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Who is Responsible?

Sigma Xi President Stuart Cooper reflects on the core elements of Sigma Xi’s reason for being and what members bring to the table.

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Executive Director Shares Vision for Sigma Xi

Last night, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society hosted an Executive Director Meet and Greet to connect with Sigma Xi members and partners from the Society's dynamic network in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, and the surrounding areas.

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Postdoctoral Scholars Receive Discounted Membership Rate for Sigma Xi and National Postdoctoral Association

Postdoctoral scholars and graduate students can now save 20 percent on membership fees when they are elected to Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society and concurrently join the National Postdoctoral Association.

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Grants-in-Aid of Research Supports Emerging Scientists

Peter Harries, chair of the Committee on Grants-in-Aid of Research, discusses efforts to improve and strengthen Sigma Xi's grants program.

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How to Help the Harvey Research Recovery

Assist those affected by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath by contacting a fellow member in the area, opening your lab to displaced researchers so they can continue their work, or donating.

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Statement on Diversity and Recent Events in Charlottesville, Virginia

Today, on the 28th day of August, 2017, the 54th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society is reaffirming its commitment to the principles of equality.

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Sigma Xi Offers Research Grants to Students

Sigma Xi invites undergraduate and graduate students to apply to its Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) program by October 1, 2017. Catch up with the student who received the first grant from a new endowment, and learn about the new grant category: climate science.

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Students Can Earn Nominations to Sigma Xi

One by one, graduate, undergraduate, and high school students are called up to be recognized before their peers and judges. These students are selected as top presenters in their disciplines at the Student Research Conference.

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From the President: We'll Always Have Paris

I welcome my new role as Sigma Xi’s president as of July 1.

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Stay in Touch with the Society

To get the most from your membership, Sigma Xi needs your up-to-date contact information. Updating your profile information is easy when you login to Sigma Xi's website.

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STEM in the Park

New Partnership to Support STEM Professionals and Students

A new partnership with STEM in the Park will make strides towards the goal of ensuring that every science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professional has career support, and that every child is given a fair opportunity to pursue a career in STEM.

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Sigma Xi Hires New Director of Science Communications and Publications and Editor-in-Chief of American Scientist

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society welcomes Fenella Saunders as director of science communications and publications and editor-in-chief of American Scientist.

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WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel to be Featured at Climate Symposium and Student Research Conference

Greg Fishel, chief meteorologist at Capitol Broadcasting Co. on WRAL-TV and Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM, will be a guest of honor at the Symposium on Atmospheric Chemistry, Climate, and Health on November 10 and the keynote speaker at the Student Research Conference on November 11 at the Raleigh Convention Center.

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Jaskirat Batra Earns Graduate Fellowship

Texas A&M Chapter member Jaskirat Batra has been awarded the Dr. Patricia Graham Graduate Fellowship in the amount of $5,000 from Alpha Lamda Delta.

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Sigma Xi Signs Letter to Congress Seeking Raised Spending Caps for Research

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society and 200 organizations joined with Research!America to call on Congress to raise the spending caps for research in the fiscal year 2018 federal budget.

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New Executive Director and CEO Describes Our Path Forward

After serving as Sigma Xi’s director of science communications and publications and editor-in-chief of American Scientist, my admiration for the members and mission of this organization has only grown.

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Grants Available to Students Studying Climate Science

Undergraduate and graduate students studying climate science have a new opportunity to receive funding for their research.

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Sigma Xi's Magazine Wins Six EXCEL Awards

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society’s magazine has once again ranked among the top publications from non-profit associations.

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Sigma Xi's Magazine Launches Website Redesign

Sigma Xi's bi-monthly publication about science, engineering, technology, and math relaunched its website to improve the reader experience, especially for readers using mobile devices.

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Sigma Xi Partners with J&J Editorial on its Scientific Journal for High School Students

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society has signed a memorandum of understanding with J&J Editorial to create a partnership that will benefit Chronicle of The New Researcher.

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Tee Guidotti Reflects on His Year as Sigma Xi President

The last 12 months have been tumultuous for American science. Rising distrust and skepticism have undermined acceptance of science as a way of understanding the world.

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Sigma Xi Awards Research Grants to Students in Spring 2017 Cycle

In the spring 2017 cycle, the Society awarded 150 grants totaling $120,354 to students.

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Sigma Xi Awards Teamwork at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

Sigma Xi members selected outstanding teams at the 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair to receive $6,000 from the Society's Special Awards in Team Science.

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Sigma Xi Names A New Executive Director and CEO

Jamie Vernon named next Sigma Xi executive director and CEO starting July 1, 2017.

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Sigma Xi Chapters Participate in March for Science, Sponsor Earth Day Extras

Sigma Xi chapters across the country participated in the March for Science on April 22, 2017, to celebrate science and call for evidence-based policymaking.

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Mark Peeples Speaks to March for Science Crowd in Columbus, Ohio

Past President of Sigma Xi Mark Peeples addressed the March for Science-Columbus crowd outside the west lawn of Ohio Statehouse.

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Showcase People's Choice Award Announced

Nicholas DiStefano, a sophomore at American Heritage High School in Plantation, Florida, won the People’s Choice Award at this year's Student Research Showcase.

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2017 Student Research Showcase Results

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society brought together students and professional researchers online for its 5th annual Student Research Showcase. This year, 116 high school, undergraduate, and graduate students entered this science communication competition.

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Sigma Xi Symposium on Atmospheric Chemistry, Climate, and Health Followed by Student Research Conference

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Statement from Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society Executive Director and CEO John Nemeth on President Trump's Budget Proposal

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Sigma Xi Members Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

Seventeen of the new members elected to the National Academy of Engineering are Sigma Xi members.

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March for Science Touts Sigma Xi Support in Partnership Announcement

With two months left before thousands of people participate in the March for Science movement on April 22, organizers have shared a list of partners and information to help people get involved.

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The Core Value of Science

In his March–April letter, Sigma Xi President Tee Guidotti describes the value that science provides to society.

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Small Grants Make Big Difference

Sigma Xi offers Science, Math, and Engineering Education (SMEE) Grants worth up to $2,000 each to the Society’s chapters to fund innovative education programs. Susan Walsh, president of the Rollins College Chapter in Winter Park, Florida, shares the outcomes of their grant.

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Sigma Xi Members Become AAAS Fellows

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Council elected the following Sigma Xi members among its 2016 Fellows to recognize their contributions to innovation, education, and scientific leadership.

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Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturers Announced for 2017–2018

For the 79th consecutive year, Sigma Xi presents its panel of Distinguished Lecturers as an opportunity for chapters to host visits from outstanding individuals who are at the leading edge of science.

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Sigma Xi Becomes a Partner with the March for Science

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society is partnering with the March for Science, an event that will bring scientists and science advocates to Washington, D.C., on April 22, 2017. Sister marches are also being planned for cities across the country and around the world.

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Statement from Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society Executive Director and CEO John C. Nemeth on the Presidential Executive Order Establishing Temporary Travel Ban

Sigma Xi CEO John Nemeth calls on President Trump to rescind the executive order that temporarily restricts citizens of seven countries from entering the United States.

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Sigma Xi CEO John Nemeth Sends Letter of Concern to the White House Over Federal Communications Restrictions

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society Executive Director and CEO John Nemeth today sent a letter to President Donald J. Trump to raise a concern over restrictions that have been placed on federal agencies.

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The State of the Society

President Tee L. Guidotti declares Sigma Xi much improved compared to recent years. He describes areas of the Society that have been strengthened, the actions that were taken to make improvements, and what members can look forward to in the future.

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Sigma Xi Awards Research Grants to Students

In the fall 2016 cycle, the Society awarded 115 grants totaling $91,205 to students in four countries.

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Judges Sought for Student Research Showcase

Sigma Xi is seeking researchers to judge the Student Research Showcase, a science communication competition for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students.

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How Science Should Affect Public Policy

Interpreting science to address social needs is one of Sigma Xi’s most challenging functions, and our role in informing public policy, in particular, is growing. We aim to improve and go beyond the stereotypes of the science guru or the “horse whisperer” who speaks in special, interspecies language.

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Call for Grant Applications

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply to Sigma Xi’s Gants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) program by March 15.

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Registration Now Open for the 2017 Student Research Showcase

Sigma Xi’s Student Research Showcase is a unique opportunity for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students to develop their communication skills through multimedia.

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Sigma Xi Members Elected as AAAS Fellows

The following is a list of Sigma Xi members who have been elected as 2016 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

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Professional and Student Researchers Gather in Atlanta

The 2016 Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference, held November 10–13 in Atlanta, Georgia, was an energizing gathering for Sigma Xi chapter leaders, teachers, science supporters, and students.

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Winners Named in the Student Research Conference

Approximately 115 high school, undergraduate, and graduate students attended the 2016 Sigma Xi Student Research Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Learn who ranked as the top presenters as well as who won the Student's Choice Awards and Executive Director's Special Award.

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Vote in the Sigma Xi 2016 Elections

All active Sigma Xi members are encouraged to vote in the Society’s 2016 elections. Voting takes place online and opens at 8 a.m. EST on November 14.

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What to See at the 2016 Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference

Whether you attend in person or follow the meeting on social media using #SigmaXimtg, here are highlights you won’t want to miss.

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Sigma Xi Will Present First Gold Key Award at Annual Meeting

Sigma Xi's first Gold Key Award will go to Norman Augustine. In his retirement, after serving as chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corp., he is dedicated to two areas that could help create jobs and improve national security.

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Presidential Candidates Answer Key Science and Technology-based Questions

Three of the four major candidates for United States president have responded to key questions about science, engineering, technology, health, and the environment. Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society is member of the coalition that provided the questions.

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John Nemeth

A New Year for Some and End of Summer for All

Sigma Xi Executive Director and CEO John Nemeth encourages members to partner with leaders in their area to support local research, and to recruit inductees and affiliates.

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Procter Prize Winner Pioneers Methods for Safer Air Travel

The lives of those who travel by air are significantly more safe thanks to engineering research by Sigma Xi’s 2016 William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement winner Jan Achenbach of Northwestern University.

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McGovern Award Winner Supports Scientific Invention

Sigma Xi’s 2016 John P. McGovern Award, given in large part to recognize a researcher’s impact on society, will go to an advocate for scientists getting their discoveries into the world.

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The Professionalization of Scientific Research

Sigma Xi President Tee Guidotti describes how scientific research is morphing from its roots as a vocation to a profession, and raises the question of whether there is a need for a formal code of ethics for research.

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Sigma Xi’s New Initiative to Strengthen Research Outreach

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society launches the Research Communications Initiative to help scientists and engineers enhance the impact of their research by broad dissemination.

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Sigma Xi Announces 2016 Award Winners

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society is pleased to announce recipients of its 2016 prizes and awards.

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American Scientist  Wins Three Excel Awards

Sigma Xi won three awards for its magazine, American Scientist at Association Media & Publishing's 36th Annual EXCEL Awards Gala on June 27 in Washington, D.C.

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Sigma Xi Announces Inaugural Gold Key Award

It is the greatest of honors and such a pleasure for me to announce the inaugural Sigma Xi Gold Key Award, Sigma Xi's highest accolade.

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Spring 2016 Grants-in-Aid of Research Awardees

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society congratulates 124 undergraduate and graduate students who were selected to receive research funding from the spring 2016 cycle of its Grants-in-Aid of Research Program.

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Distinguished Lecturer Shares Research on Altruism

Sigma Xi members and the public are invited to join American Scientist for an online discussion on June 28 with a Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer.

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Warning! Dangers Ahead for Science

Tee Guidotti becomes the president of Sigma Xi on July 1, 2016. In his first president's letter, he answers the questions, "What are the most important scientific issues facing the world and the most important issues facing the scientific community." He also explains how Sigma Xi can make progress on these issues.

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Join Us in Atlanta

Registration for Sigma Xi’s 2016 Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference is open through August 1. This year’s events will be held November 10–13 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

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The Critical Role of Sigma Xi Members

Mark Peeples looks back on his year as Sigma Xi president and reflects on the value he sees now in the Society as well as the improvements he has seen in recent years. His presidency ends on June 30, 2016.

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Upcoming AAAS-PD and Sigma Xi Meeting in San Diego

San Diego Chapter President George Seymour encourages members and the public to attend the AAAS–Pacific Division Annual Meeting June 14–17, 2016.

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Members Receive National Medals

Four Sigma Xi members received the National Medal of Science and three members received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation during a White House ceremony on May 19.

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Sigma Xi Hosts Discussion on the Mental Health of Young Reseachers

Please join Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society for a public discussion about the mental health of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.

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Sigma Xi Members Elected to National Academy of Sciences

In 2016, 23 Sigma Xi members were elected as members or foreign associates to the National Academy of Sciences.

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Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference: Early Bird Deadline Saves 20%

It is time to prepare for the Annual Meeting of Sigma Xi and the Student Research Conference! The Annual Meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia, November 10–13, 2016. Student events will be held November 11–13.

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Sigma Xi Awards Teamwork at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

Sigma Xi members selected teams at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair to receive $6,000 in total from the Society's Special Awards in Team Science.

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2016 Student Research Showcase Results

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society brought together students and professional researchers online last month for its 4th annual Student Research Showcase. In 2016, approximately 40 high school, undergraduate, and graduate students entered this science communication competition

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Do You Have a Question for the Presidential Candidates?

Sigma Xi has been invited to join the 2016 ScienceDebate.org coalition to develop the top science, technology, health, and environmental questions that the candidates for president of the United States should be discussing. Please submit your question to the 2016 Presidential Science Forum.

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Early Bird Registration is Open for the Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference

The 2016 Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference will be held November 10–13 in Atlanta, Georgia. You’re invited to Sigma Xi’s unique, multidisciplinary celebration of research.

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Sigma Xi Members to Receive Presidential Early Career Awards

Ten Sigma Xi members will receive President Barack Obama's Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers.

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Earning Relevance

To achieve its purpose and your needs, Sigma Xi needs your attention, ideas, and, most importantly, your active engagement.

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Announcement! Sigma Xi Partners with National Institutes of Health

Sigma Xi and National Institutes of Health are sharing mutually beneficial information on what the two organizations are doing for science and scientists.

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Hang Out with Sigma Xi's Distinguished Lecturers

Sigma Xi’s Distinguished Lecturers are sharing their research in public Google Hangouts. Please join us and bring your questions.

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George Carruthers Receives Innovation Award

In 1972, George Carruthers’ far ultraviolet camera spectrograph was sent to the moon with the Apollo 16 mission. This device allowed us to take readings of, and understand, objects and elements in space that are unrecognizable to the naked eye.

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Student Research Showcase Returns in April

Last year’s graduate division and undergraduate division top presenters share their experience and advice.

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Grants-in-Aid of Research Continues to Support Emerging Scientists

Peter Harries, chair of the Committee on Grants-in-Aid of Research, discusses efforts to improve and strengthen the program.

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Sigma Xi Members Become AAAS Fellows

Congratulations to 91 Sigma Xi members who have been elected in the 2015 class of Fellows for the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Sigma Xi President among New AAAS Fellows

President Mark Peeples is one of the Sigma Xi members in the 2015 class of Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. A cornerstone of his career has been to investigate a virus that puts more infants in hospitals each year than any other cause.

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Sigma Xi Speaks: Your Voice on Science Issues

Starting, as we are, a new year after a pretty tumultuous 2015 that included leadership changes and the relocation of the headquarters offices, I wanted to tell you how proud I have been to represent your interests to the board of directors, the scientific community, and the public.

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Sigma Xi Awards Research Grants to Early Career Scientists

The wait is over for students hoping to hear if their research project would receive funding from Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society's Grants-in-Aid of Research program.

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New Group of Distinguished Lecturers Available for Chapter Visits

For the 78th consecutive year, Sigma Xi presents its panel of Distinguished Lecturers.

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Annual Meeting Delivers a Punch

Sigma Xi President Mark Peeples describes his experience at the Annual Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri.

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We're Hosting Online Q & A Science Sessions

Sigma Xi members, chapters, and the public are getting together online for Q & A sessions about research.

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Sigma Xi Member Wins Nobel Prize

Sigma Xi member Satoshi Omura was awarded one-fourth of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

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Announcing the 2014–2015 Chapter Award Winners

Sigma Xi has named the 2014–2015 winners of the Chapter of Excellence Awards and Chapter Program Awards as well as recognized the top 15 chapters that initiated the most new members.

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Election Results

Sigma Xi members voted in a new president-elect, directors, associate directors, and members of the Committee on Nominations.

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American Scientist Authors Recognized for Best Math Writing

American Scientist, Sigma Xi's century-old magazine that publishes popular articles written by scientists and engineers, is strongly represented in the latest annual collection of the best articles about math.

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Sigma Xi Awards Students for Research

The following students were ranked the highest or as a runner-up in their research category during Sigma Xi's 2015 Student Research Conference.

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