Announcements

  • Save the Date - 2018 Sigma Xi Fall Mixer

    Dear Sigma Xi members, 

    I hope the start of the semester has gone well.  

    The 2018 Sigma Xi Fall Mixer is scheduled for Oct. 2nd from 4-6PM at the Engineering Research Center (ERC427).  Additional details on the schedule will be provided at a later date.
  • Request for Nominations-Alamo Chapter Sigma Xi

    ​Requesting nominations for the leadership for the Alamo Chapter Sigma Xi.  Request you send the nominations to me and I'll forward the list to the Executive Committee for review.  Please provide your nomination no later than 31 August 2018 simply to keep the process moving forward.  Thus far, we have the following nominations:

     

    President:  Dr. Randy Glickman

    Vice President:

    Treasurer:  Dr. Jude McMurry

    Secretary:  Dr. Bill Miller

  • Dane's Incorrect Email Address

    I just discovered that my Sigma Xi email address was incorrect. I don't know how long it has been incorrect, nor do I know how it was changed. The issue has been resolved, and I apologize if it appeared that I was ignoring emails.
  • Bylaws Vote - ends Monday July 30 at 5pm

    Sigma Xi's International Office requires that we submit bylaws by the end of July this year. The executive has approved this version for consideration after going through several drafts. Unfortunately, we are still on a tight schedule. 

    If you have suggestions or objections, we want you still to vote (yes or no) on the attached bylaws and then e-mail us with your input so that it can be considered at our next business meeting. 

    The bylaws are attached. Please review and then submit your vote here. 

    Voting will be open from now until 5pm on Monday, July 30. It is open to all dues-paying members of the Calgary Chapter of Sigma Xi, formerly the University of Calgary Chapter of Sigma Xi.
  • Upcoming Election for the Southwest Regional Director Position

    The Southwest Region of Sigma Xi is currently soliciting nominations for the position of Regional Director.  The duties of director are given below.  We will accept either self nominations or external nominations.
     
    Nominations must be submitted to the Regional Director, Paul M. Stein (steinpm@hotmail.com) or to the Associate Director, Alli Antar  (alliantar@hotmail.com) by July 2, 2018 in order to meet deadlines for the Sigma Xi Election which will be conducted from October 29, 2018 to November 27, 2018 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 Directors in Sigma Xi

    Duties:  Directors are members of the Society’s Board of Directors that is principally responsible for managing the activities, property, and affairs of the Society in accordance with the policies established by the Assembly.  The Board of the Society simultaneously serves as the Board of the Corporation (Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society, Inc.), which is the legal entity, holding title to the society’s assets and responsible for managing the property, affairs, and financial business of the Society.  In carrying out these responsibilities, Directors are the primary liaisons between the Board and the chapters in their appropriate region or constituency group.  Directors also conduct meetings of their region or constituency group at the Society’s annual meeting each November, and are responsible for working with, giving advice to, and contributing to the health of the chapters in their region or constituency.  Also, throughout the year, Officers and Directors are expected to remain abreast of Society activities by reading the Executive Director’s monthly updates and other Society communications, and by replying to email ballots on business matters of a time-sensitive nature.

    As adopted by the Board of Directors on 3 November 2005: “The Board of Directors has fiduciary and other legal responsibilities to provide oversight to the policies and operations of Sigma Xi.”

    The Board of Directors as a whole has the following responsibilities:
    1. To set policy and establish goals for the Society, propose modifications to the Constitution and Bylaws as necessary.
    2. To hire the Executive Director and to evaluate his/her performance by reviewing the report of the Performance Review Committee and to determine his/her compensation.
    3. To review and approve the Society’s annual budget as recommended by the Committee on Finances.
    4. To generate resources for the Society.
    5. To review performance of the Board and each Standing Committee Chair and additionally the composition, skills, balance and diversity periodically (at least every 2 years).

    Individual Board members have the following responsibilities:
    1. To be familiar with the Society programs, history, mission, organizational structure, and Strategic Plan.
    2. To advocate the Society among peers and in the community.
    3. To provide financial resources at any level through regular contributions, including an annual gift, according to individual means, including augmentation by in-kind contributions.
    4. To identify potential sources of support and to participate in solicitations and other fundraising efforts as needed.
    5. To attend Board Meetings.
    6. To serve on Society committees as required and attend meetings of those committees.
    7. To attend Sigma Xi events.
    8. To contribute wisdom and talent to fashion and promote Society practices and programs.
    9. To represent the membership.
    10. To participate actively in the revitalization of chapters and the recruitment and retention of members within their appropriate region or constituency.

    Time Commitment:  The largest, single time commitment for Directors is the Society’s annual meeting in early November that normally runs from Tuesday evening through Sunday noon.  During this time, Directors participate in meetings of the Board of Directors of the Society and of the Corporation, conduct meetings of their region or constituency, and participate in the Assembly of Delegates and other activities of the meeting.  The Board also meets in spring each year in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina (normally in April) for a meeting that runs all day at a date convenient to all.  Between Board meetings, much of the business of the Society is conducted electronically, including much of the communication between the Directors and the chapters in their region or constituency.  Sigma Xi sub-vents expenses for Directors to attend meetings of the Board, including expenses associated with the annual meeting.
  • Nominations for Mid-Atlantic Associate Director

    The Mid-Atlantic Region of Sigma Xi is soliciting nominations for the position of an Associate Director.  The duties of associate director are given below.  Nominations must be submitted to the Regional Director, Frank Dane (fcdane@jchs.edu) by July 2, 2018 in order to meet deadlines for the Sigma Xi Election which will be conducted from October 29, 2018 to November 27, 2018  via electronic means. Only active (dues-paying) full members are eligible for office. Each candidate must submit a 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 Associate Directors in Sigma Xi

    Associate Directors were incorporated into the Society's governance structure in 1998 as part of Sigma Xi's new governance structure. There are 11 Associate Directors in Sigma Xi, one each from 5 of the 6 constituency groups and one each from all 6 geographic regions. (The Membership-at-Large constituency group has elected not to have an Associate Director.) Associate Directors are elected by their respective group or region at the Society's November annual meeting to serve three years from 1 July following their election.

    Duties: Associate Directors assist the Directors of their region or constituency group with responsibilities that are defined differently for each region or constituency group. When requested by the Director, the Associate Director may attend and vote at a meeting of the Board of Directors in place of the Director. Also, Associate Directors may be requested to conduct meetings of their region or constituency group at Sigma Xi's annual meeting each November in the absence of the Director.

    Time Commitment: Much of the work of Associate Directors is conducted electronically. However, if the Associate Director is asked by the Director to attend a meeting of the Board in the Director's absence that would require a commitment of Tuesday evening through Wednesday evening at Sigma Xi's annual meeting or one day  for the spring Board meeting, usually in April in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. If attending a meeting of the Board in place of the Director, the Society sub-vents expenses for the Associate Director to attend. If the Associate Director is asked to conduct meetings of the region or constituency group at the Society's annual meeting in place of the Director, the Associate Director's expenses for attending the annual meeting are paid by the Society. Finally, if the Associate Director wishes to attend the annual meeting when the Director also is attending, Sigma Xi will cover the travel expenses only for the Associate Director.
  • Election results

    The election is now closed. Your 2018-19 executive members are:

    President - Robert Allen Edwards
    Secretary - Kelly Monteleone
    Treasurer - Thomas Swaddle
    Director-at-Large UofC - Jeroem Stil
    Director-at-Large MRU - Jeffery Pollock
  • Calling for nominations to the Executive Committee

    Dear URI Sigma Xi members,

    During the last two years, the current executive committee comprised of Dr. Bryan Dewsbury (President), Dr. Evan Preisser (Treasurer), and Aura Grandidge (Secretary) have been trying to re-activate our local chapter. An important step in achieving this goal is to hold elections by July 1st, as described in our bylaws. We will be collecting nominations for the following positions:

    **President –elect: In the absence of the president of the chapter, the president-elect assumes the responsibilities of president. Therefore, it is essential that these two officers maintain close communication on the operations of the chapter in order to provide for smooth operation of the group in the president's absence. In addition, the president-elect will also serve as the program chair for the chapter, and in this capacity will initiate and carry out the chapter's activities for the year. In undertaking this responsibility, the president-elect will be familiar with the activities that have been sponsored by the chapter in the past. The president-elect will explore new activities for the chapter that may be of interest to the group's membership. After the president-elect period has concluded (July 1, 2019), the President-elect becomes the president. The president should reside over chapter activities, take responsibility for appointing delegates to the Annual Meeting and respond on behalf of the chapter to non-routine requests, inquiries, or opportunities from Sigma Xi Administrative Offices or the Board of Directors.

    **Treasurer: The treasurer is also responsible for all matters involving the transfer of funds between the chapter and headquarters.

    **Secretary: The secretary of a chapter is responsible for maintaining the regular flow of information to and from other officers, the membership and Sigma Xi Administrative Offices. Sigma Xi's Administrative Offices invites chapter secretaries to call for assistance if they have any questions that relate to the performance of their duties.

    If you are interested in taking a leadership role in defining the future path of URI’s Sigma Xi Chapter and you are an active member of the society, please send Aura e-mail (afgrandidge@uri.edu) with your name, contact information, as well as a brief paragraph describing your interest in the position by June 15th 2018 at 5:00pm.

    Elections will be held electronically from June 18 through June 29th.

    Sincerely,

    The executive committee of Sigma Xi’s URI Chapter
  • 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

    E3725N
  • 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.