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SIT Newsletter: August 2019

Wednesday, September 18, 2019  
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RRS Winter Workshop Registration
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October 25
Late/Online Registration for the Annual Meeting Ends

Assistant Project Data Scientist at Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS)
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
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Postdoctoral Fellow- Open Positions
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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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

RRS Workshop: Challenges & Solutions in the Era of Targeted Radionuclide-Based Therapy
Big Sky Resort, MT
Registration Open! GET INFO
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,

I hope that everyone is enjoying summer, especially those living in the northern part of the world. Daylight is rapidly dwindling, which means Fall will be here before we know it. So, it’s time to enjoy nature and Fall colors before winter sets in and daylight saving time ends. I am very confident that most of you are working more than 40 hours a week, for a good reason of course, but it’s really important to take a day off, even if you do not have anything planned. I really do not want to sound like a grandpa, but I would like to share my recent experience starting a postdoctoral associate position.

Don’t worry, I only have two small things/mistakes to share. First, I started looking for a postdoctoral position about 3-4 months prior to my graduation date. I thought that if I got a high impact paper published then I would be able to get a good position in a well-established lab. I was wrong. Almost every other professor I interviewed with told me that I was late looking for a position. Luckily soon after I graduated, I found a great professor to work with in a laboratory environment filled with encouraging lab members. Please start looking for a job at least 6-8 months prior to your actual graduation date. This gives you ample time to personally visit and get a feel for your future workplace. Second, I only took a week off between finishing my lab work and starting a new postdoctoral position. You can imagine how hectic my life was during that time. Soon after, I realized that I missed a very crucial time to enjoy and relax before starting the next big thing in my career. I regret it, so please take some time off before starting your next position, spend time with your friends and family. That’s all I have to say about my experience. I hope that you can learn from the mistakes that I have made this past year. Always take a break to think about where you are in your personal and professional life.

Please register for the RRS meeting if you have not done so already. If you’re looking for a roommate to share a hotel room and have a hard time finding one, please let us know and we will help you. Remember, the SIT committee works for you, so do not hesitate to contact anyone of us for help. We are very excited to see you all at the upcoming SIT workshop

Best regards,

SIT Committee Member

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The Radiation Research Society has been the cornerstone for radiation science education for over 60 years. Home to many of the best and brightest researchers, RRS seeks to bring together and build a community of investigators with cross-disciplinary interests. This educational resource center is a benefit to the scientific community and will routinely feature a breadth of content that will capture your interest, regardless of your field of study.

Resources include books, classes (both online and in person), study guides, case studies and much more. View them HERE.
Presenting the RRS Winter Workshop to be held over the dates of March 4-6, 2020 in Big Sky, MT. The workshop, titled “Challenges & Solutions in the Era of Targeted Radionuclide-Based Therapy,” will be held at Big Sky Resort. Workshop Chairs, Jan P. Schuemann and Rebecca Abergel have generated an exciting program that brings together well-established experts and exciting new investigators in the field of tumor metabolism. Submitted abstracts will be blindly judged to allow for selection of 8 additional speakers.

Who Should Attend
This workshop is intended to bring together basic science researchers working in tumor metabolism, radiobiologists, radiologists and radiation oncologists to explore the interface between tumor metabolism and the response to radiotherapy.

Program Emphasis
The workshop format will allow for networking, collaboration and scientific discussions to promote addressing the Achilles heel of tumor-specific metabolic alterations as a means to improve radiotherapy efficacy. Both pre-clinical and clinical studies will be discussed with an emphasis on bench to bedside approaches.

Please consider including Big Sky, Montana in your 2020 conference plans. We invite you to contribute your latest research to this meeting and help make it a truly memorable and interactive event at the forefront of radiation sciences.

The 2020 United States Presidential Election is still 14 months away but already many candidates have established strong presences in Iowa. Iowa is the first state to vote in the primary elections for President. Therefore, Research!America and Science Debates commissioned a survey of 802 Iowa voters. Both organizations sought to hear voters thoughts on the importance of science related issues when selecting a candidate for President.

The full results of the poll can be found here, while the highlights can be read here. In reviewing the survey, it’s common for the very important and somewhat important responses to be aggregated. I was surprised to hear that 74 percent of Iowans were at least somewhat interested in how science affects the policy decision-making candidates. This contrasted sharply with the 22% of Iowans who had heard candidates discuss science in the past 1-2 months.

While Iowans may not represent the demographics of the United States completely, this survey suggests science is on the mind of voters. Whether it’s local, state and federal elections in the United States, the upcoming federal elections in Canada, or the recent European Union elections the past May, candidates should be asked to clarify their positions on science and technology issues.

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!

Ladjohounlou, Riad, Catherine Lozza, Alexandre Pichard, Julie Constanzo, Jihad Karam, Pierre Le Fur, Emmanuel Deshayes et al. "Drugs that modify cholesterol metabolism alter the p38/JNK-mediated targeted and non-targeted response to alpha and Auger radioimmunotherapy." Clinical Cancer Research (2019): clincanres-3295.

Tang, Tien T., Janice A. Zawaski, Shelli R. Kesler, Christine A. Beamish, Wilburn E. Reddick, John O. Glass, Darrell H. Carney, Omaima M. Sabek, David R. Grosshans, and M. Waleed Gaber. "A comprehensive preclinical assessment of late-term imaging markers of radiation-induced brain injury." Neuro-Oncology Advances 1, no. 1 (2019): vdz012.

Do you know of any SIT publications? Please let us know!
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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