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December 2010

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.


Dear fellow Sigma Xi member,

On behalf of the Sigma Xi Board of Directors and staff, I would like to thank you for your continued support, which helped make 2010 a successful year. We are faced with many challenges, but as we look ahead to our 125th anniversary in 2011, we have much to be proud of and to build upon.

This past year has seen several new efforts and continuation of other important programs at Sigma Xi. There are many programs that involve a large number of members at the local and international levels. The following are some administered at headquarters, but there are numerous chapter activities that also generate a lot of attention.

* Public Radio International and Sigma Xi continued their collaboration made possible by a National Science Foundation grant. The program has been successful in launching a weekly science podcast, associated website and interactive online science discussions with expert hosts. Find out more here.

* The Board of Directors initiated the launch of new networking opportunity with a Sigma Xi community on the ResearchGATE platform. ResearchGATE is a rapidly growing community of scientists and engineers in over 200 countries. The value of the network lies in the potential to encourage greater communication and research collaboration among Sigma Xi members in North America and around the world. A special sub-community for Sigma Xi members has been created on the site. To access it, go to Members Only.

* The National Academy of Sciences has once again renewed its contract with Sigma Xi to distribute a special pool of NAS funds through our Grants-in-Aid of Research program. It marks the 26th year of this collaboration. Since 1922, the Society has awarded small grants to more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate student researchers.

* The Science in the News newsletter has proven to be a popular free subscription for members and non-members. Subscribers tell us that the electronic newsletter is a valuable time-saver that helps them keep up with developments in science and technology reported in the mainstream media. Sign up here.

* A special group of advisors met in June to discuss ethical issues related to peer review and authorship. Insights shared at the summit, as well as the attendees' ongoing advice, will help shape Sigma Xi's proposed new ethics training initiatives. In particular we are interested in developing a companion publication to our ethics guidebooks Honor in Science (1984) and The Responsible Researcher: Paths and Pitfalls (1999). In anticipation of celebrating our 125th anniversary at the 2011 Annual Meeting, we have selected ethics as a theme for the year. Find out more here.

How should we measure return on investment in membership in a scientific society? To answer this question it would be useful to ask a related question: what would science and engineering look like today without professional engineering and scientific societies? Members of Sigma Xi are committed to the purpose of improving the human condition through their positions as engineers and scientists.

I believe that standing up for high ethical standards, encouraging the earlier career scientist and networking with colleagues of diverse disciplines is still very relevant to our professional lives. Membership in Sigma Xi still represents recognition for scientific achievements, but the value comes from sharing with companions in zealous research. Let's make what we have go further by fostering integrity in research, enhancing the health of the research enterprise and promoting the public's understanding of science. Let's move forward in 2011 with vigor and enthusiasm for our Society.

Best wishes for the holidays and the New Year.


Jerome F. Baker (SX 1990)
Executive Director

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Sigma Xi Celebrates 125th Anniversary
In 2011, Sigma Xi will mark our 125th year of service 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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Send Us Your Sigma Xi Stories
In honor of Sigma Xi's 125th anniversary, we're collecting stories about the Society. Have you ever gotten a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research? Tell us about how it helped your career. What about a favorite Sigma Xi mentor? Has American Scientist magazine inspired your research or led to a fruitful collaboration? Did a chapter program provide valuable insight into a field of research? We'd like to hear from members about their Sigma Xi experiences over the years. Send your stories to: development@sigmaxi.org

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Kelly Sullivan Selected Sigma Xi President-elect
Kelly Sullivan at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory was elected the 75th president of Sigma Xi at the 2010 Annual Meeting. She will begin serving as president-elect on July 1, 2011. An interim treasurer was named and a number of directors were also elected.

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Students Win Awards at Sigma Xi Conference
Nearly 300 students from 100 institutions participated in the 2010 Sigma Xi Student Research Conference, held this year in Raleigh, N.C. Thirty-eight received awards for outstanding presentations. The annual conference features networking opportunities and other events.

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Spirit of Innovation Awards Deadline Extended
The Spirit of Innovation Awards has launched a new online community and extended the project submission deadline to January 17, 2011. This nationwide competition challenges teams of high school students to create innovative products using science, technology and entrepreneurship to solve 21st century problems. The 2011 competition will focus on products in aerospace, clean energy and cyber security. Students, teachers and mentors are encouraged to register ASAP. A 20-minute Orientation Webinar will acquaint you with the Website and demonstrate how to use the online community to engage with students, teachers and mentors for this year's competition. The next Webinars are at 4 p.m. (PST) on Tuesday, December 7, and Tuesday, December 14.

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Teach For American Application Deadline

Dedcember 17 is the next deadline for Teach For America applications. Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates and professionals?of all majors, backgrounds, and career interests?who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural low-income communities and become lifelong leaders in expanding educational opportunity. This is not just an education issue. This is an issue that jeopardizes the competitive strength of our country. Take on our nation's challenge in math and science by considering Teach For America. Join more than 8,200 corps members and 20,000 alumni who know their students are essential to keeping America competitive. Full salary and health insurance. Federal student loans deferred. All majors and professional experiences. For more information contact Daniel Grant at 212-279-2080 x11464 or daniel.grant@teachforamerica.org.

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Join The World Science Forum 
From the origins of human kindness to the benefits and pitfalls of nuclear power in Asia, PRI's The World Science keeps stimulating conversation alive. Each discussion is seeded with an on-air feature or interview, after which anyone can join in online with questions and comments. A featured guest is always present to provide perspective and answers to tough questions. Keep an eye on The World Science site for new interviews, podcasts and discussions?we'd love to see your input on the site! The World Science Podcast comes to you from The World, co-produced by the BBC World Service, Public Radio International and WGBH. The World is a daily international news magazine broadcast on public radio stations across the U.S. The World Science Podcast and Forum are made possible by an NSF-funded collaboration between PRI and Sigma Xi.

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International Public Science Events Conference 
A pre-conference of the 2011 AAAS Annual Meeting, February 16-17, 2011, in Washington, D.C. This February the first ever International Public Science Events Conference convenes for two days in Washington. From multi-million dollar citywide festivals to intimate cafe meetings at the corner pub, new public science events are popping up across the globe. Join professionals from around the world to trade ideas and inspiration, forge new collaborations and consider what is next for this rapidly growing field. The conference is timed to lead into the annual meeting of the world's largest general scientific society: the AAAS. Registration is free, with limited attendance available on a first-come, first-served basis. Register now to save your spot!

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Christopher J. Doona (SX 2001) and Florence E. Feeherry (SX 1970), along with colleague Kenneth Kustin, served as editors for a new book called Case Studies in Novel Food Processing Technologies: Innovations in Processing, Packaging and Predictive Modeling (Woodhead Publishing, 2010). Doona and Feeherry are scientists at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center in Natick, Massachusetts, and Kustin is a professor emeritus at Brandeis University. Among other things, the book relates how many scientific innovations and advances in food preservation have come in support of the military.

M.A. (Tony) Whitehead (SX 1961), professor emeritus of chemistry at McGill University, was honored in June with a symposium and festshrift to celebrate his 75th birthday and 54 years of chemistry research.

Jennifer Nemhauser (SX 1993), assistant professor at the University of Washington, has been named among the first Paul G. Allen Distinguished Investigators and will receive a grant of $1.4 million to support her research on reprogramming cells with plant-derived signaling pathways. These grants by the Allen Family Foundation, based in Seattle, are designed to advance important neuroscience and cellular engineering research.

Nagib Nassar (SX 2006), a geneticist, botanist and plant breeder, has received the title of professor emeritus at the Universidade de Brasilia, Brazil. Among his achievements is the development of cassava hybrids that are resistant to African Mosaic. Cultivars stemming from these hybrids are now grown on more than 4 million hectares in Africa. In addition, Nassar developed more varieties of this crop, rich in protein and carotene, which serve as nutritive food for small farmers in Brasilia. Nassar has published 120 articles in scientific journals and has worked in partnership with the well-known International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Africa.

Asad M. Madni (SX 2007), retired president and chief operating officer of BEI Technologies Inc., and currently the executive managing director and chief technical officer of Crocker Capital, was awarded the Lifetime Contribution Award by the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of California Los Angeles. This prestigious award honors an alumnus or friend of the school who has made outstanding and extraordinary contributions to the field of engineering and the school over the course of his or her lifetime.

Honorary member Ira Flatow (SX 2005) has been awarded the 2010 Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Flatow has shared his enthusiasm for science with public radio listeners for more than 35 years. He is the host of NPR's weekly Science Friday.

Edwin M. Kinderman (SX 1957) of Palo Alto, California, has published a book, The Cubic Mile of Oil (Oxford University Press, 2010), written with Hewitt Crane (now deceased) and Ripudandran Malhotra, both co-workers at SRI International.

Anthony D. Rosato (SX 1986), a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, has received a Fulbright Senior Research Award to study the dynamic behavior of systems composed of particles at the University of Salerno in Fisciano, Italy. He'll start the four-month program next May.

Jose A. Raynal-Villasenor (SX 2004), a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Las Americas, Puebla in Mexico, received the Francisco Torres-Herrera Award from the National Hydraulics Association of Mexico at its 2010 biannual conference. Raynal-Villasenor was honored for his more than 30-year career and for his outstanding contributions to the practice of hydraulics.

David K. Rosner (SX 1977), Ronald H. Lauterstein Professor of Sociomedical Science and History and co-director of the Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health at Columbia University Medical Center, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Danielle Prioleau (SX 2010), a student at Montclair State University, won the student paper competition for the Middle States Division of the Association of American Geographers conference held at West Point Military Academy on October 22-23. Her paper was titled "Do Mature Street Trees Pose a Greater Hazard Risk Across Socioeconomic Lines?" and is now in peer review.

Ambrose (Amby) Anoruo (SX 1986), associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences at Delaware State University, has been appointed associate vice president for research and graduate studies and dean of the College of Graduate Studies at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

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Sigma Xi Affinity Programs
Your Society offers a number of affinity programs that include stimulating opportunities for travel and reduced rates on auto insurance and car rentals, among other benefits.

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Holiday Gift Ideas
American Scientist: Until December 31, Sigma Xi members can purchase up to three gift subscriptions to American Scientist at the special rate of $21 each, 25 percent off the regular price. Now is the time to share this award-winning magazine with your colleagues, family members and friends. You will receive a gift card that you can personalize for each subscription. Click here for more information.

Clothing: And don't miss our expanded collection of Sigma Xi and American Scientist clothing. Look for the new American Scientist logo on embroidered polo shirts, a variety of T-shirts, sweatshirts and caps. Men's, women's and children's sizes available.

Merchandise: Sigma Xi and American Scientist also offer a line of branded merchandise that includes tote bags, coffee mugs, beer steins, travel mugs, refrigerator magnets, note cards, mousepads, coasters, framed magazine covers and bumper stickers.

Affiliate Circle: Sigma Xi's Affiliate Circle is a good way to recognize those who support the research enterprise but are ineligible for Sigma Xi membership, including lab technicians, clinicians, teachers, librarians, students and science enthusiasts. Benefits include a subscription to American Scientist, plus online access to the magazine, a special e-newsletter, travel opportunities through Sigma Xi Expeditions and the Society's affinity programs.

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