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Sigma Xi Members in the News for May 2014

Dr. Brenda Milner of Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University, in Canada is a winner of the Kavli Prize in Neuroscience for the discovery of specialized brain networks for memory and cognition. Dr. Milner has been a Sigma Xi member since 1952. The Kavli Prize recognizes scientists for their seminal advances in astrophysics, nanoscience, and neuroscience.

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Sigma Xi Members in the News for April 2014

Sigma Xi members Norman R. Augustine, former chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin, and Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, are among four award winners recognized April 25 for the U.S. News STEM Leadership Hall of Fame. Read more here.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for March 2014

The journal Fuel: The Science and Technology of Fuel and Energy has published a special issue in honor of a Sigma Xi member, E.J. "Ben" Anthony (SX 1994). Dr. Anthony is a reader in energy processes for the Environmental Science and Technology Department at Cranfield University in the United Kingdom. http://bit.ly/1hZatkZ

Sigma Xi Members in the News for February 2014

Norman Bucknor (SX 1992) received the Research Leadership Award at the Black Engineer of the Year Awards STEM Conference, held February 6-8, 2014, in Washington, DC. Dr. Bucknor is a staff researcher at General Motors Global Research and Development.

Stephen J. Morewitz (SX 2000), PhD, has founded the Forensic Social Sciences Association (FSSA) in San Francisco, CA. The FSSA is dedicated to advancing forensic social sciences training, research, and practice.

Joel K. Kearns (SX1985) has been appointed deputy director of the Space Flight Systems Division at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. He leaves SunEdison Incorporated (formerly MEMC Electronic Materials) where he was vice president and director for solar wafer R&D since 2010.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for January 2014

Joel K. Kearns (SX1985) has been appointed deputy director of the Space Flight Systems Division at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. He leaves SunEdison Incorporated (formerly MEMC Electronic Materials) where he was vice president and director for solar wafer R&D since 2010.

Associate member Ali Baghchehsara (SX 2013) has co-authored with Danny Royce Jones the book "Electric Space: Space-Based Solar Power Technologies & Applications" (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013). Baghchehsara is an aerospace engineering student at Karaj Payam Noor University in Iran. He also founded and led an aerospace association in Alborz Province. With hopes of becoming a NASA astronaut, his focus is on aerospace development in the areas of engine design and space-based solar power.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for December 2013

Stephen J. Morewitz (SX 2000), Ph.D., won a 2013 San Jose State University Annual Book Award for co-editing the Handbook of Forensic Sociology and Psychology (with Mark L. Goldstein) (New York: Springer, 2013). This is the the first handbook of forensic sociology and the first book to analyze forensic sociology curriculum content and practice guidelines in the fields of civil, criminal, immigration, and military law.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for November 2013

The Dr. Allan W. Hook (SX 1978) Endowed Wild Basin Creative Research Fund has been established at St. Edwards University. Made possible by the generosity of Dr. Allan W. Hook and Rosemary Guzman Hook, the fund will support creative research by students in the schools of Natural Sciences, Education, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Management and Business, and Humanities. The fund will also offer research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students from other institutions that are based at the university’s Wild Basin Creative Research Center and the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve system.

Robert Boily (SX 2005), recipient of the 2008 John P. McGovern Science and Society Award, has been presented with the Medal of the National Assembly of Quebec, and he was decorated Knight of the Order of Academic Palms by the Government of France

Sigma Xi Members in the News for September 2013

Dan Howard (SX 1986) is the new Executive VP and Provost at New Mexico State University.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for August 2013

Sustaining Member Samantha Marquez (SX 2011) was recently named a 2013 Davidson Fellow Laureate and recipient of a $50,000 scholarship for her development of Celloidosomes®, a cell self-assembly process for bioengineering 3-dimensional tissues in a core-shell structure.

Ralph V. Rogers, Jr. (SX 2006) has been named provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Nova Southeastern University (Fort Lauderdale, FL).

Sigma Xi sustaining member France Cordova (SX 1993) has been nominated by President Obama to head the National Science Foundation.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for July 2013

Former Michigan State University provost and executive vice president Kim A. Wilcox (SX 1989) has been selected to serve as the next chancellor of the University of California, Riverside.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for May 2013

David V. Rosowsky (SX 1992), an engineering dean at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY) will become the next provost and senior vice president at the University of Vermont. He starts at UVM on August 1, 2013.

The White House and NASA say they will honor America's first woman in space, Sally Ride (SX 1978), by giving her a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom and putting her name on the camera she helped get installed on the International Space Station.

Florida Institute of Technology Ph.D. candidate Lorian Schweikert (SX 2012), Biological Sciences Department, was recently awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship for $126,000 for her proposal, "Adaptive Plasticity of the Retina in Response to Environmental Cues." Schweikert is pursuing a doctorate in marine biology, researching Atlantic tarpon at Florida Tech, and expects to graduate in spring 2015. Her advisor is Michael Grace, Biological Science Department professor and associate dean of Florida Tech's College of Science.

John Barthell (SX 1996) will serve as the University of Central Oklahoma's next provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. Barthell, who currently serves as the dean of Central's College of Mathematics and Science, will officially take the position July 1, 2013.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for April 2013

Congratulations to Fred Gould (SX 1982) for being awarded the 2013 Borlaug Service to Society and Environment Award.

Katepalli R. Sreenivasan (SX 1981) has been appointed as President of the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly).

Nicholas P. Jones (SX 1988), dean of the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, has been named executive vice president and provost at Penn State University. Jones will assume his new position July 1, 2013.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for March 2013

Stephen J. Morewitz (SX 2000) , Ph.D., is profiled about his book, Chronic Disorders in Children and Adolescents (with Mark L. Goldstein) (New York: Springer), seven other books, two forthcoming books, Handbook of Forensic Sociology and Psychology (with Mark L. Goldstein) (New York: Springer) and Kidnapping: New Research and Clinical Perspectives (New York: Springer), and one play, Steamship Quanza (with Susan Lieberman) in the Winter 2013 issue of the California State University, East Bay Alumni Magazine.

Kathy Cruz-Uribe (SX 1990), who has served as California State University Monterey Bay's provost and vice president of academic affairs since 2007, will assume her new position as chancellor of Indiana University East on July 1, 2013.

Creighton University has named Edward “Ed” R. O’Connor (SX 2001) its first provost effective July 1, 2013. O’Connor comes from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT where he has served as professor and dean of the School of Health Sciences since 2007.

Virginia Tech deputy provost Daniel A. Wubah (SX 1992) has been named provost at Washington & Lee University. Wubah will become the university's chief academic officer on July 1, 2013.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for February 2013

Washington University has selected Holden Thorp (SX 2004), the chancellor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, to be the next provost. He will step into the job after his four-year tenure at North Carolina draws to a close on June 30, 2013.

Dr. Jean-Lou Chameau (SX 1982), who has served as the California Institute of Technology’s president since 2006, will depart the institution later this year to become the next president of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, in Saudi Arabia.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for January 2013

Domenico Grasso (SX 2001), vice president for research and dean of the Graduate College of the University of Vermont, will become the next provost of the University of Delaware. His appointment will be effective August 15, 2013.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for November 2012

Luther S. Williams (SX 1997) has been promoted to the newly established position of provost and executive vice president at Tuskegee University. For the past two years, Williams has served as the university's provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for October 2012

Yale University has named provost Peter Salovey (SX 1985) as its 23rd president, effective June 30, 2013.

The American Geosciences Institute (Alexandria, VA) has announced Sharon Mosher (SX 1978), dean of the University of Texas at Austin's Jackson School of Geosciences, as its next president.

Congratulations to Sidney Kaye (SX 2003). on his 100th Birthday!

Samantha Marquez (SX 2013), a Junior at Maggie L. Walker Governor's School won first place in the Research Competition at the 2012, XX International Space Olympics (ISO) held in Korolev, Russia.

Engineer Richard Baty (SX 2013) has self-published a historical fiction novel entitled "Footsteps to Forever."

Sigma Xi Members in the News for September 2012

Teresa S. Balser (SX 2012), Jonathan R. Cumming (SX 2013), Ellen S. Goldey (SX 2013), Joann J. Otto (SX 2013), Akif Uzman (SX 2013) were named as Vision and Change Leadership Fellows by the Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education (PULSE) on September 7, 2012.

Robert Boily (SX 2005), recipient of the 2008 John P. McGovern Science and Society Award, has been presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Governor General of Canada.

Sean McKenna (SX 2013) of Salem, NH, has been selected as a member of the Association of Old Crows' (AOC) Technology Hall of Fame.

Semant Jain, PhD (SX 2012), Principal Engineer at Goodman Manufacturing, was recognized as the sole recipient in the engineering division with the Star Performance Award.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for August 2012

Norman Augustine (SX 1958), former chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation, former Under Secretary of the United States Army, former Chairman of the American Red Cross, former President of the Boy Scouts of America, and former Chair of the National Academy of Engineering, has been honored with the 2012 American Point of Character Award by the Character Education Partnership.

Ralph Lydic (SX 1976), the Bert La Du Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan Medical School, has been awarded the 2012 Excellence in Research award by The American Society of Anesthesiologists for his work bridging the gap between sleep disorder medicine and anesthesia care.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for July 2012

Daniel Spielman (SX 1993), from Yale University received the Simons Investigator Award in Computer Science.

Michael Brenner, from Harvard University received the Simons Investigator Award in Physics.

Former Distinguished Lecturer Sharon Glotzer of the University of Michigan received the Simons Investigator Award in Physics.

Phillip Sprangle (SX 1989), U.S. Naval Research Laboratory physicist, was awarded the 2012 Office of Naval Research (ONR) Dr. Fred E. Saalfeld Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Science.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for June 2012

Zi Chen (SX 2011), received the Society in Science - Branco Weiss fellowship for support of up to five years of complete academic freedom. As a Branco Weiss fellow, Dr. Chen will investigate how one-dimensional information coded in DNA translates into threedimensional shapes. Understanding these mechanisms will facilitate biomedical research and inspire novel design principles for programmable nanofabrication techniques and bio-mimetic devices

Stephen J. Morewitz (SX 2000), Ph.D. has a solo exhibit, "Dr. Stephen J. Morewitz: a Retrospective," at the California State University, East Bay Library, June 11, 2012 – September 1, 2012. This exhibit showcases eight books and one play by the awards-winning author.

John Pascarella (SX 1996), associate dean of Academic and Research Programs at Kansas State University-Olathe and professor of biology, has been selected as the dean of the College of Sciences at Sam Houston State University.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for May 2012

Leslie E. Wong (SX 2006), president of Northern Michigan University since 2004, has been named the new president of San Francisco State University.

William M. Manger (SX 1956) recently received the College of Physicians and Surgeons Alumni Association’s Gold Medal for his excellence in clinical medicine. Dr. Manger co-authored DASH to End Obesity, a book to combat our nation’s obesity crisis which will be published in 2012. In addition, Dr. Manger has co-authored 101 Questions and Answers about Hypertension and wrote Our Greatest Threats: Live Longer, Live Better.

Annie Laura Smith (SX 1963) recently released her fourth World War II novel, Alexandra's Secret. This novel is about the dangerous world of intelligence operations during World War II prior to Operation Dragoon, the invasion of Southern France. Smith's other World War II novels include: The Legacy of Bletchley Park, Will Paris Burn? and Saving da Vinci. Alexandra's Secret is available in paperback and in digital formats.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for April 2012

Virinder K. Moudgil (SX 1978), provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Oakland University (Rochester, MI), has been named president of Lawrence Technological University (Southfield, MI).

Pello Uranga (SX 2011), researcher at CEIT (Donostia, Spain) and associate professor at TECNUN (University of Navarra, Spain), was awarded the 2012 Gilbert R. Speich Award by the Association for the Iron and Steel Technology (AIST).

Denis Wiesenburg (SX 1983), vice president for research at the University of Southern Mississippi, has been named the university's next provost.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for March 2012

Brett Dunlap (SX 2007), was named American Physical Society Fellow in recognition of outstanding contributions to physics.

Juliette Bell (SX 2011), provost of Central State University in Wilberforce, OH, has been named president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for February 2012

Elizabeth L. Ambos (SX 1991) was appointed executive director of the Council on Undergraduate Research.

Sigma Xi members recognized at the 2012 AAAS meeting:

  • Shirley Ann Jackson (SX 1968), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, received the Philip Hauge Abelson Prize
  • Nalini M. Nadkarni (SX 1984), University of Utah , received the Public Engagement with Science Award
  • Rory A. Cooper (SX 1995), University of Pittsburgh , received the Mentor Award
  • Bobby L. Wilson (SX 1988), Texas Southern University, received the Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement

Outskirts Press, Inc. has published "Making John a Soldier: A Nebraskan Goes to War" by John Malloy, Sr. (SX 1956). The author's most recent book is in the military autobiography category and is available on book retailer websites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The webpage that was launched simultaneously with the book's publication. http://ow.ly/8EqWJ

Sigma Xi Members in the News for January 2012

Emeritus member Thomas Z. Fahidy (SX 1965) has been named a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

Michael A. Driscoll (SX 1996), now provost and executive vice chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage, has been named president of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

David C. Haak (a former GIAR recipient) at the University of Washington recently had his work featured in the news media. He is trying to explain why some chillies are hot and some are not.

After more than 35 years of teaching science at six grade levels in eight school districts, Rita Williams was named the 2010 Middle School Science Teacher of the Year by the Science Teachers Association of Texas. Earlier last year, she was named the Outstanding Middle School Science Teacher by the Texas A&M chapter of Sigma Xi.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for December 2011

Nathan N. Wang and Jared M. Galloway, seniors at Fairland High School in Proctorville, Ohio, have been recognized with the Sigma Xi Interdisciplinary Research Award presented by the Ohio State University chapter of the scientific research society.

Henry Petroski (SX 1968), American Scientist engineering columnist, delivered the commencement address and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree by Missouri University of Science and Technology. His latest book, An Engineer’s Alphabet: Gleanings from the Softer Side of a Profession, has just been published by Cambridge University Press. Petroski is Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering Duke University.

William D. Romey has just completed a new e-book Ititled Following the St. Lawrence River from the end of Lake Ontario to the Cabot Strait: Field Notes of a Geologist-Geographer, 1952-2012. This is a CD with PDF files. The book is 646 pages long and has over 3,500 color photos in it."I'll be glad to furnish a copy to any reader who would like one," he says. They can contact him at romeywd@comcast.net.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for November 2011

Alice Easton (SX 2010) was one of 36 American college students to be awarded 2012 Marshall Scholarships. The Marshall Scholarship covers the cost of graduate study and living at a British university of the recipient's choice for two to three years. Easton is committed to working in public health, building from her research and work experience in India, an interest that was fostered during her years at Princeton. Recently, she has focused on the public health challenges of disease resistance to antibiotics.

Brother Don Geiger, (SX 1961), a retired University of Dayton professor, has been honored for his lifetime of conservation efforts in the Dayton area with the 2011 Partner of the Year Award for Lifetime Achievement. The award is given by the Greater Dayton Conservation Fund of the Dayton Foundation and the Greater Dayton partners for the Environment. Geiger is the founder of the Marianist Environmental Education Center, a co-founder of the Rivers Institute and biology department professor emeritus. His other honors include the University's Outstanding Faculty and Distinguished Alumni Awards and the Sigma Xi Lifetime Achievement Award.

Tom Guilderson (SX 1997), a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory geochemist, has been named a winner of the Department of Energy's prestigious Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award. Guilderson is being honored for ground-breaking radiocarbon measurements of corals, advancements in understanding the paleo-history of ocean currents and ocean processes revealing past climate variability, and the explanation of how physical and biogeochemical oceanic processes affect the global carbon cycle.

The Medical College of Georgia Department of Physiology has established a lectureship to honor Lois Taylor Ellison (SX 1976), a clinician, researcher, educator and administrator, whose 60-plus-year affiliation with Georgia Health Sciences University has left a lasting legacy on the institution and on health care in general.

Jackie DesJardin (SX 2010) was named the Robert A. Duffey Scholar Athlete of the Year at Georgetown University. She was a Howard Hughes scholar, a member of the pharmacology lab in the School of Medicine and a Goldwater scholar, one of the most prestigious awards conferred in the U.S., given to undergraduates studying the sciences. On the field, DesJardin was a leader on the women's soccer team.

Anthony D. Rosato (SX 1986), a professor of mechanical engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, reports that he is again one of the chief organizers of a colloquium series that is sponsored by Elsevier and his laboratory called Distinguished Lectures in Mechanics, The lectures take place once each year. Speakers are internationally known scientists and engineers. The next presentation is scheduled for April 2011.

Haojie Mao (SX 2011) will help lead a project to develop the 10-year-old child and the senior female human body models to improve crash safety, supported by Toyota. The principal investigator of the project is King H. Yang, professor and director of bioengineering center, Wayne State University.

Francisco J. Ayala (SX 1964) has been awarded an honorary degree by the University of Macau, China. Ayala is the university and Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. He is a past president of Sigma Xi and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

David Rosner (SX 1977) at Columbia University has been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He is the Ronald H. Lauterstein Professor of Sociomedical Sciences and Professor of History and author and editor of numerous books on the history of public health. His forthcoming book, (co-authored with Gerald Markowitz), With The Best of Intentions, is a study of the history of public health science in the last third of the twentieth century.

Space weather expert Thomas Bogdan (SX 2004), will become president of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, which manages the National Science Foundation's largest federally funded research and development center, the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.

David DeMarini (SX 1976) at the Environmental Protection Agency has received the 2011 Alexander Hollaender Award from the Environmental Mutagen Society in recognition of outstanding contributions in the application of the principles and techniques of environmental mutagenesis to the protection of human health.

Louis Glasgow (SX 1970) has been appointed chief technology officer for Lightwave Logic, Inc., a technology company focused on the development of a next generation non-linear optical polymer materials platform for applications in high speed fiber-optic data communications and optical computing.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for October 2011

Life Member Allen W. Hatheway (SX 1967), retired geological engineering professor at the University of Missouri, has published a 1,400 page handbook on Remediation of Former Manufactured Gas Plants and Other Coal-Tar Sites (Taylor & Francis/CRC Press). The book is meant to provide a comprehensive historical, technical and good-science review for planning and conduct of coal-tar cleanup actions meant to be protective of human health and the environment; based on a worldwide coverage.

Albert A. Bartlett (SX 1950) presented an invited paper on sustainability at the 2011 annual summer meeting of the American Association of Physics teachers in Omaha, Nebraska.

From Midway Church to Nuclear Fusion, a historical chronicle and scientific memoir by Weston M. Stacey (SX 1967), tells of the history of the Stacey family in America, the author's idyllic boyhood in the cultural backwater of small Southern towns and his serendipitous rise to prominence as an acclaimed researcher and professor in applied nuclear physics.

Jie Xu (SX 2008), assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Washington State University, Vancouver, recently received a DARPA Young Faculty Award to assist in his research into hearing loss. Xu won the award through his research into microfluidics, a technology dealing with the precise control and manipulation of fluids and objects.

The Southeastern Universities Research Association will present Neal F. Lane (SX 1964), former director of the National Science Foundation and former chief White House science advisor, the association's 2011 Distinguished Friend of Science Award in November. The award honors an individual whose extraordinary efforts "fulfill the SURA mission of strengthening the scientific and technical capabilities of the Southeast and nation."

Pat Langendorf (SX 1959) writes: I just got congratulated on being a member of Sigma Xi for 50 years! I was more than a little startled to be nominated for membership in this scientific honor society back when I got my degree in statistics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. I’ve always valued it. And I think it is getting more valuable. Nowadays they provide a regular e-mail listing of interesting scientific developments (Science in the News). And a weekly update (Science in the News Weekly) of which scientific articles have attracted the most attention in the preceding week. They also take a strong quiet lead in maintaining scientific quality. I’m proud to be associated with them.

Adam Guy Riess (SX 1992) shared the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics with two felow astronomers for discovering that the universe is apparently being blown apart by a mysterious force that cosmologists now call dark energy, a finding that has thrown the fate of the universe and indeed the nature of physics into doubt.

The CDC Chapter of Sigma Xi presented its 2011 Walter R. Dowdle Award to Paul Rota (SX 1989) for his many outstanding achievements. Rota was recognized for applying outstanding laboratory science to public health problems in the global measles elimination initiative and for contributing to our understanding of paramyxoviruses and other viral infections and the diseases they cause.

The Sigma Xi honored three members of UC Irvine’s School of Biological Sciences for scholarly accomplishment. Matthew J. Korn (SX 2005) was granted Sigma Xi’s Fresh Faces award, while Francisco J. Ayala (SX 1964) and Marlene de la Cruz (SX 2004) were recognized as Distinguished Members. Korn, a graduate student, was selected for his work dealing with neuron-glia interactions. Cruz was celebrated for her achievments as associate director of biological sciences outreach, research training and minority science programs. Ayala, a University and Donald Bren professor, has merited several awards for his successes in the scientific field, including the 2010 Templeton Prize, the 2000 William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement and the 2001 National Medal Of Science.

Steven L. Berk (SX 1988) announces the release of his memoir of a harrowing ordeal, Anatomy of a Kidnapping: A Doctor’s Story (288 pages, Texas Tech University Press). On Sunday, March 6, 2005, Berk was in the midst of his typical routine when a dangerous and enigmatic criminal, armed with a shotgun, entered his home through an open garage door. On that beautiful spring day in Amarillo, Texas, Berk was kidnapped.

At the Annual Banquet of the University of Minnesota Sigma Xi Chapter in May, Life Member Karen Ballen (SX 1998) was awarded the chapter’s Science Communication and Education Award for her numerous efforts to make science more understandable to broader audiences – from the public to school children to university undergraduates.

University of Minnesota junior Jasmine Erickson (SX 2011), a nutrition major in the Didactic Program in Dietetics, was awarded the prestigious Charles and Dorothy Andrew Bird Award for her scholarly work in clinical dietetics as she pursues her career goal to become a registered dietician. “Performing research in the field of biochemistry is both challenging and rewarding,” Erickson noted. “It is not just the research itself that I will utilize in my future studies in the field of nutrition. It is the problem-solving skills and strategies I have developed from my three years working in Larry Wackett's lab.” In addition to an award certificate, Erickson received a $1,000 cash award and a one-year membership in the University of Minnesota Sigma Xi Chapter.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for September 2011

Robert A. Altenkirch (SX 1972), president of the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), has been chosen as the new president of The University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Steven Leath (SX 1981), currently the vice president for research and sponsored programs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will be the next president of Iowa State University.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for August 2011

Kelly Hogan (SX 2008), Ph.D. candidate in integrative biosciences at Penn State University, was chosen as a 2011 AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellow. She spent the summer reporting and writing about science at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Milton J. Rosen (SX 1949), an emeritus member from Great Neck, New York, presented a paper at a 2010 American Oil Chemistry Society convention titled "Transforming Surfactant Art to Surfactant Science."

G. Donald Frey (SX 1969), professor of radiology for the Medical University of South Carolina, has been appointed the American Board of Radiology's associate executive director for medical physics, effective January 1, 2012. A diplomate of the ABR in medical physics, Frey has been a member of the ABR Board of Trustees since 2006.

R. Graham Cooks (SX 1979), Henry B. Hass Distinguished Professor, Analytical Chemistry, Purdue University, will deliver the Pittcon 2012 Plenary Lecture, “Ambient Ionization and Mini Mass Spectrometers: In situ MS for Everyone.” The lecture will be part of the Opening Session for Pittcon 2012 in Orlando, Florida, March 11-15, 2012.

Clarence Hickey (SX 1981) is an interpretive docent with the Montgomery County Historical Society’s (MCHS) Stonestreet Museum of 19th Century Medicine in Rockville, Maryland. Through the MCHS Speakers Bureau, he offers lectures, PowerPoint slide shows and first person portrayals on Dr. Stonestreet, some in first person Chautauqua format and some using a Civil War soldier mannequin to discuss medical care during the Civil War. He also takes the historic doctor into the schools, and to public and private community events and organizations. His talks and demonstrations draw from his book Send for the Doctor: The Life and times of Dr. Edward E. Stonestreet, published by the Montgomery County Historical Society in 2009.

A book is under preparation about the life and career of the late Arthur Fishkin (SX 1958). He received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Iowa in 1957 and subsequently pursued a 50 year career in higher education as a research biochemist, teacher and academic administrator. He passed away on his 80th birthday May 27, 2010 in Omaha, Nebraska, where he was Emeritus Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Creighton University. The book is being written by his son Charles, and will trace his life from his birth in New York City in 1930 through the schools he attended (Bronx Science, Indiana and Iowa) and the universities where he taught (Louisiana State, New Mexico State and Creighton). Charles is interested in hearing from other Sigma Xi members who have recollections of his father, letters from him or other documentation that would be relevant to his life and career. He can be reached at charlesfishkin@hotmail.com.

Ralph H. Nielsen (SX 1953) has received ASTM International's H.R. "Russ" Ogden Award for Contributions to the Reactive and Refractory Metals Industry. A graduate of Oregon State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering, Nielsen began his career at the U.S. Bureau of Mines, where he worked with W.J. Kroll on the original reactive metal reduction processes, and developed a process to produce zirconium oxide using sulfate precipitation versus the previous ammonium phthalate precipitation. The new process was more efficient and significantly cheaper and produced a pure oxide for the subsequent Kroll reduction process. This oxide was chlorinated for subsequent use in the Kroll reduction vessels.

May R. Berenbaum (SX 1981), an entomologist at the University of Illinois atr Urbana-Champaign, has received the 2011 Tyler Prize for Environmental Advancement. Berenbaum was honored for her pioneering work in chemical ecology that "has led to an understanding of the relationships between insects and plants on a genetic level." Her research has also helped further understanding of the decline of bee popularions known as Colony Collapse Disorder.

Timir Banerjee (SX 1973), a clinical professor at the University of Louisville, has written several books, including A Day in Neurosurgery: Brain Plus Spine and a Lot More and The Cat and the Kids of Millbrae.

Green T. Waggener (SX 1991), associate professor of exercise physiology at Valdosta State University and a member of the Japan Karate Association, reports using technology that measures left ventricular stroke volume via CO2 rebreathing. "We demonstrated the equivalency of karate training to jogging at 70 percent heart rate maximum," Waggener notes, "thus, achieving a cardiovascular training effect and justifying the efforts of the approximately 100 million people participating in this activity (martial arts) for the perceived health benefits."

J. Lee Kavanau (SX 1948), a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California at Los Angeles, has posted his autobiography for friends with whom he has lost contact in recent years. Please let him hear from you at lkavanau@biology.ucla.edu.

Kimberly Ward Anderson (SX 1985), Gill Eminent Professor in Chemical Engineering at the University of Kentucky, was the 2011 recipient of the Henry Mason Lutes Award for Excellence in Teaching. Anderson received the award at the University of Kentucky College of Engineering's Tau Beta Pi Awards banquet in April.

David J. Ernst (SX 1969) has been awarded the Distinguished Professional Mentor Award from the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).

Sigma Xi Members in the News for July 2011

Timir Banerjee (SX 1973), a clinical professor at the University of Louisville, has written several books, including A Day in Neurosurgery: Brain Plus Spine and a Lot More and The Cat and the Kids of Millbrae.

Green T. Waggener (SX 1991), associate professor of exercise physiology at Valdosta State University and a member of the Japan Karate Association, reports using technology that measures left ventricular stroke volume via CO2 rebreathing. "We demonstrated the equivalency of karate training to jogging at 70 percent heart rate maximum," Waggener notes, "thus, achieving a cardiovascular training effect and justifying the efforts of the approximately 100 million people participating in this activity (martial arts) for the perceived health benefits."

J. Lee Kavanau (SX 1948), a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California at Los Angeles, has posted his autobiography for friends with whom he has lost contact in recent years. Please let him hear from you at lkavanau@biology.ucla.edu.

Kimberly Ward Anderson (SX 1985), Gill Eminent Professor in Chemical Engineering at the University of Kentucky, was the 2011 recipient of the Henry Mason Lutes Award for Excellence in Teaching. Anderson received the award at the University of Kentucky College of Engineering's Tau Beta Pi Awards banquet in April.

David J. Ernst (SX 1969) has been awarded the Distinguished Professional Mentor Award from the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).

Miriam Kastner (SX 1967), a professor of geochemistry at the University of California San Diego, renowned as a pioneer in the study of the chemistry of marine sediments, received the Francis Shepard Medal from the Society for Sedimentary Geology. Kastner's research has taken her around the world to study sub-seafloor deposits, how sediments form and the process called diagenesis in which sedimentary deposits become rock.

Fred W. Girshick (SX 1975), senior technology advisor at Infineum USA L.P. in Linden, New Jersey, has received the Sydney D. Andrews Award of Achievement from ASTM International to honor his work in field of petroleum products and lubricants. In his 30+ years of working with engine oils, Girshick has formulated products for diverse engine types. He has also conducted basic and applied research on rheology and engine oil performance, provided direct customer support as well as technical support to base stock refineries, and conducted field tests.

Greg Fishel (SX 2000) celebrated 30 years in May as a meteorologist with WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Fred L. Gould (SX 1982), the William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Entomology at North Carolina State University, was the subject of a feature story titled "NCSU entomologist is building a better insect" in the News and Observer of Raleigh, North Carolina, upon his election to the National Academy of Sciences.

Milad Alucozai (SX 2011), a rising sophomore at Purdue University, majoring in psychology and neuroscience, is the youngest student ever to be inducted into the local chapter. He participated in a medical volunteer trip to Nepal last semester, performing clinical rotations, establishing free health clinics that cared for hundreds in the local area, and analyzing the health care system of the country. Alucozai says that Arden Bement (SX 1960), former National Science Foundation director and current director of the Global Policy Research Institute, introduced him to Sigma Xi.

Agnes A. Day (SX 1992), chairman and associate professor, Department of Microbiology, College of Medicine, Howard University, Washington, D.C., has been awarded the 2011 William A. Hinton Research Training Award from the American Society for Microbiology. The award honors outstanding contributions toward fostering the research training of underrepresented minorities in microbiology

Millicent Goldschmidt (SX 1949), professor, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Medical School, The University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, has bee honored with the 2011 American Society for Microbiology's Founders Distinguished Service Award. 2011 Founders Distinguished Service Award. The award honors an ASM member for outstanding contributions and commitment to the ASM as a volunteer at the national level.

Carl Djerassi, professor of chemistry at Stanford University, was awarded the 2011 Edinburgh Medal at the Edinburgh International Science Festival in April for his invention of the contraceptive pill. The Edinburgh Medal is given each year to men and women of science and technology whose professional achievements are judged to have made a significant contribution to the understanding and well-being of humanity. Djerassi's many honors include Sigma Xi's 1998 William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement.

Carl Tishler (SX 2010) of Columbus, Ohio, has received the Distinguished Psychologist Award from the Ohio Psychological Association in recognition of his "unique research, which contributes to understanding suicide in children.”

Asad M. Madni (SX 2007) was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering "for contributions to development and commercialization of sensors and systems for aerospace and automotive safety." He was also awarded the Lifetime Contribution Award by the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of California Los Angeles. Additionally, Madni is the recipient of IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society's highest honor, the 2010 Career Excellence Award "for an extraordinary career of enlightened leadership in and pioneering contributions to the development and commercialization of intelligent sensors, systems and instrumentation."

Sorinel Adrian Oprisan (SX 2007), assistant professor of physics at the College of Charleston, has won a Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation, the most prestigious of the foundation’s awards. The award provides $500,000 to support up to five years of computational neuroscience research and educational outreach. Oprisan's project, titled "Prediction of Synchrony and Phase-Locked Modes in Neural Networks based on Stimulus Time Resetting Curve," will investigate how large neural networks processes and respond to external stimuli by large-scale computer simulations.

Albert A. Bartlett (SX 1950), professor emeritus of physics at the University of Colorado in Boulder, gave his talk "Arithmetic, Population and Energy" for the 1700th time in February 2010. He first gave the talk in September of 1969. It deals with the arithmetic of steady growth, the large numbers produced by modest rates of growth in modest periods of time and on the effect of growth of rates of consumption on fossil fuel use such as the use of petroleum. The implications for the future of our society are set forth. The talk cites many instances of prominent people, some of whom are "experts," who make statements about growth and resources that are factually wrong. The talk is available on YouTube.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for June 2011

John F. Ahearne (SX 1964) of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, received the 2011 Leo Szilard Award from the American Physical Society for "nearly four decades of selfless dedication to the nation" and for providing a voice of reason in advising on the use of physics for the benefit of society. Ahearne is an adjunct professor of civil and environmental engineering at Duke University, executive director emeritus of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society and former chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Kimberly Ward Anderson (SX 1985), Gill Eminent Professor in chemical engineering at the University of Kentucky, has been selected as the 2011 recipient of the Henry Mason Lutes Award for Excellence in Teaching. The annual award was established to recognize and reward outstanding teaching accomplishments.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for May 2011

James Westgate (SX 1986), professor of earth and space sciences at Lamar University, has bee named a 2011 Piper Professor recognizing his dedication to the teaching profession and his outstanding academic, scientific and scholarly achievements. He is one of ten faulty members in Texas being honored by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation during the current academic year.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for April 2011

University of North Carolina anthropologist Carole L. Crumley (SX 2007) has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Uppsala University in Sweden. She also received the 2011 Johan August Wahlberg Gold Medal, awarded by the Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography.

Peter Suedfeld (SX 1963) has been named the recipient of the highest honor bestowed by the Canadian Psychological Association, the Gold Medal Award for "distinguished and enduring lifetime contributions." Suedfeld, Dean Emeritus of Graduate Studies and Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of British Columbia, was also elected to full membership in the International Academy of Astronautics in recognition of his contributions to space psychology.

Michael Dickey (SX 2009), assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University, has received the 2011 Sigma Xi Faculty Research Award from NC State's chapter of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society. This award honors young scientists and engineers who have excelled in their areas of research.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for March 2011

Sherry J. Yennello (SX 1997), Regents Professor of Chemistry and associate dean for faculty affairs in the College of Science at Texas A&M University, has been selected as the 2011 recipient of the American Chemical Society Francis P. Garvan-John M. Olin Medal in recognition of distinguished service to chemistry by female chemists.

Stephen R. Carpenter (SX 1974) professor of zoology and limnology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will receive the 2011 Stockholm Water Prize. This global award was established in 1991 and presented annually by the Stockholm International Water Institute to an individual, organization or institution for outstanding water-related activities. Carpenter was recognized as one of the world's most influential environmental scientists in the field of ecology. According to the award citation, "By combining theoretical models and large-scale lake experiments he has reframed our understanding of freshwater environments and how lake ecosystems are impacted by humans and the surrounding landscape."

Sigma Xi Members in the News for February 2011

George Frye (SX 1958) was elected the vice chair of S3, the Acoustical Society of America's Standards committee on bioacoustics. The ASA has responsibility for handling the acoustics standards in the US under the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Harold Geller (SX 2006) was quoted in a USA Today article on "Probing Odds of Alien Visitors". He has also been elected to the advisory council of the Friends of Arlington Planetarium and treasurer of the Chesapeake Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers for 2011. Geller was quoted in February 2011 issue of GamePro magazine in an article titled "The Real Science of Dead Space 2" with respect to the feasibility of terraforming a planet (making it able to sustain human life).

Sigma Xi Members in the News for January 2011

Haijiang Cai (SX 2010), in the Division of Biology at the California Insitute of Technology, was awarded the 2010 NARSAD Young Investigator Award in January.

A book by Stephen J. Morewitz (SX 2000), Death Threats and Violence. New Research and Clinical Perspectives (New York: Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, 2008), was a finalist in the Society for the Study of Social Problems, Law and Society Division, 2010 Edwin Sutherland Book Award.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for November 2010

Christopher J. Doona (SX 2001) and Florence E. Feeherry (SX 1970), along with colleague Kenneth Kustin, served as editors for a new book called Case Studies in Novel Food Processing Technologies: Innovations in Processing, Packaging and Predictive Modeling (Woodhead Publishing, 2010). Doona and Feeherry are scientists at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center in Natick, Massachusetts, and Kustin is a professor emeritus at Brandeis University. Among other things, the book relates how many scientific innovations and advances in food preservation have come in support of the military.

Jennifer Nemhauser (SX 1993), assistant professor at the University of Washington, has been named among the first Paul G. Allen Distinguished Investigators and will receive a grant of $1.4 million to support her research on reprogramming cells with plant-derived signaling pathways. The grants by the Allen Family Foundation, based in Seattle, are designed to advance important neuroscience and cellular engineering research.

Asad M. Madni (SX 2007), retired president and chief operating officer of BEI Technologies Inc., and currently the executive managing director and chief technical officer of Crocker Capital, was awarded the Lifetime Contribution Award by the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of California Los Angeles. This prestigious award honors an alumnus or friend of the school who has made outstanding and extraordinary contributions to the field of engineering and the school over the course of his or her lifetime.

Nagib Nassar (SX 2006), a geneticist, botanist and plant breeder, has received the title of professor emeritus at the Universidade de Brasilia, Brazil. Among his achievements is the development of cassava hybrids that are resistant to African Mosaic. Cultivars stemming from these hybrids, rich in protein and carotene, are now grown on more than 4 million hectares in Africa, as well as by small farmers in Brasilia. Nassar has published 120 articles in scientific journals and has worked in partnership with the well-known International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Africa.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for October 2010

Honorary member Ira Flatow (SX 2005) has been awarded the 2010 Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Flatow has shared his enthusiasm for science with public radio listeners for more than 35 years. He is the host of NPR's weekly Science Friday.

Edwin M. Kinderman (SX 1957) of Palo Alto, California, has published a book, The Cubic Mile of Oil (Oxford University Press, 2010), written with Hewitt Crane (now deceased) and Ripudandran Malhotra, both co-workers at SRI International.

Anthony D. Rosato (SX 1986), a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, has received a Fulbright Senior Research Award to study the dynamic behavior of systems composed of particles at the University of Salerno in Fisciano, Italy. He’ll start the four-month program next May.

Jose A. Raynal-Villasenor (SX 2004), a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Las Americas, Puebla in Mexico, received the Francisco Torres-Herrera Award from the National Hydraulics Association of Mexico at its 2010 biannual conference. Raynal-Villasenor was honored for his more than 30-year career and for his outstanding contributions to the practice of hydraulics.

David K. Rosner (SX 1977), Ronald H. Lauterstein Professor of Sociomedical Science and History and co-director of the Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health at Columbia University Medical Center, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Danielle Prioleau (SX 2010), a student at Montclair State University, won the student paper competition for the Middle States Division of the Association of American Geographers conference held at West Point Military Academy on October 22-23. Her paper was titled "Do Mature Street Trees Pose a Greater Hazard Risk Across Socioeconomic Lines?" and is now in peer review.

Ambrose (Amby) Anoruo (SX 1986), associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences at Delaware State University, has been appointed associate vice president for research and graduate studies and dean of the College of Graduate Studies at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

Four Sigma Xi members have won 2010 Nobel Prizes. Three will share the prize in chemistry: Richard F. Heck (SX 1953), professor emeritus, University of Delaware: Ei-ichi Negishi (SX 1968), professor, Purdue University: and Akira Suzuki (SX 1964), retired professor, Hokkaido University, Japan. They were honored for their development of palladium-catalyzed cross couplings, a tool used worldwide in commercial production of pharmaceuticals and complex molecules used to make electronics. Peter Diamond (SX 1960) at MIT will share the economics prize for work that helps explain unemployment and job markets. Over the years, more than 200 Sigma Xi members have received the Nobel Prize.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for September 2010

John A. Knox (SX 2000), assistant professor of geography at the University of Georgia, will receive the T. Theodore Fujita Research Achievement Award from the National Weather Association at its 2010 annual meeting. Knox is being honored for his clear-air turbulence forecasting research, which has led to "the development of advanced satellite and numerical techniques for the diagnosis and prediction of high altitude clear-air turbulence, resulting in improved flight safety."

Three Sigma Xi members were among 13 scientists named 2010 MacArthur Foundation Fellows. John Dabiri (SX 2001) is a biophysicist at the California Institute of Technology who explores the hydrodynamics of jellyfish propulsion. Kelly Benoit-Bird (SX 2001) is a marine biologist at Oregon State University who is using acoustic engineering technology to research ocean creatures. And Marla Spivak (SX 1990) is an entomologist at the University of Minnesota who studies and protects the honey bee.

Xin Wang (SX 1999), an associate researcher at Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, recently published The Dawn Angiosperms (Springer, 2010), a new book on the origin of angiosperms (flowering plants). The book introduces a new interpretation of the nature of carpel and flower, and marks the latest progress in deciphering the century-long mystery of angiosperm origin.

Nagib M. A. Nassar (SX 2006), a geneticist, botanist and plant breeder at the University of Brazil, published an article in the May 2010 issue of Scientific American on Breeding Cassava to Feed the Poor. In the article, he and colleague Rodomiro Ortiz say that cassava root, a main food source for millions of people living in the tropics, has the potential to become a more productive and more nutritious crop, alleviating malnutrition in much of the developing world. Also see a related report on cassava's potential by the International Development Research Centre in Canada.

Gaston M. N'Guérékata (SX 2009), professor of mathematics at Morgan State University, has received the University's Outstanding Award for Research and Scholarly Achievement.

Robert B. Wenger (SX 1974), professor emeritus of natural and applied sciences (mathematics), was in Peru in August to participate in two programs: the 14th Biennial Environmental and Water Resources Seminar and Study Tour at La Molina University in Lima and The International Seminar on the Contamination of Watersheds at the University of Tumbes in the city of Tumbes. He gave a presentation at both events titled “Assessment of Risks to the Green Bay Ecosystem with an Emphasis on Climate Change Impacts.”

Roger C. Hill (SX 1966) has retired from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville after 40 years on the physics faculty there. Prior to teaching at SIUE he received his B.S. and Ph.D. at Caltech and was a research associate and lecturer at Northwestern University for two years. Beside spending time on numerous hobbies, he hopes to finish a long-standing project of writing a senior-level textbook on quantum mechanics.

William R. "Bill" Klemm (SX 1963), a semi-retired professor of neuroscience at Texas A&M University, known as the "Memory Medic," has just released a new e-book, Better Grades, Less Effort. The book explains the memory tips and tricks he used to become valedictorian, an honors student at three universities--including graduating with a D.V.M. degree, and to secure a Ph.D. in two-and-a-half years. He shares what he has learned about student learning over 47 years as a professor. Klemm claims that poor memory is what holds most students back from superior achievement. He argues that this book can change a person's life.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for August 2010

Hans Conrad (SX 1955), a professor emeritus in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at North Carolina State University, was featured by the Raleigh News and Observer for his ongoing work. He recently co-authored two papers that, according to the report, "could revolutionize the manufacture of ceramics." At 88, he is one of the world's oldest working scientists.

Tzu-Yang Yu (SX 2007) , an assistant professor in the Structural Engineering Research Group, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Massachusetts Lowell, has been elected 2010 Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and invited to visit Japan in 2011 to receive the award. While there, he will give a series of talks on his research about far-field airborne radar nondestructive testing technique and dielectric modeling of cementitious composites.

Honorary member David Perlman (SX 1989), science editor for the San Francisco Chronicle, has been honored with a lifetime achievement award for a journalism career that spans seven decades. The Society of Professional Journalists awarded Perlman, 91, the 2010 Helen Thomas Award for his service and contributions to the profession.

Honorary member Paul Raeburn (SX 1997) has won the 2010 Media Award for Print Coverage of Family Issues from the Council on Contemporary Families, an academic research organization, for his story "The Father Factor," which appeared in Scientific American Mind.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for July 2010

George D. Bennett (SX 2000) has been promoted to professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois.

Marilyn W. Waite (SX 2006) has published a new book titled Sustainable Water Resources in the Built Environment (IWA Publishing, 2010), which covers elements of water engineering and policy-making in the sustainable construction of buildings, with a focus on case studies from Panama and Kenya. The book provides comprehensive information based on case studies, experimental data, interviews and in-depth research. A civil and environmental engineer, Waite has worked, studied and conducted research in over eight countries across five continents. She currently resides in France, where she continues to work on sustainability issues.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for June 2010

Nadrian C. Seeman (SX 1984), the Margaret and Herman Sokol Professor of Chemistry at New York University, has been named the co-recipient of the 2010 Kavli Prize in nanoscience. Seeman discovered that DNA could be used to construct an assortment of molecule-sized devices and machines. In a recent study published in Nature, he and others showed how they built from DNA a functioning assembly line of molecular robots.

A book by Stephen J. Morewitz (SX 2000), called Death Threats and Violence. New Research and Clinical Perspectives (New York: Springer Science+Business Media, LLC), has been nominated for the Edwin Sutherland Book Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems (Law & Society Division). The book will be discussed in an Author Meets Critics session at the American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting in San Francisco in November.

Stephen C. Brown (SX 2004), district agricultural agent at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, reports that on May 9 he successfully climbed 20,320-foot Mt. Mckinley (Denali) following a 12-day expedition starting on the Kahiltna Glacier. "Our five-member team was the first American team to summit for the 2010 climbing season," he says. "Summit temperature was a brisk -60 below zero."

Kevin C. O'Kane (SX 1974), professor of computer science at the University of Northern Iowa, has a new book out, Omaha, dramatizing the dangers to privacy, the infrastructure and national security posed by today's highly interconnected electronic culture. It's available in ebook format.

Robert H. Posteraro (SX 1987), assistant professor at Texas Tech University HSC School of Allied Health Sciences, was voted the recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award by students in the Clinical Practice Management Program.

Lawrence P. Seidman (SX 1966) has been ordained as a rabbi by the Academy for Jewish Religion-California. He is particularly interested in connecting religion with scientific thinking. He is also writing a weekly column on religion for the Orange County Register.

Brian C. Hart (SX 2002), an astrophysicist in Madison, Alabama, has started work on his second Ph.D., this time in electrical engineering. "I am doing this because I believe that one should never stop learning!"

Gerald Sonnenfeld (SX 1979) has been named vice president for research at Clemson University.

Laurence M. Demers (SX 1981) Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Pathology and Medicine at Penn State University's M.S Hershey Medical Center, has been selected by the American Association of Clinical Chemistry as the recipient of the 2010 Morton K. Schwartz Award for Significant Contributions in Cancer Research Diagnostics.

Harry E. Nursten (SX 1962) and his late colleague, James Rothwell, recently published The University of Reading, Department of Dairying, the History of an Unusual University Department Over Its First Hundred Years. Copies can be obtained from him, £10.00 UK, £12.00 from overseas, including postage.

Harold M. Farrell (SX 1969), an emeritus research chemist at the USDA's Dairy Processing and Products Research Unit (Eastern Regional Research Center), has received the California Dairy Research Foundation's William C. Haines Dairy Science Award in recognition of his contributions to the field of dairy science.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for May 2010

Sastry G. Pantula (SX 1982), president of the American Statistical Association, has been named director of the National Science Foundation Division of Mathematical Sciences in the Mathematical and Physical Science Directorate. His appointment will become effective in September. Pantula has been head of the Department of Statistics at North Carolina State University since 2002.

Martin Weinstein (SX 1958) of San Antonio, Texas, renowned metallurgist, business leader and former vice chairman and chief executive officer of Sequa Corp., has received the prestigious Davies Medal for Engineering Achievement from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Engineering.

Sherry J. Yennello (SX 1997), professor of chemistry and associate dean for faculty affairs in the College of Science at Texas A&M University, has been selected by the Texas A&M Women's Faculty Network as the recipient of its 2010 Outstanding Mentoring Award. In 2000, she received Sigma Xi's Young Investigator Award.

Diana A. Lados (SX 2001), assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and director of the university's Integrative Materials Design Center, has received the Robert Lansing Hardy Award from The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society. She also recently received the 2010 Sigma Xi Outstanding Junior Faculty Researcher Award at WPI.

Frederick C. Berry (SX 1990) has been appointed vice president of academics at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Berry will begin July 1, and succeeds Roger Frankowski, who is retiring after 42 years of service to the university.

Renato Aguilera (SX 2003), professor of biology and director of the graduate program in biology at The University of Texas at El Paso, will be the recipient of the 2010 William A. Hinton Research Training Award from the American Society for Microbiology.

Daniel J. Simons (SX 1991), with co-author Christopher Chabris, has published a new book called The Invisible Gorilla (Crown, 2010), described by one reviewer as "a surprising guide to everyday illusions and the trouble they can steer us into." It's a thought-provoking book about perception, memory and faulty thinking. Simons and Chabris were creators of the famous "Gorillas in Our Midst" experiment, which showed that we can fail to notice something glaringly obvious-even when it is right before our eyes. Simons is a professor of psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and Chabris is an assistant professor of psychology at Union College in Schenectady, New York.

John H. Manhold (SX 1955), former professor of pathology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, writes: "At 90, I have very little to do with science these days. However, old scientists never really stop working, so they write novels. My first two were award winners, and my third, LOBO, a Civil War story, has just been published. Details are available on my Web page www.johnmanhold.com."

Harold A. Geller (SX 2006), an astrobiologist at George Mason University, was quoted in the latest edition of GamePro magazine in an article titled "The Real Science of Mass Effect 2."

Clarence R. Hickey (SX 1981) has a new book out on a 19th century physician and Civil War surgeon in Maryland called Send for the Doctor: The Life and Times of Dr. Edward E. Stonestreet. He offers portrayals and reenactments about this doctor, while explaining the improvements in medicine and the practice of medicine in the 19th century and its relation to medicine today. The book was published by the Montgomery County Historical Society.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for April 2010

Louise Evans (SX 1952) of Beverly Hills, California, Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology, received the 2009 Corann Okorodudu International Womens' Advocacy Award from the Society of the Psychology of Women (Division 35) at the American Psychological Association's annual convention.

Anthony Blose (SX 1979) will become provost and vice president for academic affairs at Angelo State University (San Angelo, Texas) in July. He has worked as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Lake Superior State University (Sault Sainte Marie, Minnesota) since 2007.

Edward Harwood (SX 1991), CEO and founder of Aero Farm Systems, LLC, received $500,000 in seed funding to value engineer and begin distribution of aeroponic systems that grow without sun and soil using a cloth media. A portion of the funding was used to create a one-of-a-kind LED array to determine plant responses to light quality that would optimize commercial production of leafy greens. Collaborators in this research include the Cornell University Department of Horticulture and RPI's Lighting Research Center.

Michelle R. Stem (SX 2008) has been named recipient of the 2010 Novo Dux Engineering Prize in recognition of her research and leadership potential. The award included a large collection of the extremely rare inorganic, organometallic and semiconductor material specimens that she needs for her materials science and engineering research. She will research these specimens for the development of multiscale optoelectronic materials and components for many applications, such as: energy and data storage, energy and data transfer, phononic and photonic guides, and photochromism. This will be highly interdisciplinary research that will provide opportunities for student researchers and faculty collaborations. Stem graduated in 2009 from the University of Texas at El Paso with a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering.

Stephen J. Morewitz (SX 2000) was appointed a San Jose State University Scholar Series presenter for the Spring 2010 semester. He presented a lecture about his book, Death Threats and Violence. New Research and Clinical Perspectives (New York: Springer, 2008).

Harold Harris (SX 1970) has been named 2010 Educator of the Year by the St. Louis Academy of Sciences. He is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Division of Teaching and Learning at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Joel K. Kearns (SX 1985) was named vice president for solar research and development at MEMC Electronic Materials in St. Peters, Missouri. He was most recently Transition Manager at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C. In October 2009, Kearns was awarded the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive for work at NASA.

Daryle Gardner-Bonneau (SX 1986), principal of Bonneau and Associates in Portage, Michigan, was named a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society in October, 2009. During her 30-year career as a human factors engineering specialist, she has contributed to ergonomics R&D in many domains, including aviation, telecommunications and health care. She is a recognized leader in international standards development in ergonomics and chairs the U.S. mirror group to ISO TC159 -Ergonomics. She has also been appointed to the National Academy of Sciences study committee on the "Role of Human Factors in Home Health Care" and is a co-editor and chapter author (Home Health Care) of the Handbook of Human Factors and Medical Device Design (CRC Press, 2010, in press).

Bassam Z. Shakhashiri (SX 1967) of Madison, Wisconsin, was awarded an honorary doctorate from Lebanese American University (July 2009), celebrated his 40th Christmas Lecture www.scifun.org (December 2009), was voted by the American Chemical Society Council as one of two candidates for ACS president-elect (March 2010) and urges all members to vote in the Fall election. Bassam and John W. "Jack" Sommer (SX 1985) of Cornelius, North Carolina, continue their efforts to reactivate the Sigma Xi chapter at the American University of Beirut.

James E. Trosko (SX 1962) is on a two-month Research Leave of Absence from Michigan State University. He was recently awarded a World Class University Distinguished Visiting Professorship to do research and lecture at Seoul National University. Trosko is in the Department of Veterinary Public Health in the College of Veterinary Medicine, where he is doing human stem cell research as it relates to both cancer and aging. In addition, as a former student of global bioethics under the late Van R. Potter (the man who coined the term), he is also giving lectures on bioethics to veterinary and human medical students. His goal is to use "comparative medicine" to stimulate research to benefit both human beings and non-human animals.

Roy Weinstein (SX 1953) writes: "I have recently been surprised by the largest spate of publicity since I received the Phi Kappa Phi National Triennial Scholar Award, circa 1983. I submitted a rather basic patent application, on a new type of superconducting magnet, on February 20, 1990. The Patent and Trademark Office took some time to make a decision, but the patent was finally issued on February 23, 2010, just 20 years and three days later." The Houston Chronicle featured the story March 25 on its front page.

Life Member Carl L. Johannessen (SX 1952), professor emeritus of geography at the University of Oregon, and John L. Sorenson, professor emeritus at Brigham Young University, have recently published a monumental work detailing the biological evidence for pre-Columbian Transoceanic Diffusion between tropical civilizations. World Trade and Biological Exchanges Before 1492 is available from iUniverse in both hard and soft cover formats. "We have discovered, through exhaustive literature reviews from the last 150 years that many researchers in various fields have postulated extensive interaction between the far-flung tropical cultures of the world long before the Europeans began their ocean journeys. We have not only compiled this evidence but spent many years traveling around the world to confirm the validity and accuracy of the published work and discover further avenues of ancient tropical civilizations' interactions with one another. We are, simply put, reassessing the very way in which the Western world teaches world history."

Guy Metcalfe (SX 1991), principal research scientist in fluid mechanics at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) of Australia, has won the inaugural 10xE Chemical Engineering/Entrepreneurship Challenge sponsored by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). The award was presented at the Energy Efficiency plenary by Amory Lovins, chief scientist of RMI, at the AIChE Spring Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. The challenge sought radically energy efficient designs of processes, devices and materials and honored the "elegant frugality" of processing by chaotic advection embodied by Metcalfe's RAM technologies for mixing and heat exchange of viscous materials.

Richard LaRosa (SX 1944) writes: "There is a worldwide inadequacy of precipitation on mountains. Scientific literature suggests that aerosols may be contributing too many cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) so that the condensed moisture is distributed on too many CCN and the droplets or ice particles are too small to coalesce and precipitate. I have suggested on www.sealevelcontrol.com that rafts of solar-heated evaporator panels moored in coastal waters may be able to increase the humidity of air passing over mountains so that the condensation particles are larger and have an increased probability of precipitating. Evaporator construction and deployment methods are suggested on the website. If these ideas can be successfully implemented, drought relief agencies will have more water available where it is needed."

Dave Calkins (SX 2007) was interviewed for a report in March by Discovery News titled "Glaucoma Starts in the Brain." Calkins is director of research at Vanderbilt University's Eye Institute. He leads a research team that has found that glaucoma starts with an injury in the brain.

Paul L. Nunez (SX 1985), emeritus professor at Tulane University, has a new book, Brain, Mind, and the Structure of Reality (Oxford University Press, 2010), on the easy and hard problems of consciousness. Some view human consciousness as 1) Nothing but a byproduct of sensory, moto and memory information processing, essentially saying that the hard problem is just an illusion. 2) Something mystical that lies beyond scientific purview, implying that the hard problem is just too hard to deal with. 3) Explained by flaky ideas, pseudo quantum mechanics, or appeals to fuzzy theology. By contrast, Nunez's new book aims for a proper balance between knowledge and ignorance.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for March 2010

Francisco J. Ayala (SX 1964), an evolutionary geneticist and molecular biologist at the University of California, Irvine, who has vigorously opposed the entanglement of science and religion while also calling for mutual respect between the two, has won the 2010 Templeton Prize. Ayala is a past president of Sigma Xi and received the Society's 2000 William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement.

Rita R. Colwell (SX 1960), distinguished professor at the University of Maryland and John Hopkins University, has been named the 2010 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate. She will receive the prize at a royal award ceremony September 9 during the 2010 World Water Week in Stockholm. Her pioneering research on the prevention of waterborne infectious diseases, especially cholera, has helped protect the health and lives of millions. Colwell is a past president of Sigma Xi and former director of the National Science Foundation.

Naiqian Zhang (SX 1988), professor of biological and agricultural engineering at Kansas State University, will spend four months later this year as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of the Philippines Los Banos. Zhang will teach and continue his research in sensors for precision agriculture.

Sue B. Clark (SX 1991) , a Washington State University professor and past chair of chemistry in the College of Sciences, has accepted the post of interim dean of the College of Sciences and will serve in that position beginning July 1, in the event that a new permanent dean is not on site by that date.

Aaron M. Podolefsky (SX 1994), president of the University of Central Missouri, has been named president of Buffalo State College.

Shankar Mahalingam (SX 1989), chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Riverside, has been named dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He will formally join the university in August.

Donald G. Burkhard (SX 1949), professor emeritus of physics at the University of Georgia, writes: "It is known by direct observation that stars in their galaxies have been and are accumulating to the outer fringes of their galaxies at a constant acceleration within the galaxy. The current speed reached by the stars in the Milky Way is 200km/sec. Likewise, the universe of galaxies are collectively receding from their point of origin at constant acceleration and also repelling one another with a constant acceleration of the same value as that of the stars within the galaxy. Scientists have attributed the phenomena to forces produced by so-called dark matter and energy. This fairytale account is wrong. A believer in dark matter today is similar to the believer in mysticism in the Middle Ages. The correct explanation is given at the Web site www.donaldgburkhard.com

Gerard Voland (SX 2001), dean at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Michigan-Flint.

Urbano Fra Paleo (SX 1998) at the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain has edited the book Building Safer Communities. Risk Governance, Spatial Planning and Responses to Natural Hazards (IOS Press, 2009). The text deals with proactive policies of governance to deal with natural hazards and mitigate the impact of disasters.

Michael. Lewis (SX 1963) of New Brunswick, New Jersey, received the 2009 Urie Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contributions to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society from the American Psychological Association's Developmental Psychology section. Lewis received the award and gave an address at the 2009 APA conference in Toronto last August.

Raymond S. Nickerson (SX 1959), retired senior vice president of BBN Technologies and research professor at Tufts University, has just published his eighth book, Mathematical Reasoning: Patterns, Problems, Conjectures and Proofs (Psychology Press, 2010). His other recent books from Psychology Press were Aspects of Rationality: Reflections on What it Means to be Rational, and Whether We Are (2008) and Cognition and Chance: The Psychology of Probabilistic Reasoning (2004).

Michael J. Stillman (SX 1992) of Framingham, Massachusetts, is now doing business as DendWrite Communications, offering medical and scientific writing/editing services for white papers, abstracts, poster/oral/slide presentations, manuscripts, Web sites and other formats.

Charles J. Amlaner (SX 1987) is now vice president for research and dean of the Graduate College at Kennesaw State University. In his 23 years in higher education, Amlaner has served as chair of four departments at two universities, the University of Arkansas and Indiana State University, and served two years as an administrative fellow for research and graduate studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana State University.

John W. "Jack" Sommer (SX 1985) of Cornelius, North Carolina, reports that the New Zealand Association of Scientists has released the 2008 Survey of New Zealand Scientists and Technologists there, which he led. The genesis of this project, now 15 years old, lay in 1986 and 1988 surveys of New Zealand scientists that Sommer conducted for Sigma Xi. He says that a 1996 survey was an important source of information for policy-makers in Wellington, and the 2008 survey promises to be a valuable follow-up.

Max J. Seel (SX 1991) has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs at Michigan Technological University. Seel has been serving as interim provost since January 2009. A native of Germany, he taught and did research in quantum chemistry and computational physics at the University of Erlangen-Nurnberg until joining the Michigan Tech physics faculty in 1986.

Henry Petroski (SX 1968), Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and professor of history at Duke University, is featured on the cover of the February issue of Civil Engineering. The magazine contains an excerpt from his new book, The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems. Petroski is also the author of an invited chapter on engineers and bridges in the recently released book, Seeing Further: The Story of Science and the Royal Society, published on the occasion of the 350th anniversary of the Royal Society. He writes the monthly "Engineering" column for American Scientist magazine.

Timir Banerjee (SX 1973) of Louisville, Kentucky, received the 2009 Compassionate Physician Award from the Jewish Hospital and St. Mary's Foundation and has been selected to receive the 2010 Humanitarian of the Year Award from the American Association of Neurosurgeons, which will be awarded May 5 in Philadelphia.

Nagib M. A. Nassar (SX 2006) , a geneticist, botanist and plant breeder at the University of Brazil, recently published a Letter to the Editor of SciDevNet titled "Indigenous cassava key to tackling malnutrition." Genetics and Molecular Research also published a homage to him celebrating his 50 years of teaching and research.

Park S. Nobel (SX 1960), the world's leading authority on the ecophysiology of agaves and cacti, has just published his 16th book, Desert Wisdom/Agaves and Cacti: CO2, Water, Climate Change. The book describes the current uses of these plants and provides predictions on their responses worldwide to future climates. In particular, both agaves and cacti conserve water and produce well in arid and semi-arid regions, in large measure because they employ Crassulacean Acid Metabolism with nocturnal stomatal opening. Both can cope with increasing temperatures and changing rainfall patterns and actually benefit from increasing atmospheric CO2 levels. Check it out on his website, www.eeb.ucla.edu/nobel

Leon L. Combs (SX 1968) of Marietta, Georgia, professor and head emeritus of chemistry at Mississippi State University and professor emeritus and chair of chemistry and biochemistry at Kennesaw State University, has published a Christian science fiction book titled A Search for Reality that is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. The story is about a scientist's search for reality, which results in his becoming a Christian at a time when acknowledging such an allegiance would result in his being subjected to a "brain wipe" and thus loss of his career. The search by the scientist leads him through various theories of reality and involves virtual reality modules used by the government to mold citizens away from religion and toward acceptance of government's model of reality.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for February 2010

Jonathan B. Gressel (SX 1962) of the Weizmann Institute of Science has won the Israel Prize for Agricultural Research, regarded as the nation's highest honor. An internationally renowned expert on plant biotechnology, Gressel is also chief scientific officer for TransAlgae Ltd. The citation noted that he has carried out "breakthrough studies in the molecular mechanisms that allow the extermination of weeds in agriculture."

Eduard Muljadi (SX 1990), a researcher at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, has been elected a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering for his "contributions to wind turbine control and integration of wind power in the power system grid."

Sigma Xi Members in the News for January 2010

The Natick Chapter of Sigma Xi has instituted an Annual William L. Porter Memorial Sigma Xi Lecture, in honor of a long-time chapter member who was very active on the program committee, organizing many lectures. Porter died last year at age 91 after a long, productive career with the U.S. Army Natick Research, Development and Engineering Center in Natick, Massachusetts.

Lucy Shapiro (SX 1962), director of the Beckman Center for Molecular and Genetic Medicine at Stanford University, will receive the 2010 American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Abbott-ASM Lifetime Achievement Award for her work on understanding the life of a cell. Sponsored by Abbott Laboratories, this is ASM's premier award for sustained, remarkable contributions to the microbiological sciences. Shapiro's three decades of work on Caulobacter cresentus has provided the most thorough understanding of the cell cycle in bacteria.

Patrick R. Murray (SX 1976) will receive the 2010 American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Founders Distinguished Service Award for his more than 25 years of service to the society. An ASM member since 1974, Murray's most visible leadership role has been as the editor-in-chief of four consecutive editions of the Manual of Clinical Microbiology, a premier ASM publication. He also served for 15 years on the editorial board and as an editor of the Journal of Clinical Microbiology.

Jennifer C. Shieh (SX 2003) has co-authored Guide to Research Techniques in Neuroscience (Elsevier/Academic Press, 2009), an introduction to the wide range of methods used to study the nervous system, from fMRI and electrophysiology to Western blots and confocal imaging.

Richard J. Komp (SX 1965), director of the Maine Solar Energy Association (MESEA), recently wrote a report on his solar energy work in Rwanda, which is available on the association Web site. At last report Komp was in Nicaragua working with the Grupo Fenix and the Solar Women of Totogalpa. Last year these women were one of five groups in the world to win the important United Nations SEED Award, and Komp got to be at the UN headquarters in New York as one of the people representing them to receive the award. Also in 2009 he worked in Pakistan. He will return to Rwanda in April, with a stopover in Mali to check on how the Afriqpower group of orphans are doing in their solar company.

William Z. Lidicker, Jr. (SX 1955), professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, was elected to a second term as president of the International Federation of Mammalogists at the 10th International Congress of Mammalogy held in Mendoza, Argentina, in August 2009.

John Chrysochoos (SX 1978), professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of Toledo, Ohio, has recently published a non-fiction book called In Reason We Trust, about politics, U.S. government and current affairs. It is available online and in some bookstores (www.RoseDogbookstore.com, Amazon.com, www.Borders.com and other online sites. His other books, Beyond the Blue Ikarian Sea (non-fiction) and Elusive Dreams (fiction on public education), are also available online. Contact him at: jchryso@utnet.utoledo.edu

Sigma Xi Members in the News for December 2009

Karthik Bodhinathan (SX 2009) was awarded the 2009 Alec Courtelis Award by the University of Florida International Center. The award was presented at the International Student Academic Awards Ceremony. The award was presented “in recognition of Karthik Bodhinathan academic excellence and outstanding contribution to the university community”.

Theodore L. Brown (SX 1955) has published two new books: Imperfect Oracle: The Epistemic and Moral Authority of Science, Penn State University Press, 2009 and Bridging Divides: The Origins of the Beckman Institute at Illinois, University of Illinois Press, 2009.

Frank R. Tangherlini (SX 1956) reports that his 1958 Stanford Ph.D. thesis, "The Velocity of Light in Uniformly Moving Frames," (Prof. Sidney D. Drell, thesis advisor) is now available on the Internet courtesy of The Abraham Zelmanov Journal. See: http://Zelmanov.ptep-online.com/issues.html. The thesis will appear later this year in Volume 2 of the journal. He says this came about due to interest in the thesis expressed several years ago by Dr. Gregory B. Malykin, of the Institute of Applied Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Nizhni Novgorod. "The thesis is preceded by a 2009 preface by me that indicates how it came to be written, going back to some ideas I developed when I was a graduate student at the University of Chicago in the early 1950s, before completing my graduate work in the late 1950s at Stanford," Tangherlini says. It is followed by a brief article explaining in further detail one of the chapters of the thesis that deals with Maxwell's equations. There is also a lengthy article by Dr. Malykin and his son Edward G. Malykin (an assistant prof. of mathematics) commenting on the significance of the thesis, and its relation to other contributions to the subject of a similar nature, which is accompanied by numerous references to the literature.

Wilber E. Goll (SX 1953) of Shawnee, Kansas, recalls that at the time of his induction into Sigma Xi he was working with a group of colleagues on a classified project involving the development of "flash suppressors" for a number of military weapons. Several patents were eventually granted involving Midwest Research Institute in Kansas City, Missouri.

Tzu-Yang Yu (SX 2007) writes: "After graduating from MIT in June 2008, I joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell in September 2008. I have a book entitled "Damage Detection of GFRP-concrete Systems Using Electromagnetic Waves" recently published by Lambert Academic Publishing, Koln, Germany. I am working on a research project sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), regarding the dielectric properties of cementitious composites."

Yu Tong Jade Morton, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Miami University, was named 2009 Researcher of the Year by the Miami University-Ohio Chapter of Sigma Xi. His award lecture was on "The Global Positioning System: Past, Present and Future."

Sigma Xi Members in the News for November 2009

Sheila S. Emmett (SX 1968) has been named "Professional of the Year" by Cambridge Who's Who for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in all aspects of secondary education.

Paul W. Bosland (SX 1986) at New Mexico State University recently received the 2009 New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Award. He is a world expert on chili genetics, breeding and evaluation, leading that research at NMSU. He has also headed a program that provides first-generation children of migrant farm workers the opportunity to experience agricultural research.

Natarajan Krishnamurthy (SX 1969) reports from Singapore that he has been invited to run a one-day workshop "Risk Management for Movers and Shakers" on Sunday, December 6, 2009 at the annual meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis in Baltimore, Maryland. He will also be presenting a paper with a new proposal for risk assessment at the same meeting, on the 9th. He will be giving a copy of his book, Introduction to Risk Management, as part of course material. For further details, he may be contacted at: safety@profkrishna.com

Anthony Debons (SX 1953), professor emeritus in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, is the author of a new text titled Information Science 101, designed to alert high school students and college freshman of the broad scope of Information science--its subjects and career possibilities. "Information Science's broad perspective is written to provide a frame of reference to students who are shaping their career interests," he says. The book is published by Scarecrow Press (2008).

Walter R. May (SX 1961) of SFA International, Inc. in Houston, Texas, published a book in 2008 called U.S. Energy Independence - A Plan for Energy Independence by 2020. It is available at Barnes & Noble and other bookstores, as well as on his company Web site. "The energy situation in the U.S. is critical and becoming more so with every passing day," he says.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for October 2009

William M. Manger (SX 1956) and the National Hypertension Association in New York, which he chairs, have received the Mayo Clinic Alumni Association Humanitarian Award for their efforts to prevent and combat the obesity crisis in our nation. Their VITAL (Values Initiative Teaching About Lifestyle) program, which teaches healthy eating and appropriate physical activity to schoolchildren (kindergarten through grade 2), has been enormously successful in improving lifestyle and preventing excess weight gain. "We have implemented the program in elementary schools in 11 states and Washington, D.C.," Manger reports.

Joel S. Miller (SX 1979) was honored with the prestigious 2009 Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition award by the Academy of General Dentistry recognizing his commitment to lifelong learning, volunteer services to the communities in need, mentorship to associates and new dentists and participation in organized dentistry.

Alexander Lowy (SX 1931) was a distinguished author, educator, inventor and university professor. His life (1889-1941), along with his many accomplishments in the field of science (especially organic chemistry), are now being acknowledged by his family and also by the University of Pittsburgh. Visit www.alexanderlowy.com to learn more about his contributions and how they made a difference.

Virginia Steen-McIntyre (SX 1964) reports that a new umbrells Web site called The Pleistocene Coalition brings together scientists and researchers whose data seriously question the ruling dogma, "Cave Man Dumb: Modern Man Smart." Homo erectus, at least, just may be in for a major image change!

Eugenie Carol Scott (SX 2003) has received the California Academy of Sciences' highest honor, the Fellows Medal. The medal recognizes Scott's "...many important contributions to science, education, and evolution, and for her tireless efforts to safeguard scientific integrity in public life."

Sigma Xi Members in the News for September 2009

John E. Warnock (SX 1964) was won the 2008 National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the nation’s highest honor for technological and scientific achievement, for pioneering contributions that spurred the desktop publishing revolution.

Michele G. Wheatly (SX 1985) has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs at West Virginia University.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for August 2009

John W. Prados (SX 1956), vice president and University Professor Emeritus at the University of Tennessee, received the Benjamin Garver Lamme Award at the 2009 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition. He was honored for 50 years of combined service to the University of Tennessee as well as professional and governmental organizations. Prados has served Sigma Xi for many years in a variety of capacities at the local and national levels, including multiple terms as Society treasurer.

Christopher Colenda (SX 2005), dean of medicine at Texas A&M University, will become West Virginia University's new chancellor for health sciences.

Robert C. Titus (SX 1971), professor of geology at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, has begun a weekly column about the geology of the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains in four newspapers of the Hudson-Catskill Newspaper Chain. His column "Windows Through Time" focuses on the geological history of the region.

Ana Barahona (SX 1995), a professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, is the new president of the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology for 2009-2011.

Life member A. Fred Spilhaus (SX 1961), recently retired executive director of the American Geophysical Union and only one of eight Council of Scientific Society Executives (CESSE) Leadership Award recipients, was honored in Orlando at the CESSE annual meeting in July with the renaming of the coveted award to the A. Fred Spilhaus Leadership Award.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for July 2009

Nancy L. Elwess (SX 1999), associate professor of biological sciences at SUNY Plattsburgh, has been named by President Obama as a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. The award is designed to recognize the crucial role that mentoring plays in the academic and personal development of students studying science or engineering and who belong to minorities that are underrepresented in those fields.

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