Announcements

  • Dr. Peeples Laboratory to host Suds n’ Science

    Suds and Science events are where a host research group of Sigma Xi members present their research and guide a tour of their facilities. The tour group and host laboratory then adjourn to a campus pub for further discussions. These events provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about key research groups on campus and establish interdisciplinary collaborations. The next Suds and Science event will be hosted by Dr. Mark Peeples on October 12, 4-5pm, at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (WA4103, 4th floor of Research Building 2). Parking is available in Lot W19, across from Research Building 3 (west side of Parsons Ave). All are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to Kelly Crowe (kelly.crowe@nationwidechildrens.org) by October 6.

    Dr. Mark Peeples is Principal Investigator for the Center for Vaccines and Immunity at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Professor of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Peeples is a past president of both the Ohio State Chapter of Sigma Xi and of the national organization, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The Peeples’ Lab studies RSV, a virus that sends 2% of all infants to the hospital gasping for air. The lab isolates progenitor cells from human donor airway epithelium and differentiates them in vitro at an ‘Air-Liquid Interface’. Some cells display beating cilia, others crank out the mucus. They discovered that RSV only infects the ciliated cells, and recently identified the RSV receptor on the cilia. Maybe that’s why the ciliated cells are targeted! Come learn more about this fascinating research (and see live, beating cilia!), and then join Sigma Xi researchers from a variety of disciplines at the Crest Gastropub for further discussion.

  • Grants available

    Dear Colleagues,

    For your information.  Also, its is time to think about nominating new members.  I will be contacting you in January with the details.  I am looking for volunteers or suggestions for officers in our local Chapter of Sigma Xi 

    Ben Danzo

    Grants-in-Aid of Research Supports Emerging Scientists
    September 20, 2017

    Apply by October 1, 2017
     

    Since its inception in 1922, the Grants-in-Aid of Research program (GIAR) has funded graduate and undergraduate students in support of their research efforts. These are funded not only from Sigma Xi’s endowment, but we also administer funds for the National Academy of Sciences. Currently, the maximum amount of support granted to a successful applicant is $1000, although some fields, such as astronomy and vision research, have additional funding which allows grants of up to $5,000. GIAR has two deadlines: March 15 and October 1. 

    For the first time, undergraduate and graduate students studying climate science can apply for funding through GIAR. Sigma Xi recognizes that climate change is a critical, interdisciplinary issue that has important scientific, as well as societal, implications. By adding this new category to the grants program, we aim to promote the continued development of this growing field. 

    Although the funding levels are relatively modest, this belies the impact that these grants are having not only on the development of future scientist as well as on significant advancements across the broad spectrum of scientific disciplines the grants cover. As a GIAR awardee myself (although from many moons ago), I can certainly attest to the importance of the financial assistance to defray some of the travel costs associated with my PhD research—it involved collecting literally tons of rock from localities across several states in the Rocky Mountain region to examine the nature of recovery and repopulation following a mass extinction event—as well as the long-standing impact of the award as a ‘feather in my cap’ signifying my ability to write compelling proposals as well as the discipline’s view of the research I was doing, and continue to do.

     As one of the flagship programs with the panoply of elements offered by Sigma Xi, one of the goals of the GIAR committee has been to constantly refine its elements so that it continues to be of value to current members as well as a means of attracting future members. From that perspective, over the past decade or so, one of the biggest changes has been the transition to an online application. That process continues to evolve and has led to several important changes ranging from allowing applicants to include graphics with their proposals to improving the review process to giving students feedback generated as the reviewers respond to their proposals.

    This increased accessibility has also led to a substantial increase in the number of international applicants. Furthermore, the GIAR committee has been involved in various outreach efforts, including having an online forum to outline the qualities of a strong proposal as well as to answer questions generated by the attendees. We hope to continue to strengthen the GIAR process, to continue to attract proposals that change our perceptions of various aspects of science, and to use the program as a platform to promote the benefits of Sigma Xi membership to scientists in North America and across the globe.

    Peter Harries
    Chair, Committee on Grants-in-Aid of Research

    More About Sigma Xi: Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society is the world’s largest multidisciplinary honor society for scientists and engineers. Its mission is to enhance the health of the research enterprise, foster integrity in science and engineering, and promote the public understanding of science for the purpose of improving the human condition. Sigma Xi chapters can be found at colleges and universities, government laboratories, and industry research centers around the world. More than 200 Nobel Prize winners have been members. The Society is based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. www.sigmaxi.org. On Twitter: @SigmaXiSociety.

  • Sigma Xi Student Research Awards DUE Oct 1

    The Sigma Xi undergraduate and graduate Grants-In-Aid of Research (GIAR) awards are due Oct, 1st.  Please check application information at the Sigma Xi website
    https://www.sigmaxi.org/programs/grants-in-aid/apply

  • Student Research Grants Due Oct 1

    The Sigma Xi undergraduate and graduate Grants-In-Aid of Research (GIAR) awards are due Oct, 1st.  Please check application information at the Sigma Xi website

  • Clark Spencer Larsen Named Distinguished University Professor

    Our former chapter President and current executive board member Clark Spencer Larsen has been designated as a Distinguished University Professor.

    Ohio State’s Office of Academic Affairs awards the permanent, honorific title of Distinguished University Professor on a competitive basis to full professors who have truly exceptional records in teaching, research, scholarly or creative work and service. One to three appointments may be awarded annually to faculty members who have been at Ohio State for at least five years. In addition to this honor, Professor Larsen serves as professor in the Department of Anthropology.

    Please join us in congratulating Dr. Larsen on this honor.

  • Cooper begins term as president of Sigma Xi

    Stuart L. Cooper, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, began his term as president of Sigma Xi, one of the world’s largest international scientific research honor societies. Sigma Xi advocates for strengthening our nation’s research programs and publishes American Scientist. At Ohio State, Sigma Xi offers the Grants in Aid of Research program for undergraduate and graduate students and Science Cafés to engage the public. Nominate your best researchers for membership.

  • The Ohio State Chapter of Sigma Xi Student Research Grants – 2017

    The Ohio State Chapter of Sigma Xi, the science and engineering research honor society, requests applications from graduate and undergraduate students for Grants-in-Aid of Research.  Notice that our application deadline has moved to September 15, 2017.  We moved the deadline to encourage students who apply for our local program to submit their work for the National GIAR program in October or March 2018.  If an applicant indicates that they plan to submit to the National GIAR program, we will make a concerted effort to provide them feedback on their local proposal in time to revise (if necessary) for the national deadline.  While our deadline for submission IS Sept. 15, those planning to submit to the national competition would be advised to submit their work a week or two ahead of the deadline to allow for a timely review. Application information can be found at:

    https://u.osu.edu/sigmaxiohiostate/grants/

    Please refer any questions to Larry Feth at feth.1@osu.edu.

  • Call for Nominations to Serve on Nominations Committee

    The Mid-Atlantic Region of Sigma Xi is soliciting nominations for a member on the Nominations Committee.  The duties of member of the Nominations Committee appear below.  The nominating committee will accept either self nominations or external nominations. Nominations must be submitted to the committee via Jasmine Shah (jshah@sigmaxi.org), by August 14, 2017 to meet deadlines for the Sigma Xi Election, which will be conducted from November 8 to December 7 via electronic means. Only active (dues-paying) full members are eligible for office. Each candidate must submit a current picture, a statement, biographical summary and a paragraph describing his/her activities with Sigma Xi and other organizations.  A sample statement, biography, and description of activities can be found at https://www.sigmaxi.org/about/leadership/elections/candidate-statement-examples/

     
     

    SIGMA Xi, THE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH HONOR SOCIETY

     

    Duties of Committee on Nominations in Sigma Xi

     

    Sigma Xi's Committee on Nominations is composed of the three most recent Past Presidents who are not on the Board of Directors and one elected representative from each of the Society's six constituency groups and six geographic regions. Members are elected to the Committee by their respective region or constituency group to serve three-year terms on the Committee beginning at the annual meeting at which they were elected. Terms of the Committee run between annual meetings of the Society and elected members of the Committee may serve only one three year term.

    Duties: The Committee on Nominations conducts its business each January to June in which it must select at least two nominees for President-elect of the Society to be placed before the next Assembly of Delegates in November and every four years at least two nominees for Treasurer to be placed before the Assembly for election. The Committee's business is conducted by telephone conference call and by electronic ballots. When two individuals agree to be nominees for President-elect or Treasurer, the Committee's work is concluded.

    Time Commitment: Time commitments are variable based on efficiency of the committee. All work is done via email and teleconferences. There are no in-person meetings of the Committee.

  • Call for Nominations for Service on Nominations Committee

    The Mid-Atlantic Region of Sigma Xi is soliciting nominations for a member on the Nominations Committee.  The duties of member of the Nominations Committee appear below.  The nominating committee will accept either self nominations or external nominations. Nominations must be submitted to the committee via Jasmine Shah (jshah@sigmaxi.org) by August 14, 2017 to meet deadlines for the Sigma Xi Election, which will be conducted from November 8 to December 7 via electronic means. Only active (dues-paying) full members are eligible for office. Each candidate must submit a current picture, a statement, biographical summary and a paragraph describing his/her activities with Sigma Xi and other organizations.  A sample statement, biography, and description of activities can be found at https://www.sigmaxi.org/about/leadership/elections/candidate-statement-examples/

     
     

    SIGMA Xi, THE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH HONOR SOCIETY
    Duties of Committee on Nominations in Sigma Xi

    Sigma Xi's Committee on Nominations is composed of the three most recent Past Presidents who are not on the Board of Directors and one elected representative from each of the Society's six constituency groups and six geographic regions. Members are elected to the Committee by their respective region or constituency group to serve three-year terms on the Committee beginning at the annual meeting at which they were elected. Terms of the Committee run between annual meetings of the Society and elected members of the Committee may serve only one three year term.

    Duties: The Committee on Nominations conducts its business each January to June in which it must select at least two nominees for President-elect of the Society to be placed before the next Assembly of Delegates in November and every four years at least two nominees for Treasurer to be placed before the Assembly for election. The Committee's business is conducted by telephone conference call and by electronic ballots. When two individuals agree to be nominees for President-elect or Treasurer, the Committee's work is concluded.

    Time Commitment: Time commitments are variable based on efficiency of the committee. All work is done via email and teleconferences. There are no in-person meetings of the Committee.

    On a personal note, I have served on this committee and found it to be extremely important to Sigma Xi. Please let me know if you have any questions about serving on it. Feel free to email me at fcdane@jchs.edu

  • Chapter Reactivation

    Dear members,

    It's with great enthusiasm that I announce that reactivation of the Andrews-Whirlpool chapter is in progress and we now have an schedule of activities for this coming academic year (please check the Latest shared files). 

    I will be contacting active and inactive members to hear suggestion on how the Chapter can grow and be beneficial to our community (Andrews, Whirlpool and Southwest of Michigan). Please let me know if there is something that you would like to share and/or suggest.   

    Kind regards,

    Lauber Martins

  • Revitalizing the OSU Chapter of Sigma Xi

    ​The OSU Chapter of Sigma Xi has been dormant for a few years and it is time for it to start up some activity.  The March for Science that took place in Corvallis in April was co-sponsored by our chapter and attracted 4000 participants.  It also attracted several new members.
       Now new officers are needed to organize some events (lectures, awards, support student activities, etc).  You are invited to self nominate for the chapter offices.  In this way we have people standing for election who are interested in getting the chapter moving again.
       Being an officer does not take much time, but it is vital to having an active chapter.  The President organizes and appoints committees.  The President elect organizes programs, the Secretary/Treasurer documents activities and cares for the chapter treasury and the simple yearly tax report. 
       The chapter was started in 1939 and it would be a shame for it to die from lack of interest.  Will you help?  Contact us at osusigmaxi@gmail.com to nominate yourself for an office.

    The Society's business meeting (assembly of delegates) for FY 2018 will be virtual. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. EST. New officers could take part in this meeting.

  • Seeking SURF Judges

    Dear Colleagues,

    Our chapter is seeking judges to evaluate the final presentations of SURF students.  These presentations will take place the first week of August.  Amanda Forster will coordinate to assign judging slots and provide a judging rubric.  Please contact her directly if you are interested at amanda.forster@nist.gov.

  • Sigma Xi Symposium and Student Research Conference Heads to Raleigh

    You are invited to the Sigma Xi Symposium on Atmospheric Chemistry, Climate, and Health on November 10 and the Student Research Conference on November 11 in Raleigh, North Carolina. 

    The symposium will focus on climate change and how it impacts environmental health and human health. 

    The Student Research Conference includes a poster presentation for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students, workshops, a networking event, banquet, and induction ceremony for new Sigma Xi members.

  • Confabularryum wants YOU!

    Dear colleagues:

    Ben Smith of Callahan Creek was hoping to get more involvement from KU in this year's CONFABULARRYUM (http://confabularryum.com/) on August 5 at Free State High School.

    The link to sign up with your session description for this year is at: http://confabularryum.com/get-involved

    He’ll then get back with you to confirm the time that works best for you.

    Hope to see a strong showing of KU researchers sharing their work with the local community and getting kids excited about making discoveries!

    Mike Vitevitch
    Treasurer of KU Chapter #004

  • Summer Science Cafes at Worthington Libraries

    Sigma Xi will continue to sponsor a series of summer Science Cafés that are geared for kids. At 7 pm on June 19 at Worthington Park Library (1389 Worthington Centre Dr., Columbus, OH) Angie Miller will present on Cool Chemistry. She presents a series of demos which taught the children and their parents how much the atmosphere really weighs, about air pressure, and she even brought liquid nitrogen to pour over balloons; which, in end, freezes. Miller states, "The air pressure demos are really relatable for kids and adults because they are really familiar with things like pressure, wind, boiling, space, etc., and I can use that as a jumping off point to teach them about some unfamiliar things." Angie's favorite part of the presentation is the end, where she calls upon 10 children to ask questions and/or see a demo again.

    A full schedule of these summer events follows (note the location changes for each event). If you would like additional information please contact Dr. Mark Peeples (Mark.Peeples@nationwidechildrens.org):

    Mon June 19th
    7-8pm
    Worthington Park Library
    Angie Miller
    Cool Chemistry

    Wed July 19th
    7-8pm
    Old Worthington Library
    Amanda Kriner
    Amazing Animals

    Thurs July 20th
    7-8pm
    Northwest Library
    Dr Dave
    Whiz Bang Science Show

  • Sigma Xi Awards Reception

    You are cordially invited to attend the Sigma Xi Awards and New Member Recognition Reception.

    Time: 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
    Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
    Place: University Club Bar Lounge

    Please plan to join us as we recognize and celebrate the Sigma Xi Outstanding Distinguished Scientist Dr. Richard Gomer and the Sigma Xi Outstanding Science Communicator Deborah Cowman. In addition, we will recognize our 2017 new members in Sigma Xi.

  • AAAS-Pacific Division Meeting

    As many of you know, the Northwest and Southwest regions of Sigma Xi are co-sponsors of the annual meeting of the Pacific Division of AAAS (http://associations.sou.edu/aaaspd/2017HAWAII/).

    This will be our fourth year partnering with AAAS to host a meeting that encompasses workshops, scientific presentations and general interest lectures.

    If you are planning to attend the meeting, please fill out and submit the Google survey at https://docs.google.com/a/weber.edu/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfwsTSKigNuDuCZR084P0OgV-v84LYpInYNU1STkQDB8-zmpQ/viewform?c=0&w=1

    Thanks. Let me know if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing some of you in Hawaii.

  • Next Meeting, 23 May 17 @ Skyline Room, Trinity Univeristy

    Howdy!  This is the Second notice for our Spring Alamo Chapter meeting, which will take place on Tuesday, May 23rd.  

    Sigma Xi Alamo Chapter

    May 23, 2017 Dinner Meeting

    Skyline Room, Trinity University

     

    Cost for dinner: $20 per person (Pay at the door)

     

    Agenda

    6:30 PM Reception (Complementary)

    7:00 PM Dinner:

     

    Classic Cheese Tray

    Traditional American Buffets, including:

    Baby Spinach Salad served with Ranch Dressing and Balsamic Vinaigrette Roasted New Potatoes Fresh Herbed Vegetables Grilled Lemon Rosemary Chicken Bakery Fresh Rolls Peach Cobbler, Appropriate Condiments Iced Tea, Iced Water

     

    Beer and wine will be provided.

     

    7:30 PM Business Meeting

    8:00 PM Scientific Presentation by Dr. William E. Sponsel

    9:00 PM Adjourn

     

    Speaker: William E. Sponsel, MD

     

     

    WESMD Professional Associates

    San Antonio, Texas

     

    Title: "Solving the Long Hidden Jigsaw that Unites the Eyes and Brain"

     

    I hope to see you all there!

  • Will You Be Attending the AAAS Pacific Division Meeting in Hawaii?

    Dear Southwest Region Sigma Xi Members,

    As you may, or may not, know, the Annual AAAS Pacific Division meeting is coming up on June 19-23 in Waimea on the Big Island of Hawaii.  For several years now, Sigma Xi has been an active co-sponsor for this event (see:  associations.sou.edu/aaaspd/2017HAWAII/).  We would like to organize a special gathering for our Society members who are attending the meeting.  If you plan to attend, please complete this short survey (https://goo.gl/forms/YRYaZlEOJF1nyebq1) at your earliest convenience.  We will contact you with details on a Sigma Xi event as they become available.

    Yours in Zealous Research,

    Paul M. Stein, Ph. D.
    Southwest Regional Director, Sigma Xi

  • Judging for Ohio Academy of Science State Science Day

    The Ohio State Chapter of Sigma Xi is looking for judges to evaluate projects at Ohio Academy of Science State Science Day. This will be at 8 am on May 13, 2017 at the French Field House (460 Woody Hayes Dr. Columbus, OH 43210) at The Ohio State University. Each year, thousands of students from all over Ohio complete independent research projects. These students present their research at the local and the District level, and the highest-rated projects go on to compete at State Science Day. This event is the high-point of student-based scientific-research, and in 2017 it will be entering its 69th year.

    Our Sigma Xi chapter sponsors two special awards, the Interdisciplinary Research Award and the Science of Evolution Award. If you can assist with the judging projects at State Science Day please contact Noah Weisleder (noah.weisleder@osumc.edu) for additional details. You can RSVP at the following URL: goo.gl/msZ5ep

  • Business Meeting Next Week!

    Greetings!  The next business meeting of the Howard University Chapter of Sigma Xi will take place on May 10, 2017 in room 1020 of L.K. Downing Hall (College of Engineering, Architecture, and Computer Sciences) at 10am.  We will be voting on new officers and discussing programming for our year-long 60th anniversary celebration.  Please attend!

  • Need of a scientist for an interview

    Hi all
      Sigma Xi headquarters was contacted by a producer with a German TV station who is interested in interviewing scientists in their labs as part of their March for Science coverage. If anyone in the NE region is interested, they should contact Timo Peitsch directly at Mu.Washingtonprod1@zdf.de
    Below is the message he sent to national:

    I’m Timo Peitsch (Mu.Washingtonprod1@zdf.de) and I’m a producer with ZDF German Television (www.zdf.de); we are Germany’s national public television broadcaster, just like the BBC or PBS. ZDF runs one of the largest foreign broadcast operations in Washington DC.
     
    I’ve read that the Sigma Xi is supporting the March for Science on April, 22nd. We are planning to cover the March for Science (April 22, 2017). For that we are doing a background piece and I’m trying to find scientists we can film in their lab before the March and at the march in DC.
     
    Because we are TV we need good visual material. It would be better to have a medicine, physic or chemist (applied science) instead of e.g. a linguist. We are flexible in case of the area but we would prefer a lab at the East-Coast.
     
    Do you know anybody we can talk to?
     
    With kind regards,
     
    Timo Peitsch

  • Research Assistant Posiion

    I received the following message from a Sigma Xi member.  Does anyone have a position  for her?  You can contact her through the Vanderbilt Communities or at: Christina Thurman <thurmance@mail.lipscomb.edu>:


    Dr. Danzo,

        I was initiated into Sigma Xi last spring, but unfortunately have a conflict on the night of the banquet so I wont be able to attend this year. Since I wont be able to talk with you at the banquet, I thought I'd send you an email. 

     

        Are any of your colleagues at Vanderbilt or elsewhere in need of a lab technician? I will graduate cum laudae May 6th with my professional chemistry BS with a minor in applied math and can start May 8th full time. Since I will have graduated, I have no conflicts working through the summer into the fall and onwards. After two summers of research at Lipscomb, I am eager to learn more about the work being done in Tennessee and would love to participate in more research as I start my career. 

     

        Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of Sigma Xi and for your help.

     

    -Crissy Thurman

     

     

  • Membership At-Large Survey

    We havent done a survey of membership over the years. We hope to start with a small survey at the following link. Please take a moment  and respond to the survey
    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/sxiMaMfeedback

  • Annual General Meeting, Initiation Ceremony, and Awards Recognition

    Dear Colleagues!

    The Annual General Meeting, Initiation Ceremony, and Awards Recognition of the North Carolina State University Chapter of Sigma Xi will be held on Wednesday April 19, 2017 in the College of Textiles Convocation Center, 1000 Main Campus Drive, Centennial Campus.

    Please join colleagues and friends at 5:00 pm for a social and reception followed by the new member initiation ceremony, awards recognitions, and our featured speaker:

    Professor Paul Turinsky (NAE member)

    "Challenges of Closing the Nuclear Fuel Cycle"

     

     
    Please use the link to make your reservation(s) and pay by April 14, 2017

    (new members as well as undergraduate and graduate symposium winners do not have to pay for attendance of the ceremony. However any of your invited guests should pay the $20 admission).

     

  • First stab at using the online community - judges needed

    We will again host a campus-wide (including ABAC) poster symposium sometime in April.  As usual, we will be giving a $50 prize to the best student/postdoc poster, and we need a few willing members to judge the posters.  If you are willing to help judge, please let me know which of the following dates you prefer:  Thursday April 13, Friday April 14, Thursday April 20, or Friday April 21 (all 10-noon).  You probably will not need to stay for the entire 2 hours; the past two years we had about 8 posters.  I plan to send out the announcement sometime next week, but I need to make sure we have some judges first.

  • Sigma Xi honor cords for graduates

    Hello,

    If you are a student member graduating in April, please see/contact me to get your honor cords.

    Thank you,
    Kathie
    303 Dodge Hall
    248.370.4662
    lesich@oakland.edu

  • Annual Banquet and Research Symposium

    Our Ohio State Chapter of Sigma Xi will hold its 118th Annual Banquet on April 6, 2017 at 5pm at the Ohio Union. Our banquet brings together all our members for a collegial evening of interaction and celebration of the research accomplishments of OSU researchers. Students who win top awards at campus research events are invited and this event provides an excellent chance to meet interdisciplinary faculty and students from throughout the University. This year we plan to have a poster session and reception starting at 5 pm before we begin the banquet at 6:30 pm. This poster session will be open to our members and also include some of the award winning students from other research events. The keynote lecture on “Building tools and machines out of DNA” will be presented by Dr. Carlos Castro from the OSU Laboratory for Nanoengineering and Biodesign.

     

    Tickets for this event are $25 and may be purchased with a credit card at Eventbrite (goo.gl/PhGlNv) with an additional service fee, or by cash and check by contacting the Chapter Secretary-Treasurer, Lynette Rogers (lynette.rogers@nationwidechildrens.org). If you are interested in presenting a poster on your research please contact Noah Weisleder (noah.weisleder@osumc.edu) to reserve a poster board. For any general questions please contact our Chapter President, Larry Feth (Feth.1@osu.edu).

  • STEM students

    Dear Colleagues,

    I received the following from Dr. Glinkowski.  Is there anyone who can help him?

    Ben Danzo

  • Imhoff and Harvey Awards

    Don't Forget
    Nominations for the John Imhoff or the Aubrey Harvey awards for the chapter are due March 21 to the chapter president.  guidelines are on our chapter website.

    Douglas Rhoads, Chapter President

  • Annual Chapter meeting and induction

    Our Annual chapter meeting will occur in WC 130 on the evening of April 13th.  We have the room from 5PM.  Former Provost Wartzok will speak, we will induct new members, and we will elect new leadership for the chapter for 2017-2018.

  • Annual Chapter meeting and Induction

    Hi Everyone- We have reserved WC 130 on the evening of April 13th for our Annual Chapter meeting and induction.   Former provost Wartzok will be speaking on his research and we'll induct new members and elect new chapter leadership

  • Mid Columbia Regional Science Fair

    The Gassmans and I judged our Special Award yesterday.  The winners are:
    Chance Messer from Odessa HS and Cassidy Long from Eisenhower HS.

    We give each winner $50.  The money for the award comes from the national Sigma Xi dues of local membership.

  • 2017 LSU Chapter Grant-in-Aid

    The Call for Proposals for the LSU Chapter Grant-in-Aid is now available. Proposal is due by COB April 14, 2017. One Ph.D. award ($500) and one M.Sc. award ($400) is available.

    If proposal is not available online, please send an email to gmyers@agcenter.lsu.edu

  • March for Science

    Dear FIU Sigma Xi Member:

    I am passing on a message from Sigma Xi's Headquarters about the March for Science. I am not planning on organizing any March for Science Events as I personally will be in Spain for field work at the time of the March, but I want to keep anyone interested in the loop. The message is below.

    If there are student groups on campus or in Miami who would benefit from this information, I would love to see our future scientists fully engaged in working on the March, and equip them to take advantage of the resources Sigma Xi and others are putting at their disposal.

    Attachments are not attached- you can email me (eric.vonwettberg@fiu.edu) for me to send them on to you. Sigma Xi's email platform does not easily allow attachments.

    Wishing you all the best (and apologies for spam),

    Eric

    forwarded message from Sigma Xi:

    As you may know, Sigma Xi is an official partner with the March of Science scheduled for Earth Day, April 22. If your chapter plans to get involved with a satellite march in any capacity, below you will find some information and suggestions to facilitate this involvement. I am also copying Kishore Hari, the Satellite City Coordinator, in case you have any questions.
    · Attached, you will find a list of contacts for satellite marches in FL. This is just an introduction, so please reach out to local organizers to discuss getting your chapter and members involved. We will keep you posted with any new updates. Updates may also be shared through the Chapter Leaders Community.
    · Sigma Xi is willing to act as a fiscal sponsor for local marches to manage donations under our non-for profit status. Attached is a document summarizing the terms of the sponsorship agreement and explaining responsibilities of parties involved. Please let us know if you this is something you are interested in pursuing; we will provide you with a sample prospectus.
    · We are encouraging each scientist participant to bring a non-scientist to the March, maybe a local STEM teacher or a friend, to amplify our outreach and strengthen the connection with local communities
    · You are invited to order Sigma Xi t-shirts for the March through Sigma Xi HQ. T-shirt design is attached in this email. To order, please send an email to Ms. Meg Murphy (mmurphy@sigmaxi.org) with quantities, sizes, and preferred method of payment no later than Friday, March 10th. Prices for the t-shirts are:
    o Size small to XL: $10
    o Size 2XL: $12
    o Size 3XL: $13
    Price includes taxes, handling, and set up fees. There will be an additional shipping charge to cover shipping from Sigma Xi HQ to chapters. Chapters are responsible for collecting t-shirt payments from local participants.
    · Sigma Xi chapters are diverse in terms of membership and programming. There are several ways through which your chapter could engage with a local march:
    o host or help coordinate a Science Café or a teach-in event
    o identify/invite speakers, or
    o recruit volunteers
    · If you plan to coordinate busses to the DC March, please let us know. We will try to arrange for a Sigma Xi meeting spot there.
    · Please disseminate flyers and information about Sigma Xi programs, publications, membership, and the Affiliate Circle during the event. If you would like to have promotional materials mailed to you, please send your request to chapters@sigmaxi.org. We will also upload flyers to the Chapter Leaders Community Library to download and print in-house.
    · Please think of the March as the beginning of something bigger and use this opportunity to cultivate new partnerships and connections with like-minded organizations for future collaborations that support science and local communities.

    Throughout the 130 years history of Sigma Xi, our programs and publications have been integral to enhancing the health of the research enterprise. The March for Science is one of many efforts the Society supports to fulfill our mission. It’s a non-partisan, apolitical effort to promote the role of science in our society and to call for evidence-based policy making. For more information about the March for Science, please visit https://www.marchforscience.com.

    Thanks and Best Wishes,
    Eman

  • The March for Science

    Dear FIU Sigma Xi Member:

    I am passing on a message from Sigma Xi's Headquarters about the March for Science.  I am not planning on organizing any March for Science Events as I personally will be in Spain for field work at the time of the March, but I want to keep anyone interested in the loop.  The message is below.

    If there are student groups on campus or in Miami who would benefit from this information, I would love to see our future scientists fully engaged in working on the March, and equip them to take advantage of the resources Sigma Xi and others are putting at their disposal.

    Attachments are not attached- you can email me (eric.vonwettberg@fiu.edu) for me to send them on to you.  Sigma Xi's email platform does not easily allow attachments.

    Wishing you all the best (and apologies for spam),

    Eric

    forwarded message from Sigma Xi:

    As you may know, Sigma Xi is an official partner with the March of Science scheduled for Earth Day, April 22. If your chapter plans to get involved with a satellite march in any capacity, below you will find some information and suggestions to facilitate this involvement. I am also copying Kishore Hari, the Satellite City Coordinator, in case you have any questions.
    · Attached, you will find a list of contacts for satellite marches in FL. This is just an introduction, so please reach out to local organizers to discuss getting your chapter and members involved. We will keep you posted with any new updates. Updates may also be shared through the Chapter Leaders Community.
    · Sigma Xi is willing to act as a fiscal sponsor for local marches to manage donations under our non-for profit status. Attached is a document summarizing the terms of the sponsorship agreement and explaining responsibilities of parties involved. Please let us know if you this is something you are interested in pursuing; we will provide you with a sample prospectus.
    · We are encouraging each scientist participant to bring a non-scientist to the March, maybe a local STEM teacher or a friend, to amplify our outreach and strengthen the connection with local communities
    · You are invited to order Sigma Xi t-shirts for the March through Sigma Xi HQ. T-shirt design is attached in this email. To order, please send an email to Ms. Meg Murphy (mmurphy@sigmaxi.org) with quantities, sizes, and preferred method of payment no later than Friday, March 10th. Prices for the t-shirts are:
    o Size small to XL: $10
    o Size 2XL: $12
    o Size 3XL: $13
    Price includes taxes, handling, and set up fees. There will be an additional shipping charge to cover shipping from Sigma Xi HQ to chapters. Chapters are responsible for collecting t-shirt payments from local participants.
    · Sigma Xi chapters are diverse in terms of membership and programming. There are several ways through which your chapter could engage with a local march:
    o host or help coordinate a Science Café or a teach-in event
    o identify/invite speakers, or
    o recruit volunteers
    · If you plan to coordinate busses to the DC March, please let us know. We will try to arrange for a Sigma Xi meeting spot there.
    · Please disseminate flyers and information about Sigma Xi programs, publications, membership, and the Affiliate Circle during the event. If you would like to have promotional materials mailed to you, please send your request to chapters@sigmaxi.org. We will also upload flyers to the Chapter Leaders Community Library to download and print in-house.
    · Please think of the March as the beginning of something bigger and use this opportunity to cultivate new partnerships and connections with like-minded organizations for future collaborations that support science and local communities.

    Throughout the 130 years history of Sigma Xi, our programs and publications have been integral to enhancing the health of the research enterprise. The March for Science is one of many efforts the Society supports to fulfill our mission. It’s a non-partisan, apolitical effort to promote the role of science in our society and to call for evidence-based policy making. For more information about the March for Science, please visit https://www.marchforscience.com.

    Thanks and Best Wishes,
    Eman

  • Larry Gettleman needs judging help for Science Fairs

    Contact Larry at lawrence.gettleman@louisville.edu

  • Science Café: Ohio's Forests – Planning for Threats: Climate Change, Invasives and More

    This monthly live seminar series is open to everyone and encourages a scientific understanding of the world through relaxed, interactive discussions of popular science topics. Science Café gives faculty and students opportunities to reach out to the public.

    This month, Stephen Matthews, assistant professor of Wildlife Landscape Ecology in the School of Environment and Natural Resources, will discuss Ohio's Forests – Planning for Threats: Climate Change, Invasives and More at the Science Café Wednesday (3/1) at 6:30 p.m. in 165 Thompson Library. Matthews will discuss emerging threats and management challenges.

  • Grants in Aid of Research RFP open

    Hello Inactive FIU Sigma Xi'ers,

    The tri-annual call for undergrad and graduate grants in aid of research is open.  Always a good opportunity for students.
    https://www.sigmaxi.org/programs/grants-in-aid

  • Grants in Aid of Research for Grads and Undergrads

    Hi everyone,

    The march call for Grants in Aid of research for undergrads and grads is open.  See the link below for details.  
    https://www.sigmaxi.org/programs/grants-in-aid

  • Register for UF Chapter Annual Awards Banquet

    We are getting close to the much anticipated Annual Awards Banquet.  Please register through this website:  https://www. eventbrite.com/e/sigma-xi- annual-awards-banquet-tickets- 30964479592

    Details of the banquet are on the site.  Credit Cards are accepted.

  • UF Chapter Annual Sigma Xi Awards Banquet

    We only have a month before the much anticipated Annual Awards Banquet.  Nominations have been made for the award winners and we will have a large group of new initiates.  Dr. David Norton, VP of Research, will be the guest speaker.  Please register to attend this banquet by going to: https://www. eventbrite.com/e/sigma-xi- annual-awards-banquet-tickets- 30964479592

    Details are on the above site. Credit Cards are accepted.

  • Nominations Reminder

    Dear Colleagues,

    I sent out a notice requesting nominations for new members of Sigma Xi several days ago asking that you send nominations to me by February 27th.  In past years I would have received several nominations by now, but I have received none.  Please help to make our Chapter a strong one by nominating your colleagues, post docs, and students to our science honor society!

  • Spring Event - Lecture: Knocking on Heaven's Door

    Apr 26, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (ET)
    Knocking on Heaven's Door - Scaling the Universe
    Lisa Randall, Frank B. Baird, Jr., Professor of Science, Department of Physics, Harvard University

    Lecture and Reception
    Reception is sponsored by the Harvard Chapter of Sigma Xi
    Cambridge, MA, United States

  • Suds and Science: Clark Spencer Larsen

    Suds and Science events are where a host research group of Sigma Xi members present their research and guide a tour of their facilities. The tour group and host laboratory then adjourn to a campus pub for further discussions. These events provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about key research groups on campus and establish interdisciplinary collaborations. 

    Dr. Clark Spencer Larsen, the former President of The Ohio State Chapter of Sigma Xi and his laboratory group will present current research and other activities in the Journalism Building (242 W 18th Ave, Columbus, OH) Room 047. Park in Tuttle Park Place Garage and walk a block to the Journalism Building. Take the elevator to the basement. Enter the lab on the immediate right as you get off the elevator. Following this session, the tour group and host laboratory will then adjourn to the Little Bar on High Street (2195 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201) for further discussion.

    This event is free but please RSVP at: 
    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/suds-and-science-clark-spencer-larsen-tickets-32116859391?ref=estw

  • Nomination for New Initiates

    Please take this opportunity to nominate deserving scientists for membership in our society. The nomination form, located at http://sigmaxi.clas.ufl.edu/PDF/Membership%20Nomination%20Form.pdf
     needs to be completed by each nominee and sent to Paula Tribulo, Animal Science P.O Box 110910, Gainesville, Florida 32611-0910 along with a check pay to the order of Sigma Xi to cover the initiation fee and the first year membership ($118 full member, $63 for student members), the meal is complementary for new initiates but RSVP is required (ptribulo82@ufl.edu). Initiates are welcome to attend the Banquet with company, tickets may be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sigma-xi-annual-awards-banquet-tickets-30964479592

    .

    The Annual Banquet will be held at the Straughn IFAS Extension Professional Development Center (2142 Shealy Drive, Gainesville) on Thursday, March 23, 2017. 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT. This year we are delighted that  Dr. David Norton, Vice President of Research will be the keynote speaker.

  • Sigma Xi Spring Mixer and

    Dear Sigma Xi Colleagues,

    I am happy to announce the awards committee has selected, Dr. Michael Richardson, associate professor of psychology, in the College of Arts & Sciences, as this years 2017 Young Investigator Winner!

    This was a very competitive year, as most are. The committee of 6 faculty from across the university was extremely impressed with the depth of the research, significant contributions to the field, and sheer complexity of Dr. Richardson's work.

    Dr. Richardson will be the Keynote Speaker at this Spring's Sigma Xi Mixer, March 7th, in the Winkler Center on East Campus http://libraries.uc.edu/winkler-center/about/directions.html

    Catered food and drinks begin at 4:30 pm. The keynote presentation, preceded by a Welcome by our chapter president, Dr. Craig Dietsch, and some brief society announcements, will start at 5 pm.

    Please share this invite with all colleagues who might be interested. This is an OPEN EVENT for the entire UC community.

    Kind regards,
    Margaret


    Margaret Hanson
    UC Sigma Xi, Awards Chair
    Associate Dean, Professor of Physics

  • Local Chapter survey

    We are looking for feedback from our local members. Please fill in the survey linked below.

  • Time to nominate new members

    ΣΞ
    Vanderbilt University Chapter of Sigma Xi



    Dear Colleagues,

    It is time to think about nominating new members and promoting Associate members for the Vanderbilt Chapter of Sigma Xi. It is incumbent upon us to extend the honor of society membership to our eligible colleagues. By doing so, we give back to the community that supported, inspired, and recognized our own research achievements. Moreover, inducting new members into the Society is vital for furthering Sigma Xi’s mission, which is to:

    To enhance the health of the research enterprise, foster integrity in science and engineering, and promote the public’s understanding of science for the purpose of improving the human condition.

    So please help to make our Chapter a strong one by encouraging your colleagues, postdocs, and students to become members of Sigma Xi. Especially keep in mind undergraduate and graduate students who are involved in research projects. These projects do not need to have been published to qualify the student for nomination as an Associate member. Presentation of the research results at a local or national meeting is adequate. As long as a member thinks that the student shows potential for a career in science it is sufficient to qualify him/her for nomination to membership. Only active members that is those who have their dues paid up, may nominate new members or recommend Associate members for promotion. I have attached the nomination form and criteria for membership. Please fill out the form and return it to me (along with the nominee’s CV or other supporting material) at the address below by February 27th. Type directly on the form I am sending you, Do not send me a pdf.

    We have about 110 active members in the Vanderbilt Chapter. If only a small percentage of us nominated a qualified person, we could have a great recruiting year!

    There are many members of our Chapter who are inactive. If you know any inactive members, please encourage them to reactivate their membership. They may contact me at ben.danzo@vanderbilt.edu concerning how to do this.


    Thanks for your cooperation!

    Ben Danzo
    Secretary/Treasurer
    Vanderbilt Chapter of Sigma Xi


    NOMINATION FOR MEMBERSHIP
    Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society  P.O. Box 13975
    Research Triangle Park, NC 27709  800-243-6534  919-549-4691
    Fax: 919-549-0090  www.sigmaxi.org  membership@sigmaxi.org

    Membership in Sigma Xi is by nomination. This form may be completed by the nominator OR the nominee.
     See the back of this form for detailed information about member type and nomination requirements.
     Attach the Nominee’s CV/ résumé OR provide the information requested on the reverse.

     Nominee  Nominate for Full Membership  Nominate for Associate Membership  Promote to Full Membership
    Preferred Prefix (check):  Dr.  Mr.  Ms.  Mrs.
    Name of Nominee (first, middle, last) Birth Date (mm/dd/yyyy)

    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    Employer Name Location City Country Employer Type ( choose one) academic, industrial,
    governmental, health care, manufacturing, research, other
    Business Address Department/Building/Box Institution Business Web Site

    Street Business Phone (include area code) Business Fax (include area code)

    City State Zip Country

    E-Mail Alternate E-Mail

    Full Home Address (parent’s address if student) Phone (include area code)

    City State Zip Country

    Which address should be used for Sigma Xi mailings?
     Business  Home
    Is the Nominee a Student?  Yes  No
    Highest Degree (if a student, degree you are seeking)
     PhD/DSc  DDS/DMD  DO  DVM  MD
     other: ____________
     BA/BS  MA/MS
    Year obtained/expected:______________
    Primary research field:
     agriculture/soil sciences/natural resources
     mathematics & computer sciences
     biological sciences
     engineering sciences
     health sciences
     physical and earth sciences
     social sciences
    other:______________________


     Nominator  Second Nominator

     Request that the Committee on Qualifications and Membership act as first and second nominator. Attach nominee’s CV and move to section 4. OR
    First Nominator (must be a Full or Associate Member of Sigma Xi)
     Please check here if the nominator should be notified of the results of this nomination.

    Name of Nominator (first, middle, last) Member # (if known)

    Institution Department
    E-mail Phone

    Signature (if submitting electronically, nominator may type name as long as form is submitted from his/her E-mail address)
     Request that a Chapter Officer or the Committee on Qualifications and Membership second this nomination. Attach nominee’s CV and move to section 4.
    OR
     Information from a Full or Associate Member acting as second nominator follows:

    Name of Nominator (first, middle, last) Member # (if known)

    Institution Department
    E-mail Phone

    Signature (if submitting electronically, nominator may type name as long as form is submitted from his/her E-mail address)


     Affiliation
     Request affiliation with the ___________________________ Chapter.  Request membership at-large (no local chapter affiliation).
    (see chapter listing at www.sigmaxi.org/chapters/lists)
    NOMINATION FOR MEMBERSHIP

    Type of Membership
    Membership in Sigma Xi is by nomination and is conferred in one of two ways. Please indicate on the front of this form for which type of membership this nominee should be considered.

    Full Membership is conferred upon any individual who has shown noteworthy achievement as an original investigator in a field of pure or applied science or engineering. The Committee on Qualifications and Membership generally requires at least two first-authored, refereed papers or patents, one of which can be a Ph.D. thesis. Life experience is also considered in some instances. For nomination to Full Membership, either attach a CV or résumé OR provide a separate attachment with the following information:
    • Education: Institution(s), date(s), degree(s)
    • Professional Positions: Institution(s), date(s), position title(s)
    • Publications: Titles, authors, dates, source(s) (journal name, thesis, etc.)

    Associate Membership is available to any individual who has, through initial research achievement in a field of pure or applied science, shown an aptitude for research, as evidenced by independent investigation ordinarily resulting in a written report or presentation at a national or local scientific meeting. Associate membership is offered to encourage young investigators, for example, undergraduate and graduate students, with promise to continue careers in research. For nomination to Associate Membership, attach a brief statement regarding the nominee’s involvement in research and potential research aptitude.

    Promotion to Full Membership is conferred upon any individual who, previously elected as an Associate Member, now meets the requirements for Full Membership as stated above. For promotion to Full Membership, either attach a CV or résumé OR provide a separate attachment with the information listed under Full Membership above.

    Nominators
    Each nominator must be an active (dues paid) Member of Sigma Xi. This form may be submitted with only one nominator, as a chapter officer or a member of the Committee on Qualifications and Membership may act as a second nominator. Individuals who do not know a Full or Associate Member to act as a nominator may contact: ben.danzo@vanderbilt.edu to request the name of a Vanderbilt Chapter officer or member who would be willing to review the nomination.

  • Student Innovator of the Year Award

    The Student Innovator of the Year award, sponsored by the Ohio State Chapter of Sigma Xi will be presented immediately following the "State of Research" by Caroline Whitacre, Senior VP for Research. The talk will be given in the U.S. Bank Conference Theater at the Ohio Union at 8:30 am on January 25th. An RSVP to Beth Haas (haas.23@osu.edu) is requested. Please consider attending this event and showing your support for student research.

  • Student Innovator of the Year Award

    The Student Innovator of the Year Award, sponsored by the Ohio State Chapter of Sigma Xi will be presented following the "State of Research"talk by Caroline Whitacre Senior VP for Research. The talk will begin at 8:30 on Jan 25th in the U.S. Bank Conference Theater in the Ohio Union. An RSVP to Beth Haas (hass.23@osu.edu) is requested. Please consider attending this event and showing your support for student research.

  • Year-end Donation

    As we approach the end of the year, please consider making a TAX-DEDUCTIBLE donation to Sigma Xi.

    A generous donor has agreed to match all contributions to Sigma Xi, up to a total of $25,000. Sigma Xi is unique among membership organizations in that its main focus is on supporting students and scientists in the early stages of their careers.

    Even a small donation of $10 or $25 will go a long way to supporting Sigma Xi’s programs.

  • Year-end Donation

    As we approach the end of the year, please consider making a TAX-DEDUCTIBLE donation to Sigma Xi.

    A generous donor has agreed to match all contributions to Sigma Xi, up to a total of $25,000. Sigma Xi is unique among membership organizations in that its main focus is on supporting students and scientists in the early stages of their careers.

    Even a small donation of $10 or $25 will go a long way to supporting Sigma Xi’s programs.

  • Is STEM to STEAM a great new idea, vaporware or just Hot Moist Air

    A discussion ensued on the above topic a few days ago on the RDC Community, and everyone (all >20,000 members) received quite a few email messages as a result. Some objected to it, and some asked to be removed from the list of those receiving such messages..
    While the original post was undoubeedly well-meaning and seriously intended, so much so that I -- probably inappropriately -- "approved" the original post and some others, I came to realize that such discussions, where many have different points of view are better undertaken in THE LAB community. The disxcussion has been moved.

  • Call for Nominations for Faculty and Graduate Student Awards

    The UF Chapter of Sigma Xi is seeking nominations for the following awards that will be presented at the Annual Awards Banquet March 23, 2017 with Dr. Kent Fuchs as the keynote speaker. Nomination deadline is February 10, 2017. The categories are as follows:

    Junior Faculty Research Award
    Recognizes an Assistant Professor who has made an outstanding contribution to science and society.

    Senior Faculty Research Award
    Recognizes an Associate Professor or Professor who has made extraordinary contributions to his or her profession and has fostered critical innovations to enhance the research enterprise.

    Graduate Student Research Award
    Recognizes a graduate student who received his or her degree in 2016 and has made an outstanding contribution to scientific research.

    Pre-college Teaching Award
    Recognizes an outstanding K-12 teacher in the Alachua County School system. The teacher is recognized for his or her innovative teaching in science, technology, engineering or mathematical sciences.

    Please send Letters of Nomination (2 page limit) including CV (2 page limit) to Dr. Pete Hansen at pjhansen@ufl.edu. Non-members may nominate and receive awards. Nominations are reviewed and final selections made by a committee of UF Sigma Xi Chapter members.

  • Call for Nominations for Faculty and Graduate Student Awards

    The UF Chapter of Sigma Xi is seeking nominations for the following awards that will be presented at the Annual Awards Banquet March 23, 2017 with Dr. Kent Fuchs as the keynote speaker. Nomination deadline is February 10, 2017. The categories are as follows:

    Junior Faculty Research Award
    Recognizes an Assistant Professor who has made an outstanding contribution to science and society.

    Senior Faculty Research Award
    Recognizes an Associate Professor or Professor who has made extraordinary contributions to his or her profession and has fostered critical innovations to enhance the research enterprise.

    Graduate Student Research Award
    Recognizes a graduate student who received his or her degree in 2016 and has made an outstanding contribution to scientific research.

    Pre-college Teaching Award
    Recognizes an outstanding K-12 teacher in the Alachua County School system. The teacher is recognized for his or her innovative teaching in science, technology, engineering or mathematical sciences.

    Please send Letters of Nomination (2 page limit) including CV (2 page limit) to Dr. Pete Hansen at pjhansen@ufl.edu. Non-members may nominate and receive awards. Nominations are reviewed and final selections made by a committee of UF Sigma Xi Chapter members.

  • Big Data, Biodiversity and Conservation

    Dr. Pam Soltis

  • Membership Renewal

    November 2016
    Dear Colleague:

    HELP WANTED!

    As an inactive Member of Sigma Xi, you are in a position to help the UF Chapter of the Society of the Sigma Xi, the International Research Science and Engineering Honor Society. Our Chapter has been very active on the University of Florida campus and the Santa Fe College campus offering seminars, scientific field trips, scholarships for students, and annual awards and recognition of outstanding research faculty and graduate students. But we really need you. There are several ways you can make a difference.

    First, we invite you to re-consider your membership status and convert back to an active member. We need you to attend our Sigma Xi seminars. We need you to help network with our graduate student members and new faculty members, nominating them for Membership. You have the knowledge and expertise to help guide our newest generation of scientific scholars and they need you.

    You can renew your membership by going to https://www.sigmaxi.org/members/renew or by contacting me directly. When renewing, please be sure to include the $8.00 for our local chapter dues. When you were originally initiated into the Society, you joined a distinguished group of scientists and engineers who have beneficially influenced human history – refer to the National website at https://www.sigmaxo.org/about/history for details, including a long list of your fellow Members who are Nobel Laureates.
    The Executive Council of the UF Chapter is working across campuses to enhance opportunities for you to engage with your colleagues in other disciplines. We feel that interdisciplinary academic contact is beneficial as well as enjoyable. Please join us by renewing your membership today.
    Our next seminar is Tuesday November 29, 2016 in room 330G Reitz Union at 4:00pm. Dr. Pam Soltis will speak on “Big Data, Biodiversity, and Conservation”. A reception will follow at 5:00pm. We will be looking for you there!

    Thanks, and Regards,


    For The Executive Council,
    George H. Edwards, CPG
    President, UF Chapter of Sigma Xi
    3888 NW 25th Circle
    Gainesville FL 32606