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SIT Newsletter: March 2019

Monday, March 11, 2019  
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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)

Assistant Instructor- Biological Sciences
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
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Curriculum Fellow for Online Learning- Immunology
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA
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Scientist- Molecular Biology
10X Genomics
Pleasanton, CA
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Scientist- Research & Early Development

San Francisco, CA
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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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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/Biology
Rutul Patel- Pharmacology
Alexandra Taraboletti-Biology

Dear SIT Members,

The latest American craze is Marie Kondo’s KonMari method to de-clutter your home by asking yourself, “Does this item spark joy?”. As scientists, the desire to learn more about the world to make it a better place sparks joy for us in the workplace. This enthusiasm often lends itself to desks cluttered with protocols and unread papers, inboxes overrun with unread emails, and brains with too many ideas or running tasks to complete.

Adding to this madness are the day-to-day grind of failed experiments, long ill-timed meetings or seminars, slow papers and grant review processes, which cloud the few sparks we have in the interim. One way to increase excitement and move projects along is to de-clutter our workspace. Tidying your workspace will help to clear your head and have a fresh outlook on your projects.

In the spirit of Marie Kondo, here are some tips to organize and de-clutter your scientific lives:

1. Identify necessities on your desk essential for daily functioning.
2. Toss all those papers you printed for reading but never got around to.
3. Delete all those unread emails taking up space in your inbox.
4. Discard all the liquid and material waste and those that are expired from your
5. Do not work and eat. Get away from your desk during lunch.

While decluttering can be daunting, it will be well worth your time to clear your desk, bench and mind and get organized for the future. If I am not convincing enough, check out this infographic with scientific evidence of how your desk organization can enhance or hinder your daily productivity.

Jade Moore
SIT Committee Member

We are also on Facebook! Check out the SIT Facebook group.
Last month I attended the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual meeting in Washington DC. It is one of the largest gatherings of scientists in the world. The theme of the meeting was science transcending boundaries.

Appropriately, the very first session was a science communication seminar titled Connecting Science and Policy: Opportunities for Dialogue with Policymakers. Two overarching themes really spoke to me during that session. The first theme was the importance of listening when meeting with policymakers. As one of the speakers Jesus Alvelo asserted, “Shut up and listen.” While this advice sounds abrasive, it’s crucial for us as scientists to understand that we do not intrinsically understand the demands and needs of politicians. Similar to learning about a new field of research, we first must ask questions of those with relevant experience. In addition, we can only begin to work with policymakers once we first understand their needs and issue important to them. Put it this way, if a politician came into your lab and asserted himself/herself into your science, how would you

The second theme was the importance of building relationships. Often times policymaking and politics are viewed as transaction. In reality, success in both arenas for scientists requires building trust and transcending the boundaries between the lab/clinic and the legislature.
Meeting once with a lawmaker or aide is great but the fortune is in the follow up. It is no accident that despite a Republican Presidential administration proposing massive cuts for the NIH in 2018, a Republican congress increased funding for the NIH. This happened because
of decades long relationships formed between policymakers and scientists along with other advocates.

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:
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Dear SIT Members of the Radiation Research Society,

We would like to announce that the SIT Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2019 SIT Excellence in Mentoring Award. This award honors an individual who has provided exceptional mentoring to a SIT in both the professional and personal avenues. Many of us can agree that good mentorship is mandatory for sound career development.

If you believe your mentor deserves recognition for his/her work in guiding early career scientists, please send a nomination letter detailing your nominee and their contributions for consideration to the SIT Committee Chair (Tien Tang: Keep in mind that a mentor can be nominated by multiple people. As a reference point, please review the brief overview, prepared by the SIT Committee, of what good mentorship can mean.

Nominations will be accepted until Thursday May 2, 2019.

For your reference, the previous award winners are listed below:
2006 – Joel Bedford
2008 – John Zimbrick
2009 – Frederick Domann
2010 – Doug Boreham
2011 – Al Fornace
2012 – Nils Cordes
2014 – Brian Marples
2015 – Sandra Demaria
2016 – Mark Dewhirst
2017 – Edouard Azzam
2018 – Mostafa Waleed Gaber

We also remind you to Register for the Radiation Research Society Annual Meeting and Submit an Abstract. Similar to last year, approximately 50% of the speakers for the oral sessions will come from top scoring abstracts. I encourage you and your colleagues to submit an abstract of your most exciting science so that you can further enhance the quality of what promises to be an outstanding scientific program. Hope to see you there!

Tien Tang
2019 SIT Committee Chair, Radiation Research Society
Banerjee, S.; Alexander, T.; Majumdar, D.; Groves, T.; Kiffer, F.; Wang, J.; Gorantla, A.;
Allen, A.R.; Pawar, S.A.
Loss of C/EBPδ Exacerbates Radiation-Induced Cognitive Decline
in Aged Mice due to Impaired Oxidative Stress Response.
Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2019, 20, 885.

Do you know of any SIT publications? Please let us know!
Accomplishing Career Transitions (ACT) Program
Application Deadline: March 28, 2019

Insight Fellows Program
Application Deadline: March 25, 2019

Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council
Application Deadline: Open

Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung/Foundation
Application Deadline: Open
Antibodies Travel Grants Program
Application Deadline: Quarterly
ASTRO Funding Opportunities
ASTRO funds research in radiation biology, cancer biology and radiation physics. Funding opportunities are available for junior faculty and residents.

Proposal Central
Database of foundation, non-profits and organizations grants
Do you know of any other funding sources? Please let us know!
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