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.

  • 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.
  • Sigma Xi Steps Up to Support the Research Community

    by Jamie Vernon | Jul 21, 2020
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    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
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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.
  • 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
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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.
  • The Power of Diversity

    by Geraldine Richmond | Oct 28, 2019
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    In his December message, Sigma Xi Executive Director and CEO Jamie Vernon reflects on the year's research accomplishments and member accomplishments.

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