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May 2010

Sigma Xi Member Newsletter

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


Food Safety and Security Theme of Sigma Xi Annual Meeting
Sigma Xi members are cordially invited to participate in a conference on "Food Safety and Security: Science and Policy" during the 2010 Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and International Research Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, November 11-14. Registration opens August 1. The deadline for submitting poster abstracts is September 24. Details about the abstract submission process and presentation guidelines are available online. At the conference, experts will address the complex issues involved in providing a safe, secure food supply for a growing world population. Program details will be posted on the Sigma Xi Web site in the weeks ahead.

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Sigma Xi Year in Review 2009 and Donor List
What makes Sigma Xi different from other professional societies? Foremost is the fact that Sigma Xi members are not defined merely by their individual scientific disciplines. They are united by core values and principles that transcend departmental lines.

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Moskowitz to Receive 2010 Walston Chubb Award for Innovation
Howard Moskowitz (SX 1967) created a new technology, called Mind Genomics, to better understand the way consumers think about products and about social issues. The technology creates and links scientific based databases into a system called Rule Developing Experimentation (RDE). RDE helps companies worldwide to optimize products, messaging and graphics design.

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Gastel to Receive McGovern Science & Society Award
Barbara Gastel, a physician specializing in biomedical writing and editing, is professor of integrative biosciences and of humanities in medicine at Texas A&M University, where she coordinates the master's degree program in science and technology journalism.

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Pizza Lunch Podcasts: Traumatic History, Genomic Medicine
In the latest entries in American Scientist's Pizza Lunch podcast series, physician Jeffrey Sonis explores the mental health implications of the Khmer Rouge genocide trials and Duke University's Geoffrey Ginsburg discusses the promise in genomic and personalized medicine.

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Re-think Science at the World Science Festival June 2-6 in New York
Five days, 40 events, one electrified city. Events include: Our Genome Ourselves - Richard Besser and Francis Collins (SX 1958) on medicine's new revolution; Machover and Minsky: Making Music in the Dome - Todd Machover and Marvin Minsky on how music orders the mind's chaos; Limits of Understanding - Nobel laureate Paul Nurse, Marvin Minksy, Greg Chaitin, Rebecca Goldstein and Mario Livio in a thought-provoking program about thinking. Visit link for more information.

Sastry G. Pantula (SX 1982), president of the American Statistical Association, has been named director of the National Science Foundation Division of Mathematical Sciences in the Mathematical and Physical Science Directorate. His appointment will become effective in September. Pantula has been head of the Department of Statistics at North Carolina State University since 2002.

Martin Weinstein (SX 1958) of San Antonio, Texas, renowned metallurgist, business leader and former vice chairman and chief executive officer of international manufacturer Sequa Corp., has received the prestigious Davies Medal for Engineering Achievement from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Engineering.

Sherry J. Yennello (SX 1997), professor of chemistry and associate dean for faculty affairs in the College of Science at Texas A&M University, has been selected by the Texas A&M Women's Faculty Network as the recipient of its 2010 Outstanding Mentoring Award. In 2000, she received Sigma Xi's Young Investigator Award.

Diana A. Lados (SX 2001), assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and director of the university's Integrative Materials Design Center, has received the Robert Lansing Hardy Award from The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society. She also recently received the 2010 Sigma Xi Outstanding Junior Faculty Researcher Award at WPI.

Frederick C. Berry (SX 1990) has been appointed vice president of academics at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Berry will begin July 1, and succeeds Roger Frankowski, who is retiring after 42 years of service to the university.

Renato Aguilera (SX 2003), professor of biology and director of the graduate program in biology at The University of Texas at El Paso, will be the recipient of the 2010 William A. Hinton Research Training Award from the American Society for Microbiology.

Daniel J. Simons (SX 1991), with co-author Christopher Chabris, has published a new book called The Invisible Gorilla (Crown, 2010), described by one reviewer as "a surprising guide to everyday illusions and the trouble they can steer us into." It's a thought-provoking book about perception, memory and faulty thinking. Simons and Chabris were creators of the famous "Gorillas in Our Midst" experiment, which showed that we can fail to notice something glaringly obvious-even when it is right before our eyes. Simons is a professor of psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and Chabris is an assistant professor of psychology at Union College in Schenectady, New York.

John H. Manhold (SX 1955), former professor of pathology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, writes: "At 90, I have very little to do with science these days. However, old scientists never really stop working, so they write novels. My first two were award winners, and my third, LOBO, a Civil War story, has just been published. Details are available on my Web page www.johnmanhold.com."

Harold A. Geller (SX 2006), an astrobiologist at George Mason University, was quoted in the latest edition of GamePro magazine in an article titled "The Real Science of Mass Effect 2."

Clarence R. Hickey (SX 1981) has a new book out on a 19th century physician and Civil War surgeon in Maryland called Send for the Doctor: The Life and Times of Dr. Edward E. Stonestreet. He offers portrayals and reenactments about this doctor, while explaining the improvements in medicine and the practice of medicine in the 19th century and its relation to medicine today. The book was published by the Montgomery County Historical Society.

Wei Yang (SX 2009) writes, "I am a cancer proteomics researcher at Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital Boston. I'd like to know how many proteomics researchers are Sigma Xi members. Thank you very much in advance!" Contact him at wei.yang@childrens.harvard.edu

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Expanded Collection of Branded Clothing
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 baseball caps. Men's, women's and children's sizes are available.

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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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Automatic Annual Dues Renewal
Many Sigma Xi members are opting for the convenience of automatic membership renewal. You can now have your annual dues paid automatically every year via credit card or bank draft. An e-mail notification of the dues deduction will be sent to you after your credit card or bank account has been charged.


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