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SIT Newsletter: February 2019

Monday, February 11, 2019  
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March 1
ICRR Registration Close
May close earlier if max reached

March 4
RRS Annual Meeting Registration Opens

March 19
Call for Officer Nominations

March 21
Call for Award Nominations

March 31
2018 RRS Membership Expires

April 24
Abstract Submission Site Opens
(Oral & Poster Consideration)

Postdoctoral Scientist Fellowships Available: Help NASA Get to Mars
Houston, TX
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Senior Vision Scientist (KBRWyle)

Johnson Space Center NASA
Houston, TX
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Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Texas at MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX
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Analytical Chemist

Mantra Bio
San Francisco, CA
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Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
Rutgers University, New Jersey Medical School
New Jersey
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Field Application Specialist
Berkeley Lights, Inc
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Research Associate- Molecular Biology
Berkeley Lights, Inc.
Emeryville, CA
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2019 Radiosurgery Society Annual Scientific Meeting
San Diego, CA
March 21-23, 2019
National Council on Radiation and Protection and Measurements - 2019 Annual Meeting
Bethesda, MD
April 1-2, 2019

ESTRO 38 Annual Conference

Milan, Italy
April 26-30, 2019
11th Annual Radiogenomics Consortium Meeting
Rochester, NY
More info coming soon! 

16th International Congress on Radiation Research

Manchester, UK
August 25-29, 2019

ASTRO's 61st Annual Meeting
Chicago, IL
September 15-18, 2019
65th Annual RRS Meeting
San Diego, CA
November 2-6, 2019
5th International Symposium on the System of Radiological Protection
Adelaide, Australia
November 19-21, 2019
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
Julie Constanzo- BioPhysics
Calvin Leung- Medicine
Rutul Patel- Biology
Alexandra Taraboletti- Multidisciplinary

Dear SIT Members,

One month has passed since we welcomed 2019!
This means thirty-one days, or in other words:
● The Voyager 1 probe has added around 28 million miles to its track record
● Your bone marrow has created roughly 15 trillion new blood cells
● The Pacific Plate has shifted by approximately 6 millimeters (0.23 inches) around the Hawaiian Islands.
How do we know all this? How did we create the technologies that roam space or the knowledge that explains the world within or around us?

The same way a person is cured from burning stomach pain:
by a doctor diagnosing gastritis
   prescribing omeprazole
      which is a heterocyclic aromatic organic compound
         that inhibits the proton pumps
            in the lining of the stomach
               based on clinical trials
                  informed by data published in scientific journals.
In short: research.

When you are stuck at the lab bench or have writer’s block, it can be difficult to keep focus or motivation. When somebody asks you, “But how is this relevant?” and your research is the definition of basic, keep this in mind: no matter how small the puzzle piece or how basic the research question–we all are a gear wheel in the knowledge machinery. We do the groundwork that can lead to amazing discoveries, much-needed cures, or world-changing technologies. On the shoulders of giants–very true–but also with the help of many smaller gears.

So let’s get to it! The year is young and there are eleven months left for acquiring data that pave the way to new discoveries.

Britta Langen
SIT Committee Member

We are also on Facebook! Check out the SIT Facebook group.
As a follow up to last month’s policy and advocacy section, after being shuttered for thirty five days, the United States federal government finally reopened on January 26. However, the NSF, NASA, USDA, FDA, EPA and other government funded science enterprises must still plan for the possibility of another government shutdown beginning on February 16. Thus, while scientists are back to work, long term plans for these agencies are still on hold. For now the focus for each agency is prioritizing which operations need funding in the event of another shutdown.

It’s also crucial to note that the government shutdown did cause lasting damage to scientific research. The NSF cancelled grant panels during the last week of January. NASA is delaying the application deadline for its Research Opportunities in Earth and Space until at least 60 days past the government reopening date. The USDA cancelled an interagency conference on invasive species. And, crucially, many scientists working as contractors will not receive back pay for lost wages during the shutdown. If you were affected at all by the government shutdown, please feel free to email me (

What can we as early career scientists do to mitigate the effects of a government shutdown? Foremost, we can help our colleagues who are affected by political squabbles. Second, we can vote for elected officials who refuse to shutdown the government for a political win. Lastly, we can reach out to our current elected officials with our concerns for how a government shutdown disrupts scientific research. For more information on contacting your elected officials, click here.

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

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.
Radiation Research - Journal Subscription Renewal
If you haven't done so already, now is the time to reserve your annual print subscription to Radiation Research. In doing so you'll stay informed of the latest research in your field while helping to support the completely societal managed journals providing you with the high-quality reviews, commentaries and regular articles important to your work. Enjoy this beautiful publication at your fingertips!

Reserve your low-cost print subscription today by clicking on one of the two links below:
United States and Canada
This month, we stay way up north and go from lovely Canada to another ice-hockey loving country: Sweden!

My name is Charlotte. I’m a PhD student at University of Gothenburg, Sweden. I’m a medical physicist with radiobiology as my main area of research. My project focus is to minimize side effects on normal tissue during cancer treatment with peptide receptor radiotherapy. I mainly (so far only) perform pre-clinical studies with both patient-derived xenograft mouse models for neuroendocrine tumors and non-tumor bearing mice. I’m in the beginning of my third year as a PhD student and I finally feel like I am getting a solid grasp on my research field. I remember how confusing it was in the beginning: a physicist entering the world of biology. There was so much I did not understand at first and I lacked basic knowledge about key aspects of the project (cancer, for instance) since I did not have a background in biology. Things can still be a little confusing, but I grew with the challenge and believe it is also the charm of interdisciplinary research. I went to my first RRS meeting in 2017. That was also my first international conference and travel outside of Europe. With so many new impressions and my being so far out of my comfort zone, I was really happy with the warm welcome the new members received. The SIT workshop was very useful to me and it was also a good opportunity to get to know so many other SITs. The conference gave me a broader understanding of our research area and I learned a lot. Already looking forward to seeing you all again in San Diego!

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.

Do you know of any SIT publications? Please let us know!
Society of Women Engineers
Application Deadline: February 15, 2019

Insight Fellows Program
Application Deadline: February 11, 2019

Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council
Application Deadline: Open

Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung/Foundation
Application Deadline: Open
Antibodies Travel Grants Program
Application Deadline: Quarterly
Database of foundation, non-profits and organizations grants
Do you know of any other funding sources? Please let us know!
Audrey Rinehart, Association Manager 
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1.877.216.1919 |
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