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May 2003

Sigma Xi International Newsletter
Volume 2, Number 5
May 2003

This monthly electronic bulletin is designed to keep subscribers updated on developments in Sigma Xi's international activities as well as links and topics of interest to researchers around the world. To submit an item to the newsletter, contact the International Program Coordinator at international@sigmaxi.org. If you would like to, you can download and print a PDF version of this newsletter. To receive notice of this monthly newsletter, please use this online form.

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In This Issue

Novosibirsk Hosts Distinguished Lecturer
group at Novosibirsk State University (NSU) participating in Sigma Xi's Packard International Science Networking Initiative recently hosted Dr. Thomas Albrecht for a series of lectures in conjunction with Sigma Xi's Distinguished Lectureships program. Dr. Albrecht, who works for IBM in Switzerland, traveled to Novosibirsk, Russia in April to deliver talks on magnetic recording, the disk drive, and the millipede data storage system. A great success, the lectures were covered in the local newspaper.

Left to right: Andrei Arzhannikov and Elena Boldyreva
of NSU and Thomas Albrecht

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Latin American/Caribbean Science and Education Survey
The Education and Human Resource Division of the American Association for Advancement in Science (AAAS) is conducting a small survey in the area of science and education in order to construct an activity profile for this sector in the Latin American and Caribbean region. They are particularly interested in learning more about what science academies, research councils and other scientific organizations are doing in the area of education. They have put together a short survey about these activities; if you would be willing to complete this survey electronically or via telephone, please
e-mail or call Marina Sansostri Ratchford (+1-202-326-6490).

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International Young Professionals Foundation (IYPF) 2003 International and Regional Campaigns
The IYPF is seeking the involvement of young professionals around the world in its
international and regional campaigns for 2003. Focusing on the areas of globalization, freshwater, information and communication technologies, poverty eradication and sustainable livelihoods, these campaigns will focus the efforts of young professionals to make positive changes in their communities through information sharing, knowledge development, network creation, idea generation and support for successful project implementation. While the overall purpose of the international campaigns is to "generate young professional led actions that create a better world for current and future generations," the regional campaigns will focus on linking networks of young professionals in the region to each other, contributing regional input to international campaigns, and facilitating peer exchange of resources and opportunities within the region that build the capacity of young professionals to be effective positive change makers in their communities.

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Did You Know?
The Tech Museum of Innovation is currently seeking nominations for the
Tech Museum Awards, recognizing innovators around the world who are using technology to benefit humanity. Awards are presented in the categories of Education, Equality, Environment, Economic Development, and Health. One Laureate in each category will be awarded $50,000. The deadline for nominations is May 16, 2003, and the details are on their Web site.

The King Faisal Foundation operates in Saudi Arabia as well as internationally in the fields of science and medicine and arts and humanities. King Faisal International Prizes are awarded for outstanding contributions in several areas, including different specialties within science and medicine each year. Institutions and organizations around the world may nominate candidates for the prizes by May 31, 2003. The 2004 science prize will be awarded in biology, and the 2004 medicine prize will be awarded in invasive cardiology. The foundation also sponsors a scholarship program intended to offer opportunities to outstanding Muslim graduates in the Islamic World to complete their higher education in the most prestigious universities of the world. The guidelines for both programs are available on the Foundation's Web site. [Source: CGIAR Funding Opportunities]

The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), together with the Charlesworth Group, has opened the competition for six awards recognizing significant achievement in the field of learned and professional publishing. The international Awards are open to all eligible publishers and others, and the deadline for applications is May 31, 2003. [Source: FOS NEWS]

The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has announced a new Young Researchers Support Program intended to provide $15,000 research grants to help scientists in the fields of agriculture, energy, information technologies, biomedical technologies, textile technologies, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and genetic engineering, and environmental sciences to work in their home countries. The Web site lists the complete description and procedure for applying; the deadline is June 30, 2003.

The Santa Fe Institute has announced the competition for its 2003-2005 International Fellows Program designed to foster the future development of academic and interdisciplinary research activities in targeted countries worldwide. The two-year fellowships will be awarded to outstanding graduate students, postdoctoral students, junior or senior level researchers currently affiliated on a full-time basis with academic institutions in India, China, Russia or other former Soviet Union countries, Africa, Eastern Europe, or Latin America. Participants will be selected based on demonstrated interest in interdisciplinary research in the physical, biological, computational or social sciences as they relate to complex adaptive systems. The applications are due July 15, 2003. [Source: SciDev.Net]

The Wolf Prizes in Science and Arts were created to promote science and art for the benefit of humankind. In science, the fields are agriculture, chemistry, mathematics, medicine, and physics. The prize in each area consists of a diploma and U.S. $100,000. August 31, 2003 is the deadline for nominations. [Source: CGIAR Funding Opportunities]

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Upcoming Meetings
European Association of Science Editors (EASE) Eighth General Assembly & Conference - Editing and scientific "truth"; Bath, UK; June 8-11, 2003.

Bridging Scales and Epistemologies: Linking Local Knowledge and Global Science in Multi-Scale Assessments; Kunming, China; June 23-26, 2003.

For more information on any of the programs mentioned in this newsletter, please contact:

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Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 USA
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