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1998 Sigma Xi Annual Meeting
November 13-15, 1998

1998 Annual Meeting Program

Friday, November 13

8:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Committee on Diversity Meeting/Breakfast

12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
International Committee Meeting/Lunch

2:45 - 3:30 p.m.
Max Taylor and His Musical Dineflagelatte Show: An Enlightening Entertainment

3:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Break

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Assembly of Delegates I

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Regional Assemblies I

6:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Reception

7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Banquet
Procter Prize Winner
Carl Djerassi, Department of Chemistry, Stanford University
A Pill for Men, But Which Pill?

Honorary Member
Maurice Strong, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General (to be confirmed)

Saturday, November 14

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Committee on Diversity Joint Meeting with the Standing Committee Chairs/Breakfast

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Workshops

Mentoring for Professional Development of Under-Represented Young Faculty/Researchers
Speaker: Howard G. Adams, Adams & Associates
Mentoring to facilitate the career, personal and professional development of new faculty and researchers is a complex process that involves (1) the development issues and needs of the faculty/research (protégé) and his or her mentor, (2) the technical and management skills of the protégé, (3) the mentoring skills of the mentor, and (4) the mission and goal of the organization implementing the mentoring program.

Under the guidance of its Committee on Diversity, Sigma Xi is designing a mentoring program that will pair mentors with young faculty/researchers from under-represented groups.

This seminar will examine mentoring for professional development in the context of the mentor’s roles and responsibilities and will cover a variety of topic areas including: the language of mentoring, components of effective mentoring programs, building mutually beneficial mentoring alliances, proven mentoring strategies, and putting the pieces together.

Ethics
Facilitator: John Ahearne, Director, Sigma Xi Center
Delegates will receive a draft of a new booklet on ethics in research. An earlier version was discussed at a workshop at the annual meeting in Washington. The purpose of this workshop will be to get reactions from the delegates to the booklet that was commissioned to complement Sigma Xi's Honor in Science. In particular, questions to be addressed include: are there subjects that should be added, is the booklet balanced, and is it clear? Additional references would be useful as the preparation of this booklet nears completion.

Orientation for New Officers and New Delegates
Presenters: Evan Ferguson, Deputy Director, Sigma Xi; Pam Blondin, Director, Membership & Meetings, Sigma Xi
This workshop provides an opportunity for delegates and new officers to learn about Sigma Xi and its many facets, including membership, programs, governance, finances, and local chapter operations and how they are supported by the Society. A popular staple at Annual Meetings, this workshop also provides an opportunity for delegates, particularly those who are not familiar with Sigma Xi, to have their questions answered and to share their experiences and suggestions on how Sigma Xi might improve operations and programs. Information on resources and assistance that are available to chapters from Sigma Xi will also be described.

International Cooperation: What Role for Sigma Xi?
Facilitator: Thomas Malone, Sigma Xi Senior Advisor
Speakers: to be announced
This year’s Sigma Xi Forum on "International Cooperation in Science and Technology" will highlight many of the current issues and opportunities associated with the rapidly developing trends of international cooperation across the disciplines of science. From scientist-to-scientist communications, to sharing of research equipment, to massive international projects, there are many benefits to international collaboration and many complications as well. What role might Sigma Xi play in enhancing the opportunities for cooperation and collaboration? A distinguished group of panelists will initiate the discussion as a follow-up to this year’s Forum.

Designing A Chapter Web Site
Facilitator: Don Hunter, Director, Information Systems, Sigma Xi
Offered twice during this conference, this workshop will provide participants with the necessary tools and training to create a chapter web presence. The workshop will utilize commercial web authoring tools, shareware and freeware to create HTML pages for publishing to the World Wide Web. Templates and a Style Guide will be provided to each participant. There should be ample time to create a web site for your chapter during this session.

10:30 -11:00 a.m.
Break/Chapter Posters/Contributed Scientific Posters/
Discussion Group: Issues for Canadian Sigma Xi Members this meeting is open to all who wish to attend

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Regional Assemblies II

12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Lunch Break

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Workshops

Six Keys to Becoming an Outstanding Chapter Mentor
Facilitator: Sheryl Paul, Partner, Association Works
Sigma Xi plans to run a pilot program on inter-Chapter mentoring program with ten chapter pairs in 1999. This interactive workshop, targeted to selected and aspiring Chapter Mentors, will offer practical strategies for planning and implementing a successful chapter-to-chapter mentoring program. Participants will learn the secrets of establishing meaningful relationships, creating shared commitment, building a productive agenda, and recognizing/avoiding common mentoring pitfalls. Useful tools and relevant supporting materials will be provided to each participant.

Undergraduate Education Reform: Dissemination of Best Practices
Facilitator and speakers to be announced
Two years ago, the National Science Foundation released a report of the Advisory Committee to the National Science Foundation Directorate for Education and Human Resources, Shaping the Future: New Expectations for Undergraduate Education in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology. As part of the follow-up to the report, Sigma Xi hosted workshops summarizing the findings of the report at the Spring Annual Meeting, broadcast a Town Meeting on the topic last May, and continues to explore issues relating to the integration of research and teaching, particularly at the undergraduate level.

Sigma Xi is currently exploring the potential for a national effort to disseminate information about best practices in undergraduate education reform and in promoting research at the undergraduate level. Through a national series of workshops, an interactive web site, a series of publications, and the 1999 Sigma Xi Forum, the Society will attempt to pilot this dissemination effort in the coming year. The goal of this workshop is to present an outline of the proposed program and to encourage further development of the proposal through discussion and debate.

Science Advocacy for Sigma Xi Chapters
Facilitator: Loran Bieber, University of Michigan
Presenter: Carol Baker, Pharmacia-Upjohn; Marion Anderson, Employment Research Associates
Deeply concerned over the future of non-defense research and development funding, Michigan Sigma Xi members met with many of their Members of Congress this year. These meetings were organized as five person delegations including both academic and corporate representatives. The meetings took place in the Representatives’ District offices and all were of substantial length. This session will show how to put together a delegation, do pre-interview briefings, and identify key questions and challenges that are likely to arise. Panelists will discuss the benefits of the interviews to both the scientists and their Members of Congress, and their importance to a national debate on science policy.

Designing A Chapter Web Site
Facilitator: Don Hunter, Director, Information Systems, Sigma Xi
Offered twice during this conference, this workshop will provide participants with the necessary tools and training to create a chapter web presence. The workshop will utilize commercial web authoring tools, shareware and freeware to create HTML pages for publishing to the World Wide Web. Templates and a Style Guide will be provided to each participant. There should be ample time to create a web site for your chapter during this session.

4:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Break/Chapter Posters/Contributed Scientific Posters

4:30 - 5:15 p.m.
Young Investigator Lecture
John Gillaspy, Atomic Physics Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Little Ions with a Big Charge

5:15 - 6:15 p.m.
Assembly of Delegates II

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Reception hosted by the International Committee to Recognize International Delegates

Sunday, November 15

7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
International Committee Meeting/Breakfast

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Regional Assemblies III

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Break

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Assembly of Delegates III

 

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