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SIT Newsletter: February 2020

Monday, February 3, 2020  
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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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Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
Rutgers University, New Jersey Medical School
Newark, NJ
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Postdoctoral Position- Molecular Imaging and Therapy
University of California
San Francisco, CA
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Postdoctoral Position- Radiation Oncology
University of California
San Francisco, CA
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RRS Workshop: Challenges & Solutions in the Era of Targeted Radionuclide-Based Therapy
Big Sky Resort, MT
March 4-6, 2020
Registration Open!

NCRP Annual Meeting
Bethesda, MD
March 23-24, 2020

AACR Annual Meeting: Turning Science into Lifesaving Care
San Diego, CA
April 24-29, 2020

1st International Workshop on Radiobiology of Molecular Radiotherapy

Montpellier, France
May 13-14, 2020

Particle Radiobiology in Space & Oncology - RRS and affiliates
Bethesda, MD
May 27-29, 2020

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- Multidisciplinary
Britta Langen- Biology
Brian Canter- Biology
Julie Constanzo- BioPhysics
Calvin Leung- Medicine/Biology
Rutul Patel- Pharmacology
Alexandra Taraboletti-Biology
Tien Tang- Biology

Dear SIT Members,

I hope you are all having a great start to the New Year! With the start of a new year we often set new goals to work towards during the year. One of my goals this year is to fully utilize the resources available to me which include visiting the career center to polish up my resume, attend writing workshops to improve the clarity of my writing and participating in career development symposiums.

In this newsletter, I want to highlight some of the resources that are available from the Radiation Research Society that are often overlooked:

Career Center
Looking for a new position? The site has job listings specifically for the field of radiation research along with other resources to improve your resume and interviewing strategies.

SIT Documents
Powerpoints from previous SIT workshop speakers

RADIOactive Podcast
The Radiation Research Society podcast is here! Hear from the experts on a wide range of subjects from roundtable discussion about funding or modeling radiation damage to how they navigated through their career path.

References, Resources and Databases
Literature searches, general reference tools, cell and molecular biology, gene databases, epidemiology databases

Educational Resource Library
Dr. Manuela Buonanno and members of the Education Committee have curated a breadth of content that includes a listing of courses, books and other resources for radiation science education that is constantly updated.
- Courses: workshops, short courses, online classes, science communication
- External Resources: study guides, mentoring guides, mechanism of funding, resources for educators
- Online Books: open access for researchers/ clinicians and teaching materials

These are all great resources that SIT members should be aware of and explore.

All the best,
Tien Tang
SIT Committee Member

We are also on Facebook! Check out the SIT Facebook group.
The 3-day Joint Symposium, “Particle Radiobiology in Space and Oncology,” will be held May 27-29, 2020 in coordination with other Federal Government Agencies/Institutes that have active programs in radiation research.

Over 50 pre-eminent experts will compare and contrast the needs in radiobiology for space exploration and radiation oncology. Over 12 fast-track sessions, topics of mutual interest from the perspectives of space, research, and the clinic will be discussed to facilitate opportunities to synergistically enhance & maximize efforts across the many fields of the radiation sciences. This collaborative symposium represents a unique program arranged between RRS, NCI & NASA, in addition to several other Federal Agencies.

We hope you will join us for a refreshing & purposeful approach to solve future challenges facing the radiation sciences community. See how our similarities and differences become an opportunity for growth when approached collectively.

Last month I participated in the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) Congressional Science Policy Initiative (CSPI). This is a nonpartisan effort “to facilitate the engagement of scientists, engineers, and technologists with Congress in order to better inform public policy.” Periodically, FAS issues action alerts soliciting questions for congressional committee hearings discussing science and technology issues.

Having signed up to receive email notifications for action alerts, I noticed that the House Space, Science and Technology Subcommittee on Energy scheduled a hearing to discuss the research priorities for the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science. This same committee held a hearing in November 2017 on “The Future of Low-Dose Radiation Research.” Former RRS President Gayle Woloschak was one of the witnesses testifying to the committee imploring the Department of Energy’s Office of Science to revitalize the Low-Dose Program.

I submitted a question to FAS asking about the status of the Low-Dose Radiation Research Program. My question was included on the FAS CSPI webpage for the hearing. I eagerly awaited a response of the director of the Department of Energy Office of Science, Dr. Christopher Fall.

At the hearing Representative Conor Lamb from Pennsylvania asked a similar question to my own. The response from Dr. Fall indicated that DOE will spend the $5 million allocated for the Low-Dose Program. In addition, Dr. Fall specified that DOE was in “active conversations” with the National Cancer Institute to coordinate research on the health effects of low-dose radiation.

When asked if FAS had been in touch with Representative Lamb’s staff, Mike Fisher, a Senior Fellow at FAS, stated “FAS enages scientists around the country in order to inform congressional hearings with up-to-date, evidence-based information. We find that lawmakers appreciate the input and use it to advance their work.”

After watching the hearing, I left feeling optimistic about the future of low-dose radiation research in the United States. Furthermore, I was proud to have actively contributed in engaging Congress for the betterment of radiation research.

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


Do you know of any SIT publications? Please let us know!
Thrasher Research Fund
Application Deadline: Open

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

Burrows Wellcome Fund
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.

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