Announcements

  • Sigma Xi induction ceremony

    Dear Members of Virginia Tech Chapter of Sigma Xi

    This week we will have our induction ceremony for new members—Wednesday May 4th, 3-5 PM in the Integrated Life Sciences Building Lobby area.  The announcement is attached.  Award winners will present a poster, and be inducted into the society. Light refreshments will be served, as well as a champagne toast following the induction ceremony.  You are invited to join us on Wednesday. If members of your lab are not a member of Sigma Xi, but wish to be considered for nomination, please let me know. There is still time to join for this year!

    Feel free to also let others know about Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society. For those of you who are new, or continuing members, we will be having an officer election for the 2022-2023 year soon. Please let us know if you are interested in any positions.


  • 2022 Annual Awards Banquet

     

     


    2022 CHAPTER AWARDS ANNOUNCED

    Sigma Xi Excellence in Graduate Research Award:

    2021 Easwar Anand Narayanan, UNM Physics & Astronomy

    2022 Paul Onor, Sandia National Laboratories

    Sigma Xi Superior Undergraduate Award:

    2021 Luke Denoyer, UNM Chemical & Biological Engineering

    2022 Carl Esperanzate, UNM Chemical & Biological Engineering

    Ryla Josephine Cantergiani, UNM Health Sciences Center

    Sigma Xi Noteworthy Technical Support Person Award:

    2021 David Rademacher, Sandia National Laboratories

    2022 Gary Baker, Sandia National Laboratories

    Awards will be presented at the 2022 Annual Awards Banquet on May 16, 2022 at

    Sheraton Uptown, 2600 Louisiana Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM.


    Banquet Speaker: David R. Scrase, M.D., M.H.S.A., M.A.C.P., Professor, Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Secretary, New Mexico Human Services Department



  • GIAR Centennial Event... Only a few spots remain!

  • Sigma Xi Call for Nominations for Elected Leadership positions

    Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society, is seeking nominations for qualified candidates to fill the positions for directors, associate directors, and representation of regions and constituencies on the Committee on Nominations. Sigma Xi's candidates and elected leaders are expected to meet the commonly held standards of professional ethics and scientific integrity and will be asked to sign Sigma Xi's Code of Ethical Conduct to this effect. Sigma Xi seeks diverse and inclusive slates for all positions.

    Only active full members of the Society are eligible to run for office. An inactive member may become active at any time through payment of current dues.

    The following positions carry a 3-year term beginning July 1, 2023 and ending June 30, 2026.

    Board of Directors

    ·         Mid-Atlantic Region (MA)

    ·         Northeast Region (NE)

    ·         Research & Doctoral Universities (R&D)

    ·         Membership at Large (MAL)

    Associate Directors

    ·         Area Groups, Industries, State & Federal Labs (MI)

    ·         Comprehensive Colleges & Universities (CM)

    ·         Northwest (NW)

    ·         Southeast (SE)

    Committee on Nominations: 3-year term beginning November 2022 through November 2025

    ·         Baccalaureate Colleges (BA)

    ·         Canadian/International Group (CI)

    ·         North Central (NC)

    ·         Southwest (SW)

    Nominations for the Board of Directors, Associate Directors and Committee on Nominations should be submitted to elections@sigmaxi.org by June 30, 2022.

    Please visit our 2022 Elections Page to view a list of duties and responsibilities for each position.  Self-nominations are welcomed. The election will take place immediately following the International Forum on Research Excellence (IFORE), powered by Sigma Xi held in November 2022.

    Sigma Xi 2022 Elections

  • Good Vibrations: The Interplay of Music & Physics

    The Baccalaureate Colleges Constituency welcomes Dr. Laurie McNeil, Bernard Gray Distinguished Professor Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, UNC-Chapel Hill for a virtual talk.

    Thursday, April 21, 2022 from 4:20 - 5:30 PM

    Special thanks to Denison University in honor of the Undergraduate Research Week from the Council on Undergraduate Research.
  • SLU Sigma Xi 2022 Research Symposium

    The Saint Louis University Chapter of Sigma Xi invites you to our annual Research Symposium, featuring short presentations from undergraduate and graduate students in a broad range of disciplines covering biological/life sciences, physical/engineering sciences, and social/behavioral sciences.

    This virtual event will be held from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 1, 2022, via Zoom.

    Registration is required to attend the sessions.

    Registration link: https://forms.gle/W1wbTap9L2sfthcFA

     

    Please register by Thursday, March 31st to ensure you receive the Zoom links for the presentation sessions.

     

    Schedule:

    1:30 – 2:00 pm          Welcome from SLU Sigma Xi

    2:00 – 3:00 pm          Session 1 presentations

    3:00 – 4:00 pm          Session 2 presentations

    4:00 pm                     Induction of new Sigma Xi members and announcement of awards

     

    If you are available to serve as a judge for the event, please contact us at silviya.zustiak@slu.edu. Graduate students can serve as judges for undergraduate presentations.

    Any questions can be sent to dana.baum@slu.edu.

    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.

    Individuals who have presented or published their work, including participants in our research symposium, are eligible for membership. 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, visit https://www.sigmaxi.org/home.

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

    Silviya Zustiak, President

    Sara McBride-Gagyi, President-elect

    Dana Baum, Treasurer

  • Need help for Science Fair - it's virtual

    Science Fair Judging is March 10. It's a virtual fair. Our Chapter has done 2 or 3 $50 awards for Best Use of the Scientific Method.

    I really need help this year as my mother died yesterday and I am going to New York for the funeral and to help deal with the house.

    -Mary

    The webpage at: https://midcolumbiasciencefair.org/special2022/  (password: special@mcsf2022) is a "one-stop shop" for Special Awards judges to find links to the information they need to judge at this year's virtual Mid-Columbia Science and Engineering Fair.  Links on this page will be updated as information becomes available. On this page Judges can find:

     

    1. Description of the process for virtual Special Awards Judging
    2. Project Lists(sorted by project number, category, heritage) 
    3. Project Abstracts 
    4. Project Overview Videos
    5. STEM Wizard Log-In Information STEM Wizard is the program we are using to view projects online for this year's fair.  ALL Special Awards Judges will use the same login on March 10, which will allow access to view all projects in the fair.  For each project, Judges can view the student's Slide Presentation, selections from their lab notebook, project overview video (when available), and abstract.
    6. How to Use STEM Wizard Tutorials (Powerpoint and Video versions available)
    7. Contact Information for questions

     

    Please take time to review the tutorials posted about how to use the STEM Wizard program.  You can test out the program right now by logging in at: https://mcsf.stemwizard.com/judge/login/mcsf  Use the email TestJudge@midcolumbiasciencefair.org and the password mcsf to log in.  This is an example account that has two sample projects to view, and will give you an idea of how to navigate the site on Judging day.

     

    Special Awards Judges DO NOT need to register for their own STEM Wizard account.  We will provide you with the login on Judging day that will allow you to view all the projects in the fair.

     

    1. Zoom invitation:

     

    Brenda Pangborn is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

     

    Topic: My Meeting

    Time: Mar 10, 2022 08:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

     

    Join Zoom Meeting

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  • UD Darwin Day 2022

    Please come to our (online) Darwin Day events next week on Tuesday and Wednesday February 15 and 16 in the evening.  

    Registration is necessary but it's quick, easy, free and the event is open to the public.  Pass this on!

    https://www.udel.edu/udaily/2022/february/a-celebration-of-science/
  • 2022 Darwin Day!

    Please come to our (online) Darwin Day events next week on Tuesday and Wednesday February 15 and 16 in the evening.  

    Registration is necessary but it's quick, easy, free and the event is open to the public.  Pass this on!

    https://www.udel.edu/udaily/2022/february/a-celebration-of-science/
  • Celebrate and Honor Science at MU - Thur., Jan. 27, 3:00-5:00

    From Clark Gantzer Cell 573 823-0611

    Sigma Xi - Celebrate and Honor Science at MU - Thur., Jan. 27, 2022 from 3:00-5:00

    The University of Missouri Sigma Xi Chapter was chartered in 1905, and for 117 years it has promoted the science and engineering community of MU.

    The Chapter is having a renewal meeting at the Heidelberg (410 S 9th Street Columbia, MO) on Thur., Jan. 27, 2022 from 3:00-5:00, to socialize and make times for those interested in sharing their work and that of their students with the Sigma XI community.

     

     

  • "Invigorating Science at the Heidelberg” Thurs. Jan 27 from 3 and 5 pm.

    Dear Sigma Xi current and past members,

    Hope you all are doing well.

    I want to congratulate you for being a part of the science and engineering community at MU. Your contributions are making great benefits in the lives of humans, and continue to contribute to society for the betterment of the world community and mankind.

    As you know Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society is one of the oldest and largest scientific organizations in the world recognizing scientists and engineers, whose research spans the all the disciplines of science and technology.

    The University of Missouri Sigma Xi Chapter was chartered in 1905, and for 117 years it has promoted the science and engineering community of MU.  Currently there are 54 active chapter members and well over several hundred nonactive members in multidisciplinary fields of agriculture, animal sciences, biology, chemistry, geology, medicine, mathematics, engineering, social sciences. 

    To promote science at MU, it is important to acquaint ourselves with each other and consider exchanging ideas and work from our broad range of science. At Mizzou world class science needs to be shared celebrated and honored. This is especially true for young scientists and engineers starting their careers.

    So, we invite you all to a Chapter event "Invigorating Science at the Heidelberg” hosted by our local community at Mizzou on January 27th at 4:00 p.m. The purpose of the event is to begin to rejuvenate our chapter so that we all know each other, know the science everyone is doing at Mizzou.

    While the success of any chapter depends on the members, it is important to communicate that the chapter needs "new life" and your presence is most important. We kindly request each of you to consider the reactivating your membership to Sigma Xi to; recognize scientific achievements, promote public understanding of science (communication) and impact on policy, provide opportunities for professional development and leadership, promote responsible conduct of research and scientific integrity, and promote STEM education.

    We hope you will be able find time from your schedule to enjoy the " Invigorating Science at the Heidelberg” (410 S Ninth St. Columbia, MO)" with us on January 27th between 3 and 5 pm.

    Sincerely, The Chapter Invigorating Committee

    Sigma Xi - University of Missouri

    chapters@sigmaxi.org

  • Sigma Xi Call for Nominations for Leadership Positions

    Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society, is seeking nominations for qualified candidates to fill the president-elect, director, and associate director positions, and representation of regions and constituencies on the Committee on Nominations. 

    Sigma Xi’s candidates and elected leaders are expected to meet the commonly held standards of professional ethics and scientific integrity and will be asked to sign Sigma Xi’s Code of Ethical Conduct to this effect. Sigma Xi seeks diverse and inclusive slates for all positions.

    Only active full members of the Society are eligible to run for office. An inactive member may become active at any time through payment of current dues.

    President-Elect:  3-year term, each year with distinct title, duties, and responsibilities.  Failure to complete any part of the 3-year term will end the term in full:   

    President-elect: July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024

    President:  July 1, 2024 – June 2025

    Past-president: July 1, 2025– June 30, 2026

    Nominations for the President-Elect should be submitted to elections@sigmaxi.org by March 30, 2022.


    The following positions carry a 3-year term beginning July 1, 2023 and ending June 30, 2026
    .

    Board of Directors:
     
    • Mid-Atlantic Region (MA)
    • Northeast Region (NE)
    • Research & Doctoral Universities (R&D)
    • Membership at Large (MAL)


    Associate Directors

    • Area Groups, Industries, State & Federal Labs (MI)
    • Comprehensive Colleges & Universities (CM)
    • Northwest (NW)
    • Southeast (SE)


    Committee on Nominations
    3-year term beginning November 2022 through November 2025

    • Baccalaureate Colleges (BA)
    • Canadian/International Group (CI)
    • North Central (NC)
    • Southwest (SW)


    Nominations for the Board of Directors, Associate Directors and Committee on Nominations should be submitted to 
    elections@sigmaxi.org by June 30, 2022.

    Please visit our 2022 Elections Page to view a list of duties and responsibilities for each position.  Self-nominations are welcomed. The election will take place immediately following the International Forum on Research Excellence (IFORE), powered by Sigma Xi held in November 2022.

  • Call for Nominations for Best Ph.D. Thesis, Best M.S. Thesis, and Best Undergraduate Research Awards

    Nominations are invited for 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 to be held in late spring 2022 (date TBD).

    Please note that the faculty research award process is pending annual USG approval; when approved, a separate call will be issued.

    For this year's student awards, nominations will be accepted until February 7, 2022. 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. 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, there will be 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 Nichelle Compton (Chapter Coordinator) <Nichelle.compton@me.gatech.edu> or I <david.mcdowel@me.gatech.edu>.

    Thanks for your assistance in promoting and encouraging applications (feel free to distribute this email within your unit).

    You will find complete information regarding nomination packages at:

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

    Kindly be aware that due to limits on number of applications, nominators should coordinate with their school/academic unit in submission of applications.

    Sincerely,

    David L. McDowell,

    Regents’ Professor and Carter N. Paden, Jr. Distinguished Chair in Metals Processing)

    President, Georgia Tech Chapter of Sigma Xi

  • Iowa State Chapter - Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecture

    On behalf of the Iowa State University Chapter of Sigma Xi, I am asking if you could share the announcement of our upcoming Distinguished Lecture with other members of the North Central Region of Sigma Xi. This lecture will occur in virtual format thus allowing us to invite other Sigma Xi chapters and members.
  • University of Delaware Nobel Prize Symposium 2021

    Please join us, in person or on zoom for the UD Nobel Prize Symposium of 2021
  • SLU Sigma Xi Fall Event

    SLU Sigma Xi is hosting a research ethics and meet-and-greet event on Tuesday, October 26th from 4 – 5:30 pm in Busch Student Center Room 254. Dr. Kimbell Kornu from SLU's Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics will be presenting "Dissecting the Patient Body:  How Medicine Reduces Patients into Objects". Following Dr. Kornu's talk, members of SLU Sigma Xi will available to talk about Sigma Xi, an international scientific research honor society founded in 1886 to honor excellence and potential in science and engineering research endeavors. The SLU chapter has been in existence since 1944 and we are excited to share information about upcoming events, opportunities to get involved, and membership. All students, faculty, and staff involved in research are invited to attend!

  • SLU Sigma Xi Fall Event

    SLU Sigma Xi is hosting a research ethics and meet-and-greet event on Tuesday, October 26th from 4 – 5:30 pm in Busch Student Center Room 254. Dr. Kimbell Kornu from SLU's Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics will be presenting "Dissecting the Patient Body:  How Medicine Reduces Patients into Objects". Following Dr. Kornu's talk, members of SLU Sigma Xi will available to talk about Sigma Xi, an international scientific research honor society founded in 1886 to honor excellence and potential in science and engineering research endeavors. The SLU chapter has been in existence since 1944 and we are excited to share information about upcoming events, opportunities to get involved, and membership. All students, faculty, and staff involved in research are invited to attend!

  • Notice of Sigma Xi's 2021 Annual Meeting and Assembly of Delegates

    Sigma Xi Constitution Article III. Section 2. D. Notice and Response Requirements (i) Notice of each Annual Meeting or Biennial meeting of the Assembly of Delegates shall be given to each chapter by electronic letter, and also by announcement in the official journal of the Society at least 60 days prior to convening of the Assembly of Delegates.

    Sigma Xi announces that the 2021 Assembly of Delegates and the region and constituency caucuses will be held virtually Thursday, November 4, 2021.

    Sigma Xi Elections

    Sigma Xi Bylaw III, Section 3. Officers of the Society B. Election of Officers (ii) Additional Nominations:

    Additional nominations for President-elect and for Treasurer may be made provided each nominee is supported by at least three chapters and further provided that the chapters have been furnished by the proposers through the Executive Director at least 21 days prior to the convening of the Assembly of Delegates with the name of the nominee and the additional information required in (I (Bylaw III, Section 3. B (i) Nominations by the Committee on Nominations) above.

    Online voting for Society leaders will begin on Monday, November 8, 2021 at 8:00 am following the Annual Business Meeting. The electronic polls will remain open for 14 days. Members must cast their ballot by Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 11:59 pm. Each active full and associate member of Sigma Xi shall have one vote.  Each eligible voter will receive instructions to cast their vote for the open elected positions. Results of the elections will be announced on the Society’s website and in other membership communications immediately following the election.

    Candidates for all offices are listed below and details for each candidate are available on the Sigma Xi website 2021 Elections.

    President-elect will serve from July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023, then as President beginning July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024, and as Immediate Past President from July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025.

    • Richard Boudreault
    • Marija Strojnik


    Constituency Group Directors
    (term July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025)

    • Comprehensive Colleges and Universities: He Wang, Tieli Wang
    • Area Groups, Industries, State and Federal Laboratories: Mary Bliss


    Constituency Associate Directors
    (term July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025)

    • Research and Doctoral Universities: Allison Augustus-Wallace
    • Baccalaureate Colleges: Joseph Reczek
    • Canadian/International: Amr Heikal, Kelly Monteleone, Sujoy Kumar Saha

    Regional Director
    (term July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025)
    • North Central: Alan Levine, Bradley Jay Swanson
    • Southwest: Laura Montier, Vilupanur Ravi

    Regional Associate Director
    (term July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025)
    • Mid-Atlantic Region: Daniel Druckman, Rene Fuanta, Deborah Good  
    • Northeast Region: Theodora Pinou

    Committee on Nominations
    (the three-year term begins at the conclusion of the voting period)
    • Membership At Large: Robert Hickey, Ngozi Franca Okoye, Mark Seielstad
    • Northwest Region: Surojit Gupta
    • Research and Doctoral Universities: Thomas Rosseel
    • Southeast Region: Todd Adams, Audrey Chang, Xiaoyao Ma


    Sigma Xi Annual Budget

    In accordance with Sigma Xi Bylaws Section 6.  Committees of the Society, item 530:   It [Committee on Finance] shall review and modify the Executive Director's annual budget for the consideration of the Board of Directors, and a copy of the annual budget will be furnished to each chapter at least 60 days prior to the Assembly of Delegates.

    During the May 25, 2021 meeting of the Society’s Board of Director’s, the Committee on Finance recommended that the Board of Directors approve the proposed FY2022 Operating Budget.  A motion was made; the motion was seconded.  The motion carried and the proposed FY2022 Operating Budget was approved.  A copy of the FY2022 Operating Budget can be found in the community library.

    We anticipate an exciting and informative virtual Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference and look forward to seeing you there!

    Warm regards,

    Jamie L. Vernon, Ph.D.

    Executive Director and CEO

  • Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference - GOING VIRTUAL

    Over the past few weeks Sigma Xi has kept a watchful eye over the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and the evolving circumstances of the Delta variant to determine the best path to take regarding the Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference.  In consideration of rising numbers of infections and uncertainty about the public response, Dr. Pennock, Chair of the Program Committee, and we have decided to move this year’s meeting format to an all-virtual platform. 

    Thank you for your support of the Society.  Wishing you all safety and well being as we continue to navigate these challenging times.

  • Director and Associate Director Announced

    Sigma Xi is pleased to announce that Dr. Kathy Lu has accepted the role of Director of the  Research and Doctoral Universities Group to fill the unexpired term of Tammy Maldonado who resigned due to family member's unexpected passing.  Kathy was elected in 2020 as Associate Director of the R & D and began her term in July 2021*.
    Kathy joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Virginia Tech in 2004.  After completing her B.S in Ceramics from Tianjin University, she completed her MS and PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Ohio State University. Additional professional experience includes Director of Materials Processing at Center for Innovative Sintered Products of Pennsylvania State University and Materials Development and Processing Scientist at Energizer Battery Company.  Kathy's primary research interests are materials synthesis, processing, characterization, and fundamental studies.

    Joining Kathy in her leadership of the Research and Doctoral Universities Constituency Group is Dr. Allison Augustus-Wallace who was appointed as Interim Associate Director effective immediately through June 30, 2022.  Allison serves LSU Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine (SOM), Department of Medicine, and Office of Diversity and Community Engagement as an Associate Professor-Research, and as Director of Undergraduate Academic Pipeline Programs for Diversity.
    *In accordance with the Society's Bylaws III. Section 4 B. (ii) Vacancies. In the event of a vacancy in the office of Director, the vacancy shall be filled by the Associate Director. 
  • First Meeting on July 28!

    We are looking forward meeting you in person next week!!