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.

  • Sigma Xi Steps Up to Support the Research Community

    by Jamie Vernon | Jul 21, 2020
    2016 Annual Meeting Plenary Session
    Sigma Xi took multiple actions this month to address issues on behalf of its members and the scientific community. Issues addressed include an Immigration and Customs Enforcement policy that would have affected international students, helping the public understand COVID-19, supporting evidence-based public health guidance, and restricting Facebook advertising.
  • How Scientists and Engineers Who Aren't on the Front Lines of the Coronavirus Outbreak Can Help

    by Heather Thorstensen | Mar 30, 2020
    Healthcare worker in surgical mask
    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.
  • 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.
  • What Are Your Science Policy Priorities?

    by Jamie Vernon | Nov 20, 2019
    Ariana Sutton-Grier
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 10 Key Findings from the IPBES Global Assessment

    by Sigma Xi Staff | May 15, 2019
    Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep, an endangered species
    Last week, a report from the United Nations gave precise detail about how nature and its critical contributions to people are deteriorating worldwide.
  • Shutdown Story: NSF Graduate Fellowship Program Reviewer's Concerns

    by Heather Thorstensen | Mar 11, 2019
    Office Desk
    A member serving as an application reviewer for the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program has raised concerns about the consequences to the program from the 2018–2019 government shutdown.
  • The Spirit of Giving Science

    by Jamie Vernon | Dec 20, 2018
    Jamie Vernon
    In his December message, Sigma Xi Executive Director and CEO Jamie Vernon reflects on the year's research accomplishments and member accomplishments.
  • Sigma Xi Members Hold the Key

    by Jamie Vernon | Nov 28, 2018
    Hold the Key Video
    In his November message to members, Executive Director and CEO Jamie Vernon explains the significance of the Sigma Xi key and invites all members to extend the honor of membership and the key of Sigma Xi to all who embody the qualities sought in our fellow companions, including dedication to research excellence and integrity.
  • 2018 October Madness: Raffle Winner

    by Heather Thorstensen | Oct 05, 2018
    Empty October Madness Circle
    The winner of a free year of Sigma Xi membership dues or a year in the Sigma Xi Affiliate Circle is announced as the conclusion of the 2018 run of October Madness, the Nobel Prize prediction contest.
  • How Will Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Change Science?

    by Jamie Vernon | May 15, 2018
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    We’re beginning to see the influence of big data sets, and the technology to process them, in every area of research. A need exists for in-depth conversations about the ethics of data collection, analysis, usage, how we will communicate discoveries when the process is largely computer-driven, and how the current scientific infrastructure system will need to adapt to accommodate big data-based research initiatives.
  • 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.
  • Sigma Xi is The Scientific Research Honor Society: What is Research, Anyway?

    by Tee Guidotti | Jan 10, 2018
    Tee Guidotti
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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