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April 3, 2006

Evan Ferguson Retires as Deputy Executive Director of Sigma Xi

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC - After almost 24 years on the staff of Sigma Xi, Evan R. Ferguson announced his retirement in April from his post as deputy executive director and director of the Sigma Xi Center. For many years his main areas of responsibility included the Society's educational activities on both the undergraduate and K-12 levels.

More recently, Ferguson managed the five pillar programs at the Sigma Xi Center: research ethics, science and engineering education, the public understanding of science, international networking and the health of the research enterprise. He also served as acting executive director in 2001-02.

Known far and wide as "Mr. Sigma Xi," Ferguson has been lauded through the years as "our institutional memory" and "the linchpin of Sigma Xi." According to Executive Director Patrick D. Sculley, "Evan's commitment and dedication to Sigma Xi's traditions and mission, as well as his insights into the Society's history, have been crucial to understanding and realizing its potential. His combination of perspective and good nature has been a mainstay for members, staff and the Society as a whole."

A native of Nebraska, Ferguson came to Sigma Xi in 1982 as director of program development from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas, where he was a research assistant professor of medicine and director of the Cell Physiology Laboratories at the Veterans Administration Medical Center. His career also has included serving as a research scientist at Warner-Lambert Research Institute in New Jersey.

He received his A.B. in biology at Lafayette College, his M.S. in zoology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his Ph.D. in physiology at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at the UC-San Francisco School of Medicine.


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