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SIT Newsletter February 2018

Monday, February 5, 2018  
Posted by: Lindsey Keeley
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February 7, 2018
Call for nominations for Society Awards and Officers

February 28- March 2, 2018

RRS Winter Workshop

March 1, 2018
Abstract Submission for 2018 Annual Meeting Open

March 8, 2018
Annual Meeting Registration Open

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Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF)
Hiroshima, Japan

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Rutgers University, New Jersey Medical School
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Inaugural RRS Winter Workshop
Big Sky, MT
February 28 - March 2, 2018

NCRP: Radiation Protection Responsibility in Medicine: 2018 Annual Meeting
Bethesda, MD
March 5-6, 2018

2nd EACR Conference Radiation Break-through
Oxford, UK
March 12-14, 2018

18th Radiochemical Conference
Czech Republic
May 13-18, 2018

Morrilton, AR
May 14-17, 2018

OCRP5: 5th Asian & Oceanic Regional Congress on Radiation Protection

Melbourne, Australia
May 20-23, 2018

IWRDD: 15th International Workshop on Radiation Damage to DNA
Aussois, French Alps
May 27-June 1, 2018

ICIP 2018: International Conference on Ionizing Processes

Annapolis, MD
July 22-27, 2018

44th Annual ERRS Meeting
Pecz, Hungary
August 22-25, 2018

64th Annual RRS Meeting
Chicago, Illinois
September 23-26, 2018

Pavel Bláha - Biology

Tien Tang- Biology

Jason Domogauer, Medicine
Pil Fredericia, Biology/Physics

Nicholas Colangelo - Medicine/Biology
James McEvoy - Biology
Emil Schueler - Biology/Physics
Mattia Siragusa - Biology/Physics
Ryan Jonathan Wei - Medicine
Jade Moore- Multidisciplinary
Britta Langen- Biology
Brian Canter- Biology

Howdy SIT Members!

Spring is almost here, and it feels like Cancun was just last week; with all the chilly days here in the Northeast, I wouldn’t mind going back. As we begin 2018, I want to share with you another story from the wards.

A young girl from the Caribbean was visiting New York over the holidays. Shortly after arrival, she formed a large mass behind her ear that extended down to her neck and developed a fever north of 105°F (40.5 °C). Somehow, she made it to a hospital in the little town of Bethlehem. As she was treated for a presumed infection, doctors from several specialties came to visit her and nobody could figure out what was going on. Her treatment plan would change from day to day, and while the doctors threw tests and other medications at her, all that resulted was rash and edema and while her treatment plans changed, her prognosis did not. This young girl could not have looked any more different than the videos her mom showed me of her full of life, swimming in the ocean on their little island. Then on day 9, something new happened. Her eyes became blood shot red, and her tongue puffed up.

It was clear now. Treatment was administered and two hours later she had a smile on her face as she sat in bed playing with her mom. The next morning, she was walking around in a Disney princess outfit, proudly waving to all the nurses.

I share this story because it reminds me of the panel discussion with William McLaughlin, Eric Bernhard, and Carmel Mothersill in Cancun last year (I think Emil actually wrote about this back in October!). When they recounted their career paths, it spoke to me that none of them could have imagined where they would end up when they started. Change happens often for us SIT members as our careers develop. It’s hard to not become paralyzed by not knowing what the “best” route would be and like this girl’s illness, often not all the signs are going to present themselves at one time. But with each year that passes, I’m learning that if you trust your path and continue working hard, then when the signs appear, you’ll be ready and possibly end up somewhere you never imagined.

Have a good February!

Ryan Wei
SIT Committee Member

Fonslet, J., Lee, B. Q., Tran, T. A., Siragusa, M., Jensen, M., Kibedi, T., ... & Severin, G. W. (2017). 135 La as an auger-electron emitter for targeted internal radiotherapy Physics in Medicine and Biology.

Siragusa, M., Fredericia, P. M., Jensen, M., & Groesser, T. (2017).
Radiobiological effects of tritiated water short-term exposure on V79 clonogenic cell survival International Journal of Radiation Biology, (just-accepted), 1-28

Lee Y-H, Chang P-Y, Tay SY, Tsai C-Y, Cheng P-H, Lao WT, Chan WP.
Assessment of radiation safety in cardiac CT angiography Medicine 96: e9305, 2017.

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If you haven't renewed your RRS membership, it is now past due! Memberships expired on 12/31/17.

Please make sure you fulfill the criteria for SIT membership or if you need to update your membership category. Per the RRS Constitution (Article III.4: "...a Scholar-in-Training is limited to six years, but may be extended indefinitely by petitioning the Membership Committee.").

Log in to the RRS webpage to "Manage Profile" and you will find details regarding your member type there.

If you are outside the window of the SIT membership and evaluating your current career path in radiation research, we encourage you to consider the Early Career Investigator (ECI) interest group as it may be more appropriate. The Early Career Investigator is defined as one who is within the first 10 years of running his/her own independent group. Benefits of becoming involved in the ECI group include: mentorship and networking opportunities much like the SIT Committee, potential to earn a Travel Award to attend the RRS Annual Meeting and the potential to speak or chair a session during the RRS Annual Meeting.

If you need to update your membership status or have questions regarding renewal, please contact the RRS Association Manager, Audrey Rinehart (406-522-1316,, and she can provide you additional information.

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