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 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 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.
  • Of Roots and Fruits

    by Robert 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.
  • Sigma Xi Speaks: U.S. Science and Technology on the Precipice of Change

    by Jamie Vernon | Jul 27, 2021
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    In his recent Keyed In blog post, Sigma Xi CEO Jamie Vernon discusses the United States' renewed commitment to science and innovation with the recent passing of new congressional bills.
  • Sigma Xi Speaks: Balancing International Scientific Collaborations, National Security, and Economic Competitiveness

    by Jamie Vernon | Jun 25, 2021
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    In his recent Keyed In blog post, Sigma Xi CEO Jamie Vernon discusses the evolution of international relations in science from competition to collaboration.
  • Of Masks and Mistrust

    by Robert Pennock | Jun 14, 2021
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    On Sigma Xi's Keyed In blog, President Robert T. Pennock discusses the responsibility of the scientific community to break through barriers that divide us when it comes to trusting vaccines and the science behind COVID-19 recommendations.
  • Sigma Xi Speaks: Fostering a Culture of Excellence

    by Jamie Vernon | May 28, 2021
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    In this month’s Keyed In blog post, Sigma Xi CEO Jamie Vernon discusses the integral role chapters have played in cultivating a culture of research excellence for students on nearly every educational campus across the country.
  • Leadership Leads to Impact

    by Jason Papagan | May 25, 2021
    The board needs new directors with new points of view and you can make a difference by standing for nomination.
  • Help Choose the Future Leaders of Sigma Xi

    by Jason Papagan | May 11, 2021
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    The board needs new directors with new points of view and you can make a difference by standing for nomination.
  • 100 Days of Science

    by Jamie Vernon | Apr 27, 2021
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    In this month’s Keyed In blog post, Sigma Xi CEO Jamie Vernon discusses the prominence of science, in both policy and decision making, through the first 100 days of the Biden Administration.
  • Sigma Xi Values and Their Relation to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    by Jason Papagan | Mar 29, 2021
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    President-Elect Robert T. Pennock shares thoughts from his acceptance speech at the 2020 Annual Meeting, and reflects on the Society's responsibility and commitment to the ideals of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Improving Mental Health and Emotional Well-Being of Researchers

    by Jamie Vernon | Mar 16, 2021
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    Jamie Vernon, Sigma Xi CEO, discusses the increased concerns over mental and emotional health in the STEMM community, and a new partnership with Happy the App. that will offer free support services for members of the Society.
  • A New Year Marks a New Era for Science and Engineering

    by Jamie Vernon | Jan 19, 2021
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  • It’s Time to Restore Scientific Integrity

    by Jamie Vernon | Nov 11, 2020
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    Jamie Vernon, Sigma Xi CEO, discusses how the system has proven to be imperfectly safeguarded and how protections must be established to preserve scientific integrity.
  • 2020 October Madness: Raffle Winners

    by Lindsay Holton | Oct 16, 2020
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    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 2020 run of October Madness, the Nobel Prize prediction contest.
  • COVID-19 Poses Mental Health Challenges within the Research Community

    by Jamie Vernon | Sep 29, 2020
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    Anecdotal evidence suggests that COVID-19 is adding to an already prevalent problem and that students, researchers, and educators are facing a mental health crisis.
  • Disproportionate Effects of COVID-19 Within Research

    by Jamie Vernon | Aug 24, 2020
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    Studies indicate that the pandemic isn’t affecting all researchers equally.
  • Advice for Virtual Research Presentations

    by Heather Thorstensen | Aug 20, 2020
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    Students and Sigma Xi members share their advice for students presenting at the virtual Student Research Conference this November.
  • Keynote Preview: Every Brain Needs Music

    by Heather Thorstensen | Aug 14, 2020
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    Neuroscientist Larry Sherman will be a keynote speaker at the virtual Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference to share what neuroscience tell us about what music does to the human brain.

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