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November 14, 2005

Sigma Xi Establishes Walston Chubb Award for Innovation

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC - Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society has established a new annual prize, called the Walston Chubb Award for Innovation, to honor and promote creativity among scientists and engineers.

The award carries a $4,000 honorarium and an invitation to give the Walston Chubb Award Lecture at Sigma Xiís annual meeting.

April 7, 2006 is the nomination deadline for the 2006 award, which is open to any U.S. citizen. After 10 years, U.S. citizenship will no longer be required. Membership in Sigma Xi is not a requirement.

For the purposes of the award, innovation is defined as research into new areas of potential scientific importance, a novel approach to a long-standing problem in science or engineering or research that may create a new methodology of importance to science or engineering.

In addition, application of expertise and insights from one area to advance another scientific discipline, or creative solutions to an important interdisciplinary problem also qualify as innovations.

Awards are to be made no sooner than one year after the innovation has been reported in a peer-reviewed journal and research required for the basic functionality of the innovation completed.

A letter of nomination should explain why the individual merits the award, with specific attention to their scientific accomplishments and the relevance of their innovation. Two supporting letters of recommendation should be included. (It is preferred that one of them be from someone outside the nominee's institution.) Also submit a copy of the nomineeís current curriculum vita or resume.

Forward complete nomination packet to: Sigma Xi Committee on Awards, P.O. Box 13975, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

The nomination deadline for the 2007 Walston Chubb Award for Innovation is October 2, 2006. After that, the deadline will be October 1 annually. The Committee on Awards will select an honoree at its November meeting for the following year's prize.

A retired consultant on nuclear materials and radiochemistry, Walston Chubb spent most of his career with Westinghouse working on nuclear reactor materials. A graduate of the University of Missouri-Rolla, he has published more than 40 scientific papers and holds 10 patents. He established an endowment fund at Sigma Xi that supports the Chubb Award.

"We are grateful to Mr. Chubb for establishing this important award," said Sigma Xi Executive Director Patrick D. Sculley. "The Walston Chubb Award for Innovation is a tangible expression of Sigma Xiís mission to honor and encourage excellence in science and engineering."

Other annual Sigma Xi awards include the William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement, John P. McGovern Science and Society Award and Young Investigator Award.

Founded in 1886, Sigma Xi is the international honor society of research scientists and engineers, with more than 500 chapters in North America and around the world. In addition to publishing American Scientist magazine, the Society sponsors a variety of programs that support and promote science and engineering.


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