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Sigma Xi Members in the News for July 2007

James H. Goodnight (SX 1973), founder and CEO of SAS Institute Inc. in Cary, North Carolina, has been named to receive this year’s “Citizen of the World Award” by the International Affairs Council, which honors a North Carolinian who has done the most for the internationalization of the state.

Harvey A. Bender (SX 1957) at the University of Notre Dame has been named a “Distinguished Hoosier,” one of the highest honors given by Indiana to its citizens.

Six of the eight recipients of the 2006 National Medal of Science are Sigma Xi members: University of Michigan math and education professor Hyman Bass (SX 1955), University of Colorado chemist Marvin H. Caruthers (SX 1965), University of Maryland marine microbiologist Rita Colwell (SX 1960), California Institute of Technology chemist Peter B. Dervan (SX 1971), Pennsylvania State University molecular biologist Nina V. Fedoroff (SX 1967) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology chemical and biomedical engineer Robert S. Langer (SX 1973). Federoff received Sigma Xi's 1997 John P. McGovern Science and Society Award, and Colwell is a past president of the Society and former director of the National Science Foundation.

Ikram Khawaja (SX 1968) has been named interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Youngstown State University.

Adam Guy Riess (SX 1992) at Johns Hopkins University has been awarded the 2007 Peter Gruber Cosmology Prize, one of the most prestigious prizes given annually in the field.

F. Andrew Schoolmaster (SX 1984) has been named dean of Texas Christian University's AddRan College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Engineering student Anima Singh (SX 2007) at Swarthmore College has received a Record Scholarship from Tau Beta Pi for the 2007-2008 academic year. The scholarship includes a cash award of $2,000 and is named for the late Leroy E. Record, who was a member of both Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi. Tau Beta Pi is the national engineering honor society, of which Ms. Singh is also a member.

Jay C. Means (SX 1969) has been named dean of the College of Sciences at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Four Sigma Xi members at North Carolina State University have received National Science Foundation Faculty Early Development Career Awards, one of the highest honors given by NSF to young university faculty in science and engineering. They are Assistant Professor of Chemistry Lin He (SX 2000), Assistant Professor of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry Robert Bennett Rose (SX 2006), Assistant Professor of Physics Karen E. Daniels (SX 1994) and Assistant Professor of Chemistry Paul Anthony Maggard, Jr. (SX 1998).

Sigma Xi Members in the News for June 2007

Bobby Lynn Middlebrooks (SX 1971) has been named interim provost of the University of Southern Mississippi.

Sandra Hester Harpole (SX 1998) has been named one of the top 50 Leading Business Women in Mississippi by the Mississippi Business Journal.

Robert D. Grey (SX 1964) has been appointed acting chancellor of the University of California at Riverside.

Charles F. Lytle (SX 1958), a professor of zoology at North Carolina State University, has been elected president of the North Carolina Academy of Science.

Philip E. Nelson (SX 1968) at Purdue University has won the 2007 World Food Prize for his pioneering developments in food sterilization, storage and shipping. The technology he invented has not only benefited U.S. processors but also farmers in developing nations by making it possible to ship food to other markets, said Norman Borlaug (SX 1942), the Nobel Peace Prize laureate who founded the food award. Nelson will receive the $250,000 prize in Des Moines, Iowa, on October 18.

Norman E. Borlaug (SX 1942), who won the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize for his achievements in improving crop yields, will receive the Congressional Gold Medal at a Washington, D.C., ceremony in the Capitol rotunda July 17.

Kendall A. Blanchard (SX 1999) has been named president of Georgia Southwestern State University.

Robert P. Langlands (SX 1960) at the Institute for Advanced Study has been awarded, along with Richard Taylor of Harvard University, the 2007 Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences.

Germano Silvio Iannacchione (SX 2004) has been named head of the department of physics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Margaret L. Merryfield (SX 1980), in the department of chemistry at California State University in Long Beach, is the recipient of the 2007 Nicholas Perkins Hardeman Academic Leadership Award.

Nancy Gail Solomon (SX 1985), in the department of zoology at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, has been named the university's 2007 Sigma Xi Researcher of the Year.

Ralph A. Alpher (SX 1945) will receive the 2005 National Medal of Science in the physical sciences for providing the model for the Big Bang theory, as well as for his prediction that the expansion of the universe deposits background radiation. He is a trustee emeritus at the Dudley Observatory in Schenectady, New York, and Emeritus Distinguished Research Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Union College in Schenectady.

Gordon H. Bower (SX 1959) will receive the 2005 National Medal of Science in the behavioral and social sciences for his research into human memory and reasoning. He is an emeritus professor of psychology at Stanford University.

Tobin J. Marks (SX 1970) will receive the 2005 National Medal of Science in chemistry for research into the properties of new substances. He is a professor of chemistry and materials science and engineering at Northwestern University.

Torsten N. Wiesel (SX 1993) will receive the 2005 National Medal of Science in the biological sciences for developing new insights about how the brain processes information collected by the retina. He is president emeritus of Rockefeller University.

Sunita V. Cooke (SX 1988) has been named president of Grossmont College in El Cajon, California.

Anthony M. Iacopino (SX 1991) has been named dean of the faculty of dentistry at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, effective July 1. He serves on the Sigma Xi Board of Directors as the Research and Doctoral Universities Constituency Director.

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