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.

  • Communication, Literacy, Policy: Thoughts on SciComm in a Democracy

    by Heather Thorstensen | Sep 03, 2015
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    In this guest post, Rick Borchelt explains why he thinks conferences about how to improve science communication are often (almost always) … um, kind of pointless. Borchelt is the communications director for science at the U.S. Department of Energy.
  • There are No Alternatives

    by Heather Thorstensen | Jul 08, 2015
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    Guest post by Sigma Xi Past President Kelly O. Sullivan: She took a job outside of academia, but that doesn't mean her career path is "alternative."
  • Calling for a Presidential Debate on Science

    by Heather Thorstensen | Jun 11, 2015
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    Will voters have a chance to hear the U.S. presidential candidates’ science-related priorities before going to the polls? That’s the primary mission of ScienceDebate. Launched in 2008, this 501c3 nonpartisan, nonprofit initiative works to encourage presidential candidates to attend live science debates and you can submit questions.
  • Connecting the Research Community

    by Jamie Vernon | May 07, 2015
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    Welcome to Keyed In, the blog of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research 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.

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