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SIT Newsletter: January 2019

Monday, January 21, 2019  
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Jason Domogauer- Medicine
Nicholas Colangelo -Medicine/Biology
James McEvoy - Biology
Ryan Jonathan Wei - Medicine
Jade Moore- Multidisciplinary
Britta Langen- Biology
Brian Canter- Biology
Julie Constanzo- BioPhysics
Calvin Leung- Medicine
Rutul Patel- Biology
Alexandra Taraboletti- Multidisciplinary

G’Day SIT Members,

Welcome to 2019 and a Happy New Year to all. With the turn of the clock comes a new and exciting year for a lot of people with bigger and grander goals set and a dedicated ambition to reach them. And so, too, does this preface with myself setting the largest goal for my PhD life so far… completion.

This year marks my last as a PhD student with my intention to submit my thesis mid-year. The turn of the clock and the turn of the year heightens my feelings that this doctoral journey is almost complete. Thus January is a time for two things, reflection on my PhD experience and the formulation of my final “plan of attack”. As I stumbled into ‘uni’ after a necessary and exciting holiday break, I reminisced about the 3 years prior and how far I had come. The experiences had, the lessons learned, and the friendships made; all had specific purposes in my PhD life, even if loathsome at times. They all allowed me to get to where I am now – sitting on the edge of the last hoorah, the final 6 months, the completion of this thesis. And so, as I can see the end starting to peep over the horizon, I am focused on what I have left to finish. Although there is a lot and this can seem daunting, I can always turn around, and be reminded of how far I have come.

For any of you in a similar situation, I wish you all the best in the final months, and for the rest, “just keep swimming.”

We also would like to welcome new committee members this month: Julie Constanzo, Calvin Leung, Rutul Patel and Alexandra Taraboletti.

A final bit of news to help warm up your wintery souls. This week has been a beautiful and sunny 30-42ºC (86-108ºF), bit of a shame I’m stuck in the lab all day - next stop, the beach!!!

James McEvoy
SIT Committee Member

PS: Don’t forget to check out the support RRS offers, travel awards to Radiogenomics Consortium and NCRP annual meeting, and complimentary registration to ICRR 2019.

We are also on Facebook! Check out the SIT Facebook group.
Starting on December 22, the United States federal government is partially shutdown. While the cause of the shutdown is funding for a southern border wall, the furlough is also affecting grant funding agencies including the National Science Foundation (NSF), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). As of January 12, the shutdown is the longest in history.

Here are the guidelines from the NSF on how proposed grants and awarded grants will be affected during the shutdown: In addition, panelists from the NSF are advised not to travel to meetings during the lapse in appropriations.

NASA also released a shutdown plan in advance of the lapse of appropriations: NASA will not be awarding any new grants during the furlough and also will only allow certain excepted employees to travel at this time.

Furthermore, the Senate confirmed Kelvin Droegemeier the President’s nominee to head the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Unfortunately, OSTP is also affected by the shutdown, so it is not clear when Dr. Droegemeier will begin his work..

If you or someone you know are affected by the shutdown please feel free to share your story with me at Also you can search #scienceshutdown on Twitter to see how other scientists are being hampered by the lapse in government funding. If you want a particular topic or issue addressed in this section, please feel free to email me as well!

Brian Canter
SIT Committee Member

If you haven't renewed your RRS membership, it is now past due! Memberships expired on 12/31/18.

Please make sure you fulfill 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 are outside the window of the SIT membership and evaluating your current career path in radiation research, we encourage you to consider the Early Career Investigator (ECI) interest group as it may be more appropriate. The Early Career Investigator is defined as one who is within the first 10 years of running his/her own independent group. Benefits of becoming involved in the ECI group include: mentorship and networking opportunities much like the SIT Committee, potential to earn a Travel Award to attend the RRS Annual Meeting and the potential to speak or chair a session during the RRS Annual Meeting.

If you need to update your membership status or have questions regarding renewal, please contact the RRS Association Manager, Audrey Rinehart (406-522-1316,, and she can provide you additional information.
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For this Feature, I have decided to showcase two lovely ladies from my old stomping grounds at McMaster University. These two were in my Lab with Joanna Wilson and Douglas Boreham.

Jessica Preston
My name is Jessica, and I am a Master’s student at McMaster University located in Ontario, Canada. For my research, I have been exploring the effects of exposure to low dose ionizing radiation at doses less then one Gy, during late fetal development. I am interested in if exposure during fetal development can cause an adverse intrauterine environment, which can lead to post natal growth restriction of the offspring as well as cardiovascular effects later in life, in Balb/cJ mice.
This is my first year being a member of the Radiation Research Society, and I was lucky enough to attend the conference in September 2018. Overall, this conference was a great experience which allowed me to have an opportunity to hear other researchers in this field speak about their work, which furthered my understanding of the current knowledge in the radiation field. It was also great that the first day of this conference was a workshop specifically for scholars in training, allowing for an opportunity to grow as a student and further understand potential career paths. This conference was a great learning and networking opportunity. Being a member of this society is a pleasure and has been very beneficial to my research.

and Allison Kennedy
I am a post-doctoral research fellow working in collaboration with Doug Boreham at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Ian Dayes at Juravinski Cancer Center and Dawn Bowdish at McMaster University. My main research focus is to determine the immune mechanisms behind a low dose radiation therapy for recurrent prostate cancer patients. We are almost at the end of patient recruitment for the clinical trial, however we still have a long way to go before getting to the end of the study. We are following our patients for 12 months after they have finished the low dose radiation therapy to determine how long immune changes will last after the scheduled therapy.
I have been very fortunate to attend RadRes for three years now. My first year attending RadRes was incredibly overwhelming since I was new to the radiation biology world. However, after a very exhausting week, I left with a large foundation of radiation knowledge that I was able to build from when working on our lab’s projects, as well as a diverse group of colleagues to support me through this journey. I enjoy returning each fall to hear about everyone’s successes over the last calendar year and the tips and tricks passed along to help set me up for the same successes. There is nothing like a good karaoke event to loosen up a group of scientists!

If you would like to be featured in the upcoming SIT Newsletter please let us know
Registration for the 2019 ICRR Meeting is open! RRS will sponsor a limited number of members to attend and is providing a block of discounted rooms for RRS attendees. Student members have access to further discounted dorm housing. Sponsorship is on a first-come, first-served basis so register early! Registration may close prior to the March 1 deadline if the maximum number is reached. Learn more HERE.

Puukila S, Thome C, Brooks AL, Woloschak G, Boreham DR. The influence of changing dose rate patterns from inhaled beta-gamma emitting radionuclide on lung cancer. Int J Radiat Biol. 2018 Nov;94(11):955-966

Schoenfeld JD, Alexander MS, Waldron TJ, Sibenaller ZA, Spitz DR, Buettner GR, Allen BG, Cullen JJ Pharmacological Ascorbate as a Means of Sensitizing Cancer Cells to Radio-Chemotherapy While Protecting Normal Tissue. Semin Radiat Oncol. 2019 Jan;29(1):25-32. doi: 10.1016/j.semradonc.2018.10.006

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