A new year has come and Øystein and I would like to wish you all a happy and healthy new year.
Some of us attended the RSNA in Chicago and were overwhelmed by the sheer size of it. Every manufacturer has the latest technology on display, making you feel like a kid in a candy store. Looking at it from a pediatric radiological point of view the ESPR meetings are intellectually more challenging and the topics are discussed more in-depth.
As discussed at last year’s JESPeR meeting the seat for chair and secretary should be subject to vote. Øystein Olsen has decided that time has come to resign as secretary of JESPeR. This means that this position will become vacant. Rick van Rijn will again be running for chair. If we want JESPeR to become a viable task-force within the ESPR we need a new secretary and therefore we ask you to run for chair or secretary.
Candidates can submit their candidacy to Øystein Olsen (
) accompanied with a letter stating your ideas for JESPeR. This letter will be published in our E-news letter and mailed to everybody on the mailing list prior to the Dublin meeting. At the meeting, following the JESPeR lecture the candidates can present themselves.
JESPeR in Dublin
Coming May the ESPR will hold it’s annual meeting in the city of Leopold Bloom (the famous character from James Joyce’s Ulysses) Dublin, Ireland.
As in the ESPR meeting in Heidelberg JESPeR will have it’s own lecture, aimed at junior pediatric radiologists. This year we’ve chosen a non-clinical topic which all of us have to deal with namely writing a scientific paper and getting it accepted. The lecture will be held by Steve Chapman, editor of the Journal of Pediatric Radiology.
The lecture will be held on Tuesday May 31st from 16:40 till 17:40.
How to.. Write a scientific paper and get it accepted.
Birmingham Children's Hospital, UK
Managing Editor, Pediatric Radiology
While it may be possible to go through one's professional career without feeling the need to publish, the majority of us, particularly early on in our careers, will have to prove ourselves in order to gain the best jobs and establish our credentials. This talk will not identify the major defects in radiological scientific research but will focus on the mechanics of writing a paper and how to impress the reviewers and editor. I shall address the issues that really irritate me as an editor and what you need to do, and not do, to win me over and see your name in print (bribes excepted, or should that be accepted!!)
James Joyce – Ulysses
For those of you who haven’t this epic novel we present a short introduction to this literary masterpiece (of course we would like to encourage you to read the novel prior to visiting Dublin).
In Ulysses Joyce used the structure of Homers Odyssey to describe a day in the lives of the Dublin working class. The whole book takes place on June 16th 1904.
The main character in the book is Leopold Bloom, a non-practising Jew. Throughout the novel, the reader is permitted to become wholly familiar with the inner workings of Leopold’s mind, but not given enough information about his physical appearance to form a clear mental picture of him. We are told he is quiet and decent, a man of inflexible honour to his fingertips. He has a pale intellectual face in which are set two dark large lidded, superbly expressive eyes.
The story of a haunting sorrow is written on his face and his friends say that there’s a touch of the artist about old Bloom. A safe moustached man, who has his good points and slips off when the fun gets too hot.
Another significant figure winding his way through the streets of Dublin in Ulysses is Stephen Dedalus, whom we first meet in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Stephen is an arrogant young intellectual whom Bloom takes under his wing. He acts as a father figure to the young Stephen who fulfils the role to some extent of son for Bloom whose own son died in infancy.
Molly Bloom in Ulysses is equated with Penelope in The Odyssey and the last chapter of the book is dedicated solely to her meanderings and musings. It is one of the most renowned pieces of writing in Ulysses and is famous for its celebration of this voluptuous, sensuous, opulent, abundant, independent, lush, and blooming woman.
On Friday morning June 3rd the ESPR has organized a guided literary walking tour through Dublin. The cost for this tour is 23 €, registration can be done on-line.
Chair: Rick R. van Rijn
Secretary: Øystein E. Olsen, MD.