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2010 Banquet

University of Massachusetts - Lowell Chapter of Sigma Xi Local Events

2010 Annual Sigma Xi Banquet

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Officers of the Local Chapter

Officers 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 Venue

The banquet took place in the MIL Room of the Wannalancit Mill Building, a beautiful old Textile Mill.


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.

Graduate 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 (Computer Science).

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 teaching.


Induction of New Full Members

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).


Guest Lecture

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 talk was:

"The Phoenix Mission to Mars: Top Ten Discoveries of NASA's Innovative Explorer of the Red Planet and the Implications for Bio-habitability"


Special thanks to our Administrator, Ms Elizabeth Fortin, for making all the arrangements for our Banquet.

Check back in the fall for information about the 2010-2011 awards competitions and the 2011 Banquet.


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