KEYED IN

Welcome to Keyed In, the blog of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor 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.

  • How Scientists and Engineers Who Aren't on the Front Lines of the Coronavirus Outbreak Can Help

    by Heather Thorstensen | Mar 30, 2020
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    Even if your specific science, technology, engineering, or math isn’t on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak, you can still contribute to the world’s efforts against COVID-19.
  • A Moment of Truth for Science

    by Jamie Vernon | Mar 18, 2020
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    Executive Director and CEO Jamie Vernon details the research community's work on the front lines of mitigating the impact of COVID-19, and calls on Sigma Xi members to be ambassadors for science in their communities.
  • Keeping the Public Trust

    by Geraldine Richmond | Mar 17, 2020
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    President Geraldine Richmond reminds scientists that they have a role to play in building and maintaining public confidence in the scientific enterprise.
  • Bringing the Research Community Together at Florida A&M University

    by Marijo Kent-First | Feb 28, 2020
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    A Sigma Xi chapter is reactivating at one of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
  • Announcing the Annual Report and Strategic Plan

    by Jamie Vernon | Feb 13, 2020
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    Executive Director and CEO Jamie L. Vernon shares what Sigma Xi has achieved in support of the research community over the last year and lays out a road map of what the Society plans to accomplish in the years to come.
  • Measuring Research Impact

    by Geraldine Richmond | Feb 11, 2020
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    In today’s competitive workplace, we increasingly seek to measure research impact with quantifiable metrics. Such metrics, however, do not capture the broader impact beyond the publishing arena, writes President Geraldine Richmond.
  • Mentoring for Success

    by Geraldine Richmond | Dec 19, 2019
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    Members can help carry on Sigma Xi's tradition of mentoring to support the next generation of researchers. President Geraldine Richmond describes the different forms of mentorship and the factors that contribute to effective mentorship.
  • Do You Know How Your Colleagues, Mentees, and Students Will Spend the Holidays?

    by Jamie Vernon | Dec 17, 2019
    2019 Student Research Conference Top Presenters
    Sigma Xi takes pride in creating an inclusive environment for the creative pursuit of knowledge. We gather together for member and chapter events to connect and build relationships. Research is our common bond, but it’s also important to think about the quality of life that those around us have outside of our work environment.
  • What Are Your Science Policy Priorities?

    by Jamie Vernon | Nov 20, 2019
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    Sigma Xi Executive Director and CEO Jamie Vernon would like to know your science policy priorities, what you have done or would be willing to do to advocate for science, and the kind of role you think Sigma Xi should play to make the biggest difference.
  • Chapters As a Source of Leadership in Sigma Xi

    by Linda Mantel | Nov 13, 2019
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    Linda Mantel is the 2019 recipient of the Evan Ferguson Award for Service to the Society. She shares her insights from her role as a volunteer leader.
  • Specialized Batteries for Implantable Medical Applications Provide Inspiration for Research

    by Esther Takeuchi | Nov 11, 2019
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    Batteries for implantable medical devices must be small, reliable, safe, and long lasting. These characteristics are desirable for other battery applications as well. Thus, the insights gained from extended lifetime medical batteries are providing inspiration to design and improve other types of batteries for multiple types of uses.
  • How Do We Know that Human Activities Have Affected Global Climate?

    by Ben Santer | Nov 11, 2019
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    Ben Santer's early research contributed to the historic 1995 conclusion of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: “the balance of evidence suggests a discernible human influence on global climate.” He provides background information on the research surrounding the global climate.
  • The Role of Natural Climate Solutions in Fighting Climate Change

    by A. E. Sutton-Grier | Nov 08, 2019
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    Sigma Xi 2019 Young Investigator Award recipient Ariana Sutton-Grier describes research into natural solutions that can be components to climate change mitigation.
  • The Power of Diversity

    by Geraldine Richmond | Oct 28, 2019
    From the President
    Why is diversity so important in science and technology? This question, whether asked or implied, is one we need to counter at all levels. Our growing diversity in science and engineering is our strength.
  • A Perspective on Research and Teaching Pedagogy Based on Circular Economy and Sustainability

    by Surojit Gupta | Oct 25, 2019
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    Member Surojit Gupta describes the concept of Circular Economy, an economic model based on designing out waste and pollution, reusing materials, and regenerating natural systems. He also shares his research on innovative novel additive manufacturing and sustainable technologies.
  • 2019 October Madness: Drawing Winner

    by Lindsay Holton | Oct 15, 2019
    The winner of a free year of Sigma Xi membership dues or a year in the Sigma Xi Affiliate Circle is announced.
  • Proposed Changes to Science Education, and What You Can Do About Them

    by Jamie Vernon | Oct 15, 2019
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    State and local legislators across the United States are threatening science education and alarming teachers by pursuing legislation that challenges fundamental scientific concepts, such as evolution and climate science.
  • 2019 October Madness: Announcement of Champions

    by Lindsay Holton | Oct 03, 2019
    2019 Bracket Results Physiology or Medicine
    The people have spoken about who they predict will win the 2019 Nobel Prizes in chemistry, physics, and physiology or medicine!
  • 2019 October Madness: The Finals

    by Lindsay Holton | Oct 01, 2019
    We're down to the finals of Sigma Xi's Nobel Prize prediction contest, October Madness! Vote through October 3 to pick our champions.
  • The Catalyst for Interdisciplinary Research

    by Jamie Vernon | Sep 25, 2019
    2018 Student Poster Session
    Recent emphasis on interdisciplinary research by funders, editors, and policymakers has ignited discussions about the challenges and opportunities of interdisciplinarity. All recognize that interdisciplinarity promotes integrative knowledge and innovation. This presents an opportunity for Sigma Xi's multidisciplinary membership to inspire and support interdisciplinary collaborations.

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