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    November 1, 2017

    2018 R&E Foundation Grant Application Process is Open

    Individuals interested in obtaining RSNA Research & Education (R&E) Foundation grants for 2018 can submit their applications now. For more information, go to RSNA.org/Foundation or contact Scott A. Walter, MS, assistant director, grant administration, at 1-630-571-7816 or swalter@rsna.org.

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    Education Grants
    Deadline – Jan. 10

    • Education Scholar Grant
    Note: Applicants are encouraged to submit Education Scholar Grant applications for education projects in their specific areas of interest and expertise. In addition, the Foundation’s Board of Trustees has expressed an interest in applications targeting the following topics: machine learning, precision medicine, leadership development, informatics, molecular diagnostics and patient education.

    • RSNA/AUR/APDR/SCARD Radiology Education Research Development Grant

    Research Grants
    Deadline – Jan. 16

    • Research Scholar Grant
    • Research Seed Grant
    • Research Resident/ Fellow Grants

    Research Medical
    Student Grant
    Deadline – Feb. 1

    Emergency Radiology Focus of Annual International Day of Radiology

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    Emergency radiology and the essential role that radiologists play to increase the quality of care and treatment of patients in the emergency room is the focus of this year’s International Day of Radiology (IDoR) set for Nov. 8.

    IDoR is sponsored by RSNA, the European Society of Radiology and the American College of Radiology with social media activities and a dedicated website (IDoR2017.com).

    Visit RSNA.org/IDoR for customizable promotional materials and more information.

    Kressel Steps Down as Radiology Editor

    Kressel Kressel

    After a decade at the helm of Radiology, Herbert Y. Kressel, MD, will step down from his position as editor of RSNA’s prestigious scientific journal at the end of 2017.

    Dr. Kressel, who became Radiology editor in 2008, earned a reputation for setting the highest standards for scientific integrity while continually seeking new ways to advance the journal in the digital age and improve the experience for authors, reviewers and researchers.

    As Radiology editor, he charted an ambitious course for the journal that annually ranked among the highest impact factors in scientific publishing. The impact factor for Radiology increased each year in the decade Dr. Kressel served as editor, culminating in 2016 when the journal scored an impact factor of 7.296 — the second highest among the 126 journals that comprise the radiology, nuclear medicine and imaging category. “We are sad to see Dr. Kressel step down as the editor of Radiology,” said Valerie Jackson, MD, chair of the RSNA Board of Directors. “While Radiology has been the premier journal for our specialty for many years, Dr. Kressel truly elevated the quality to new heights. His extraordinary vision, innovation and leadership have been instrumental in the success of the journal.”

    Dr. Kressel began his editorial career as the author or coauthor of hundreds of scientific reports, books, book chapters and invited papers – many published in Radiology. He served on the Radiology Editorial Board from 1985 to 1991.

    Throughout his tenure, Dr. Kressel guided Radiology through the digital revolution by quickly embracing the online tools that represent the future of scientific publishing.

    Realizing the need to publish timely research as fast as possible, Dr. Kressel developed a fast-track option for researchers designed to expedite the online publication of articles in areas such as molecular imaging, PET/CT and PET/ MR. Fast-track articles are published online within two months of manuscript submission.

    Readers accessing Radiology online or via mobile were introduced to features including Radiology Podcasts with study authors, the How I Do It video series, online reader comments and the Radiology online poll. In 2012, Dr. Kressel introduced Radiology Select, a continuing series of selected Radiology articles that highlight developments in imaging science, techniques and clinical practice. By 2017, eight volumes of Radiology Select had been published.

    To help authors improve the quality of research and increase likelihood of getting published in Radiology, Dr. Kressel implemented reporting guidelines and checklists to ensure that authors include key information to demonstrate that their conclusions are reproducible and generalizable.

    In 2013, Dr. Kressel introduced the Alexander R. Margulis Award for Scientific Excellence, which recognizes the best original scientific article published in Radiology for a given year. In 2014, he joined RSNA’s two-year–long centennial celebration through the historical insights provided by the Golden Oldies articles and the dedicated centennial supplement. He established an initiative to screen submitted manuscripts for plagiarism and/or redundancy by using a dedicated software package.

    While stepping down from Radiology, Dr. Kressel remains the Miriam H. Stoneman Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School in Boston, a position to which he was appointed in 1993. He is Emeritus Radiologist-in-Chief of the Department of Radiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, where he also served as president and chief executive officer from 1998 to 2000.

    Dr. Kressel is the seventh editor of Radiology since its founding in 1923. David A. Bluemke, MD, PhD, will become Radiology editor in January 2018.

    ABR Issues First IR/DR Board Certificates

    Qualified interventional radiologists were issued the first Interventional/Diagnostic Radiology (IR/DR) board certificates on Oct. 15. The new American Board of Radiology (ABR) certificate recognizes interventional radiology as a unique specialty.

    Those with subspecialty certification in vascular and interventional radiology (VIR) were eligible to receive the new IR/DR certificate. Those certified in IR/DR have demonstrated competency to practice in the full scope of interventional radiology, as well as in diagnostic radiology. ABR offered VIR diplomates a choice of whether they wanted to opt in for the new IR/DR certificate. Those who did not respond by Oct. 15 were automatically converted to the IR/DR certificate.

    The new IR/DR certificate joins diagnostic radiology, radiation oncology and medical physics as one of four primary certificates offered by the ABR.

    For more information, visit theabr.org.

    ISMRM/RSNA Co-Provided Workshop on High-Value MRI

    February 18-20, 2018
    Capital Hilton
    Washington, DC

    Last Chance to Register

    Register now for the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM)/RSNA High-Value MRI Workshop. The economics and value of MRI in healthcare will be the topic of discussion. Those who want to maximize the impact of their MR research or improve the efficiency of MR operations are invited to attend. For more information and registration, visit http://www.ismrm.org/workshops/18HighValue/. The deadline for abstract submission is Dec. 8, 2017.

    Writing a Competitive Grant Proposal Workshop

    March 16-17, 2018
    RSNA Headquarters
    Oak Brook, IL

    Registration is open for the Writing a Competitive Grant Proposal Workshop designed for researchers in radiology, radiation oncology, nuclear medicine and related sciences who are interested in actively pursuing federal funding. This 11/2-day program is guided by a faculty of leading researchers with extensive experience in all aspects of grant applications and funding. The program will focus on developing specific aims to be included in a grant application. Participants will be provided tools for getting started in the grant writing process and developing realistic expectations. The registration fee is $225.

    To register online visit RSNA.org/CGP; for more information, contact the RSNA Department of Research at DORA@rsna.org or 1-630-368-3742.

    RSNA Retirement

    Kolleen Klein, 23 years

    Kollen Klein

    After more than a decade of working in the association industry, Kolleen Klein did not hesitate to join RSNA staff in 1994 when the opportunity occurred. Klein’s commitment to member needs and the imaging community at large led to her promotion to director of membership in 1999.

    “Kolleen embodies the RSNA spirit of teamwork and has a thoughtful, steady approach to solving any problem, large or small,” said Sally Nikkel, assistant executive director, RSNA finance and administration. “Her co-workers, executive staff leaders and the members have benefited from her steadfast expertise, guidance and encouragement. She will leave behind a legacy of warmth, achievement and a work ethic that will be difficult to replace.”

    Drawing on her vast knowledge of associations and experience bolstering membership, Klein oversaw a dramatic growth in RSNA membership, from 29,000 in 1999 to more than 54,000 in 2016.

    As technology changed, so did the needs of the membership department. Seeking an easier way to process member renewals, which were handled by check, Klein managed the implementation of the online dues renewal process, which grew to include auto renewal and group billing.

    Recognizing that early career radiologists are the future of the Society and the specialty, Klein was influential in establishing the RSNA Resident and Fellow Committee in 2010, creating opportunities for resident members to volunteer for RSNA committees.

    When RSNA combined the RSNA Membership and Information Management departments, Klein’s title changed to director of customer service and membership management in 2016.

    In 2015, when RSNA commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Society and its annual meeting, Klein was part of a team devoted to gathering information on the history and growth of RSNA. She uncovered and shared stories about the volunteers who successfully founded the Society, as well as spotlighted many member “families” with second and third generations of radiologists.

    Klein cites a wide array of colleagues, including the late executive director Delmar J. Stauffer and a diverse roster of RSNA executive staff leaders, as strong influences on her career. The impact she has had on RSNA volunteers, staff and the Society as a whole is equally indelible. Klein will retire in December.

    Numbers in the News

    3 Number of teams to receive awards at RSNA 2017 for submitting the most accurate algorithms in the Machine Learning (ML) Challenge. Read more about this and other ML offerings at this year’s meeting here.

    425 Number of RSNA volunteers who reviewed abstracts for RSNA 2017 as part of a lengthy process that begins each January with a “Call for Abtracts.” Read more.

    In Memoriam

    Schuyler George F. Schuyler

    Former RSNA director of scientific meetings, George F. Schuyler, died June 27 in Wisconsin. He was 89.

    Schuyler served in the U.S. Navy as an electrician on the U.S.S. Norfolk from 1946 to 1948. After discharge, Schuyler earned his civil engineering degree from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. He worked in Chicago as a construction superintendent eventually overseeing the development of buildings designed by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. He joined the staff of the American Hospital Association as a building supervisor and meeting planner after he supervised the construction of its headquarters.

    In 1975, Schuyler became RSNA’s director of scientific meetings and educational materials. During his tenure with RSNA, he managed the annual meeting’s move from the Palmer House in Chicago to McCormick Place and oversaw the growth of the annual meeting to become the world’s premier medical imaging meeting. In 1978, he worked with RSNA leadership to move the organization’s headquarters from Syracuse, NY, to Oak Brook, IL. For his efforts in helping RSNA grow and recognize the new opportunities that technology was bringing to radiology, he received the RSNA Gold Medal in 1988. He retired from RSNA in 1989.

    Schuyler also served as managing director of the American Society of Neuroradiology and worked with international medical personnel to establish the European Congress of Radiology (ECR). The ECR honored him with its Distinguished Service Award in 2004.

    He served as past president of the Professional Convention Management Association, Major American Trade Show Organizers and the Trade Show Bureau. He was honored for his leadership in meeting management with a portrait hanging at McCormick Place and bronze bust of his likeness in the Meeting Managers Hall of Fame in Washington, D.C.