Sigma Xi Student Research Conference


Student Research Conference
November 11, 2017
Raleigh Convention Center
Raleigh, North Carolina

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For a list of session titles and abstracts, visit the Career Development Sessions page. Or, go to the landing page for the Student Research Conference

Greg Fishel

Greg FishelSigma Xi member Greg Fishel is the chief meteorologist for Capitol Broadcasting Co. His duties include three television weathercasts daily for WRAL-TV and five radio weathercasts daily for MIX 101.5 WRAL-FM. He is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and received its Seal of Approval for television and radio. He is also chair of the Advisory Board for the North Carolina State Climate Office. Fishel was the first certified broadcast meteorologist in the United States and has received an Emmy from Midsouth Region of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. 

Eman Ghanem

Eman GhanemEman Ghanem is the director of membership, chapters, and programs at Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society. Prior to Sigma Xi, she was the co-director of Student and External Relations for the Freshman Research Initiative (FRI) program at The University of Texas at Austin, where she also served as the Research Educator for the Supramolecular Sensors Stream. Ghanem holds a PhD in biochemistry from Texas A&M University, where she worked on developing enzymes for bioremediation of chemical warfare agents. She obtained an MS in chemistry from Eastern Illinois University and a BS in biochemistry from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt. Her research with FRI focused on designing peptide-based sensing arrays for differentiating complex mixtures. Prior to joining FRI, Ghanem was a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology at The University of Texas at Austin. 

Aaron Huertas

Aaron HuertasAaron Huertas is the founder and principal of Science Communication Media, a consulting firm in Washington, DC. For more than 10 years, he’s helped scientists convey their research to the public and policymakers, from delivering Congressional testimony to appearing on The Colbert Report. He’s the author of a Union of Concerned Scientists report on cable news representations of climate science and he has written for the Poynter Institute, MIT’s and Sigma Xi’s Keyed In  blog.

Matt Shipman

Matt ShipmanMatt Shipman is the research communications lead at North Carolina State University. Shipman is the author of The Handbook for Science Public Information Officers  (2015, University of Chicago Press) and a contributing author to Science Blogging: The Essential Guide  (2016, Yale University Press). He is a regular contributor to Shipman serves on the board of the National Association of Science Writers and is a regular speaker on issues related to effective research communication. Earlier this year, Shipman served on expert panels at the “Responsible Communication of Basic Biomedical Research” workshop, co-organized by Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

Jory Weintraub 

Jory WeintraubJory Weintraub is the science communication program director and a senior lecturing fellow with the Duke Initiative for Science & Society. In this position, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in science communication and runs science communication workshops for Duke faculty and postdocs.  He is also the director of the Duke Broader Impacts Resource Center, which he established to support the Duke University research community in its efforts to develop, implement, assess and disseminate broader impacts activities and initiatives. Prior to this, he served for over 10 years as the assistant director of education and outreach at The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, where he developed and ran programs in evolution education and outreach for K–12 students and teachers, undergraduates, and the general public. Weintraub received his BS in biochemistry and cell biology from The University of California at San Diego, and his PhD in immunology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.