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SIT Newsletter: June 2020

Tuesday, June 16, 2020  
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July 22 - Recently Extended
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Jason Domogauer- Medicine
COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Jade Moore- Medicine/Biology
Britta Langen- Biology
Brian Canter- Biology
Julie Constanzo- BioPhysics
Calvin Leung- Medicine/Biology
Rutul Patel- Pharmacology
Alexandra Taraboletti-Biology
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Frederico Kiffer: Neurobiology
Caitlin Milder: Epidemiology
Nicole Chmielewski-Stivers: Oncology
Lydia Wilson: Medicine/Physics

Dear SIT Community,


I want to start by thanking each and everyone of you for the work and sacrifices you’ve made in slowing the spread of COVID-19. We have all adjusted our normal routines, schedules and workplaces. We have faced the challenges presented by this disease: i.e. treating patients, caring for sick or higher-risk family members, and providing the most up-to-date scientific information. We should also recognize those of us who have stayed home, worn a mask while out at the store and kept our distance from others when venturing outside. Let’s use the experience gained from this pandemic for responses to future hardships.


Speaking of experience, I’ve come to appreciate the challenges and rewards of virtual gatherings these past couple months. For example, I had the distinct pleasure of giving a webinar on the Targeted Radionuclide-Based Therapy Winter Workshop held in March. It was difficult to summarize over two dozen presentations covering a wide range of topics with barely legible notes from the meeting. Presenting was an unusual and challenging experience, as I could not get any feedback from the audience. I kept checking the chat window to make sure my sound was working and glancing at the number of attendees to see if people were staying in the webinar. Ultimately, after finishing the talk, I felt a sense of accomplishment that has been all too rare lately.


I believe virtual learning and communication could be of great benefit to our SIT community. Some of my best memories from graduate school are the time spent with fellow SITs in Cancun, Chicago and Big Sky. I would love to see our SIT community participate more in the RRS webinars and even consider hosting our own meet-ups every 1-2 months. These meet-ups could be informal “happy hours” or more focused on professional and personal development. Please reach out to the SIT committee leadership (see contact info below) if you are interested in participating in a virtual SIT gathering!

Be well and take care of each other,

Brian Canter
SIT Committee Member

We are also on Facebook! Check out the SIT Facebook group.

 
POLICY AND ADVOCACY

I’ve been closely following the increasing number of COVID-19 studies submitted to pre-print servers. There have been recent surges of attention to these servers as well as peer-review journals. Although the original intention of these pre-print servers was to speed up the dissemination of scientific results, there have been other consequences as well. With the caveat that my perspective is as a United States citizen, the media in my country prioritizes speed over accuracy when it comes to reporting. This has led to rampant misinformation on social media as well as in more established media outlets.

Having identified this issue, I thought about approaches I could take and encourage others to demonstrate resilience. I stumbled upon a suggestion that all studies published to pre-print servers should include a layperson description. This suggestion strongly resonated with me as I wrote a plain summary of my scientific approach when applying for a grant from the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research. In Sweden, a layperson summary is a mandatory section of a PhD thesis.

I’ve also found that when describing my science or the process of scientific research, I identify that science is team-based. Again, this may be a function of growing up in the United States as a country proud of rugged individualism. When working with primary school students interested in science, I’ve created lesson plans that help them introspectively examine their individual values and personality. I’ve then explained that when working in science, it’s crucial to consider the values and personalities of your colleagues and collaborators.

Finally I wanted to share some scientific reporting that I’ve appreciated over the past couple months:

STAT News
The Atlantic
In the Pipeline

If you have any suggestions or questions about policy and advocacy, please contact me at brian.canter@rutgers.edu!

 
SIT FEATURE OF THE MONTH

This month we are proud to feature Ashleigh Hull, from the University of Australia:

I am a PhD candidate in the Cancer Research Institute and School of Health Sciences at the University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia. My research explores the preclinical development of targeted alpha therapy for pancreatic cancer. With a background as a nuclear medicine technologist, my PhD provides an opportunity to expand my research skillset and combine it with my clinical experiences – something I plan to continue in my future career. Recently, I was fortunate to attend the RRS Winter Workshop in Big Sky, Montana. As this was my first time outside of Australia, this trip provided opportunities for both personal and professional growth. I found the workshop to be highly beneficial and it cemented my interest in the field of targeted radionuclide therapies. Whilst we still have a way to go to optimize radionuclide therapies, the workshop confirmed my thoughts of the potential value of these therapies for treating low-survival diseases whilst maintaining or improving patient wellbeing.

 
RECENT SIT PUBLICATIONS
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FUNDING RESOURCES
Graduate Funding Opportunities Database
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Application Deadline: Varies

France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Studies

Application Deadline: March 2021

Burroughs Wellcome Awards
Application Deadline: TBD

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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