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SIT Newsletter: December 2018

Tuesday, December 11, 2018  
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Tien Tang- Biology

Jason Domogauer- Medicine
Nicholas Colangelo -Medicine/Biology
James McEvoy - Biology
Ryan Jonathan Wei - Medicine
Jade Moore- Multidisciplinary
Britta Langen- Biology
Brian Canter- Biology

Dear SIT Members,

Happy Holidays! I hope that you had a great 2018 and if it was not exactly what you had in mind, don’t worry because 2019 is here and it is a fantastic opportunity to start new, rethink, and refresh your personal and professional goals for the year.

Among the plans I have heard so far for 2019, there are friends continuing their PhD’s or starting the next phase of their residencies, having committee meetings, finishing their masters or PhD programs and applying for jobs, and starting new research fellowships. With any new phase of life comes a large unknown component and this year I’ve learned that these variables are not something to dwell on and fear, but rather an opportunity to go head-on into something new.

This past year I watched a colleague of mine in the veterinary field start a new job as a full-on practicing veterinarian, freshly minted out of school last June. The first major challenge I remember her facing was moving clear across the country from California to New Jersey. The second came a few weeks after as she was left to be the only doctor at the hospital overnight. Finally, the third was that she was being entrusted to perform her own surgeries, and not necessary with all the luxuries of her prior university setting.

While hindsight bias would have predicted these were natural points of growth for her career, she would tell you a different story at the time that each of these daunting moments occurred. Her story reminds me of the importance of reflecting not just on the past year, but the prior several years. It is easy to forget how exactly we all got to where we are and near impossible to connect all the dots as they occur to accurately predict the future. Personally, I will head into residency this coming year and I ask myself everyday what exactly happened over the past three and a half years!

Down below you’ll see our new newsletter feature which introduces you to a most friendly SIT member, Brittany Aguila, which you may or may not have met. I think that she has a great story about unexpected transitions in life and you may find yourself in a similar situation sometime. With that, I wish you all the best in this year’s transitions and endeavors, no matter what the lies on the road ahead.

Ryan Wei
SIT Committee Member

PS: Don’t forget to take the survey!
In an effort to promote the involvement of SIT members at the 2019 Annual Radiation Research Society Meeting, the program committee has requested the SIT Committee to identify members who are willing to serve as co-chairs for the various sessions.

If this is an opportunity you would like to take part in, please fill out this form no later than December 12, 2018.

The meeting will be held in San Diego, CA from November 2-6, 2019. Selected chairs will be notified in the Spring.
There were many stories surrounding last month’s midterm elections. At the federal level, all 435 members of the House of Representatives and 35 senators were up for election. Among the many candidates were several with science backgrounds, and the good news is that a few of them won including:

● Chrissy Houlahan, who has a degree in industrial engineering
● Sean Casten, who has degrees in molecular biology and biochemical
● Joe Cunningham, who has a degree in ocean engineering
● Kevin Hern, who has a degree in electro-mechanical engineering
● Lauren Underwood, who is a registered nurse

They, along with Bill Foster and Jerry McNerney, who hold PhDs in physics and math respectively, will comprise a growing contingent of scientifically literate lawmakers. Regardless of political affiliation, having more scientific thinking in Congress will hopefully allow for more policy to be drafted, amended and passed with consideration of evidence, not just values and opinions.

In addition to the election, two other science policy items of interest:

1. The Senate has yet to confirm Kelvin Droegemeier, President Trump’s nominee to head the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Droegemeier was nominated in August and is an accomplished meteorologist and expert on extreme weather events. OSTP was created in 1976 to guide the President and White House on all matters related to science and technology and how they benefit the country.

2. The National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration have not yet received final budgets for the current fiscal year.

If you want a particular topic or issue addressed in this section, please feel free to reach out to me via email at!

Brian Canter
SIT Committee Member

RRS Membership Renewal
As a reminder, all RRS Memberships will expire on December 31, 2018 and as a reminder, your RRS Governing Council moved to institute Membership Auto-Renewal, effective in 2019.

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• If you would like to pay for your dues prior to 1/1/2019, please contact us (1-877-216-1919 |
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Brittany Aguila is a PhD student at Case Western University in Ohio, currently located at the University of Miami at the Welford Lab. Brittany joined RRS in 2016 and her research focuses on radiosensitization of Glioblastoma multiforme, specifically an Ig superfamily protein that her lab discovered to convey radioprotection. Brittany is looking into how this scaffolding protein is influencing downstream signaling to allow GBM cells to be protected from radiation treatment. Of note, her lab moved part way through her PhD from Ohio to Florida, only to later be met with Hurricane Irma. Here is what she has to say in her own words:

Hurricane Irma was certainly a lovely welcome when we moved to Florida. We were hardly here two months; the lab had just gotten set up and was running when Irma decided to head our way. We had to either move everything into cupboards or cover it in plastic bags to prevent any possible rain damage (our lab is on the top floor of the building). The medical center essentially shut down for about a week because of Irma. Roughing it through the hurricane was an experience I’d be perfectly happy never having to do again. I was the only member of the Welford Lab to stay in Miami, everyone else evacuated to Atlanta, Tampa, or California. My husband and I stayed with family further inland as our area was to evacuate due to possible flooding. They live in a concrete house that had hurricane shutters. Once the hurricane shutters came down, you would never have known what time it was if you didn’t have a clock. All you could really hear outside was the wind. I couldn’t hear the rain at all.

Moving can be a tough and emotional event, mainly because it pushes you out of your comfort zone. Having to find a place to live, a job, making new friends can be stressful. I just try to think of it as an adventure and a chance to temporarily live in a new place and experience new things. While the move to Florida was tough, I was blessed with a supportive PI mentor and lab mates who were able to make the move a little easier for both my husband and I.

…Honestly, I really do try to stay positive about these changes that happen in my life. I may not like it at first, but you will get used to it. Life is an adventure and I feel like change is one of the only “constants” that you will ever experience.

If you cross paths with her next year at RRS be sure to ask her about her adventures in traveling or figure skating too!

If you would like to be featured in the upcoming SIT Newsletter please let us know
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Constanzo J, Vanstalle M, Guillot M, Rousseau M, Finck C. Characterization of a CMOS sensor array for small field fluence measurement of a low energy proton beam. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, 910, 1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.nima.2018.09.018.

Vanstalle M, Constanzo J, Finck Ch. Investigation of optimal physical parameters for precise proton irradiation of orthotopic tumors in small animals, Int. J. Rad Oncol. Biol. Phys. 2018;

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