June 2020 Sigma Xi Speaks

June 2020 Sigma Xi Speaks

by Heather Thorstensen | 12 Jun, 2020

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    Sigma Xi member Mary Ellen Close of Salem, Wisconsin, has watched eclipses with astronomers, slept on a Trans-Siberian Railway train, and seen a wild hippo along the Nile.

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    Danny Collins, a junior at Newton South High School in Newton, Massachusetts, has won the 2019 People’s Choice Award in Sigma Xi's Student Research Showcase.

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    Students Receive Sigma Xi’s Awards at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

    Sigma Xi members attended the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona, to award $6,000 to students.

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    Student Research Showcase Results

    Judges have named the division winners and inaugural overall top presenter for the Student Research Showcase. Voting for the People's Choice Award is open.

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    Vaccine and Tropical Disease Expert Announced as a Keynote Speaker at Sigma Xi’s Annual Meeting

    Peter Hotez of Baylor College of Medicine will discuss developing new vaccines while facing modern 21st century forces, including the antivaccine movement.

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    Annual Meeting to Focus on Changing Global Environment and Research Enterprise

    Join us at Sigma Xi’s Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference, November 14–17, in Madison, Wisconsin.

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    Grants in Aid of Research Recipient Profile: Jason Strickland

    We catch up with grant recipient Jason Strickland and his project that investigated venom variation in Mojave rattlesnakes.

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    Supporting Women in STEM

    In honor of Women’s History Month in March, Sigma Xi asked female members about the challenges they see for women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) as well as possible solutions for those issues.

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    Four Ways Sigma Xi Can Help with Your Job Search

    Your Sigma Xi membership is a distinction on your curriculum vitae that potential employers will notice. That honor, however, is just the beginning of how the Society can help with your career goals.

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    Creating a Favorable Future

    President Joel Primack discusses how Sigma Xi researchers can help preserve a livable world for future generations.

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    Father of the Internet Announced as a Plenary Speaker at Sigma Xi’s Annual Meeting

    Vint Cerf will share ways that researchers are using the Internet to address global environmental changes. He will also discuss trust between science and the public.

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    Candidates Sought for Sigma Xi Elections

    Sigma Xi seeks candidates to run for leadership positions in the 2019 elections.

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    Sigma Xi to Government Leaders: Avoid Another Disruption to Research

    In letters sent this week, Sigma Xi urged leaders in the United States Congress and President Donald Trump to avoid any actions that would result in future federal funding lapses for scientific research.

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    Students Are Invited to Apply for Research Grants

    Undergraduate and graduate students who would like to apply for research grants have through March 20 to be considered in the next application cycle.

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    Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Report Just Released

    The Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Report demonstrates what the Sigma Xi community accomplished from July 1, 2017–June 30, 2018.

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    A New Award Will Debut at the Student Research Showcase

    Science and engineering students participating in the Student Research Showcase will have the chance to win double the prize money than they could before.

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    2018 Sigma Xi Election Results

    Members of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society elected their peers to leadership roles in an online election that ended November 27.

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    Tradition to Support Students and Early Career Researchers Carries on at the Sigma Xi Annual Meeting

    An uplifting tradition carried on at the Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference hosted by Sigma Xi.

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