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.

  • Science is for Everybody and Helps All

    by Nicholas A. Peppas | Aug 26, 2022
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    In his letter to members on the Keyed In blog, President Nicholas A. Peppas answers the question... Who is science for?
  • Strengthening the Voice of Membership

    by Jason Papagan | Jul 21, 2022
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    Robert Boily reflects on his experience serving on and leading the Committee on Nominations as a representative of the Canadian/International Constituency Group.
  • A Whole New World of Opportunities

    by Nicholas A. Peppas | Jul 01, 2022
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    In his first letter to members, President Nicholas A. Peppas discusses the importance of convergence and diversity in science, and its role in the inaugural International Forum on Research Excellence (IFoRE).
  • Multiplying the Sound of Your Own Voice

    by Jason Papagan | Apr 26, 2022
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    Cristina C. Gouin, Sigma Xi's Director of Industry, State, and Federal Laboratories Constituency Group, discusses why she has served in a leadership role for 18 years and why you should consider nomination too.
  • Of Honor and Honoring

    by Robert T. Pennock | Apr 18, 2022
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    On Sigma Xi's Keyed In blog, President Robert T. Pennock shares a poem that speaks to the spirit of honor and research at Sigma Xi.
  • Volunteering to Lead

    by Jason Papagan | Mar 24, 2022
    Dr. Allison C. Augustus-Wallace, Sigma Xi's Associate Director of Research and Doctoral University Constituency Group, discusses why she serves in a leadership role and why you should consider nomination too.
  • Sigma Xi Speaks: Defining Research Excellence

    by Jamie Vernon | Mar 07, 2022
    In his recent Keyed In blog post, Sigma Xi Executive Director and CEO Jamie Vernon discusses a variety of declarations, forums, and strategic initiatives worldwide that are contributing to the recent effort to redefine research excellence, including the inaugural International Forum on Research Excellence, powered by Sigma Xi.
  • Of Codes and Conduct

    by Robert T. Pennock | Feb 23, 2022
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    On Sigma Xi's Keyed In blog, President Robert T. Pennock opines on the importance of Sigma Xi's code of ethical conduct.
  • James Webb Space Telescope Joins the League of Super-Telescopes

    by Joel Primack | Jan 25, 2022
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    Former Sigma Xi President and astrophysicist Joel R. Primack explores the highly-anticipated launch of NASA's James Webb Telescope and what it could mean for our understanding of the universe.
  • Of Seeds and Support

    by Robert T. Pennock | Dec 14, 2021
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    On Sigma Xi's Keyed In blog, President Robert T. Pennock reflects on 100 years of Sigma Xi's Grants in Aid of Research program.
  • Sigma Xi Speaks: Promoting Just Solutions to Climate Change

    by Jamie Vernon | Oct 20, 2021
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    In his recent Keyed In blog post, Sigma Xi CEO Jamie Vernon discusses disturbing recent U.S. data on global warming and the Society's #SciCommMake initiative the centers around the theme of mitigating the causes of climate change and adapting to climate threats.
  • 2021 October Madness: Raffle Winner

    by Janelle Simmons | Oct 14, 2021
    The winner of a Sigma Xi prize package is announced at the conclusion of the 2021 run of October Madness, the Nobel Prize prediction contest.
  • Of Community and Conversation

    by Robert T. Pennock | Oct 12, 2021
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    On Sigma Xi's Keyed In blog, President Robert T. Pennock discusses two new initiatives to extend the Society’s program to advance science’s ethical culture.
  • 2021 October Madness: Announcement of Champions

    by Janelle Simmons | Oct 01, 2021
    The people have spoken about who they predict will win the 2021 Nobel Prizes in chemistry, physics, and physiology or medicine!
  • 2021 October Madness: The Finals

    by Janelle Simmons | Sep 28, 2021
    We're down to the finals of Sigma Xi's Nobel Prize prediction contest, October Madness! Vote through September 30 to pick our champions.
  • 2021 October Madness: Final Four

    by Janelle Simmons | Sep 23, 2021
    We're down to the Final Four of Sigma Xi's Nobel Prize prediction contest, October Madness! Vote to make sure your top picks make it to the finals.
  • 2021 October Madness: Elite 8

    by Janelle Simmons | Sep 16, 2021
    Voting is open for the 2021 Nobel Prize Prediction contest, October Madness! Voting for this round is open through September 21.
  • 2021 October Madness: Sweet 16

    by Janelle Simmons | Sep 14, 2021
    Voting is open for the 2021 Nobel Prize prediction contest, October Madness! Voting for this round is open through September 15.
  • Call for Nominations: October Madness 2021

    by Janelle Simmons | Aug 31, 2021
    Sigma Xi's Nobel Prize prediction contest is back and needs your nominations by September 8, 2021!
  • Of Roots and Fruits

    by Robert T. Pennock | Aug 17, 2021
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    On Sigma Xi's Keyed In blog, President Robert T. Pennock discusses his history with the Society's Annual Meeting and the themes of ethics and integrity for this year's conference.

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