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SIT Newsletter: June 2019

Wednesday, June 5, 2019  
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June 17
Abstract Submission & Travel Award Application Deadline

July 8
Travel Award Notifications & Poster Acceptance Notifications

Postdoctoral Fellow- Open Positions
Rice University Dept. of Bioengineering
Houston, TX
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Assistant Professor (tenure track)
Rice University Dept. of Bioengineering
Houston, TX
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Postdoctoral Fellow- Neurobiology/Developmental Biology
University of Texas
San Antonio, TX
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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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Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Texas at MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX
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Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
Rutgers University, New Jersey Medical School
Newark, NJ
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Postdoctoral Position- Molecular Imaging and Therapy
University of California
San Francisco, CA
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Postdoctoral Position- Radiation Oncology
University of California
San Francisco, CA
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Assistant Instructor - Biological Sciences
BioSci Program Teaching Team at Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
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11th Annual Radiogenomics Consortium Meeting
Rochester, NY
June 18-19, 2019

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 3-6, 2019
SIT Workshop November 2, 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,

This past year, I graduated from my PhD program and returned to medical school. It was an abrupt transition: within a few days I went from reading papers, completing experiments, and discussing radiobiology to reading labs and imaging, completing histories and physicals, and discussing diagnosis and management. Now that I have completed my first year of clinical rotations, I have taken some time to reflect on my experiences. While this past year was certainly intense, I learned three key principles that continue to guide my academic development. Further, I feel these ideas are also applicable to success in the research world, so I would like to share them with you:

1) Believe in yourself -- self-confidence has a large effect on the ultimate outcome of your hard work. Medicine requires you to quickly assume new responsibilities. For many procedures, this means you read about something, see someone do it, and then do it yourself. As a result, I went from being nervous about my ability to suture to closing large facial lacerations over a period of a few weeks. It wasn’t an easy evolution, however. Despite all my practice at home and in the hospital, the first facial laceration I was assigned was in a trauma situation, and I told the senior resident that I didn’t feel comfortable. She was fine with that, but said I needed to “become comfortable” next time. I went home that day and asked myself why I said that. Of course I knew how to do it, I had a lot of experience suturing in general. I was just nervous because it was my first time performing the procedure on someone’s face – a face is so precious and certainly my work would be heavily scrutinized by the patient. The issue was just one of self-confidence: I needed to believe in myself. The next opportunity came quickly (indeed, the same senior resident I told I wasn’t comfortable made sure that I sutured the next face laceration I saw), and I went in confidently. It ended up being a case that required 23 stitches on a young woman’s chin. She was very happy with the result, which allayed any lingering self-doubt I may have had!
Relevance to research: I can recall a few times during my PhD when I didn’t perform a new protocol because no one in lab had experience with the technique. But now having learned to operate outside my comfort zone, I would be much more comfortable trying something new. Sometimes we need to recognize that if we have the desire and put in the hard work, there is no reason not to believe in ourselves. We may be surprised by how prepared we actually are.

2) Express your convictions, but always with an open mind. This past year, I tried hard to advocate for my patients. This manifested itself in different ways, whether it was proposing an x-ray to rule out a certain condition, suggesting a medication to give them a better prognosis, or finding a different type of bed so that they were more comfortable. However, it was initially intimidating to provide my thoughts on patient care. At the beginning, I often doubted my instincts and remained silent. Then, once I did learn to speak up, I sometimes felt discouraged by the feedback I received. However, now I’ve learned just how valuable a collaborative workplace can be. An ideal learning environment is where one feels comfortable voicing their opinions, but does so with a ready expectation that the team will provide meaningful critiques.
Relevance to research: If you have thoughts about your research project that you have been keeping to yourself for fear of feedback, perhaps you should express them to a peer or mentor. However, do so with the expectation that they will be giving feedback. Particularly if you believe strongly in an idea (or have been working on it for a few years), it may be hard to hear someone critique it – but this is truly the only way to grow and get outside the perpetual echo chamber that is your mind. Similarly, try to encourage an environment of thoughtful feedback – it will improve the performance of your entire research team!

3) Find support where you can, even if you need to reach out. Medicine is notorious for its hierarchy, which means that when you are at the bottom of the totem pole you often feel overlooked and ignored. However, you can always find those who act as true leaders: they attempt to make everyone’s life easier by improving organization, increasing coordination, and boosting morale. I was lucky enough to find several such mentors. Further, I found that I learned more, did more, and generally felt less stressed when under their tutelage. Best of all, talking with these people and watching how they act can teach you how to become a more effective leader.
Relevance to research: If your laboratory environment is not as efficient or pleasant as you think it should be, try to find ways to improve it. Look for leaders in your environment – if there is a vacuum of leadership or teamwork, you may need to create these things yourself. In my experience, the rewards of good teamwork are almost always worth the initial investment of energy. And leading by your actions, not simply your words, seems to be the only effective way to get people to join your efforts. If you can do this, I can guarantee you’ll see a difference.

I hope these ideas could be of some help to you. I would further recommend that you reflect on your past year. It may not have felt like much has changed, but there are still lessons to be learned. What went well and what did not? Where can you improve? Soon enough another year will have passed, and we should all be able to say that we are one year wiser!

Lastly, a friendly reminder that the deadline for abstract submission for the Annual Radiation Research is quickly approaching (June 17)! This year the conference will be held in San Diego, CA. We are very excited about this year’s SIT workshop which will be focused on developing effective communication skills and career paths. We hope to see you all there!


Nicholas Colangelo
SIT Committee Member

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Last month, the House Appropriations Committee approved the Department of Energy’s budget for fiscal year 2020. This budget included $10 million to restart the low dose radiation research program. Given the current debate surrounding the linear no threshold risk model, this action is an important first step in undertaking more research in understanding the biological effects of low dose radiation.

However, there are a few more hurdles to climb before the Department of Energy (DOE) has funds to restart the program. These challenges include:

●   The Senate Appropriations Committee has to approve the DOE Office
     of Science budget
●   Both the full House and Senate have to approve the DOE Office of
     Science budget
●   The President has to sign off on the budget

Note the DOE Office of Science budget is voted on in conjunction with many other divisions of the DOE.

Also, last month I spent a couple days in Washington DC with graduate students from Rutgers representing Science Policy and Advocacy at Rutgers. We met with congressional staff from policymakers representing NJ. Besides getting this cool picture in front of the Capitol (left), I learned that scientists can be a valuable resource for staff. Staffers are tasked with covering a portfolio of issues (health, energy, environment, etc). When needing to learn more about a specific topic, the staffer will reach out to a subject matter expert. As scientists we are surrounded by subject matter experts. By connecting with staff, we can facilitate policymakers having the best scientific information. Our group initiated building this relationship by leaving behind a flier with our names, faces, contact information and research areas. Multiple staffers complimented our group for providing this information.

I would encourage you all to put a face and name behind radiation research by reaching out to your municipal, state and federal government offices. If you want a particular topic or issue addressed in this section, please feel free to reach out to Brian Canter via email at!


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2020 Non-RRS Meeting Support
Application Deadline: October 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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