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SIT Newsletter: September 2020

Thursday, September 17, 2020  
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Dear SIT Community,

As many of us have now settled into a new normal, we must be aware of the unique challenges and benefits brought forth by the pandemic and our socio-political moment. Although our jobs often require us to be confined to small areas with limited social interaction, we are generally in the presence of people who we can check on, and who can check on us. Social distancing can make it more difficult to make sure the people we care about are well, and it becomes easier to develop habits that further challenge our mental health. During most of the pandemic, I had (and in some capacity continue) to work on the computer at home all day. I found myself taking fewer and fewer breaks, skipping meals, and working late into the night. It took conversations with friends and colleagues to realize that everyone had become susceptible to developing bad habits like mine, perhaps as coping measures, as the work and living paradigm suddenly changed.

A repeating thought that comes to mind is if hindsight was 2020, then foresight is hopefully 2021. For me, as the response to the pandemic has shifted from survival to adaptation, the question that is now present in my mind is how the pandemic era has defined me so far as a budding scientist, my ability to respond effectively to sudden adversity, and how the remaining challenges will continue to define me. In discussions with friends and colleagues, it’s been clear that the pandemic has affected science in disproportionate ways. My lab saw the culling of almost all of our mice with the exception of a few irreplaceable mice that could not be experimented on for months. This derailment was not without serendipity. The increase of time at home has inspired new ways to think about the data I’ve collected so far, and new ways to proceed with much consultation from others. The field could not be more ripe for collaboration and expertise exchange. To this end, I urge you to reach out to your colleagues, check-in on them, and collaborate. The more diversified our research skills and interests become the more resilient we will be. For now, I’ll keep checking in on my friends and colleagues, and set alarms to take much-needed breaks throughout the day.


Frederico C. Kiffer
SIT Committee Member

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Join RRS in bringing our community together with the 2020 Annual Meeting Photo Contest! Keep in mind, this can be as serious (or not) as you wish!

The rules are simple:
  1. Pick a category from the below options.
  2. Post your picture on social media with #RadRes2020 and caption with your chosen category OR send your picture to with your category selection. (Your photo must be appropriate as it will be shared!)
  3. Enter as many photos as you’d like before October 9, 2020.
Contest Categories:
  • Best Past Precision X-Ray Final Night Event Photo
  • Best Photobomb While at Work or at an RRS Event
  • Best Parenting-While-Working-From-Home
  • Extreme Sciencing!!!
  • Best Dance Moves
Winners will be selected a week before the Annual Meeting and will be given the opportunity upon the live announcement to give a short “speech” during the Precision X-Ray Closing Event held Wednesday, October 21, 2020, at the close of the live meeting.
In June, our SIT committee released a Statement of Solidarity outlining our commitment to racial justice through making changes in radiation research broadly and in the Radiation Research Society (RRS) specifically. I want to update you all on our progress. First, we have come up with a name for this initiative: Radiation research for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion or REDI. As a reminder, here were the goals we listed in our REDI statement:
  • Focus on issues related to racial and other discrimination within the radiation sciences, academia and the Radiation Research Society
  • Evaluate historical oppression of the Black community and other minority groups by radiation researchers and policy influenced by radiation research
  • Identify which communities are and are not benefitting from our current radiation research programs and initiatives
  • Uplift contributions made by the Black community to radiation research and the Radiation Research Society
Our SIT committee has developed four working groups with each working group focusing on one of these objectives. We have been meeting twice a month as a full committee to update our progress. We have prioritized the following actions:
  • Working with the RRS Executive and Program Committees to organize a special session on Racial Justice in Radiation Research and Oncology during the RRS Virtual Meeting. The session will be from 17:30 to 18:30 Eastern Daylight Time on Sunday October 18 and will include SIT committee member Jade Moore as a co-moderator.
  • Organizing a session during the SIT workshop on Representing the Underrepresented that will feature ways that early career scientists can amplify and advocate for their peers. The SIT workshop will also take place on October 18 from 9:00 to 13:30 EDT.
  • Creating a demographic landscape survey to better understand our SIT and RRS communities.
  • Advocating for the reinstitution of travel awards to RRS meetings and sponsored events for underrepresented SITs.
In addition to REDI, we want to see more SIT involvement in the standing committees of RRS. In particular, the Finance committee has the responsibility of determining the amount of funding for our SIT workshop and travel awards. The Program committee reviews submitted SIT abstracts. The Education and Training committee wants to broaden the audience engaging with our radiation research community to include children and the broader public. If you want to get involved with a committee in RRS please contact SIT Chair Jason Domogauer (

If you want to get involved with the REDI Committee please contact me at or join our biweekly Zoom meetings. The next 3 meetings will be alternating Wednesdays (September 2, 16, and 30) at 12:00 EDT and you can join through this link:

Brian Canter, REDI Chair

If you have any suggestions or questions about policy and advocacy, please contact me at


Constanzo J, Midavaine E, Fouquet J, Lepage M, Descoteaux M, Kirby K, Tremblay L, Masson-Côté L, Geha S, Longpré JM, Whittingstall K, Paquette B, Sarret P. Brain irradiation leads to persistent neuroinflammation and long-term neurocognitive dysfunction in a region-specific manner, Prog. Neuropsychopharmacol. Biol. Psychiatry (2020).

Lis M, Donetti M, Newhauser W, Wolf M, Steinsberger T, Graeff C. A modular dose delivery system for treating moving targets with scanned ion beams: Performance and safety characteristics, and preliminary test. European Journal of Medical Physics (2020).

Pirkkanen J, Zarnke AM, Laframboise T, Lees SJ, Tai TC, Boreham DR, Thome C. A Research Environment 2 km Deep-Underground Impacts Embryonic Development in Lake Whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis). Frontiers in Earth Science (2020).

Wadsworth BJ, Cederberg M, Lee CM, Firmino NS, Franks SE, Pan J, Colpo N, Kuo-Lin KS, Benard F, Bennewith KL. Angiotensin II type 1 receptor blocker telmisartan inhibits the development of transient hypoxia and improves tumour response to radiation Cancer Lett. 2020 Aug 4;S0304-3835(20)30370-0. doi: 10.1016/j.canlet.2020.07.015.

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