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Fall 2013 Newsletter

Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer: The Science of Speed: Faster, Stronger and Safer
Diandra Leslie-Pelecky, Department of Physics, West Virginia University

Within the next few weeks, a ballot will be sent to the active chapter members to approve a change to the chapter constitution, adding the following provision: “If the chapter goes inactive and remains dormant over 5 years or dissolves, any funds the chapter possesses which were the direct result of local dues and chapter support will go back to the Sigma Xi the Scientific Research Society.” This is a new requirement of the national Sigma Xi organization, and is supported by the Executive Committee of the ISU Chapter.

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President’s Message

From C. Lee Burras President, ISU Sigma Xi Chapter 2013-14

Dear Sigma Xi Colleague,

The early 21st century is an incredible time to be a scientist. Every discipline is advancing at an accelerating pace. Discoveries historically considered basic are routinely finding immediate application, which is creating new, intellectually enriching collaborations for all of us. And this is exactly what Sigma Xi is about. We are an honorary society dedicated to excellent research. We promote inclusivity across the scientific community. So my first message is to encourage all of us at Iowa State University to keep doing exactly what we are doing. We are making a difference to the citizens of Iowa and the world. We are advancing knowledge. But my second message is one of caution. The very success of science at ISU and around the world is creating opportunities and challenges. I want to remind us of three of those challenges.

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Spring 2013 Newsletter

Initiation Banquet

Mycoplasmas: Great things come in small packages
Professor F. Chris Minion, Professor of Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine

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Winter 2013 Newsletter

Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer: Demons and Butterflies — Weather predictability and predictions
Dr. Richard Anthes, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

The 2012 Annual Sigma Xi meeting (the 113th annual Assembly of Delegates) was held for the first time in an on-line format, on November 3, 2012. The 2013 meeting will also take place by means of a webcast.

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Fall 2012 Newsletter

Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer: The Ice Age Dispersal of Humans to the Americas: Do Stones, Bones, and Genes Tell the Same Story?
Ted Goebel, Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University

Local Honor Lecture: Learning to Think Like Scientists: Does Our Future as Humans Depend on it?
Professor Suzanne Hendrich, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, ISU

We need to have you begin to think about those graduate students and colleagues whom you would wish to nominate for either Associate or Full Membership in Sigma Xi, or for Promotion from Associate to Full Membership. Please take a little time to identify individuals who have impressed you with their achievements or research aptitude necessary for membership.

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Spring 2012 Newsletter

Initiation Banquet

Diet, genes and microbes: complexities of colon cancer prevention
Professor Diane Birt, Distinguished Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition

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Fall 2011 Newsletter

Sigma Xi Lecture: DNeandertals and Us
David Frayer, Department of Anthropology, University of Kansas

Local Honor Lecture: Self-assembling Polymers for Gene Delivery and Biomineralization
Professor Surya Mallapragada, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, ISU

We need to have you begin to think about those graduate students and colleagues whom you would wish to nominate for either Associate or Full Membership in Sigma Xi, or for Promotion from Associate to Full Membership. Please take a little time to identify individuals who have impressed you with their achievements or research aptitude necessary for membership.

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Spring 2011 Newsletter

Initiation Banquet

New chemistries for new lithium batteries for a green future: Why the Chevy Volt only goes 40 miles on a charge
Professor Steve W. Martin, Anson Marston Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

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Winter 2011 Newsletter

Sigma Xi National Lecturer: DNA at the Dinner Table: The Global Politics of Genetically Modified Food
Dr. Lisa Weasel, Associate Professor of Biology, Portland State University

Sigma Xi is observing its 125th anniversary this year, having been founded at Cornell University in 1886. The Iowa State University chapter of Sigma Xi is observing its 90th anniversary this year. Look for some historical observance at the April banquet!

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Fall 2010 Newsletter

Sigma Xi National Lecturer: Climate Change: What Could Happen and What Can Earth’s Past Tell Us?
Bette L. Otto-Bliesner, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder CO

Local Honor Lecturer: Algorithmic Thinking in Biology
Professor Vasant Honavar, Department of Computer Science, ISU
Director, Center for Computational Intelligence Learning and Discovery

We need to have you begin to think about those graduate students and colleagues whom you would wish to nominate for either Associate or Full Membership in Sigma Xi, or for Promotion from Associate to Full Membership. Please take a little time to identify individuals who have impressed you with their achievements or the research aptitudes necessary for membership.