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.