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2012 Banquet

University of Massachusetts - Lowell Chapter of Sigma Xi Local Events

2012
Annual Sigma Xi Banquet
Tuesday, 1 May, 2012

Officers of the Local Chapter


Officers of the UMass Lowell chapter of the Society of Sigma Xi with Banquet speaker, David Miller, M.D., and guests. From the left (seated): Dr. Sandy McDonald, At-Large, Chemistry; Dr. Jessica Garb, At-Large, Biology; Ms Elizabeth Fortin, Chapter Administrator; Dr. Suzanne Phillips, President, North Shore Chapter of Sigma Xi, Gordon College. From the left (standing): Dr. Jim Whitten (Chemistry), Secretary; Dr. Miller; Dr. Bob Gamache (Environmental, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences), Vice President; Dr. Bob Kunzendorf, At-Large, Psychology; Dr. Art Mittler (Physics), Treasurer; Dr. Bram Lutton, School of Arts and Sciences, North Shore Chapter, Endicott College; Dr. Bob Tamarin, Dean of Sciences, President

The Venue


The Banquet took place in our new UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center in downtown Lowell.

 

Sigma Xi Grant-In-Aid of Research Award Winner

Ms Sandra Correa was awarded a Sigma Xi Grant-In-Aid of Research by the National Organization. She is flanked in the photo by Local Chapter President Bob Tamarin (left) and Biology Professor, Jessica Garb (right), with whom Ms Correa is working. Sandra is working on the evolution of spider venom proteins. She has also been awarded a grant from the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biologists and she was selected to be a Scholar of the Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES).

Graduate Research Scholar Award


This year, the candidates for the award in the Sciences were so outstanding, with each having between six and eight peer-reviewed publications, that three awards were made. With local chapter President Bob Tamarin is (top) Mr. Soumitra Satipathi (Physics with Prof. Jayant Kumar) and (bottom) Mr. Sethumadhavan Ravichandran (Chemistry, with Plastics Engineering Prof. Ramaswamy Nagarajan). (Absent is Ms Zhongli Liu, Computer Science, working with Prof Xinwen Fu.) Each awardee received a certificate and a check.

 

Prof. Charlie Steele Memorial Scholarship

The Professor Charlie Steele Memorial Scholarship awardee, Ms Diana Hincapie (Electrical and Computer Engineering), with Bob Tamarin, Chapter President (left) and Mrs. Charlie Steele. This scholarship honors the late Charlie Steele, a founder of the Computer Science Department at UMass Lowell.


Faculty Award for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning in the Sciences


This award was created by Sciences Advisory Board member, Dr. Susan Pasquale, and her husband, Mr. Ron Boudreau. The awardee this year is James Graham-Eagle ("Kiwi") pictured above on the right with Dr. Bob Tamarin, local Chapter President. The award is designed to reward the scholarship of teaching.

2012 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. Pictured on the left in the top picture is Dr. Bob Gamache, Vice President and Awards Officer, with Chris Roller, Environmental, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences research student who was awarded first prize. In the lower picture, Dr. Gamache is flanked by Julie Moran (left) and Sarah Marquis (right), second place awardees. They are students in the Department of Community Health and Sustainability in the School of Health and Environment.

 

Induction of New Members


New Associate members of Sigma Xi are shown above with Dr. Jim Whitten, Secretary of the local chapter. These students are the C. Daniel Cole Award winners. From the left: Whitten, Julie Moran, and Sarah Marquis of the Department of Community Health and Sustainability, and Chris Roller of the Department of Environmental, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences. Absent was Dr. Jagdeep Singh, a recent Chemistry graduate of the University who has an industrial position in California; he was inducted as a full member.

 

Guest Lecture



Our Banquet Speaker this year was David Miller, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Opthalmology at the Harvard Medical School. David is a prolific researcher, clinician, and entrepreneur. He has developed widely used techniques in eye sugery as well as novel instruments. He has also devoted time and energy in aiding eye doctors in less-developed countries. He created three companies and has 12 patents as well as 250 peer-reviewed publications, book reviews, and articles and 11 books. In addition, he has written and produced plays in which his wife, Renee, has acted; topics ranged from Alfred Wallace to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The title of his talk was:

"Optical Illusions: They Might Save Your Life"

 

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

 

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