2014 Meeting Schedule for Delegates

2014 Schedule at a Glance


Session Details - Thursday, November 6

Assembly of Delegates Session I

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Society Reports and Introduction of Resolutions

Leadership Session - Financial Reporting for Chapters

9:45 AM - 10:30 AM
Leads:  Ronald Millard, David Moran and Jasmine Shah

Leadership Workshop - Publishing to Meet the Sigma Xi Mission

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Leads:  David Moran, Jamie Vernon, and Richard Wiggins

Lunch on Your Own

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Regional Caucuses

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Moderated discussions led by Regional Directors

Constituency Caucuses

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Moderated discussions led by Constituency Directors

Town Hall Meeting

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Moderated discussions led by George Atkinson; Delegate Q&A

Session Details - Friday, November 7

Assembly of Delegates Session II

8:00 AM - 9:15 AM
Discussion, Motions and Voting

Leadership Workshop - Best Practices for Chapters

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Featured Speakers: Mark Peeples and Andrea Rutherford
This session will focus on best practices for chapter success. Topics will include recruiting Sigma Xi members, establishing strong chapter leadership/succession and other valuable tips.

Leadership Workshop - Chapter Engagement

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Featured Speakers:  Linda Mantel and Andrea Rutherford
This session will focus on best practices for chapters to engage members, including the utilization of new tools provided on the Sigma Xi website.

Walston Chubb Innovation Award Luncheon

12:00 Noon - 1:30 PM
Featured Speaker:  Rosalind Picard - 2014 Walston Chubb Innovation Award Winner
Emtion Technology, Wearables, and Surprises

Networking Break and Professional Research Posters

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Delegates and other professional researchers share their findings at posters in the exhibit hall.  Exhibits and networking opportunities also available.

Learn About Effective Science Communication from YouTube Superstars

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Moderator: Jamie Vernon, Sigma Xi Director of Science Communications and Publications
Derek Muller and Michael Stevens have become internet sensations by explaining science through easy to understand online videos. Covering diverse topics, including “Can silence actually drive you crazy?” and “What if everyone jumped at once?”, their combined video collections have been viewed over a billion times and have been described as “the closest thing we have to a YouTube encyclopedia.”  Derek and Michael will discuss the joy and excitement of their careers as science communicators and how scientists can make their science more meaningful to broader audiences.


Science and the Popular Media

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Featured Speaker:  Donna Nelson
Science advisor to AMC's popular show, Breaking Bad, Nelson will speak about her experiences of working with media programmers and why it is so important to get the science correct in TV and film. Dr. Nelson specializes in the application and characterization of the single-walled carbon nanotube. 

William Procter Prize Award Dinner

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Featured Speaker:  Jenny Glusker - 2014 William Procter Prize Award Winner
Title:  Crystals and their Amazing Internal Structures. 

Session Details - Saturday, November 8

Student and Judge Orientation with Power-up-Breakfast

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Welcome to Student Conference presenters and delegates serving as judges.  Orientation for the evaluation of student presentations and awards.

Student Research Poster Presentations

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Students present their research for evaluation by career professionals.  

Young Investigator Award Luncheon

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Featured Speaker:  Thomas Epps, III - 2014 Young Investigator Award Winner
Title:  Creating Functional Nanoscale Systems Using Block Copolymers: Impacting Sustainability and Human Health through Self-Assembly.

Critical Issues in Science: Water and Food - Debate I

1:15 PM - 3:00 PM
Featured Speaker:  Ronnie Green
Presiding:  George Atkinson

Critical Issues in Science:  Water and Food - Debate II

3:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Featured Speaker:  Jack Bobo
Presiding:  George Atkinson

McGovern Award Lecture and Student Award Presentation

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Featured Speaker:  David Rosner
Title:  Judging Science: The Historian, the Courts, & Discerning Responsibility for The Blowback of a Century of Pollution.
Presentation of Student Awards will follow the McGovern Lecture.

Sigma Xi Banquet

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Honored Guests:  Derek Muller and Michael Stevens - 2014 Honorary Member Inductees

Session Details - Sunday, November 9

ISGP Discussion Session

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Hosted by George Atkinson
Informal session to discuss partnership between Sigma Xi and the Institute on Science for Global Policy (ISGP)

General Delegate Caucus

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Discussions on the future of Sigma Xi

Buses to Airport

11:15 AM - 12:00 AM
Buses will transport attendees from the conference hotel to the Phoenix Airport.  Ticket Purchase required.