Announcements

  • 2020 Northeast Regional Sigma Xi Annual Meetings

    Save the Date!
    April 18, 2020
    Theme: P-Values and Beyond
    Location: Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT
  • Sigma Xi chapter meeting Tues., Nov. 12th, 11:00 – Noon, Rm. 2258 of BioSciences Bldg, Statesboro

    GSU Chapter of Sigma Xi will host a chapter meeting on Tuesday, November 12 at 11:00 – Noon in Rm. 2258 of BioSciences Building, on Statesboro campus. 

    Chapter president Dr. Monique Aller, Assoc. Prof. of Physics/Astronomy will provide a State of the Chapter report, and a summary of chapter program initiatives and potential mechanisms for enhancing chapter membership.
    Refreshments/lunch will be provided: Vandy’s Bar-B-Q, sauce, bread, chips, tea and water.  Please plan to attend.  

    All Sigma Xi members are WELCOME and encouraged to attend, and faculty or students interested in membership are welcome to attend.

  • Science on Tap-Thursday October 24th

    Join Sigma Xi and the Center for Communicating Science as members of the local Blacksburg-Radford pod of 500WomenScientists will lead trivia on the history of women in science and then give flash talks about their current research.

     

    What: Celebrating Women in Science

    Where: Rising Silo Brewery

    When: Thu, Oct. 24, 5:30pm

     

  • Sigma Xi lecture this coming Tuesday, October 15

    A reminder about the upcoming lecture by distinguished NASA scientist Compton Tucker III.  This is a chance to learn more about the critical issue of climate change.  Given that this is the major annual event of our Purchase Sigma Xi Chapter, please show up, and encourage your students, friends, associates and community contacts to attend.  Note the changed time - 4:30 pm - and place, the Natural Sciences lecture hall.  Hope to see you all there!
  • Ohio State Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research

    The Ohio State Chapter of Sigma Xi supports OSU student research through our Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) program.  Applications are encouraged from undergraduate and graduate students in all areas of science and engineering (including but not limited to Biochemistry, Cellular & Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Environmental Biology, Engineering, Geosciences, Speech & Hearing, Anthropology, Psychology, Math & Computer Sciences, Physics, Astronomy, Physiology, Immunology, and Food and Agricultural Sciences).  Applications from students are judged on the basis of (1) quality of the project narrative, (2) budget justification, and (3) strength and specificity of the faculty sponsor’s letter of support. The application deadline for this year is November 12, 2019.

     

    More information can be found here: https://u.osu.edu/sigmaxiohiostate/grants/

  • Science on Tap September 26th

    What to Expect When You're Expecting Climate Change

    A conversation with climate journalist Sara Peach (http://www.peachreport.com/)

     

    Where: Rising Silo Brewery

    When: Thu, Sep. 26, 5:30-7pm

     

    We will kick things off with a short musical performance. After that, Sara Peach will talk about some of the questions she's received for her advice column and how she's answered them. And then we'll open the floor to all your questions.

  • UW Chapter Officers Election

    Dear Members of the UW Chapter of Sigma Xi:

    After soliciting nominations for officers of our Chapter, the following members have agreed to stand for election.  Please indicate by reply mail (to lizvanv@uw.edu) your support for these officers. 

    President – Dr. Subrata Saha

    Dr. Saha has served as the President of Sigma Xi chapters at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, LA., Clemson University, and SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Last year he was elected a member of the Nominating Committee of Sigma Xi.  He was also a member of the Program Committee for the Sigma Xi Annual Meeting in 2018 and organized an Ethics Track at the Annual Meeting last year.  He is associated with the UW School of Dentistry where he has taught DENTEL 513 Ethics Publication Review.

    Vice-President – Dr. Sue Herring

    Dr. Herring is a Professor of Orthodontics and of Oral Health Sciences at the University of Washington.  Her research focuses on biomechanics of the skull and TMJ, functional morphology of oral behavior, especially mastication, and effects of muscle activity and loading on craniofacial skeletal biology and growth.

    Secretary/Treasurer – Dr. Elizabeth Van Volkenburgh

    Dr. Van Volkenburgh is a Professor of Biology, a plant physiologist interesting in the regulation of plant growth rate, and limitations to yield caused by drought in common bean and other species.  She has served the UW Chapter of Sigma Xi as President-elect (1996-1997), President (1997-1998), and Secretary/Treasurer since 1999.

  • UC Sigma Xi Fall Mixer

    Greetings Sigma Xi Members, Active and Inactive Divisions,

     

    Our Fall Mixer will be held on Thursday, October 3rd, on the west campus in the Engineering Research Center (ERC) room 427 from 4:30- 6:00 pm. Please join us!

     

    There will be (free) food and drinks. Bring your colleagues, friends, lab cohorts, and undergraduate and graduate students!

     

    Our Fall Mixer is an event to welcome new members, and this fall, in particular, we are excited to announce that research colleagues from the EPA are joining our Chapter. We will also learn how the research of our Chapter’s GIAR graduate student awardees has progressed since they were proposals were recognized and awarded last spring. We will hear from...

     

    Justin He from the Department of Biological Sciences; Justin’s advisor is Dan Buchholz.

     

    Kristen Schlanser from the Department of Geology; Kristen’s advisor is Aaron Diefendorf.

     

    Zach Sterner from the Department of Biological Sciences; Zach’s advisor is Dan Buchholz.

     

    UC’s Chapter of Sigma Xi is our area’s flagship organization dedicated to promoting science across the disciplines and supporting and encouraging graduate students across the University in their research.

     

    I look forward to seeing you on October 3rd.

     

    Regards,

    Craig

     

    Dr. Craig Dietsch

    President, UC Chapter of Sigma Xi

    Associate Professor and Department Chair, Department of Geology

    University of Cincinnati

    Cincinnati, OH 45221-0013

    office 513-556-2547

    http://www.artsci.uc.edu/departments/geology/faculty--staff-and-students.html?eid=dietscc&thecomp=uceprof

  • Request for newsletter updates by 9/19

    Please e-mail jkaufman at endicott dot edu with any updates for the Fall newsletter.
  • Annual Picnic

    Thursday, September 5
    6:00-8:30 pm
    Glenwood Park (next to Erie Zoo)
  • Tricities Chapter

    Hi,

    I'm going to plan a trip to the Nautilus Sail in North Richland in the early fall.

    -Mary
  • Science on Tap-Thursday July 25th

    Our next Science on Tap is on Thursday, July 25, at 5:30pm at Rising Silo! Carol Davis, Sustainability Manager for the Town of Blacksburg Government, joins us to discuss the tensions between pursuing individual choices vs. pushing for systemic change as a path for sustainability.

     

    BONUS: We will also hear from some local high school students on their science projects! See you at Rising Silo next week! Free!

  • Vote for a new chapter president!

    Since we didn't have a chapter meeting this spring, we didn't conduct one piece of business that needs to be done.  Namely that I'm going to step down as president of the chapter after three years in the role.

    Sue Weiler has agreed to run for the president position, so here is your ballot:

    ________. Sue Weiler

    ________.                          (write in)

    Please send me an email at paustne@whitman.edu in response to this message with your choice by July 10, 2019.

    Thank you,
    Nathaniel Paust
  • AAAS Opportunity

    The American Association for the Advancement of Science needs scientists, engineers and physicians to assist K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) teachers in the District of Columbia and adjacent counties, including Loudoun and Howard Counties, during the 2019-20 school year.  The details of the collaboration are worked out between the teacher and the volunteer, and may involve giving demonstrations, assisting in lab experiments, lecturing on special topics, assisting with homework, etc. The hours are flexible, and volunteers attend a one-day orientation session before being assigned to schools. To see how volunteers are assisting their teachers, view the video clips at www.stemvolunteers.org.  If you care about K-12 STEM education and have time to share your knowledge with students and teachers, please send a note to bcalinge@aaas.org with your home address, or call Betty Calinger, 202-326-6629.
  • Sigma Xi Chapter Elections

    It's election time again. Please participate in our Sigma Xi chapter by voting in our chapter elections. To vote, click on the following link; the deadline is June 30, 2019.

    Thank you for your participation, and have a great summer!
  • “Shots of Knowledge: The Science of Whiskey”

    ​​The FDA and the University of Maryland chapters of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, are cosponsoring “Shots of Knowledge: The Science of Whiskey”

    at Milkboy Arthouse on Route 1 in College Park (7416 Baltimore Ave., College Park, MD 20740)

    on Monday, June 10, 2019
    Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
    Lecture begins at 6:30 p.m.

    This is advanced notice:  the website & RSVP system should be finalized by this evening (Wednesday, May 29):   http://science.umd.edu/events/scienceontap-2019-06.html 

     

     Audience: General public or STEM scientists

    Abstract: Whiskey is interesting.  It can serve as a lens through which science, engineering and history can be examined. Whiskey’s creation relies on input from multiple disciplines; from agriculture and forestry to chemical engineering and biochemistry. Whether the discussion centers on bourbon or Scotch, a single malt or Canadian blend, the influences of the great ideas and great thinkers of science and engineering shine through.   Join Dr. Eric Simanek of Texas Christian University on this discussion of one of the world’s treasured spirits.

    Presented by:  Dr. Eric Simanek
                           Robert A. Welch Professor of Chemistry
                           Department of Chemistry
                           Texas Christian University

    Short Biography:  Raised in the farmland of central Illinois, Dr. Simanek grew up surrounded by corn destined for feed or alcohol. After completing a degree in chemistry at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 1991, he pursued graduate work at Harvard University. Following completion of his PhD in 1996 and a post-doctoral stint at The Scripps Research Institute, Dr. Simanek joined the faculty of Texas A&M University in 1998 rising to the rank of full professor and leading the general chemistry program that serviced approximately 4000 students each semester. In 2010, he accepted the Robert A. Welch Chair at Texas Christian University where he now serves as department chair and director of the IdeaFactory. As a synthetic chemist, his research pursues the use of polymers (dendrimers) for drug delivery. His book, Shots of Knowledge: The Science of Whiskey, was published in 2016 and has garnered praise and awards.
     
    Elisa L. Elliot, Ph.D.—for FDA Chapter of Sigma Xi

  • Undergraduate Symposium Winners

    The KU Chapter of Sigma Xi awards undergraduates that gave exemplary presentations at the Undergraduate Research Symposium last Saturday.  The following students have been nominated to Sigma Xi:

    Top Oral Presentations:

    Anton Barybin (Chemistry)
    Catherine Pham (Linguistics)
    Jack Weiner (Chemistry)

    Top Poster Presentations:

    Megan Carlson (Psychology)   
    Sofia Mildrum Chana (Psychology)
    Saron Demeke (Psychology)
    Joseph Denning (Psychology)
    Alexis Paige (Chemistry)

    Congratulations to all these students!
  • Save the date

    Induction Ceremony and Award Winner's Poster Session
    When: Tuesday April 30th, 4-5:30 PM
    Where:  Integrated Life Sciences Building
    1981 Kraft Drive, Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA 24061
  • Sigma Xi Virginia Tech Chapter Officers

    We are looking for officers for 2019-2020.  Let's keep the momentum going!

    Please let me know by FRIDAY APRIL 19th if you are interested in a position.

    Contact Debby Good directly at goodd@vt.edu if you would like to apply for one of the positions.  Tell me your name, department, levels (i.e. student/faculty), email and WHY!

    President Elect/Vice President (serves as President in second year): Attends the annual meeting of Sigma Xi during the fall; Provides help to the president in overseeing the local membership; helps to plan the Spring awards ceremony.

    Executive Secretary (2 years, renewable):  Oversees member induction process; Keeps membership lists, and initiates all correspondence with membership; takes minutes at each meeting.

    Treasurer (2 years, renewable):  Develops a yearly budget; Keeps track of incoming and outgoing funds; makes twice yearly annual reports to the local membership on Sigma Xi funds; Provides an annual treasurers report to membership.

    Thank you for considering!
    Debby
  • Induction Ceremony 2019 to follow URC, Tuesday April 16th

    Good afternoon everyone.

    It gives me great pleasure to announce that we will be welcoming 27 new members into the society in just under a week. Please join in celebrating with our newest members at 5pm on Tuesday April 16th in the Herman Room of the Healey Family Student Center on campus. Our brief induction ceremony will immediately follow the student oral presentations and awards ceremony for the annual Undergraduate Research Conference (URC).

    In brief, this year's URC features ~80 student presenters in two poster sessions (Social Room, HFSC) and 3 short oral presentations (Herman Room), with top presenters receiving a plaque and certificates of excellence. The student organizing committee also recognizes a freshman or sophomore undergraduate researcher with a “rising researcher” award. All our members are very welcome to attend any and all parts of this full day meeting - if anyone is keen to get involved, e.g. judging poster or oral presentations, please let me know via email (alex.theos@georgetown.edu).

    Our keynote speaker this year is Dr. Guillermo Ameer, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Surgery at the Feinberg School Of Medicine, Northwestern, whose talk is entitled “Regenerative Engineering: Enabling the Transition from Symptomatic to Curative Therapies.” His talk will start at 12pm during the lunch break between poster sessions (10-1130am then 1330-3pm). Student oral presentations begin at 330pm.

    With best regards,

    Alex Theos
  • Renewing Membership

    Sigma Xi is on the verge of setting a record for growth in a single year, and you can contribute by renewing your membership. Yes, I know it's not due until the end of June, months from now, but it sure would be fun to set that record sooner than later.

    If you are able, please take the time to renew your Sigma Xi membership soon. There's no prize, other than that you get to be part of setting a record.

    Thanks,

    Frank
  • 2019 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 6, 2019 in the Wool Ballroom, on the lower level of Busch Student Center. Both undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit an abstract.

    Abstract Submission deadline: 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 5, 2019.

    Abstract Submission Guidelines*:
    • Abstracts must be submitted via the Google form here.
    • The following information is required:
    o Presenter's name and email
    o Affiliation
    o Research Advisor's name and email
    o Coauthors and affiliations (if any)
    • 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.

    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).

    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,
    SLU Sigma Xi Chapter Leaders
    Dana Baum, President
    Hisako Matsuo, Past-President
    Lisa Willoughby, Treasurer
    Tanyathorn Hauwadhanasuk, Secretary
  • 2019 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 6, 2019 in the Wool Ballroom, on the lower level of Busch Student Center. Both undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit an abstract.

    Abstract Submission deadline: 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 5, 2019.

    Abstract Submission Guidelines*:
    • Abstracts must be submitted via the Google form here.
    • The following information is required:
    o Presenter's name and email
    o Affiliation
    o Research Advisor's name and email
    o Coauthors and affiliations (if any)
    • 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.

    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).

    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,
    SLU Sigma Xi Chapter Leaders
    Dana Baum, President
    Hisako Matsuo, Past-President
    Lisa Willoughby, Treasurer
    Tanyathorn Hauwadhanasuk, Secretary
  • Berkeley Chapter Opens GIAR Competition for 2019

    The Berkeley Chapter announces the opening of its GIAR application process for FY 2019. The deadline is March 29, 2019. The application form is in the library.
  • MidColumbia Science and Engineering Fair

    Hi,

    I'm looking for help to judge for our special award at the Science Fair on March 14.  We support two $50 awards for Best use of the Scientific Method.  I am flexible on the time we meet at the Columbia Center Mall but like to do this after the regular fair judging is pretty much over.  We only look at the Junior and Senior projects (grades 11and 12).

    Please let me know if you can assist.

    -Mary
  • 3MT Finalists

    The six finalists of the KU 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition have been announced.  All are being offered paid membership in Sigma Xi.  

    The students are:

    Sayantani Basu, doctoral student in chemical engineering, “Nanoengineered DNA Based Injectable Hydrogels as Sustained Drug Delivery Platform for Cranial Defect Repair.”

    Jordan Borrell, doctoral student in bioengineering, “Rewiring the Injured Spinal Cord – Is the Bionic Person a Reality?”
     
    Kait Howard, doctoral student in bioengineering, “You Can't Be Replaced, But Your Knee Can!”

    Shravan Kaundinya, doctoral student in electrical engineering, “Monitoring Water Content in Soil Using Radar.”
      
    Sanjana Sundararajan, doctoral student in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology, “Because Small Things Do Go a Long Way!”
       
    Peymon Zereshki, doctoral student in physics, “The Future of Electronic Technology.”

    The talks at the preliminary heats were great last night.  Please come see the finals on Thursday February 28, 6-7 PM, Forum AB in the Burge Union.
  • FIU Annual Sigma Xi Meeting and Induction Ceremony

    Dear Sigma Xi colleagues

    Please mark your calendar!

    Our annual Sigma Xi meeting and induction ceremony is scheduled for Friday April 5, 2019 from 4 PM to 6 PM.  You will receive more information in the coming weeks.

    You might have received information regarding nominating your graduate students for Sigma Xi Membership. I had send out an email to all the graduate program directors in early January.

    Graduate students at FIU have the opportunity for their first year membership in Sigma Xi to be paid by the University Graduate School. This is the third year the Graduate School has made this generous gesture. Sigma Xi membership is by nomination with the endorsement of two current members. You can download the nomination form from the posted link.

    Please complete and forward the form to the FIU chapter officer Jean Hannan ( jhann001@fiu.edu ) or myself (smoulik@fiu.edu) for review. If two Sigma Xi members are not available in the department to sign the form, please email the completed form along with the student’s CV and the chapter officers can sign the nomination form. Please forward all nominations by February 25, so that all applications can be processed before the induction ceremony.

    I look forward to seeing you at the annual meeting and induction ceremony in April.

    With warm regards,

    Saby Moulik, PhD


    President, FIU Chapter of Sigma Xi
    The Scientific Research Honor Society

    Associate Professor
    Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
    Cellular Biology and Pharmacology
    11200 S.W. 8th St., AHC2 461, Miami, FL 33199
    (305) 348-4388   smoulik@fiu.edu
  • Meeting

    Monthly Meeting 7 February 2019 Mory's 18:00
  • Winter Meeting

    ​​Sigma Xi Alamo Chapter

    February 21, 2019 Dinner Meeting

    Skyline Room, Trinity University

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

       

     Agenda

     

      6:30 PM Reception (Complementary-Beer and Wine)

      7:00 PM Dinner: Taco Del Seoul

    *             Korean BBQ Chicken

    *             Korean BBQ Tofu

    *             Salsa Verde

    *             Mango Salsa

    *             Sweet Soy Sauce

    *             Chili Garlic Sauce

    *             Iced Tea

    *             Coffee

     

      7:30 PM Business Meeting

      8:00 PM Scientific Presentation by 9:00 PM Adjourn

       

    Speaker: Dr. James “Jim” Donald Lechleiter Ph.D., Professor, School of Medicine, UT Health San Antonio

    Topic:  A Novel Approach to the Treatment of Brain Injury: Stimulating Astrocytes 

  • 2020 & 2021 Northeast Regional Sigma Xi Annual Meetings

    With the announcement of our 2019 upcoming NE regional student research conference, we are also planning meetings for 2020 and 2021 hosted by Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT and University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, CT, respectively. I will follow up with additional updates.

    Looking forward to meeting up with folks at Quinnipiac in April!

    -Gene Santos
    Northeast Regional Director
  • 2019 Georgia Tech Sigma Xi Research Awards

    FROM:  Zhuomin Zhang (Professor, ME), President-Georgia Tech Chapter of Sigma Xi
    SUBJECT: "Call for Nominations" 2019 Georgia Tech Sigma Xi Research Awards

    Dear Colleagues,

    Nominations are invited for faculty and student research awards sponsored by the Georgia Tech Chapter of Sigma Xi. The awards are made possible by the generous support of the Georgia Tech Research Corporation and the Ferst Foundation of Atlanta.

    Awards will be presented at the Sigma Xi Banquet late spring (TBA). The faculty award winners will also be honored at the Georgia Tech Faculty and Staff Honors Luncheon on Wednesday, April 17, 2019.

    For this year’s awards, nominations will be accepted until January 31, 2019. Please see the award categories and instructions for nomination submission at the Chapter's website:

    http://sigmaxi.gatech.edu/georgia-tech-sigma-xi-research-awards/

    Nominations for awards should be submitted by a school, department, or a laboratory. Some categories have limited number of nominations that can be submitted by each unit. For details, see

    http://sigmaxi.gatech.edu/georgia-tech-sigma-xi-research-awards/nomination-information/

    I would like to bring to your attention that, in addition to Best Ph.D. and M.S. Thesis Awards, we also offer up to two (2) Best Undergraduate Research Awards for outstanding undergraduate research as evidenced by a thesis, written report, or published paper(s). (An undergraduate student can be nominated for the Undergraduate Award up to one year after graduation.)

    If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Segried Winfrey (Chapter Coordinator) <segried.winfrey@me.gatech.edu> or myself <zhuomin.zhang@me.gatech.edu>.

    Thank you for your assistance in promoting and encouraging applications (feel free to forward this email).
  • New outreach opportunity from Sigma Xi

    The Ohio State Chapter of Sigma Xi has a new outreach opportunity! In partnership with Bloom Carroll High School, Sigma Xi members will have the chance to mentor high school students as they prepare projects for the 2019 State Science Day science fair competition.  Mentors will be accessible to students via email and/or phone to provide constructive general feedback, and have two one-on-one meetings with students in the coming year.  Project areas include Microbiology, Biomedical Science, Environmental Science, Botany, Chemistry, and more! However, a mentor does not need to specialize in the same area as the project interest in order to assist a student.  If you would like to serve as a mentor, please contact Bailey Dye (bailey.dye@nationwidechildrens.org).