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.

  • October Madness: Announcement of Champions

    by Heather Thorstensen | Sep 29, 2015
    After crowd sourcing nominations and four rounds of voting, we announce your Nobel Prize predictions through our inaugural run of October Madness!
  • October Madness: Finals

    by Heather Thorstensen | Sep 15, 2015
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    The brackets are full for the finals of Sigma Xi's public Nobel Prize prediction contest, October Madness. The only thing left to do is vote!
  • October Madness: Final 4

    by Heather Thorstensen | Sep 09, 2015
    We're down to the Final 4 in Sigma Xi's Nobel Prize prediction contest, October Madness! Vote for the scientists you want to see in the semi-finals.
  • Communication, Literacy, Policy: Thoughts on SciComm in a Democracy

    by Heather Thorstensen | Sep 03, 2015
    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.
  • October Madness: Elite 8

    by Heather Thorstensen | Sep 02, 2015
    We announce the results of the Sweet 16 round, and kick off voting for the Elite 8 round, of October Madness. October Madness is Sigma Xi's just-for-fun, public Nobel Prize prediction contest.
  • October Madness: Sweet 16

    by Heather Thorstensen | Aug 25, 2015
    Cast your votes in the Sweet 16 round for October Madness, Sigma Xi's Nobel Prize prediction contest.
  • Are You Ready for October Madness?

    by Heather Thorstensen | Jul 24, 2015
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    October Madness is a contest in which the public gets to nominate, and vote for, their picks for the 2015 science-related Nobel Prize winners. Send us your nominations by August 11! Voting begins August 25.
  • 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
    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.
  • Seeing the Future of Science

    by Heather Thorstensen | May 31, 2015
    What was it like to judge at the largest pre-college science competition in the world? Ask the Sigma Xi members who were there and they will tell you it was inspiring, a glimpse into the future of science, and a privilege.
  • Northeastern Sigma Xi Members Gather at Western Connecticut State University

    by Heather Thorstensen | May 28, 2015
    Guest post by Western Connecticut State University Sigma Xi Chapter President Theodora Pinou: The 2015 Northeastern Regional Research Conference was a celebration of interdisciplinary scholarship. Learn about this year's keynote speakers, award winners, and honorees.
  • Why Should They Trust Us?

    by Heather Thorstensen | May 20, 2015
    Guest post by Sigma Xi member David Garfinkle: When we ask that the general public believe scientific conclusions, we are essentially asking them to trust us. Why wouldn't they trust us to be honest? And, what should be done to allay these suspicions?
  • Why Sigma Xi Needed to Participate in Women’s History Month

    by Heather Thorstensen | May 15, 2015
    “Sigma Xi supports women in STEM”—that was the tagline you saw, placed beneath quotes from six Sigma Xi female members, on the Society’s social media accounts in March. Why did the Society need to participate in Women’s History Month?
  • Canada’s War on “Inconvenient Science”

    by Heather Thorstensen | May 12, 2015
    Guest post by Sigma Xi member Alan Emery: Canadian scientists have seen research libraries shuttered, reports and records destroyed, and scientific positions eliminated. Emery, of the University of Toronto Sigma Xi Chapter, shares his vision of how scientists can better defend the research enterprise.
  • A Quick Perspective on "The War on Science"

    by Heather Thorstensen | May 08, 2015
    Guest post by Sigma Xi member John Fennick: For roughly the first two thirds of the last century, scientists were heroes held in high esteem. After years of spin-off remedies stumped by bandwagons that ultimately crashed, the public came to believe what "studies show" was rarely, if ever, true. What can be done to improve the public perception of science?
  • Sigma Xi Members Discuss the War on Science

    by Heather Thorstensen | May 08, 2015
    National Geographic’s March cover called out “The War on Science,” prompting a conversation in Sigma Xi's member community.
  • Connecting the Research Community

    by Jamie Vernon | May 07, 2015
    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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