Announcements

  • Stanford Chapter In-Person Meeting

    Dear Colleagues,


    The Stanford Chapter of Sigma Xi is pleased to announce that it is resuming full activity in 2023, and to celebrate we're inviting you to dinner and a talk by Dr.'s Nathan Meezan and Chris Young from Lawrence Livermore National Labs to discuss their role in the recent breakthrough in nuclear fusion research which took place there. We've also invited Dr. Richard Watkins from Sigma Xi's national headquarters, and Dr.'s Tim Zwier and Aaron Sharpe from Sandia National Labs to discuss careers in research and how Sigma Xi can help both the Stanford Community and individual students and professionals.

    The event takes place on January 19th in the MacKenzie Room in the Huang Engineering Center on Stanford's campus, doors open at 5:30 PM. You may RSVP here, though space is limited, so please respond as soon as you're able. Please see the attached flyer for full details.

    Sigma Xi has over 100 years of history at Stanford, and is re-launching now to lay out an inclusive and supportive vision for the future. Membership is not required to attend the event, but the chapter is looking for new members and leaders to set the agenda and to make the organization into one that truly serves everyone interested in research. More info is available online at Stanford Sigma Xi's Website, and we're happy to answer any questions sent to sigmaxichapter@stanford.edu

  • Rudy Ruggles STEM Interdisciplinary Research Award

    The WCSU Sigma Xi Chapter is Calling all Northeast Region Sigma Xi members to apply for this new award that celebrates research excellence through interdisciplinary research.  Information and applications can be found in the link below.
  • Just in case you missed it...

    We recorded our first Science Cafe presentations, just in case you missed it!

    https://asu.zoom.us/rec/share/m_gUM3NMIncWNV42DCudtUlLKckUw441gXxiOJEw_-TB9Y6EafB-XMgrUjhUeXhE.1tgS71mRzjN0dAnOPasscode: Eben*9Vn

    We are planning to hold another Science Cafe in the Spring. We are also planning to bring back our spring banquet. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Katie Hinde from Arizona State University. She will speak about the Science of Communicating Science. Stay tuned!
  • Join us December 2nd for our first Science Cafe!

    The ASU Chapter of Sigma Xi invites you to our inaugural Science Café!

    Join us in-person or virtually to hear about research and meet your colleagues

    All are welcome - membership is not required!!

    Date: December 2, 2022

    Time: 11:00 am – 12:00pm

    Location: Walton Center for Planetary Health (see WCPH on this interactive map of ASU: ASU Interactive Map), room 209

    Parking is available in the Novus Parking Structure. A pedestrian bridge is available on the 3rd level of the parking structure and connects directly to the 2nd floor of the building.

    Zoom:  https://asu.zoom.us/j/81197106335

    Meet our Guest Speakers and 2022 mini-grant recipients:

    Danny Jackson, Graduate Student in the School of Life Sciences, "Urban Evolution in Arizonan Cardinals"

    Raúl Araya Donoso, Graduate Student in the School of Life Science, "What constrains population differentiation? Low ecological and morphological divergence in the side blotched lizard (Uta stansburiana) on Baja California"

  • Sigma Xi Holiday Event on Nov 30th!

    Dear Sigma Xi members,

    Please, join us for the Sigma Xi Holiday Meet-and-Greet event on November 30th, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, MDD 1075! Anyone involved in research is welcome to come mingle and learn more about the Sigma Xi Honor Research Society and how to get involved with our SLU Chapter. We will have cookies, drinks and holiday giveaways. 

    RSVP at: https://forms.gle/EHADEYixYoonZzVJ7

    Hope to see many of you there!

    Dr. Silviya Zustiak, President

    Dr. Vincenza Cifarelli, President-Elect

    Dr. Dana Baum, Secretary and Treasurer, Past President

  • President-Elect Nominee Statement   From Kathy Lu, Virginia Tech

    Dear all,

    I was asked to share this statement to you all by President-elect nominee Kathy Lu. I hope this helps as you decide your vote.

    Emma 

     

    Dear Sigma Xi fellow members:

     

    It is my great honor to have this opportunity and share with you my vision and plan for Sigma Xi. I am running for President-Elect because I care deeply about our society. I am eager to contribute my time and knowledge to make Sigma Xi stronger.

     

    I became a Sigma Xi member when I was a graduate student about 24 years ago. Since then, I have worked both in industry and in academy. I have been a professor in Materials at Virginia Tech for 19 years. Currently I am the Director of AI-guided materials thrust in our College of Engineering. Besides being elected as the Fellow of two professional societies, I have also had year-long executive leadership training. This provides me a great combination of scientific knowledge and leadership skills to serve Sigma Xi.

     

    My past involvement and responsibilities in Sigma Xi have also given me the experience and knowledge to address many of the challenges. I served on the Sigma Xi Executive Committee; collectively we made the headquarter relocation site decision. I actively participated in the Society’s activities, such as the Hall of Honor Nobel Laureate Induction Ceremony, and gained an understanding of the opportunities and challenges that our Society faces, such as social media opportunities and active membership drop challenges. In addition, I am the Director of the Research and Doctoral Universities Group and a Member of the Committee on Awards. These experiences prepared me well to serve as Sigma Xi President-Elect.

     

    Our society’s mission is to promote ethics and excellence in scientific research. Sigma Xi has worked hard to promote science through Grant-In-Aid of Research and Distinguished Lectureships. We have at least 10 award categories to recognize outstanding scientists. Sigma Xi has also established different partnerships, such as with the American Junior Academy of Sciences. But more needs to be done. We must continue to be a strong voice for science through creative programs and effective actions.

     

    If elected as President-Elect, I will work hard to improve Sigma Xi’s profile and influence, in the U.S. and around the world. My goal is to make Sigma Xi the science society that every other society looks up to. I will strategically seek out peer societies for collaboration.

     

    Sigma Xi needs to attract young people and new members. We need to connect with the brilliant minds of the future. We need to mobilize our current members for new nominations. Many of our members join Sigma Xi in their college studies. We are most likely to lose these active members after they leave a campus. Considering that at least 60% of doctorate recipients in the U.S. work outside academy, we need to increase our engagement away from college campuses. Our members in industry, non-profits, and research labs can provide strong mentorship to our new members. They can also offer directions and guide our members in professional growth. We must engage industry, research organizations, and non-profits to broaden our community.

     

    If elected as President-Elect, I will help to foster greater engagement in our community, such as establishing Sigma Xi ambassador programs and chapter mentoring programs across the country. The power of retaining and motivating members lies in local chapters. We must creatively work with local chapters to keep expanding our membership pool. Sigma Xi initiatives and materials developed by exemplary chapters should be distributed throughout the Society. We need to fully use social media for member engagement and science advocacy. We also need to develop new members internationally. This means growing our international chapters, hosting our conferences overseas, etc.

     

    Sigma Xi started in 1886 to join hearts and hands and form a brotherhood in science. In today’s world, we need to broaden this outlook and form brotherhood and sisterhood of all races, ethnicities, genders, and religions. We should also reach out to different professional societies, such as the National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, to build a robust, diverse, and inclusive community.

     

    Science offers solutions to world problems. And the public needs to put science to use. Sigma Xi has the best talents, networks, and experiences to improve public understanding of science. We need to work with K-12 schools in STEM outreach. We also need to build partnerships with museums and community groups in promoting science education.

     

    Last but not least, if elected as President-Elect, I will actively engage in fundraising. I will work with funding agencies and foundations, develop philanthropic initiatives, re-engage existing members, and establish new membership drives.

     

    Together, we make our Society strong! I look forward to working with you all. Again, this is Kathy Lu and I love to have your vote for the President-Elect opportunity.

     

    Thank you.
  • Combined Federal Campaign Support Sigma Xi made easier for federal employees

    Sigma Xi has joined the CFC campaign. If you are a federal employee you can now contribute through payroll dediction!   The CFC # is 92932  or look up SigmaXi.  It so easy to now give... as little as $5 a pay period adds up quickly to help Sigma Xi in its mission.  ​
  • 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

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83798832163?pwd=SVMrMzZyYUFweFpMSmxmZmFzTGREQT09

     

    Meeting ID: 837 9883 2163

    Passcode: SpecialAwd

    One tap mobile

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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/