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July 2011

Sigma Xi Emeritus & Life Member Newsletter

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N.B.: Dates in parenthesis after members' names denote their year of induction into Sigma Xi.

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SIGMA XI CELEBRATES 125TH ANNIVERSARY
Sigma Xi marks our 125th year of service in 2011 as the honor society of research scientists and engineers. To highlight this milestone, we're planning several exciting events throughout the year. But we need your participation to help us celebrate our quasquicentennial.

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NOMINATE MEMBERS FOR SIGMA XI's 125TH ANNIVERSARY AWARDS
125 Fresh Faces: To recognize 125 members under the age of 35 that have shown promise in their respective field of study and dedicated contributions to Sigma Xi. 125 Elite Members: To recognize 125 members, age 35 years or older, that have shown loyalty and dedication to Sigma Xi through activities and contributions.

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125TH ANNIVERSARY MERCHANDISE
Show your support for Sigma Xi and its quasquicentennial by purchasing branded merchandise, including tote bags, coffee mugs ceramic travel mugs and more.

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EARN A FREE YEAR OF MEMBERSHIP
Sigma Xi's new Member-Get-A-Member program gives all active Sigma Xi members a chance to earn a free year of membership by recommending five new members during a one-year period. Potential new members must list their Sigma Xi "Recommender" on the "Recommended by" line at the bottom of their nomination forms.

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EUROPEAN REGIONAL SIGMA XI CONFERENCE HELD IN
On May 24, the newly constituted European Region of Sigma Xi concluded its First Annual Meeting and Research Conference at Aalto University in Espoo, to the west of downtown Helsinki. The conference followed the successful Second Annual Meeting and Research Conference of the Nordic Chapter the previous day in the same venue, to which the European attendees were most welcome invited guests. Visit link above for details.

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STUDENTS RECEIVE SPECIAL SIGMA XI AWARDS AT INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE FAIR
Sigma Xi presented special awards for best demonstration of interdisciplinary research at the 2011 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles in May. More than 1,500 young entrepreneurs, innovators and scientists were selected to compete in the fair.

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THE CONRAD FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS
The Conrad Foundation, in partnership with NASA Ames Research Center, has announced the winners of 2011 The Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Awards, a competition for high school students to contribute to America's goal of improving science education. Sigma Xi serves as the official science advisor for the competition.

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2011 SIGMA XI ANNUAL MEETING IN RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA SAVE THE DATE!
On November 10-13, the 2011 Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and International Research Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, will bring together students, professional scientists and Sigma Xi members from North America and abroad. The event features a research conference with presentations in all fields of science and engineering, science sessions on ethics, lectures by award-winning speakers and society governance at the 112th Annual Meeting.

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AMERICAN SCIENTIST NOW AVAILABLE AT JSTOR AMERICAN SCIENTIST and SIGMA XI QUARTERLY
Archives from 1913 through 2005 are now available at JSTOR for people with institutional access. For those without access, you can still view the tables of contents for issues.

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AMERICAN SCIENTIST NOW ON FACEBOOK
Visit the new AMERICAN SCIENTIST Facebook page to keep up with articles, podcasts, author interviews and other content from award-winning AMERICAN SCIENTIST magazine, plus links to the best science news and book reviews elsewhere in the media. To make AMERICAN SCIENTIST posts appear in your Facebook news feed, go to the link above and click the "like" button.

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THE PUZZLE OF THE BED-BUG RESURGENCE
In a new audio slideshow, North Carolina State University entomologist COBY SCHAL (SX 1980) discusses the return of bed bugs, why pesticides won't stop them and the best theories for why the tiny pests are spreading around the world. The lecture is part of the AMERICAN SCIENTIST Pizza Lunch series, in which scientists describe new research to non-scientists. The talks are light on jargon but heavy on solid science. A complete list of AMERICAN SCIENTIST Pizza Lunch podcasts is available here:

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NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION LAUNCHES SCIENCE360 RADIO STREAM
Science360 Radio features 50+ shows and more than 24 hours of programming and that's just for starters. If you have a current science or engineering radio show or audio podcast on your campus, please let the National Science Foundation know about it. Also, NSF is exploring the idea of creating a bi-weekly audio science magazine show. If you produce audio stories about science or engineering topics, please let them know!

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JOHN F. AHEARNE RECEIVES APS SZILARD AWARD
JOHN F. AHEARNE (SX 1964) of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, received the 2011 Leo Szilard Award from the American Physical Society for "nearly four decades of selfless dedication to the nation" and for providing a voice of reason in advising on the use of physics for the benefit of society. Ahearne is an adjunct professor of civil and environmental engineering at Duke University, executive director emeritus of Sigma Xi and former chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

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Hanscom Sigma Xi Chapter Holds Final Banquet
Air Force Chief Scientist MARK T. MAYBURY addressed more than 60 attendees at the Hanscom Sigma Xi Chapter Banquet April 30 at the Radisson Heritage Hotel in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, during what was the final meeting of the chapter's 59-year history. The Hanscom Sigma Xi Chapter is being dissolved because the Hanscom-based AFRL divisions are being moved to Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio and Kirtland AFB, New Mexico. The decision to relocate the labs is a result of the Department of Defense's 2005 Base Realignment and Closure process. During the banquet, PAUL H. CCARR (SX 1957), president of the Hanscom chapter, presented a plaque to JEROME BAKER (SX 1990), executive director of Sigma Xi.

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Sigma Xi Member News

MIRIAM KASTNER (SX 1967), a professor of geochemistry at the University of California San Diego, renowned as a pioneer in the study of the chemistry of marine sediments, received the Francis Shepard Medal from the Society for Sedimentary Geology. Kastner's research has taken her around the world to study sub-seafloor deposits, how sediments form and the process called diagenesis in which sedimentary deposits become rock.

FRED W. GIRSHICK (SX 1975), senior technology advisor at Infineum USA L.P. in Linden, New Jersey, has received the Sydney D. Andrews Award of Achievement from ASTM International to honor his work in field of petroleum products and lubricants. In his 30+ years of working with engine oils, Girshick has formulated products for diverse engine types. He has also conducted basic and applied research on rheology and engine oil performance, provided direct customer support as well as technical support to base stock refineries, and conducted field tests.

GREG FISHEL (SX 2000) celebrated 30 years in May as a meteorologist with WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina.

FRED L. GOULD (SX 1982), the William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Entomology at North Carolina State University, was the subject of a feature story titled "NCSU entomologist is building a better insect" in the NEWS AND OBSERVER of Raleigh, North Carolina, upon his election to the National Academy of Sciences.

MILAD ALUCOZAI (SX 2011), a rising sophomore at Purdue University, majoring in psychology and neuroscience, is the youngest student ever to be inducted into the local chapter. He participated in a medical volunteer trip to Nepal last semester, performing clinical rotations, establishing free health clinics that cared for hundreds in the local area, and analyzing the health care system of the country. Alucozai says that ARDEN BEMENT (SX 1960), former National Science Foundation director and current director of the Global Policy Research Institute, introduced him to Sigma Xi.

AGNES A. DAY (SX 1992), chairman and associate professor, Department of Microbiology, College of Medicine, Howard University, Washington, D.C., has been awarded the 2011 William A. Hinton Research Training Award from the American Society for Microbiology. The award honors outstanding contributions toward fostering the research training of underrepresented minorities in microbiology

MILLICENT GOLDSCHMIDT (SX 1949), professor, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Medical School, The University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, has bee honored with the 2011 American Society for Microbiology's Founders Distinguished Service Award. The award honors an ASM member for outstanding contributions and commitment to the ASM as a volunteer at the national level.

CARL DJERASSI, professor of chemistry at Stanford University, was awarded the 2011 Edinburgh Medal at the Edinburgh International Science Festival in April for his invention of the contraceptive pill. The Edinburgh Medal is given each year to men and women of science and technology whose professional achievements are judged to have made a significant contribution to the understanding and well-being of humanity. Djerassi's many honors include Sigma Xi's 1998 William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement.

CARL TISHLER (SX 2010) of Columbus, Ohio, has received the Distinguished Psychologist Award from the Ohio Psychological Association in recognition of his "unique research, which contributes to understanding suicide in children.”

ASAD M. MADNI (SX 2007) was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering "for contributions to development and commercialization of sensors and systems for aerospace and automotive safety." He was also awarded the Lifetime Contribution Award by the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of California Los Angeles. Additionally, Madni is the recipient of IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society's highest honor, the 2010 Career Excellence Award "for an extraordinary career of enlightened leadership in and pioneering contributions to the development and commercialization of intelligent sensors, systems and instrumentation."

SORINEL ADRIAN OPRISAN (SX 2007), assistant professor of physics at the College of Charleston, has won a Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation, the most prestigious of the foundation’s awards. The award provides $500,000 to support up to five years of computational neuroscience research and educational outreach. Oprisan's project, titled "Prediction of Synchrony and Phase-Locked Modes in Neural Networks based on Stimulus Time Resetting Curve," will investigate how large neural networks processes and respond to external stimuli by large-scale computer simulations.

ALBERT A. BARTLETT (SX 1950), professor emeritus of physics at the University of Colorado in Boulder, gave his talk "Arithmetic, Population and Energy" for the 1700th time in February 2010. His talk has been viewed more than 2.7 million times on YouTube. It deals with the arithmetic of steady growth, the large numbers produced by modest rates of growth in modest periods of time and on the effect of growth of rates of consumption on fossil fuel use such as the use of petroleum. The implications for the future of our society are set forth. The talk cites many instances of prominent people, some of whom are "experts," who make statements about growth and resources that are factually wrong.

PETER SUEDFELD (SX 1963) has been named the recipient of the highest honor bestowed by the Canadian Psychological Association, the Gold Medal Award for "distinguished and enduring lifetime contributions." Suedfeld, dean emeritus of graduate studies and professor emeritus of psychology at the University of British Columbia, was also elected to full membership in the International Academy of Astronautics in recognition of his contributions to space psychology.

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