KEYED IN

Welcome to Keyed In, the blog of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society. This will be the go-to place for Sigma Xi members and others to learn about what’s happening in the science and engineering industry. We will share thoughts and perspectives related to Sigma Xi’s mission, including ideas that deal with the health of the research enterprise, integrity in science and engineering, and public understanding of science, as they contribute to improving the human condition. We will give updates about the remarkable work conducted by Sigma Xi chapters, which are spread across the globe. We will report on trends in research and anticipate where the industry is going. And, we will offer advice to young scientists and engineers. Our ultimate goal is to provide useful information that will lead to a more connected and more effective research community.

  • Sigma Xi Speaks: January 2017

    by John Nemeth | Jan 17, 2017
    John Nemeth
    Sigma Xi Executive Director and CEO John Nemeth shares information by disease researcher Peter Hotez on emerging infectious diseases. The Kids Science Reading Corner shares resources to help kids learn about mosquito-borne illness. It also features books about bugs.
  • Technology as a Tool for Presentations

    by Heather Thorstensen | Dec 21, 2016
    Barry Mitsch
    This is a guest post written by communication coach Barry Mitsch. Nowadays when technical professionals are asked to give a presentation, they typically begin their preparation by creating some slides using a popular software program that will be projected when speaking to an audience. But is this technology improving presentations or creating a barrier between the speaker and the audience?
  • Sigma Xi Speaks: December 2016

    by John Nemeth | Dec 20, 2016
    John Nemeth
    Sigma Xi is taking its first steps to help ensure that research in America will continue to attain the highest standards in the coming Trump administration. I call on you now for your participation.
  • Explore, Discover, and Move Forward

    by Heather Thorstensen | Dec 14, 2016
    Guidotti, Sanberg, Caidi
    Paul R. Sanberg, winner of the Sigma Xi 2016 John P. McGovern Science and Society Award, shares his lecture from the 2016 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. A main message of his lecture was that researchers have a meaningful role to play in society by sharing the benefits of their discoveries with other people.
  • Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society

    by Heather Thorstensen | Dec 13, 2016
    Tee Guidotti
    Sigma Xi President Tee L. Guidotti explains the reasoning and history behind Sigma Xi's name change, which was approved at the recent Annual Meeting.
  • Sigma Xi Speaks: November 2016

    by John Nemeth | Nov 29, 2016
    John Nemeth
    Executive Director and CEO John C. Nemeth uses his monthly series to spotlight Human Rights Day on December 10. He shares an article about how Sigma Xi members can get involved with supporting the human right to water. The Kids Science Reading Corner features books about people who received their education against the odds.
  • The 2016 Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference: Seven Big Themes

    by Heather Thorstensen | Nov 16, 2016
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    This is a guest post written by Sigma Xi President Tee Guidotti. Sigma Xi conferences are always wondrous affairs, bringing together speakers on outstanding science, extraordinarily talented students, their dedicated advisors, science policy wonks, and people who just plain care. The meeting that just ended featured the following key themes.
  • Sigma Xi Speaks: October 2016

    by John Nemeth | Oct 18, 2016
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    In honor of Halloween, Sigma Xi Executive Director and CEO John Nemeth highlights two things that can be considered scary: drones and bats. He discusses the research applications for drones and books for kids about bats.
  • October Madness: Raffle Announcement

    by Heather Thorstensen | Oct 11, 2016
    Affiliate Circle
    Thanks for following along with the second year of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society’s Nobel Prize prediction contest, October Madness. Find out if anyone won this year's prizes.
  • 2016 October Madness: Announcement of Champions

    by Heather Thorstensen | Sep 27, 2016
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    After collecting public nominations and holding four weeks of voting, we can now announce the champions of October Madness, Sigma Xi's Nobel Prize prediction contest.
  • 2016 October Madness: Finals

    by Heather Thorstensen | Sep 20, 2016
    Finals Physiology or Medicine
    We made it to the finals for this year's edition of October Madness, Sigma Xi's Nobel Prize prediction contest!
  • Sigma Xi Speaks: September 2016

    by John Nemeth | Sep 19, 2016
    John Nemeth
    Sigma Xi Executive Director and CEO John Nemeth shares reliable sources of information to share about the Zika virus. The Kids Science Reading Corner has suggestions for three books about Albert Einstein.
  • 2016 October Madness: Final 4

    by Heather Thorstensen | Sep 13, 2016
    Final 4 Phys Medicine
    We're down to the Final 4 for Sigma Xi's Nobel Prize prediction contest, October Madness.
  • 2016 October Madness: Elite 8

    by Heather Thorstensen | Sep 07, 2016
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    Results of the Sweet 16 round of October Madness, Sigma Xi's Nobel Prize prediction contest, are announced and voting begins for the Elite 8 round.
  • 2016 October Madness: Sweet 16

    by Heather Thorstensen | Aug 30, 2016
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    Sigma Xi opens its 2nd run of October Madness, a Nobel Prize prediction contest.
  • Call for Nominations: October Madness 2016

    by Heather Thorstensen | Aug 22, 2016
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    Sigma Xi announces the return of its Nobel Prize prediction contest, October Madness, and calls for nominations through August 28.
  • Sigma Xi Speaks: August 2016

    by Heather Thorstensen | Aug 16, 2016
    John Nemeth
    Sigma Xi Executive Director and CEO John Nemeth discusses Sigma Xi's new Research Communications Initiative, Sigma Xi's joint effort with 55 other science organizations to get science questions answered by the U.S. presidential candidates, and a new feature: the Kids Science Reading Corner.
  • Vox on "The 7 Biggest Problems Facing Science"

    by Heather Thorstensen | Jul 27, 2016
    Tee Guidotti
    Sigma Xi President Tee Guidotti responds to points made in Vox's article, "The 7 Biggest Problems Facing Science, According to 270 Scientists."
  • Sigma Xi Speaks: July 2016

    by Heather Thorstensen | Jul 19, 2016
    John Nemeth
    Sigma Xi Executive Director and CEO John Nemeth encourages Sigma Xi members to invite non-scientists to ask them questions about research, in person or on social media with #AskAScientist.
  • Sigma Xi Speaks: June 2016

    by Heather Thorstensen | Jun 21, 2016
    John Nemeth
    In the June message for Sigma Xi Speaks, Executive Director John Nemeth encourages members to take an active role in STEM outreach, and gives members ideas on how to find and share research news.

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