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SIT Newsletter: May 2020

Friday, May 8, 2020  
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May 18- 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 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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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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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,

I hope you are hanging there! I don’t know the situation in every country, but here in France, it seems that we will be back in the lab around May, 11. It is likely difficult for many of you, but maybe even more for PhD students who just started their projects when the confinement was initiated. At this stage, I remember how difficult it was to remain organized and focused on the right direction to follow for our project. In our lab, we kept lab meetings and the journal club routine, and I started “Physics Wednesdays'' to offer physics lectures to PhDs and postdocs (I am the only physicist in our multidisciplinary team!).

Also, something I have realized during these past two months working at home is how many back-logged projects I have! I started to clear all of them by finishing data analyses, making headway on administrative work, planning new experiments…but always with a definitive end to my work day. It is important, in my opinion, to maintain a work routine without stressing out.

Remember, everything has an end. Cultivate acceptance and optimism, while trying nice and gentle professional development.

Some good opportunities:

· Continuing education: Radres webinars, Coursera, EdX, Initiative MSKCC Science spotlight

· Continuing scientific progress: e.g. TCGA database to perform complementary analysis for your project

· Keep an eye on virtual meetings, as proposed by AACR. It is often free of registration.

All the best,

Julie Constanzo
SIT Committee Member

We are also on Facebook! Check out the SIT Facebook group.
We would like to announce that the SIT Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2020 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 (Jason Domogauer: 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 accepted until May 29.

View Award Details  |  View Overview

Accurate descriptors in grant submissions ensure quality of the review process. Radiobiology is not visible as a discipline in many submission forms – not even government-funded systems.

Let us change that.

I have sent this request to the European Commission two months ago. My goal was that our community can select radiobiology as a legitimate category in Horizon 2020 grant applications or Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA). A single email may not be enough, though, so I call our SIT community to engage with me. Please share this with your own network as well, so we gain even more traction!

For your convenience, please use (or adapt) the following email draft:

Dear Mr. / Ms. ,
I work in the field of radiation biology (radiobiology). Our research has one of the largest scopes in STEM: from cancer therapy to space exploration.
Unfortunately, our discipline is underrepresented in the MSCA/H2020 portal and we do not have the option to select an accurate descriptor in our grant submissions.
Descriptor selection is an important step in the application process. Radiobiology is a highly multidisciplinary field which cannot be segregated into other disciplines. It is essential that reviewers have the necessary skill-set for an adequate assessment. Increased visibility of our discipline can also assist the European Research Council in recruiting experts from our field.
My colleagues and I kindly ask for a dedicated option in your descriptor menu to ensure rigorous and fair review.

The email should be sent to your National Contact Point (NCP).

The linked website provides you with a list of all member states and associated countries with respective NPC personnel and e-mail addresses.
Please choose the country where you work/live (not your country of birth/citizenship).

If your country is not listed, but you can imagine writing a collaborative grant with a European facility at some point in the future: choose the NPC of your favorite European country and suggest the radiobiology descriptor as a preemptive inquiry – all help is needed.

Let’s engage - happy advocacy!

Britta Langen

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Women In Aerospace Foundation Scholarship
Application Deadline: June 16, 2020

France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Studies

Application Deadline: March 2021

Burroughs Welcome 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.
Do you know of any other funding sources? Please let us know! 
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