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.

  • 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: March 2017

    by John Nemeth | Mar 22, 2017
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    Sigma Xi Executive Director and CEO John C. Nemeth shares how Sigma Xi is celebrating women in science and shares three books featuring female scientists.
  • Now is the Time to Speak Up

    by Heather Thorstensen | Mar 01, 2017
    Barry Mitsch
    This is a guest post written by communication coach Barry Mitsch. It is the responsibility of everyone who values scientific research to show the value science plays in future advancements that contribute to economic growth and improved quality of life. Mitsch shares tips on sharing your message.
  • Sigma Xi Speaks: February 2017

    by John Nemeth | Feb 21, 2017
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    Sigma Xi Executive Director and CEO John C. Nemeth encourages members to get involved with the March for Science.
  • Technology as a Tool for Presentations

    by Heather Thorstensen | Dec 21, 2016
    Barry Mitsch
    This is a guest post written by communication coach Barry Mitsch. Nowadays when technical professionals are asked to give a presentation, they typically begin their preparation by creating some slides using a popular software program that will be projected when speaking to an audience. But is this technology improving presentations or creating a barrier between the speaker and the audience?
  • Sigma Xi Speaks: June 2016

    by Heather Thorstensen | Jun 21, 2016
    John Nemeth
    In the June message for Sigma Xi Speaks, Executive Director John Nemeth encourages members to take an active role in STEM outreach, and gives members ideas on how to find and share research news.
  • Connecting Science to Policy

    by John Nemeth | Mar 16, 2016
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    I am pleased to welcome you to the second installment of Sigma Xi Speaks! This initiative provides you with policy-relevant information generated by the Society’s communications and publications staff. This post contains three areas of consensus from last year’s Communicating Science for Policy event. It also highlights American Scientist articles relating to the effects of climate change, the increase in production and use of nanoparticles, and ideas for recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.
  • Become a Voice for Science

    by John Nemeth | Feb 09, 2016
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    Welcome to the first installment of Sigma Xi Speaks! Through this series, we will provide policy-relevant information generated by the Society’s communications and publications staff. We encourage you to share this information with your friends, family, colleagues, and local and national elected officials via social media, email, or in-person.
  • Drawing a Crowd for Science

    by Heather Thorstensen | Jan 26, 2016
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    This guest post by Christopher M. Graney explains how the Sigma Xi Louisville Chapter helped to make a public outreach event successful by blending science and history.
  • 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.

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