University of Massachusetts - Lowell Chapter of Sigma Xi Local Events
Annual Sigma Xi Banquet
Tuesday, 4 May 2010
of the Local Chapter
of the UMass Lowell chapter of the Society of Sigma Xi with Banquet speaker,
Dr. Suzanne M. M. Young. From the left (seated): Ms Elizabeth
Fortin, Chapter Administrative Assistant; Dr. Young. From the
left (standing): Dr. Art Mittler, Treasurer; Dr. Aram Karakashian, Awards
Officer; Dr. Sandy McDonald, At-Large (Chemistry); Dr.
Bob Gamache, Vice President; Dr. Mary Elizabeth Hooker, At-Large
(Health and Environment); and Dr. Bob Tamarin, President.
The banquet took
place in the MIL Room of the Wannalancit Mill Building, a beautiful old Textile
High School Teacher of the Year
The UMass Lowell chapter initiated the High School Teacher of the
Year Award in 2004 to honor an outstanding high school science or math
teacher, one responsible for instilling in students an excitement about
the sciences and technology. The 2010 awardee is Al Chuckran of Dracut
Senior High School, Massachusetts. From the left (seated); Kathy Downing,
Science Department Head at Dracut Senior High School; Jessica Lindroth,
UMass Lowell student who nominated Mr. Chuckran; and Christina Chuckran,
Mr. Chuckran's wife. From the left (standing): Dave Chuckran, Mr. Chuckran's
brother; James Generoso, Principal of Dracut Senior High School; Bob
Tamarin, local Sigma Xi Chapter President; Mr. Al Chuckran; and Doug
Souza, Chair of Math at Dracut Senior High School.
Research Scholar Award
This year, the candidates for the award
in the Sciences were so outstanding that three awards were made. With local
chapter President Bob Tamarin is (top) Kate Tsui (Computer Science, a repeat
awardee working with Assoc. Prof. Holly Yanco) and (bottom) Cecil Joseph (Physics,
working with Prof. Bob Giles). Absent was Seaho Jeon, a Chemistry student
working with Prof. Long Chiang. Each awardee received a certificate and a
check for $1,000.
Prof. Charlie Steele Memorial Scholarship
Ursula Steele (left), widow of Professor Charlie Steele, stands with
the Professor Charlie Steele Memorial Scholarship awardee, Swathi Kurunji
2010 C. Daniel Cole Undergraduate Research Award
Students competing for the C. Daniel Cole Undergraduate Research prize
must have participated in the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium at UMass
Lowell. The awardees are also inducted into Sigma Xi as Associate Members. Shown
are Dr. Aram Karakashian (right), Cole Award Officer of the local chapter, and
this year's awardee, Thomas Harrington, a Physics undergraduate working with
Prof. Partha Chowdhury.
Faculty Award for the Advancement
of Teaching and Learning in the Sciences
This award was created by Sciences Advisory Board member Susan Pasquale and
her husband, Ron Boudreau, both pictured above presenting the award to Dr. Marina
Ruths of Chemistry (center). The award is designed to reward the scholarship
of New Full
New full members of Sigma Xi are shown
above. From the left: Dr. Bob Gamache, Vice President of the local chapter,
Dr. Lakshmi Pandian, Postdoctoral Fellow in Physics; Assistant Prof. Yan
Luo, in Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Assistant Prof. Nancy Goodyear,
in Clinical Laboratory and Nutritional Sciences. Also inducted as a New Associate
Member was Thomas Harrington (Cole Award winner pictured above).
Our Banquet Speaker
this year was Dr. Suzanne M. M. Young, NASA Scientist. For the past
several years, Suzanne did research for NASA's Phoenix Scout 2007 Mission to
Mars. For her role as Science Plan Integrator, she received the NASA Achievement
Award "For outstanding performance in the planning for the execution of
the science for the Phoenix Mission." Currently, Suzanne resides near Portsmouth,
NH, where she continues analyzing the chemical data from the mission and writing
scientific papers about the results and her assessment of biohabitability. She
teaches a variety of chemistry classes at University of New Hampshire and at
University of Massachusetts Lowell as an adjunct professor. The title of her
Phoenix Mission to Mars: Top Ten Discoveries of NASA's Innovative Explorer of
the Red Planet and the Implications for Bio-habitability"
thanks to our Administrator, Ms Elizabeth Fortin, for making all the arrangements
for our Banquet.
back in the fall for information about the 2010-2011 awards competitions and
the 2011 Banquet.
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