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.

  • The Case for Open Access Publishing from a Rural High School Teacher

    by Jeff Wehr | Feb 13, 2018
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    Sigma Xi member Jeff Wehr is the principal mentor of the Advanced STEM Research Laboratory at Odessa High School in Odessa, Washington. He makes the case that open access publishing would be a benefit to the scientific community by supporting his rural students.
  • What Role Should Sigma Xi Play as a Research Advocate?

    by Jamie Vernon | Jan 23, 2018
    US Capitol Building
    Sigma Xi members, affiliates, and explorers discuss critical issues in science as part of the Society’s Quarterly Conversations initiative. In light of the recent government shutdown, this quarter’s discussion will explore how Sigma Xi should represent the research enterprise in the political system.
  • Shaping the Rules: How Scientists Can Help Public Agencies Do Their Work

    by Aaron Huertas | Jan 22, 2018
    Public Hearing
    When scientists talk about public policy, they usually focus on the most visible parts of the political process—think presidential speeches and Congressional debates over major legislation. But a great deal of policymaking is done quietly by professional staff at public agencies. Policy experts say well-placed scientific advice can have an outsize impact in these venues.
  • Sigma Xi is The Scientific Research Honor Society: What is Research, Anyway?

    by Tee Guidotti | Jan 10, 2018
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    Recently, a conversation thread in Sigma Xi’s online member community, The Lab, asked the decidedly not rhetorical question, “How does Sigma Xi define research?” Past President Tee Guidotti provides the leadership team's perspective.
  • Should Sigma Xi Support Open Access?

    by Jamie Vernon | Oct 20, 2017
    Jamie L. Vernon
    What happens when a university fails to renew a journal subscription that is used by its faculty or publishers charge exorbitant fees to download scholarly articles? One possible solution to disseminating scientific information is open access, a system that makes research articles available to all interested parties at no cost. Sigma Xi members are discussing the pros and cons of this publishing system.
  • October Madness: Drawing Winner

    by Heather Thorstensen | Oct 05, 2017
    October Madness
    The winner of a free year of Sigma Xi membership dues or a year in the Sigma Xi Affiliate Circle is announced.
  • 2017 October Madness: Announcement of Champions

    by Heather Thorstensen | Sep 26, 2017
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    The people have spoken about who they think should win the 2017 Nobel Prizes!
  • Sigma Xi Speaks: Addressing Climate Disasters

    by Jamie Vernon | Sep 21, 2017
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    Executive Director and CEO Jamie L. Vernon explains how members can contribute to the debate around climate policy.
  • 2017 October Madness: The Finals

    by Heather Thorstensen | Sep 19, 2017
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    It's the finals of Sigma Xi's Nobel Prize prediction contest, October Madness! Your vote this week is more important than ever because you can help your favorites become October Madness champions, and we added a prize!
  • 2017 October Madness: Final 4

    by Heather Thorstensen | Sep 12, 2017
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    We're down to the Final 4 of Sigma Xi's Nobel Prize prediction contest, October Madness! Vote to make sure your top picks make it to the finals!
  • 2017 October Madness: Elite 8

    by Heather Thorstensen | Sep 06, 2017
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  • Members Share Their Solar Eclipse Stories

    by Heather Thorstensen | Sep 06, 2017
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    You watched the total solar eclipse with wonder on August 21, 2017. Relive the memories with this collection of stories submitted by Sigma Xi members about how they watched this special event.
  • Voting Opens for 2017 October Madness

    by Heather Thorstensen | Aug 29, 2017
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    Sigma Xi's 2017 Nobel Prize prediction contest, October Madness, starts today! Cast your vote in the Sweet 16 round.
  • Can Sigma Xi Fix the Reproducible Science Crisis: A Member Responds

    by John Fennick | Aug 21, 2017
    Scientists Investigating the Plague
    Sigma Xi member John Fennick weighs in on the reproducible science conversation, with history on the subject and his ideas for solutions.
  • Sigma Xi Speaks: Eclipse Party Planner

    by Jamie Vernon | Aug 16, 2017
    Jamie L. Vernon
    It's not too late to plan a solar eclipse watch party with your family, friends, or Sigma Xi chapter. These ideas will help make your party a total success.
  • Call for Nominations: October Madness 2017

    by Heather Thorstensen | Jul 26, 2017
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    Sigma Xi's Nobel Prize prediction contest is back and needs your nominations by August 24!
  • Developing Effective Messages Means Developing a Deep Understanding of Narrative: An Interview with Scientist-Turned-Filmmaker Randy Olson

    by Aaron Huertas | Jul 25, 2017
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    A Q&A with Randy Olson explores why scientists struggle with communication and a storytelling template that could help.
  • New Quarterly Conversations

    by Jamie Vernon | Jul 19, 2017
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    In the July edition of Sigma Xi Speaks, Executive Director and CEO Jamie Vernon asks members, affiliates, and explorers to participate in discussions about the irreproducibility of numerous published scientific studies, and what can be done to address this issue.
  • Forging Productive Relationships with Legislative Offices

    by Aaron Huertas | Jun 27, 2017
    Brandeis Scientist with Senator Warren
    There’s significant demand for scientific expertise among state and federal legislative offices. Researchers looking to inform policymakers about their work should consider supplying it.
  • Sigma Xi Speaks: June 2017

    by John Nemeth | Jun 20, 2017
    John Nemeth
    In October 2015, I wrote that becoming interim executive director and CEO of Sigma Xi for six months was a singular honor. Now, some 21 months later, I was correct. It has been the single greatest honor of my long and varied career.

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