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Events Archive for the UMC Chapter

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2007-2008
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02 April 2008 - Spring Lecture and Induction

Dr. Veronica Vaida, a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Colorado, spoke to the Chapter on “Solar Energy and the Environment.” The induction and lecture was held on April 2 in the Mark Twain Ballroom of Memorial Union with a 5:00 p.m. reception, 5:30 p.m. induction of new members (a total of 5), and Dr. Vaida’s lecture at 6:00 p.m. About 250 people attended the lecture. Afterward, chapter officers took Dr. Vaida to dinner at Addison's cafe.


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21 March 2008 - Brown Bag Lunch

There was an informal meeting of our Sigma Xi chapter on Friday, March 21. Held in conjunction with the Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Society (FASS) Fish Fry, we met at Noon to eat and talk about science and technology issues. Tables were available at the Fish Fry, with spill over in the Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building, Room 114.


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Sigma Xi General Meeting 1-2 pm Thur., Feb. 7
155 William Stringer Wing

AGENDA

Call to Order

Introductions
Attendance

Report of the Vice President
Report of the Secretary
Report of the Treasurer
Report of the Web Editor

Old Business
History
By-Laws
- 2007-2008 Activities Planning
Nominations of new Members
Fall Lecture and Induction

New Business

Spring Social / Lunch / Brown Bag

Spring Lecture and Induction
Awards

Next Meeting Time
-Elections

Adjournment


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Sigma Xi Fall Lecture, Thursday, November 8, 2007

The Fall Sigma Xi Lecture was held in 100 Stewart Hall beginning at 4 p.m. Dr. Lori Eggert of MU Biological Sciences spoke on “Bear Tracks – Tracing Missouri Bears Through Time.”

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Sigma Xi General Meeting 1-2 pm Tues., Sept 25
155 William Stringer Wing

AGENDA

Call to Order

Introductions
Attendance

Report of the Vice President
Report of the Secretary
Report of the Treasurer
Report of the Web Editor
Report of the Lecture Committee - R. Kremer and D. Noltie

Old Business
History
By-Laws

New Business
- Listserv
- 2007-2008 Activities Planning
Nominations of new Members
Fall Lecture and Induction
Fall Social / Lunch / Brown Bag
Spring Lecture and Induction
Awards
Spring Social

Adjournment

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MINUTES
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Minutes of the September 25, 2007 Sigma Xi Meeting

1 PM 155 William Stringer Wing

In Attendance: Patrick Market (President); Clark Gantzer (Past President); Tony Lupo; Lori Eggert; Chris Melick (student member); Mingxuan Fan (student member); Lisa Meihls (student member); Charlie Nilon; Tom Marrero; Doug Noltie (Committee Member); Ingolf Gruen (Past Treasurer); Harry Tyrer (Treasurer); Todd Schachtman (Secretary)

Dr. Market opened the meeting. The agenda for the day’s meeting was distributed. There was discussion about the national listserv; not all email addresses may be correct and that may explain why not all members/officers received Patrick’s email about the meeting.

Approval of the minutes from the previous meeting was sought. There was no hardcopy of the minutes provided so Dr. Gantzer read the minutes from his lap-top and they were approved.

Treasurer’s Report: We have not yet received the check from the national organization. There is no change in the treasury report. The two checks from the national organization will be about $3500. We receive more money this year because of an increase in local membership dues. Our deficit on the campus remains. The Division Director did not cover the deficit, but it was set to zero. We must cover the deficit by June 30, 2008.

There was a discussion about grants that are available. There are grants for students that can range from $3000-$4000. They are competitive but the national organization likes to spread the money around the country.

Our webpage has been moved from Food Sciences (URL http://web.missouri.edu/~umcfsbsigmaxi/index.html) to the national organization (URL http://www.sigmaxi.org/chapters/web/index.php?chapter_id=142) and we will be putting all of our minutes from our meetings on this national website.

Lecture Committee: Bob Kramer and Doug Noltie are members of our Lecture Committee and Bob couldn’t be here for important reasons. There are funds from the national organization ($400-$500). The individual must be from Sigma Xi’s list of distinguished lecturers. This list has people that look interesting and, given our financial situation, it would be good to find someone that works, perhaps from Colorado or Michigan.

For our Fall induction, we should use a local speaker. Lori is graciously considering this possibility as she would be presenting to a broad section of the university on her work in the incoming population of black bears into Missouri. This would be especially good since the Missouri Department of Conservation has a notable presence in Columbia. Good attendance is quite possible as a JPL scientist spoke in Jesse Wrench Auditorium for Sigma Xi and had great attendance. This presentation will be available to nonmembers as part of our charge is to recognize excellence in science to the public.

Membership: There was a discussion about our membership. We have 178 active members and 505 inactive members. Perhaps 250 of these 505 are no longer with the university. Can we find out which of our emails to our 505 inactive members get bounced since this will tell us who is no longer with the campus? We need to make better contact with our 178 active members. Perhaps we can have a “bring a student night”. It may take money to increase membership. We spent a lot of money on ads in newspapers in the past.

By Laws: We now have an electronic format for our by-laws since the text was scanned. However, scanning produces some unwanted characters and so this text needs to be cleaned up (edited). We also have to make some changes since our by-laws states that one individual will be both secretary and treasurer. We will discuss the updating of our by-laws at our next meeting. Two or three people volunteered to help with editing our by-laws

New Business: Do we have a process for nominating new members? Yes, we obtain nomination forms through mailings from the national organization and the form is available from the national website. Should we have a nominating committee? Is this the same as our membership committee? Can we get members to nominate their students?

There was some discussion of activity planning. We brought up the idea of having a meal somewhere at the expense of the attendees and perhaps having someone give an informal overview of their field and research interests. It would be good to have each member bring along a potential new member so that the new member could become tempted to join our chapter.

There was a lot of discussion about our fall meeting—which might occur in early November. We could use Monsanto, or ABNR 123, or Conservation Hall (although it is booked some evenings).

History: There was some discussion of the history of our chapter. Over the years, there has been a waxing and waning of activity in our chapter but activity has been fairly high in recent years. The chapter was very active under Gene Iannotti’s presidency. Ruth McDonald was our next President.

Awards: We do not presently have money for awards. We could give non-monetary awards.

Adjourned: 2:11 PM.


Prepared by Todd Schachtman

 

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