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SIT Newsletter: April 2020

Friday, April 10, 2020  
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April 29- Recently Extended
Officer & Award Nominations Due
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June 16 - Recently Extended

Abstract Submission Closes for Annual Meeting
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SIT Travel Award Notifications

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Postdoctoral Position- Radiation Biology/Metabolism
Georgetown University Medical Center
Washington, DC
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Postdoctoral Fellow- Immune/DNA Repair Response
Sawakuchi and Shaitelman Lab
Houston, TX
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Data Sciences/Chemistry Data Curator/Bioinformatics
Rancho Biosciences
San Diego, CA
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Various Positions
IAEA at Argonne National Laboratory
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Postdoctoral Fellow- Open Positions
Rice University Dept. of Bioengineering
Houston, TX
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Postdoctoral Fellow- Open Positions
University of Texas
San Antonio, TX
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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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Postdoctoral & Faculty
Rutgers University, New Jersey Medical School
Newark, NJ
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AACR Annual Meeting: Turning Science into Lifesaving Care
Virtual Meeting, Open to All
April 24-29, 2020

1st International Workshop on Radiobiology of Molecular Radiotherapy

Montpellier, France

Particle Radiobiology in Space & Oncology - RRS and affiliates
Bethesda, MD

ImmunoRad - International Conference on Immunotherapy-Radiotherapy Combination
Paris, France
September 23-25, 2020

RRS Annual Meeting
Big Island, HI
October 18-21, 2020
Jason Domogauer- Medicine
Jade Moore- Medicine/Biology
Britta Langen- Biology
Brian Canter- Biology
Julie Constanzo- BioPhysics
Calvin Leung- Medicine/Biology
Rutul Patel- Pharmacology
Alexandra Taraboletti-Biology
Tien Tang- Biology
Frederico Kiffer: Neurobiology
Caitlin Milder: Epidemiology
Nicole Chmielewski-Stivers: Oncology
Lydia Wilson: Medicine/Physics

Dear SIT Members,

Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and the associated disease (COVID19) has brought the world to a halt and left many looking to politicians for quick policy action and scientists for a “cure”. We have all adopted new phrases, such as social distancing or sheltering in place, as the new norm. Moreover, many universities have called for non-essential research to be postponed until further notice to focus all energy and resources on studying this novel coronavirus and saving as many lives as possible. I will not pretend to have answers to the most pressing questions, but I do offer optimism in the face of uncertainty. It is okay to feel overwhelmed, emotional, or anxious, and to express those feelings. While we cannot control the current events, we can control our reactions based on our thoughts. A Stoic philosopher once said, “The happiness of your life depends on the quality of our thoughts”. I urge everyone to take a moment and reflect on a few things you are grateful for, surround yourself with positive affirmations and people (virtually if not physically) and continue to take care of yourself mentally and physically. We are all in this together!
Here are some free resources that I hope help with maintaining healthy self-care practices.

1. Meditation
2. Workout
3. Socialization

Stay safe and healthy,
Jade Moore
SIT Committee Member

We are also on Facebook! Check out the SIT Facebook group.
Many individuals have asked, “Why do scientists not have a cure for COVID-19 and what is taking so long to develop one?”

The field of coronavirus research is very small, modestly funded and, therefore, has not been considered a fertile ground on which to build a scientific career. Over the past two decades, coronavirus research has followed a semi-boom and bust phenomenon with the emergence of SARS, then MERS in 2012, and now 2019-nCoV. After the SARS outbreak in 2002, The US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) increased coronavirus funding tenfold from $5 million to $51 million USD but was reduced to ~$20 million by the end of the decade. In 2009 when research funding cuts began globally, many scientists, especially coronavirologists, were forced to think about a broader context for their research for it to seem significant to the general public and grant funding agencies. This uncertainty drove many scientists to more lucrative research topics such as cancer or cardiovascular disease. The waxing and waning interest in coronaviruses has led to huge gaps in the scientific understanding of these pathogens. There still remains many questions about transmission, how long people remain immune after infection, and there are no drugs approved to specifically treat coronaviruses. Many in the field know there is much more to learn about the coronaviruses that already circulate and a new one could arise at any time. Relatively new scientific practices, including collaborative research and open-access journals, have led to the research community coming together globally to dissect COVID-19 methodically, yet as quickly as possible.

The scientific community has been notoriously slow to change. Collaborative research has only increased due to lack of funding. Access to open journals, especially non peer reviewed, is still a heavily debated topic. Now with many conferences cancelled this year, some are wondering if in-person conferences are essential when we should all be reducing our carbon footprint. Change doesn’t happen overnight, but I am optimistic that this pandemic will help us change how we practice and communicate science in the near future!

Jade Moore, SIT Committee Member

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

This month, we have the pleasure to feature Judith Rivera

"The year before I was born, a disastrous radioactive waste contamination event occurred just minutes from my childhood home on the US-Mexico border. My life-long desire to understand this disaster's serious, long-term health impacts on my immigrant community sparked my pursuit of a career in radiation research, my enthusiasm for science policy, and an unrelenting advocacy for underserved communities. After I complete my doctoral research at UNC School of Medicine's Department of Radiation Oncology this spring, I will join the Mayo Clinic as an incoming Medical Physics resident and researcher. My dissertation research has focused on investigating new and safe ways to use radiation and enhance cancer treatment, primarily via preclinical studies of spatially fractionated radiation therapy (SFRT). SFRT is a very promising, yet poorly understood, experimental therapy that has recently gained traction due in part to its high therapeutic ratio and easy implementation on a wide range of clinical machines. I truly enjoy being a part of the highly innovative field of radiation research. The field is constantly changing as new methods and tools are developed! I love challenges, both in research and in my hobbies, which include playing the abstract strategy board game "Hex." As an undergraduate, I was the university Hex Tournament Champion for two years."

Wilson, L.J., Newhauser, W.D., Schneider, C.W., Kamp, F., Reiner, M., Martins, J.C., Landry, G., Giussani, A., Kapsch, R.‐P. and Parodi, K. (2020), Method to quickly and accurately calculate absorbed dose from therapeutic and stray photon exposures throughout the entire body in individual patients. Med. Phys.. doi:10.1002/mp.14018

Do you know of any SIT publications? Please let us know!
Women In Aerospace Foundation Scholarship
Application Deadline: June 16, 2020

France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Studies

Application Deadline: March 2021

Burroughs Wellcome Awards
Application Deadline: Open

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.
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