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Sigma Xi Members in the News for March 2008

Peter Fitzgerald Dorman (SX 2001) of the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute has been named president of the American University of Beirut.

Xiaozhou Zhang (SX 2007) at Georgia State University has been recognized by the Membership Board and the Underrepresented Members Committee of the American Society for Microbiology for outstanding service as an online mentor of the ASM 2008 Minority Mentoring Program.

G. Wayne Clough (SX 1964), president of the Georgia Institute of Technology, has been named the 12th secretary of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the world's largest museum and research complex.

Christopher R. Brodie (SX 2004), an associate editor of American Scientist, has been named a Fulbright Scholar for 2008-2009. Starting in August, he will conduct science-writing workshops at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters in Oslo. He will also help the Academy plan a symposium on the coverage of science in Norwegian media and serve as an ambassador between journalists and scientists.

Peter W. Glynn (SX 1984) in the Division of Marine Biology/Fisheries at the University of Miami has been selected to receive the university's Provost Award for Scholarly Activity, which recognizes extraordinary research and scholarly pursuits.

James M. Adovasio (SX 1976) has been named provost at Mercyhurst College.

Steven G. Driese (SX 1982) in the department of geology at Baylor University has been elected president of the Society for Sedimentary Geology.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for February 2008

Robert Dennis Lyman (SX 2007) has been named provost at the University of Southern Mississippi.

A University of Central Missouri research team led by visiting professor of biology Harold W. Keller (SX 1971), and including biology graduate student Sydney E. Everhart (SX 2004), will be featured in an eposide called "Smoky Mountains Treetop Exploration" on the PBS program Wild Chronicles on or around Feb. 22 on PBS television stations nationwide. Scheduled broadcast of the program may vary by station.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for January 2008

Jerry Y. S. Lin (SX 1998) has been named chair of the department of chemical engineering in Arizona State University's Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, where he has been interim chair since July 2006.

The National Academy of Sciences has awarded its John J. Carty Award for the Advancement of Science to Thomas Eisner (SX 1954), J.G. Schurman Professor of Chemical Ecology at Cornell University, "for pathbreaking studies of the myriad ways that organisms utilize chemistry to mediate ecological interactions, which have provided a foundation for the field of chemical ecology."

The National Academy of Sciences has selected Norman P. Neureiter (SX 1953) to receive its most prestigious award, the Public Welfare Medal. He is director of the Center for Science, Technology and Security Policy at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Neureiter is being honored "for enhancing the status of science and technology in the U.S. State Department as the first science and technology adviser to the secretary of state and for spurring international cooperation in science and technology under U.S. leadership."

Bruce M. Alberts (SX 1960) has been named by the American Association for the Advancement of Science to serve as editor in chief of its journal Science beginning March 1.

Kenneth D. Gardner, Jr. (SX 1973) has shared honors in the naming of an endowed chair in kidney research at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. The Solomon, Gardner, Sterling Research Chair in Nephrology recognizes a physiologist, the late Sidney Solomon; Gardner, an internist-nephrologist; and William A. Sterling, a transplant surgeon, for their integrated contributions to teaching, patient care and investigation in the broad field of renal medicine.

Barrasso Consulting LLC, a company founded by Diane Spess Barrasso (SX 1983) of Westfield, New Jersey, will be fully integrated with Deloitte FAS' Forensic and Dispute Services as a new service line.

Urbano Fra (SX 1998) of the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, has joined the Spanish Scientific Committee of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP).

Crystal R. Icenhour (SX 2006) has been elected to a two-year term as chair of the board of directors of the National Postdoctoral Association. She is president and director of research for Phthisis Diagnostics in Charlottesville, Virginia, and also serves as executive director of the Marafiki Foundation.

Katherine M. Whatley (SX 1982) has been named provost at Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia.

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