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.

  • 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.
  • Chapters As a Source of Leadership in Sigma Xi

    by Linda Mantel | Nov 13, 2019
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    Linda Mantel is the 2019 recipient of the Evan Ferguson Award for Service to the Society. She shares her insights from her role as a volunteer leader.
  • Specialized Batteries for Implantable Medical Applications Provide Inspiration for Research

    by Esther Takeuchi | Nov 11, 2019
    Batteries for implantable medical devices must be small, reliable, safe, and long lasting. These characteristics are desirable for other battery applications as well. Thus, the insights gained from extended lifetime medical batteries are providing inspiration to design and improve other types of batteries for multiple types of uses.
  • How Do We Know that Human Activities Have Affected Global Climate?

    by Ben Santer | Nov 11, 2019
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    Ben Santer's early research contributed to the historic 1995 conclusion of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: “the balance of evidence suggests a discernible human influence on global climate.” He provides background information on the research surrounding the global climate.
  • The Role of Natural Climate Solutions in Fighting Climate Change

    by A. E. Sutton-Grier | Nov 08, 2019
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    Sigma Xi 2019 Young Investigator Award recipient Ariana Sutton-Grier describes research into natural solutions that can be components to climate change mitigation.

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