smaller decisions in your life can be seen as “micro-transitions.” A change of routine, a change of perspective, a decision to say “Yes” where one would previously say “No,” these can be just as revolutionary. It may not change where you are, but it will change who you are.

It is also important to look to the advice of others in these situations. You can find help from mentors, peers, family, or friends. All you have to do is ask. In the radiation research community, I’ve found the talks at the Scholar-in-Training day of the Radiation Research Society Meeting to be particularly helpful. These sessions highlight speakers who recently transitioned from student to faculty, as well as those who are already on the other side of a long, successful career. The advice and guidance of those who are where you want to be is invaluable.

Simply put, the more informed and deliberate you are, the easier it will be to plan and make decisions. By taking ownership of it, a transition period can go from terrifying to transformative.

I look forward to seeing everyone excel in the next stage of their journey, whatever that entails!

Nicholas Colangelo
SIT committee Member

Recent SIT Publications

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

Policy & Advocacy

“What exactly is science policy?” That’s a difficult question with no short answer. Broadly, science policy encompasses all decision-making and actions related to the conduct of scientific research. As researchers, we primarily think of science policy as simply government funding of scientific research. However, it also includes the professional development of scientists as well as the technological developments from science. Mirroring policy for science, there is also science for policy, whereby scientific research is used to inform public policy.

Science policy can serve as bridges between researchers in the lab, government officials, and the public. As future leaders in the field of radiation research, we have the potential to connect the Radiation Research Society and radiation sciences with policymakers and the public. We can advocate for funding for research in the radiation sciences while we can also push for more scientific thinking regarding the disposal of nuclear waste, the use of nuclear power, and the treatment of cancer patients. Crucially, we can put faces and names to the field of radiation research.

The SIT committee wants to work with you, our members, towards developing a plan for policy and advocacy in our SIT community. We will be sending out a survey in the next month asking what issues are important to you. Because science policy is such a broad field, we want to prioritize your issues as the first ones to address.

All the best,
Brian Canter
SIT Committee Member

News & Updates

Congratulations to the SIT Excellence in Mentorship Award Winner: Mostafa Waleed Gaber, PhD
Learn more about Dr. Gaber and other award winners HERE!

Pre-Conference Career Development Workshop
Registration is open for the Career Development Workshop and Mock Study Session. Sign up during meeting registration HERE or edit your registration to add by using the link in your confirmation email.

ICRR 2019 Reduced Rate Rooms
RRS will offer a limited amount of significantly discounted rooms for SITs attending the ICRR 2019 meeting in Manchester. Connect with your peers who are attending and get first notice of availability by following the ICRR 2019 for Scholars-in-Training event on the SIT Facebook Group.

RRS Conversations

Captain Cassidy: A Talk Among the Stars

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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