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Committee on Audit Review

The Committee on Audit Review meets twice a year with the Society's financial auditors and discuss the scope and results of their examinations. The committee is charged with establishing and maintaining an open line of communication between the Board of Directors and the auditors, assuring itself that the accounting procedures and financial controls of the Society adequately safeguard the assets of the Society and ensure the reliability of its financial records and ascertaining that the official auditors do contribute to Sigma Xi any and all of the affirmative comments and suggestions which can be helpful in improving the overall operations of the Society.

Membership: Three members appointed at the Annual Meeting of the Corporation to serve between Annual Assemblies of Delegates for three-year staggered terms. The senior member shall serve as Chair.

Nov. 2013 - Nov. 2014 Committee on Audit Review
Chair: TBD
Staff Contact: Jasmine Shah

Ken Audus
Thomas Laming

Committee on Audit Review Reports

 
Committee on Awards

The Committee on Awards recommends to the Board of Directors the recipients for the Procter Prize, Young Investigator Award, the John P. McGovern Science and Society Award, the Walston Chubb Award for Innovation, and nominates to the Board of Directors names of individuals to be elected as Honorary Members of the Society.

Membership: The Committee on Awards is a five-member committee of Directors composed of a chair, two geographic regional Directors, and two constituency group Directors. When necessary, the president invites suggestions from the Board for chair of the Committee and, if approved by the Board, the Chair serves a three-year term. Likewise, each year the president invites suggestions from the Board for a geographic regional Director and a constituency group Director to serve on the Committee. If elected, the Directors serve three-year terms on the Committee.

2013-2014 Committee on Awards
Chair: Linda Mantel
Staff Contact: Kevin Bowen

Pam Kerrigan
Terry Schwaner
Paul Stein
Julio Turrens


Committee on Awards Reports

 
Committee on Committees

The Committee on Committees was established by the Board of Directors in November 2003 to coordinate broad overarching issues affecting all committees and to provide communication among the standing committees of the Society. The Committee meets electronically or by telephone conference calls when necessary. Terms of chairs and members shall be for three year terms.

Membership: The Immediate Past President as Chair of the Committee and the chairs of the standing committees of the Society.

2013-2014 Committee on Committees
Chair: Thomas Lamins
Staff Contact: Jerome F. Baker

Cristina Gouin-Paul
Peter Harries
Judith Herzfeld
Bert B. Little
Linda Mantel
Dennis Meredith
Ron Millard
Antonio Pita
Subrata Saha
Kelly O. Sullivan
Julio Turrens

 
Committee on Development

The Committee on Development advises the Board of Directors on all matters which concern the development activities of the Society.

Membership: Chair elected by the Board of Directors for a term of three years, together with six other members appointed for three-year terms.

2013-2014 Committee on Development
Chair: Subrata Saha
Staff Contact: Katie Lord

Millicent Goldschmidt
HollyAnn Harris
Linda Meadows
Kelly O. Sullivan

Committee on Development Reports

 
Committee on Diversity

The Committee on Diversity advises the Board of Directors on matters of policy concerning the diversity of the Society and on matters of policy and actions to encourage increases in participation and success of underrepresented groups in science, mathematics, and engineering. The Committee also advises the Board on actions to pursue cooperative participation and communication with other professional organizations concerning these issues.

Membership: Chair elected by the Board of Directors for a term of three years, together with seven other members appointed for three-year terms.

2013-2014 Committee on Diversity
Chair: LaToya Myles
Staff Contacts: Tiffany Jones

Nancy Elwess
Turkan Dursun Kilic
Aubrey Smith

Committee on Diversity Reports

 
Executive Committee

The Executive Committee acts for the Board of Directors between meetings of the Board in a wide range of areas. It also assists the Board in giving preliminary consideration to matters which do not come within the purview of other committees or where time does not permit referral to the otherwise appropriate committee. The Executive Committee also provides overall supervision of the headquarters of the Society.

Membership: Chair is the President of the Society; members include Immediate Past President, President-elect, Treasurer, and two other members of the Board serving two-year terms comprising a Constituency Director elected in even numbered ears, and a Regional Director elected in odd-numbered years.

2013-2014 Executive Committee
President: Linda Meadows
President-elect: George Atkinson
Past President: Kelly O. Sullivan
Treasurer: Ron Millard
Constituency Director: David Moran
Regional Director: Kimberly Houchens
Executive Director: Jerome F. Baker

 
Committee on Finances

The Committee on Finances advises the Board of Directors of the Corporation regarding all aspects of the finances of the Society, including, but not limited to the raising and acquisition of capital funds; the investment of its endowments, funds and reserves; and the annual budgets for research, operations and capital equipment, including the physical plant. The committee prepares annual operating and capital budgets for the consideration of the Board of Directors.

Membership: Treasurer as Chair, together with the President, the President-elect and the Executive Director, ex officiis, and six members, three of whom shall not be Directors, nominated by the Treasurer and approved by the Board of Directors for three-year staggered terms.

2013-2014 Committee on Finances
Chair: Ron Millard
Staff Contact: Jasmine Shah

George Atkinson
David W. Baker
Jerome F. Baker
James Froula
Kimberly Houchens
Phillip Lebednik
Linda Meadows
Apryll Stalcup
Bradford B. Walters

Committee on Finances Reports

 
Committee on Grants-in-Aid of Research

The Committee on Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) acts upon the applications to the Society's GIAR program for financial assistance for research proposals within the limits set by the Board of Directors.

Membership: Chair elected by the Board of Directors for a term of three years, together with eleven other members appointed for three-year terms.

2013-2014 Grants-in-Aid of Research
Chair: Peter Harries
Staff Contact: Kevin Bowen

Drew S. Coleman
Emma S. Creaser
Richard Dillaman
Shawn Michael Ellerbroek
Anthony Elbie Glenn
Michael T. Lares
Patrick Lewis
Cecil H. McManus
Sue Ann Miller
Frank E. Price
Matthew P. Rowe
Joanne K. Tillotson
Ann Yezerski

Committee on Grants-in-Aid of Research Reports

 
International Committee

The International Committee makes recommendations to the Board of Directors concerning the international affairs of the Society. It assists and advises the Committee on Qualifications and Membership and the Board of Directors concerning the Society's chapters, activities, and issues of concern to chapters outside of Canada, Mexico and the United States of America.

[In accordance with the Board's decision in November 2001, the Director of the Canadian/International Constituency Group oversees the performance of existing chapters outside North America, coordinates chapter activities and programs for these chapters, and makes recommendations in regard to Certificates of Excellence and the Young Investigator Award on behalf of chapters outside North America.]

Membership: Chair elected by the Board of Directors for a term of three years, the Director of the Canadian/International Constituency group who serves ex officio, together with six other members appointed for three-year terms.

2013-2014 International Committee
Chair: Antonio Pita
Staff Contact: Jerome F. Baker

Vera Alexander
Satyajit (Sat) Bhattacharya
George J. Hammons
K. Venkatesh Prasad
Robert Allen Schwartz

International Committee Reports

 
Committee on Lectureships

The Committee on Lectureships makes recommendations to the Board of Directors for Societal, regional and other lecture programs. The Committee implements and manages many of these programs.

Membership: Chair elected by the Board of Directors for a term of three years, together with eleven other members appointed for three-year terms.

2013-2014 Committee on Lectureships
Chair: Judith Herzfeld
Staff Contact: Kevin Bowen

Bruce Bejcek
Virginia Butler
Jane Gilman
Jacqueline Krim
Willie Pearson
Isiah M. Warner

Committee on Lectureships Reports

 
Committee on Nominations

The committee is responsible each year for selecting at least two nominees for President to be forwarded to the Assembly of Delegates and at least two nominees for Treasurer every four years to be forwarded to the Assembly. The election procedures for the Committee on Nominations are specified by the Executive Committee.   In recent years the Committee's deliberations have been carried out via conference calls and electronic correspondence, including electronic balloting to select the nominees.

Membership: The Society's Bylaws specify that the Committee on Nominations be composed of an elected member from each of the six geographic regions, the five constituency groups, the Membership-at-Large, and the three most recently retired(from the Board) Past Presidents for a total of 15 members. One of the elected members of the Committee on Nominations is selected by the Board to serve a one-year term between annual meetings. No member of the Committee may also serve on the Board of Directors.

Nov. 2013 - Nov. 2014 Committee on Nominations
Chair: TBD
Staff Contact: Jerome F. Baker

James F. Baur
J. Daniel Britton
Apryl Brown
Scott Burns
Jackie Ericksen
Prabal K. Ghosh
Jane Gilman
David McBride
John Nemeth
Eugene Santos
Kathleen Triman

Committee on Nominations Reports

 
Committee on Publications

The Committee on Publications advises the Board of Directors on all matters concerning the publications of the Society.

Membership: Chair elected by the Board of Directors for a term of three years, together with the Executive Director/Publisher of American Scientist and six other members appointed by the President for staggered three-year terms.

2013-2014 Committee on Publications
Chair: Dennis Meredith
Staff Contact: Jerome F. Baker

Jerome F. Baker
James F. Baur
Marc Brodsky
Thomas Kvale
Linda Meadows
Ron Millard
Antonio Pita
Andrew Velkey

Committee on Publications Reports

 
Committee on Qualifications and Membership

The Committee on Qualifications and Membership has the responsibility for: (a) ensuring the vitality of chapters that have the potential to be vital units of the Society; (b) determining the suitability of any petitioning group to be granted chapter status and making the appropriate recommendations to the Board of Directors; (c) studying and making recommendations to the Board of Directors in cases of chapters failing to remain in good standing; (d) monitoring and encouraging the health and performance of chapters; (e) making recommendations to the Board of Directors on matters of policy concerning membership in the Society; (f) serving through a subcommittee appointed by the Chair as the Committee on Admissions for the membership-at-large, or on behalf and at the request of chapters; and (g) render judgment in cases involving eligibility for membership referred to it by a chapter or the Board of Directors.

Membership: Chair elected by the Board of Directors for a term of three years, together with eight other members appointed for three-year terms.

2013-2014 Committee on Qualifications and Membership
Chair: Cristina C. Gouin-Paul
Staff Contact: Andrea Rutherford

Harjit Ahluwalia
Emma Creaser
Nicole Gerlanc
Antoneicka Harris
Linda Meadows
Susanne B. Nicholas
Katheryn Rowberg
Joshua Sturmfels

Committee on Qualifications and Membership Reports

 
Committee on Regions

The Committee on Regions assists and advises the Board of Directors concerning the health of the Society's organizations and activities in the several regions, collects and disseminates information on group and regional programs and activities, assists in the coordination of programs such as lectureships and meetings with group and regional activities, and plans and coordinates the sessions of Regional Meetings of the Assembly of Delegates.

Membership: The regionally elected members of the Board of Directors together with a Chair appointed by the President, with the advice and consent of the President-elect.

2013-2014 Committee on Regions
Chair: Linda Mantel
Staff Contact: Jerome F. Baker

Clark J. Gantzer
Cristina Gouin-Paul
Kimberly Houchens
Pamela K Kerrigan
Paul Stein

Committee on Regions Reports

 
Committee on Strategic Planning

Formerly the Committee on Long-Range Planning, the Committee on Strategic Planning advises the Board of Directors on all matters concerning the objectives, policies, plans, future activities and the well being of the Society. It is charged with initiating studies and responding to requests from the Board of Directors regarding long-range plans of the Society and monitoring progress toward attainment of the vision and goals of the Society and monitoring the consistency of programs with the mission and culture of Sigma Xi.

Membership: A Chair and ten members as follows: The Chair is elected by the Board of Directors for a term of three years, together with the President, President-elect, Immediate Past President, Treasurer and Executive Director all of whom serve ex officio, and six additional members. At the beginning of each fiscal year, the outgoing president appoints a member to serve on the Committee for a three-year term and the incoming president nominates one member to be confirmed by the Board and serve a three-year term.

2013-2014 Strategic Planning Committee
Chair: Bert B. Little
Staff Contact: Jerome F. Baker

George Atkinson
Lia Haynes
Linda Meadows
Ron Millard
Lou Reinisch
Kelly O. Sullivan

Committee on Strategic Planning Reports

 

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