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December 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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The 2011 Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and Research Conference in November celebrated our 125th anniversary with a renewed emphasis on our core mission and principles. More than 600 attendees, including 300 student poster presenters, enjoyed a variety of activities at the conference. Browse photos from the event here.

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Annual Meeting, keynote speakers and panelists from academe, industry and government discussed the critical issues of ethics and integrity in research. To see the presentations of many of the speakers and panelists please visit our website.

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In the second Assembly of Delegates at the 2011 Annual Meeting, Sigma Xi Executive Director Dr. Jerry Baker made a special presentation on the past, present and future of the Society, the importance of nurturing students in the sciences and younger career scientists, and ethics in science. His presentation was recorded and can be seen here.

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Along with resolutions that give more flexibility to the composition of the Board, the Assembly approved a resolution regarding the qualifications of associate membership. In order to encourage all students who have done excellent research projects to continue in scientific research, it was resolved that they be recognized for their work by associate membership in Sigma Xi, even if it is not clear when or whether they would qualify for full membership.

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Online voting for Society leaders began on November 14, 2011. The electronic polls will remain open for 30 days and members must cast their ballot by 8:00 a.m. December 14, 2011. All active members of Sigma Xi have received instructions on how to cast their vote for the open elected positions. Results of the elections will be announced on the Society's website and in other membership communications.

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Internationally renowned evolutionary biologist and author LYNN MARGULIS, a Distinguished University Professor of Geosciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a National Medal of Science recipient, died Nov. 22 at her home in Amherst. She was 73. Margulis served as 2005-2006 president of Sigma Xi and received the Society's 1999 William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement.

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Sigma Xi is delighted to introduce the third in its series of ethics booklets (http://ow.ly/7MtPm). We recruited six experts in research ethics to discuss aspects of scientific peer review, authorship and publication in a series of columns published in American Scientist in 2011. This new volume compiles all six essays into a valuable compendium of background and advice for anyone who uses or contributes to scientific literature. A free PDF of the booklet is available online.

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Thirty-eight medals were presented to science and engineering students for outstanding research posters at the 2011 Sigma Xi Student Research Conference Nov. 11-12 in Raleigh. All students were recognized with a certificate of presentation and many were given an invitation to join Sigma Xi.

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Get a summary of each issue of American Scientist when it goes online by subscribing to American Scientist Update. This free e-newsletter contains abstracts of feature articles and brief descriptions of regular columns.

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The tax year is rapidly coming to a close, and we hope you will consider making a donation to the Sigma Xi 125th Anniversary Fund as part of your 2011 gift planning. This unrestricted support has become increasingly important to the Society's ongoing programs and operations. Through member support, Sigma Xi is able to involve the research community in addressing many issues of importance to science and society-science and engineering education, the public understanding of science and ethical conduct in research.

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Sigma Xi Member News

ALICE EASTON (SX 2010) was one of 36 American college students to be awarded a 2012 Marshall Scholarship. The Marshall Scholarship covers the cost of graduate study and living expenses at a British university of the recipient's choice for two to three years. Easton is committed to working in public health, building from her research and work experience in India, an interest that was fostered during her years at Princeton. Recently, she has focused on the public health challenges of disease resistance to antibiotics. http://ow.ly/7MtYz

DON GEIGER, (SX 1961), a retired University of Dayton professor, has been honored for his lifetime of conservation efforts in the Dayton area with the 2011 Partner of the Year Award for Lifetime Achievement. The award is given by the Greater Dayton Conservation Fund of the Dayton Foundation and the Greater Dayton partners for the Environment. Geiger is the founder of the Marianist Environmental Education Center, a co-founder of the Rivers Institute and biology department professor emeritus. Geiger other honors include the University's Outstanding Faculty and Distinguished Alumni Awards and the Sigma Xi Lifetime Achievement Award. http://ow.ly/7Mu2a

TOM GUILDERSON (SX 1997), a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory geochemist, has been named a winner of the Department of Energy's prestigious Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today. Guilderson is being honored for ground-breaking radiocarbon measurements of corals, advancements in understanding the paleo-history of ocean currents and ocean processes revealing past climate variability, and the explanation of how physical and biogeochemical oceanic processes affect the global carbon cycle. http://ow.ly/7Mu5f

The Medical College of Georgia Department of Physiology has established a lectureship to honor LOIS TAYLOR ELLISON (SX 1976), a clinician, researcher, educator and administrator, whose 60-plus-year affiliation with Georgia Health Sciences University has left a lasting legacy on the institution and on health care in general.

JACKIE DESJARDIN (SX 2010) was named the Robert A. Duffey Scholar Athlete of the year at Georgetown University. She was a Howard Hughes scholar, a member of the pharmacology lab in the School of Medicine and a Goldwater scholarship, one of the most prestigious awards conferred in the U.S., given to undergraduates studying the sciences. On the field, DesJardin was a leader on the women's soccer team.

ANTHONY D. ROSATO (SX 1986), a professor of mechanical engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, reports that he is again one of the chief organizers of a colloquium series that is sponsored by Elsevier and his laboratory called "Distinguished Lectures in Mechanics," The lectures take place once each year. The next presentation is scheduled for April 2011. Speakers are internationally known scientists and engineers.

HAOJIE MAO (SX 2011) will help lead a project to develop the 10-year-old child and the senior female human body models to improve crash safety, supported by Toyota. The principal investigator of the project is King H. Yang, professor and director of bioengineering center, Wayne State University.

FRANCISCO J. AYALA (SX 1964) has been awarded an honorary degree by the University of Macau, China. Ayala is the university and Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. He is a past president of Sigma Xi and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

DAVID ROSNER (SX 1977) at Columbia University has been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He is the Ronald H. Lauterstein Professor of Sociomedical Sciences and Professor of History and author and editor of numerous books on the history of public health. His forthcoming book, (co-authored with Gerald Markowitz), "With The Best of Intentions," is a study of the history of public health science in the last third of the twentieth century. http://ow.ly/7Mu92

Space weather expert THOMAS BOGDAN (SX 2004), will become president of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, which manages the National Science Foundation's largest federally funded research and development center, the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.

DAVID DEMARINI (SX 1976) at the Environmental Protection Agency has received the 2011 Alexander Hollaender Award from the Environmental Mutagen Society in recognition of outstanding contributions in the application of the principles and techniques of environmental mutagenesis to the protection of human health.

LOUIS GLASGOW (SX 1970) has been appointed chief technology officer for Lightwave Logic, Inc., a technology company focused on the development of a next generation non-linear optical polymer materials platform for applications in high speed fiber-optic data communications and optical computing. http://ow.ly/7Muct

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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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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. For more information: http://ow.ly/3iOnQ

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AFFILIATE CIRCLE: A gift membership in 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. http://ow.ly/3icRV

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