Education and Outreach in Physical Sciences in Oncology

Sierra A. Walker, Anthony Pham, Sara Nizzero, Mingee Kim, Bob Riter, Julie Bletz, Sheila Judge, Benette Phillips, Dorottya Noble, Diana Murray, Erin Wetzel, Susan Samson, Mariah McMahon, Carl Flink, Jennifer Couch, Claire Tomlin, Kristin Swanson, Alexander R.A. Anderson, David Odde, Haifa ShenShannon Hughes, Nastaran Zahir, Heiko Enderling, Joy Wolfram

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Abstract

Physical sciences are often overlooked in the field of cancer research. The Physical Sciences in Oncology Initiative was launched to integrate physics, mathematics, chemistry, and engineering with cancer research and clinical oncology through education, outreach, and collaboration. Here, we provide a framework for education and outreach in emerging transdisciplinary fields.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-9
Number of pages7
JournalTrends in Cancer
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The hands-on NP synthesis activity and supporting materials were developed by A.P. under the guidance of J.W. The balloon-nanocarrier activity was established by S.W. A.P, and Annie Suh. The hands-on nanodelivery activity and supporting material were developed by S.N. The NCI under award number U54CA210181 and Mayo Clinic supported the above activities. The High School Internship Program in Integrated Mathematical Oncology was established by H.E. The leadership and organization of the NCI Summer Undergraduate Research Program is spearheaded by E.W. S.H. and Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc (Corinne Zeitler, Teresita Larida, and Alison Scott). The following individuals contributed to the miniDREAM challenge: D.M. S.H. E.W. James Eddy, Justin Guinney, J.B. Milen Nikolov, Xengie Doan, Andrea Bild, Philip Moos, Jeffrey Chang, Andrew Gentles, Brian Castle, and Jay Hou. The Integrated Mathematical Oncology workshops were developed by A.R.A.A. Stuart Cornew had an important role in translating innovations from the laboratory to society and assisted in the commercialization of Vadim Backman's technology involving nanoscale changes in DNA packaging. The Fundamental of Cancer Workshops and the Chicago Region Physical Sciences in Oncology Center's summer undergraduate research program were supported by the NCI (under award numbers U54CA143869 and U54CA193419), the Lurie Cancer Center, and the Chemistry of Life Processes Institute at Northwestern University. J.C. C.T. K.S. and A.R.A.A. had a leading role in establishing the Handbook in Mathematical Oncology, while Jill Gallaher designed the cover image. The choreographic performances were developed by D.O. and C.F. S.S. is a patient advocacy consultant and advisory board member for the Moving Cell Project (Bodystorming project). The Bodystorming outreach is supported by the NCI under award number U54CA210190. B.R. Robert Weiss, Peter DelNero, Alexandra McGregor, and other early-career researchers, as well as community members, were critical for establishing the Patient Engagement curriculum. The Basic Research Primer on Mammographic Density video was written and produced by Janice Barlow, Alexandra N. Anderson, S.S. Irene Acerbi, Zena Werb, and Valerie M. Weavers. Narration was performed by Cheryl Jennings, and animation and design were done by Lori Schkufza. The funding for this project was provided by Zero Breast Cancer, University of California, San Francisco, and Breast Oncology Program/Breast Science Advocacy Core. J.W. serves as the current chair and H.E. served as the former chair of the PS-ON Education and Outreach Working Group. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the funding agencies.

Funding Information:
The hands-on NP synthesis activity and supporting materials were developed by A.P. under the guidance of J.W. The balloon-nanocarrier activity was established by S.W., A.P, and Annie Suh. The hands-on nanodelivery activity and supporting material were developed by S.N. The NCI under award number U54CA210181 and Mayo Clinic supported the above activities. The High School Internship Program in Integrated Mathematical Oncology was established by H.E. The leadership and organization of the NCI Summer Undergraduate Research Program is spearheaded by E.W., S.H., and Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc (Corinne Zeitler, Teresita Larida, and Alison Scott). The following individuals contributed to the miniDREAM challenge: D.M., S.H., E.W., James Eddy, Justin Guinney, J.B., Milen Nikolov, Xengie Doan, Andrea Bild, Philip Moos, Jeffrey Chang, Andrew Gentles, Brian Castle, and Jay Hou. The Integrated Mathematical Oncology workshops were developed by A.R.A.A. Stuart Cornew had an important role in translating innovations from the laboratory to society and assisted in the commercialization of Vadim Backman’s technology involving nanoscale changes in DNA packaging. The Fundamental of Cancer Workshops and the Chicago Region Physical Sciences in Oncology Center’s summer undergraduate research program were supported by the NCI (under award numbers U54CA143869 and U54CA193419), the Lurie Cancer Center , and the Chemistry of Life Processes Institute at Northwestern University . J.C., C.T., K.S., and A.R.A.A. had a leading role in establishing the Handbook in Mathematical Oncology, while Jill Gallaher designed the cover image. The choreographic performances were developed by D.O. and C.F. S.S. is a patient advocacy consultant and advisory board member for the Moving Cell Project (Bodystorming project). The Bodystorming outreach is supported by the NCI under award number U54CA210190 . B.R., Robert Weiss, Peter DelNero, Alexandra McGregor, and other early-career researchers, as well as community members, were critical for establishing the Patient Engagement curriculum. The Basic Research Primer on Mammographic Density video was written and produced by Janice Barlow, Alexandra N. Anderson, S.S., Irene Acerbi, Zena Werb, and Valerie M. Weavers. Narration was performed by Cheryl Jennings, and animation and design were done by Lori Schkufza. The funding for this project was provided by Zero Breast Cancer, University of California, San Francisco, and Breast Oncology Program/Breast Science Advocacy Core. J.W. serves as the current chair and H.E. served as the former chair of the PS-ON Education and Outreach Working Group. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the funding agencies.

Keywords

  • cancer awareness
  • developing field
  • science education and outreach
  • scientific network

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