Announcements

  • Annual Meeting - Friday May 11, 4:30 PM

    We're going to have a quick meeting to present membership certificates this Friday.

    The location information is on our chapter website, or follow the attached link.
  • University of Delaware Sigma Xi Local Chapter Meeting

    Some months back, we had a meeting scheduled to discuss future plans for our local chapter of Sigma Xi here at the University of Delaware.   That meeting was cancelled because UD closed due to snow and we would like to reschedule it for Tuesday May 15 at 4 PM.  We will meet in the ISE building on the fourth floor in the conference area at the top of the stairs.  Please feel free to contact me (krr@udel.edu) or John Jungck (jungck@udel.edu) with any questions, suggestions or concerns.
  • SLU Sigma Xi Research Symposium on May 7,2018

    SLU Sigma Xi's Annual Research Symposium is coming up this Monday, May 7th from 3:30 - 5 pm in the Wool Ballroom (lower level of Busch Student Center) on the campus of Saint Louis University.

    A link to the full program is available below.

    Please forward this message to your colleagues and students who might be interested in attending. We hope to see you all there!

    SLU Sigma Xi Chapter Leaders
  • SLU Sigma Xi Research Symposium on May 7, 2018

    SLU Sigma Xi's Annual Research Symposium is coming up this Monday, May 7th from 3:30 - 5 pm in the Wool Ballroom (lower level of Busch Student Center) on the campus of Saint Louis University.

    A link to the full program is available below.

    Please forward this message to your colleagues and students who might be interested in attending. We hope to see you all there!

    SLU Sigma Xi Chapter Leaders
  • 2018 LSU Grant-in-Aid

    The Application and Evaluation forms for the 2018 LSU Chapter's Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid are now uploaded. They should appear in the shared files library.

    Deadline for applications is May 31, 2018.
  • Thomas Jefferson University Chapter of Sigma Xi Student Research Day

    Thomas Jefferson University Chapter of Sigma Xi
    Student Research Day
    April 10, 2018
    Dorrance H. Hamilton Building,
    1001 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

    08:00 - 9:00 AM
    Registration and Poster Setup for Session I
    Conrady Lobby, Hamilton Building

    08:00 - 9:30 AM 
    Breakfast for all Presenters and Judges
    (badge required)

    09:00 AM - 11:30 AM 
    Poster Judging – Session I
    (MD students)

    11:30 - 12:00 PM
    Poster Dismantling – Session I posters

    11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    Buffet Lunch for all Presenters and Judges
    (badge required)
     
    12:00 - 12:30 PM 
    Registration and Poster Setup for Session II
    Conrady Lobby, Hamilton Building

    12:30 - 3:00 PM 
    Poster Judging – Session II
    (PhD, MD-PhD, MS, MPH, PharmD, Postbac, BA, BS)

    3:00 - 3:30 PM 
    Poster Dismantling – Session II posters
     
    4:00 - 5:30 PM 
    William Potter Lecture and Awards Ceremony
    Connelly Auditorium, Hamilton Building

    "Systems-Driven 21st Century Medicine is Transforming Healthcare"
    Leroy E. Hood, M.D, Ph.D.
    Senior Vice President and Chief Science Officer,
    Providence St. Joseph Health
    President & Co-Founder, Chief Strategy Officer, and Professor, Institute for Systems Biology

    5:30 - 7:00 PM 
    Reception for all Participants and Attendees
    Conrady Lobby, Hamilton Building
  • Extended Deadline: April 6 - SLU Sigma Xi Research Symposium Call for Submissions

    The SLU Sigma Xi Research Symposium will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Monday, May 7, 2018 in the Wool Ballroom, on the lower level of Busch Student Center.

    Both undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit an abstract. The deadline for abstract submission is 5 p.m. Friday, April 6.

    There will be a total of six awards, one for each of the highest scoring undergraduate and graduate projects in the three subject divisions (biological/life sciences, physical/engineering sciences, and social/behavioral sciences).

    Abstract Submission Guidelines*:

    Abstracts must be submitted via the Google form here.
    The following information is required:
    Presenter's name and email
    Affiliation
    Research Advisor's name and email
    Coauthors and affiliations (if any)
    Specify whether undergraduate or graduate category
    Specify which section you are entering (life/biological sciences; physical sciences/engineering/mathematics; or social/behavioral sciences)
    Abstract should be no longer than 200 words and should include topic background, research question, method(s), and brief results. No footnotes or images should be included
    Abstract Submission deadline: 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 6, 2018.

    Click here for additional information.

    Any questions can be sent to sigmaxi@slu.edu.

    *All research that involves animals, human subjects or bio/chemical agents and/or radiation must receive the appropriate institutional approvals. Click here further information.

    Please forward this message to your colleagues and students who might be interested.

    Sincerely,

    Hisako Matsuo, President

    Dana Baum, President-Elect

    Lisa Willoughby, Treasurer

    Tesa Rigel Hines, Secretary 

    Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society is an honor society and was founded in 1886. The Society has more than 500 chapters in the world. The SLU chapter was founded in 1944. If you are interested in becoming a member, please send a message to sigmaxi@slu.edu. For more information regarding the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society, click here.
  • Initiation of New Members, banquet and Leccture

    Dear Sigma Xi Colleague

     There will be an initiation of new members to our Sigma Xi Chapter. The initiation, a reception, a banquet, and a lecture will be held on April 25, 2018 at the University Club of Nashville.  The functions will begin at 5:30 PM with a reception at which complementary appetizers will be served.  A cash bar will be available.  At approximately 6:00 we will convene for the initiation of the new members.  The banquet will begin at approximately 6:15.  I encourage as many members as possible to attend these functions—especially those who have nominated new members.

     

    Two entrée selections will be available: chicken or fish.  Please fill out the form below, incdicating your preferences.

     
     

    Name___________________________ Selection_____chicken______fish.

    Number of persons attending_____ at $40.00 per person, 

    Total_______.

    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

     

    Please send this form, and a check (made out to the Vanderbilt Chapter of Sigma Xi), so that I receive it by April 18th  at the latest, to:

     

    Benjamin J. Danzo, Ph.D.,

    Vanderbilt University School of Medicine,

    210 Oxford House,

    1313 21st Avenue South,

    Nashville, TN 37232-4245

     

    Our banquet speaker will be Dr. Tiffiny Tung, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Vanderbilt. She an anthropological bioarchaeologist who analyzes mummies and skeletons from archaeological contexts in the Peruvian Andes, both to document their health status and lived experience. Her research interests include paleopathology, violence-related trauma, and the use of the body and body parts in rituals.

     

    I AM SURE THAT HER TALK WILL BE A VERY INTERESTING.

     

     

     

    Thank you for your attention.

     

    Ben Danzo,

    Secretary/Treasurer,

    Vanderbilt Chapter,

    Sigma Xi

  • Alamo Chapter, Spring Meeting, 24 May 2018

    ​Howdy!  This is the first notice for our Spring Alamo Chapter meeting, which will take place on Thursday, May 24th.

     

    Please visit http://community.sigmaxi.org/home to keep abreast of chapter updates.

    Also, please send your RSVP to this email so we can have an accurate count for our meeting; Request your RSVP NLT 17 May 2018.

     

    Sigma Xi Alamo Chapter

    May 24, 2018 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: Menu will be sent out in another announcement.

      7:30 PM Business Meeting

      8:00 PM Scientific Presentation by Dr. Kristen Sieback, Ph.D.

      9:00 PM Adjourn

       

    Speaker: Dr. Kristen Sieback, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Rice University

    Title: "Sedimentary Records from Another World: Exploring Gale Crater Basin with the Curiosity Rover"

  • New Member Nominations for 2018

    While we can nominate new members at any point in the year, I'd like to officially solicit an "official" membership drive for the spring, so we can recognize new members at our annual get-together in late April or the very beginning of May.

    So, do you have a colleague or student who deserves recognition by Sigma Xi?  Send me their name and information.

    A quick word about selection:  for my own students, I generally nominate people who have done research and presented it at a significant conference.  Usually, these are the students who are also heading towards graduate school.  However, you can chose students according to your own criteria, as long as they demonstrate an excellent potential for future research.

    Also, it's very easy to nominate someone.  I'm going to be taking your nominations and using the chapter nomination form, so I only need the nominee's name, address, and your member ID number.  I can take care of the rest.  Student new member dues are $60, so you will need to give me some indication of how that is going to be paid.

    I would like to submit the nominations by the end of March so we have certificates by our annual gathering, so please send information to me as soon as you have an idea of who should be new members.

    Happy March,
    Nathaniel
  • Time to Renew Membership

    The opportunity to renew membership for the 18-19 Fiscal Year is upon us. It's quite easy to renew via the Web site. Just click on the "Renew" item in the "Membership" drop down from the main screen and follow the provided directions.

    One new membership benefit is a 40% discount on membership in AAAS. This is in addition to the existing discount for Nature.

    Cheers,

    Frank

    Francis C. Dane, Director
    Mid-Atlantic Region
  • Support Student Researchers at Ohio State University

    Each year our Sigma Xi Chapter awards around 6 competitive Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) to undergraduate and graduate student researchers: $1000 to graduate students; $500 to undergraduate students. However, we usually have 50 applications that cannot be funded. There is great need to increase how many GIARs that we can award. You can help.Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society, recognizes and supports scientific achievement. Each year our Sigma Xi Chapter awards around 6 competitive Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) to undergraduate and graduate student researchers: $1000 to graduate students; $500 to undergraduate students. However, we usually have 50 applications that cannot be funded. There is great need to increase how many GIARs that we can award. You can help.Gift donations can be made through the OSU Campus Campaign mechanism or at any time. You can use a monthly deduction from your paycheck, or as a one-time gift – both options are tax-deductible. Donations can be made at our website. While you are there, look into all the things that Sigma Xi is doing at Ohio State, and nationally. You can connect through this link: https://u.osu.edu/sigmaxiohiostate/donate/

    There are also incentives for those who donate in support of research at Ohio State in 2018. Please see the website for more details.
  • Virginia Tech Sigma Xi Student Awards

    To: Associate Deans for Research, Department Heads in Science and Technology Disciplines

    From: Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, VT chapter, and the Office of Research and Innovation

    The Virginia Tech Chapter of Sigma Xi (the Scientific Research Society), with support from the Virginia Tech Office of Research, recognizes outstanding researchers at the undergraduate, M.S., and doctoral level with annual awards.  This year, two $1000 awards in each academic category will be made. As these awards are made possible by the Waste Policy Institute, and were intended to have an environmental focus, the research should have a broad, but justifiable application to the area of social, structural (built), behavioral, organismal, cellular, or molecular environmental systems.

    We are asking you to nominate students from your department (Ph.D., M.S., and undergraduate) for these awards.  The nomination process is simple and requires a CV/resume from the student, as well as a letter of nomination from the department head or research mentor, outlining the research contributions of the student, and the broader impact of their research on the environment, combined as one file. Successful candidates should have a strong academic record (at least 3.0 QCA or better), be actively conducting research now and during the 2018-2019 academic year, and be willing and able to present their research (either complete or in progress), as a poster at the Sigma Xi annual reception, to be held in April 2018. In addition to the scholarship, students will be awarded a certificate for display, will be inducted into Sigma Xi, and will be given a one-year membership in the International Sigma Xi organization (www.sigmaxi.org) for the 2018-2019 year.

    Nominations are due by March 2nd, 2018.  Please use this survey, making sure to attach the student’s CV/resume and the nominator’s letter of nomination, both as PDF files, to apply for the award. https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SigmaXi2018Awards

    In addition, if you, or others in your department would like to consider being inducted into Sigma Xi during our annual reception, please contact me for an application.  Scientists whose research spans the disciplines of science and technology are eligible to be nominated for membership. We’d love to have you join us!

     Sincerely, 

    Deborah J. Good, 

    VP, VT Chapter of Sigma Xi

  • Student Research Grants – Spring 2018

    The Ohio State Chapter of Sigma Xi, the science and engineering research honor society, solicits applications from graduate and undergraduate students for Grants-in-Aid of Research.

    Successful applicants will receive an award of $500 for Undergraduate students or $1,000 for Graduate students as well as nomination for Associate Membership in Sigma Xi. Application information can be found at:

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

    The Ohio State Chapter of Sigma Xi supports research in all areas of science and engineering including but not limited to: Natural (Physical) Sciences, Biological Sciences, Mathematical & Computer Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Medicine, and Engineering.

    The deadline will be Friday, March 16, 2018. Queries should be addressed to Professor Lawrence Feth, at feth.1@osu.edu
  • Annual Banquet and Distinguished Lecture

    It's almost that time of year again.  This year the NMU Chapter of Sigma Xi Annual Banquet will be held on March 22nd from 5:30-7:30PM in the Marquette/Nicolet rooms in the UC.  Following the banquet this year's distinguished speaker will be Dr. Issac Krauss from Brandeis University.  He will be speaking about new methods in vaccine development for HIV.  A brief bio for Dr. Krauss can be found in the attached materials.

    Also attached is a RSVP form.  Please select your meal choice and return to Mark Paulsen, NMU Sigma Xi Chapter Treasurer, no later than March 11th.

    Finally the banquet is the time we induct new members into the NMU Sigma Xi Chapter.  Attached is a nomination form.  Please return nomination forms and payment to Mark Paulsen, no later than March 11th.  The cost structure for new members in described in an attached document. 

    I look forward to seeing you there!

    All the best,

    Josh Sharp
    NMU Chapter of Sigma Xi President
  • Back to Branded 72 now Crossroads...

    ​Hi all,
      REMINDER we are BACK at Branded 72... now under new management and a name change.. "Crossroads"...  E Gude Dr. Rockville 7pm.   Please join us!!!  Third Tuesday of Every Month!
  • Public presentation opportunities for Sigma Xi members

    The Ohio State Chapter of Sigma Xi would like to sponsor our members who are interested to apply for several public presentation opportunities that are supported by our local chapter. Three different opportunities to reach out to the public and present your research are:

    Sigma Xi Distinguished Lectures

    Since 1937 Sigma Xi has presented its Distinguished Lecturers who are outstanding members who are at the leading edge of science.  Sigma Xi supports these lecturers to travel to other chapters to communicate their insights and excitement to a broad range of scholars and to the community at large. Each year thousands of Sigma Xi members, students and the public have an opportunity to hear exceptional talks and to ask questions of experts. More details on the program can be seen at (https://www.sigmaxi.org/programs/lectureships). If you are interested in applying to become a Distinguished Lecturer please contact the chapter directly (Sigma_xi@osu.edu) and we can assist with your application.

    Science Café

    The Science Café is a monthly seminar series that encourages a scientific understanding of the world through relaxed discussions of popular science topics. Open to the public, these evening seminars are co-sponsored by The Ohio State University Chapter of Sigma Xi and The Ohio State University Libraries and take place in various OSU libraries. More detail can be found on the chapter website (https://u.osu.edu/sigmaxiohiostate/science-cafe/) and if you are interested in presenting please contact Kelly Crowe (Kelly.Crowe@nationwidechildrens.org) or our chapter directly (Sigma_xi@osu.edu).

    COSI After Dark speakers

    COSI After Dark is COSI without kids. These event are for adults ages 21 and over, only, and occur monthly, usually on a Thursday evening. This is an opportunity for Sigma Xi members to present an informal, public lecture as adult patrons explore COSI, ride the High Wire Unicycle, enjoy special themed crafts and activities, concessions and a cash bar. More information and a current schedule can be found at the COSI website (https://cosi.org/adults/cosi-after-dark). If you are interested in presenting please contact Kelly Crowe (Kelly.Crowe@nationwidechildrens.org) or our chapter directly (Sigma_xi@osu.edu).

    If you have general questions please contact Noah Weisleder (Noah.Weisleder@osumc.edu) or use our chapter email address (Sigma_xi@osu.edu).
  • Guidelines for TJU Sigma Xi Student Research Day Abstract Submission

    Your abstract may be up to 1,000 characters, including spaces, for the body of the abstract, not including title, authors and affiliations.

    Body of the abstract must be a single paragraph.
    Figures and tables are not permitted.

    The body of the abstract may be organized in this fashion:
    • Statement of the study's purpose.
    • Statement of the methods used.
    • Summary of results obtained in sufficient detail. It is not acceptable to only state "results will be presented".
    • Statement of the conclusions reached.

    Abstract submission form requires you to affirm that your Faculty Advisor approved the abstract for submission to the TJU Sigma Xi Research Day. Your Faculty Advisor will receive an email of your submitted abstract.

    All submitted abstracts will be reviewed for poster presentation. A decision of acceptance will be emailed to the Presenters and the Faculty Advisors by one week after the abstract submissions close.

    The accepted abstracts will be published in the Abstract book, which will be available at the Student Sigma Xi Research Day. The names and titles of the Sigma Xi Award winners and photographs taken during the event may be posted at the website of the Thomas Jefferson University Chapter of Sigma Xi Society, University publications, and PR releases.

    If you have questions or concerns, please email TJU Sigma Xi at tjusigmaxi@gmail.com or contact Rod MacNeil at (215) 503-2827.


  • Science Bowl Volunteers Needed

    You’re invited to PLEASE volunteer for the Missouri Regional Science Bowl competition held on February 24th at Washington University.  We need over 100 people to help!!!  Breakfast, lunch and a t-shirt are included for your time!!  You’re more than welcome to invite family and friends to help out (including, 15+ in age).  The Missouri Regional Science Bowl is a one day event that involves an academic competition for middle school students across Missouri as well as science-related enrichment activities (STEM).  The champion of the Missouri competition will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the National Science Bowl (sponsored by the Dept. of Energy). 

     

    Science Bowl Competition

    Date:  Saturday, February 24, 2018

    Time:  7:30a – 5pm (as the day goes on, teams are eliminated and we are able to let some volunteers leave earlier afternoon)

    Location: Washington University

     

    We have five types of roles to fill for the day: scorekeepers, moderators, timekeepers, runners & logistics. 

    -Scorekeepers keep score during the competition

    -Moderators read the questions for students to answer. 

    -Timekeepers will track time limits set for students to answer questions asked by the Moderator.

    -Runners will “run” (no real running involved) question sheets from room to room each round. 

    -Logistics help set up & break down the event. 

     ***Training for Moderators, Scorekeepers & Timekeepers will take place the week before the event.

     

    Sign up in the link below & share with friend/family as well:

    http://www.moscibo.org/volunteer

     

    Contact Angela.M.Miller@monsanto.com with any questions.

     

    Angela M. Miller

    Canada Corn & Soy Production Management and Global Corn Licensing Finance Analyst

    Monsanto Company

    PH: 314-694-7849

    Angela.m.miller@monsanto.com

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  • Call for Nominations: 2018 Monie A. Ferst Award

    Dear Colleagues,

    The Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society invites nominations for the prestigious Monie A. Ferst Award for the 2018 cycle. Since 1977, this national award has honored researchers in science and engineering who have made notable contributions to the motivation and encouragement of research through education.  Sponsored by the Georgia Tech Chapter of Sigma Xi, the award consists of a medal and $10,000.  In addition, a day-long symposium is held at Georgia Tech in Atlanta to highlight the achievements of the winner's former students, post-docs, and other significant mentees.  Travel, lodging and meal expenses of the winner and symposium speakers are covered as part of the award.

    More information about the award, submission of nominations, and past winners can be found at https://www.sigmaxi.org/programs/prizes-awards/monie-ferst.

    Nomination packages should be submitted electronically to the award committee chair Peter Hesketh at peter.hesketh@me.gatech.edu and must include the following:

    1. A nomination letter summarizing the candidate's noteworthy accomplishments (2 pages);
    2. The candidate's resume;
    3. Five letters of endorsement, at least three of which should come from the candidate's former students or post-docs.

    The deadline is April 1, 2018.

    I invite you to consider nominating a colleague or former advisor/mentor or forward this announcement to colleagues who may be interested in nominating a worthy candidate.

    Sincerely,

    Peter J. Hesketh
    Chair, Monie A. Ferst Award Committee
  • Kirksville Chapter of Sigma Xi meeting

    The Kirksville Chapter of Sigma Xi will meet Friday, December 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm in the Faculty Development and Resource Room at KCOM / ATSU. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the future or the Kirksville Chapter going forward.
  • Award for Ohio State Chapter of Sigma Xi

    The national  Sigma Xi leadership has awarded our Ohio State Chapter of  Sigma Xi the Chapter Program of Excellence Award for 2017 to recognize our Meet-a-Scientist program. This outreach program connects faculty members and students with local classrooms and civic organizations enabling them to communicate the excitement of their research and career path, and the power of a scientific approach to solving problems.

    Congratulations to all who participated in our Meet-a-Scientist program, especially since we expanded our program to include after school programs in local schools. This award shows again how our Chapter can set a strong example for other Chapters of Sigma Xi. 

    The Chapter Program of Excellence Awards are given to a chapter for organizing or hosting an outstanding program, especially one which other chapters can emulate. Nominees were chosen by the Regional and Constituency Directors based on Chapter Annual Reports, and winners were selected by the Committee on Qualifications and Membership.
  • Chapter of Excellence Award-OU

    At the 2017 Assembly of Delegates virtual meeting it was announced that the OU chapter of Sigma Xi was the 3rd place winner (tie) for a Chapter of Excellence Award.
  • Science Communication Week

    As you may already know, the first K-State Science Communication Week will be happening next week. The week full of events includes community engagement events and professional development opportunities for scientists and communicators. Special guests during SciComm Week include NPR science correspondents Joe Palca and Maddie Sofia and National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson. 
  • Grant to attend Sigma Xi Symposium

    The President of Sigma Xi, Dr. Stuart Cooper, and the Ohio State Chapter of Sigma Xi is providing a unique opportunity to our faculty members. We would like to sponsor up to five of our faculty members to attend the Sigma Xi Symposium on Atmospheric Chemistry, Climate, and Health and the Student Research Conference and the Student Research Conference in Raleigh, NC on November 10-11. For this event Sigma Xi will bring five of the top researchers on atmospheric chemistry, climate, and health together on November 10. They will give presentations about how changes in the atmosphere relate to environmental and human health. More information can be found at:

    https://www.sigmaxi.org/meetings-events/symposium-and-student-research-conference

    We will provide round trip air-fare (CMH-RDU), taxi rides to the airport, registration for the event and a hotel room (Sheraton Hotel at the Convention Center Raleigh) for one or two nights. Meals will not be covered. You would be able to fly out Thursday afternoon, attend the Symposium on Friday, and then if one wishes, attend the workshops and student research conference on Saturday.

    If you are interested in this event please contact Noah Weisleder (weisleder.3@osu.edu) .
  • Oct 30th Oustanding Scientist Presenation and Poster Session

    3pm Poster session in Chalmers Atrium.. Bring a poster and show others what your science is about.

    4pm Dr. Vara Prasad will present "Response of Food Grain Crops to Changing Environments"  in 1066 Rathbone Hall (in the Engineering building).
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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