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

March 19, 2019

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Vint CerfRESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC—The Internet is an indispensable tool for scientists and engineers to access, integrate, and analyze data. Vint Cerf, one of the fathers of the Internet, will deliver a plenary address to researchers, students, and science supporters on November 15 during Sigma Xi’s Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference. 

Cerf will share ways that researchers are using the Internet to address global environmental changes. He will also address the U.S. societal climate in which trust for research is diminished, and how researchers should work to regain and maintain trust from the general public.  

Cerf, a Sigma Xi member, is a vice president and the chief Internet evangelist at Google, where he contributes to global policy development and the continued spread of the Internet. Cerf co-designed the architecture of the Internet as well as the Transmission Control Protocol and Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), a set of communication protocols used to allow data to flow between devices over the Internet. His awards include the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom and U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation. 

Joe Palca, a science correspondent with National Public Radio, will moderate a question-and-answer session between Cerf and the audience after Cerf’s address. A reception will follow. 

The meeting will be held November 14–17 at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison, Wisconsin. This year’s theme is Our Changing Global Environment: Scientists and Engineers Designing Solutions for the Future. Learn more at www.sigmaxi.org/amsrc.

Updated on 4/4/2019.

More About Sigma Xi: Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society is the world’s largest multidisciplinary honor society for scientists and engineers. Its mission is to enhance the health of the research enterprise, foster integrity in science and engineering, and promote the public understanding of science for the purpose of improving the human condition. Sigma Xi chapters can be found at colleges and universities, government laboratories, and industry research centers around the world. More than 200 Nobel Prize winners have been members. The Society is based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. www.sigmaxi.org. On Twitter: @SigmaXiSociety