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2003 Sigma Xi Annual Meeting

November 13-16, 2003
Hyatt Regency Los Angeles at Macy's Plaza
Los Angeles, California

In conjunction with the Sigma Xi Forum, Science and Engineering: Keys to International Understanding, November 12-13
And the Sigma Xi Student Research Conference, November 14-15

Through regional meetings, meetings of constituency groups, assemblies of delegates, workshops, and informal discussions, the Sigma Xi Annual Meeting offers an opportunity for delegates from Sigma Xi chapters to learn more about the Society, to gather ideas for chapter-based programs, to interact with colleagues from other chapters, and to conduct some Sigma Xi business. Additionally, various special programs and opportunities serve to enrich the environment for scientific exchange during the two days of the meeting.

The Annual Meeting is open to all interested participants. Registration is required, and each of Sigma Xi's chapters that are in good standing may designate up to three delegates to attend the meeting, though only one will receive airfare from the Society to attend the meeting.

John P. McGovern Science and Society Lecture
Nobel Peace Prize and Medal of Freedom winner Norman E. Borlaug, a distinguished professor at Texas A&M University, will present the annual John P. McGovern Science and Society Lecture, the transitional event between the Sigma Xi Forum and Annual Meeting. A long-time Sigma Xi member, Borlaug is an internationally acclaimed agronomist whose discoveries in high-yield agriculture sparked the Green Revolution in the mid-1960s, saving millions around the world from starvation.

William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement
Nuclear chemist Darleane C. Hoffman will receive Sigma Xi's 2003 William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement and present the Procter Prize Lecture at the Society's Annual Meeting. A recipient of the 1997 National Medal of Science, Hoffman is an internationally recognized authority on the heaviest elements. She holds joint appointments at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California at Berkeley. Hoffman was inducted into Sigma Xi at Iowa State University in 1951.

Young Investigator Award
Alexandra L. Basolo, a leading researcher in behavioral ecology, will receive Sigma Xi's 2003 Young Investigator Award in the Life Sciences and present a lecture on her research at the annual meeting. Basolo is an associate professor in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is best known for her work on the "preexisting bias" hypothesis for the evolution of mating preferences and preferred traits. According to colleagues, her impact in the field of behavioral ecology has stimulated extensive research in a new area.

Honorary Life Members
Los Angeles Times science writer Robert Lee Hotz and journalist Edwin H. Kiester, Jr. will be inducted as Honorary Members at the 2003 Annual Meeting. Hotz shared a Pulitzer Prize for earthquake coverage and has won the AAAS-Westinghouse Science Writing Award. Kiester's career highlights include serving as a reporter and editor for Parade Magazine. His freelance science articles have appeared in Discover, Smithsonian and Reader's Digest, among others.

Scientific Posters
The multidisciplinary nature of Sigma Xi membership creates a unique opportunity for scientific exchange during the Sigma Xi Annual Meeting. All annual meeting participants are encouraged to present a poster paper on current or recent research and to interact with colleagues not only as chapter officers but as scientists as well. Interested participants should first register for the annual meeting. Once registered, individuals are encouraged to submit a title to meeting@sigmaxi.org. The deadline for receipt of titles is October 6, 2003.

Chapter Program Posters and Presentations
One of the goals of the annual meeting is to promote the dissemination of good ideas among Sigma Xi chapters. Chapters that choose to send delegates are encouraged to share information in one or both of the following ways.

  • Chapter Posters: Each chapter representative is encouraged to bring a poster presentation that describes chapter activity and highlights particularly successful programs or initiatives. These posters need not be labor-intensive to create; information should be the focus.

  • Presentations in Workshops: Each year, Sigma Xi staff gather representatives from chapters to share information about programs and initiatives that might be interesting or useful to other chapter representatives. Workshop topics for 2002 are included in the program below, and representatives from chapters that have good programs in these areas are encouraged to contact Sigma Xi at chapters@sigmaxi.org chapters@sigmaxi.org.


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