UC Chapter of Research Society Sigma Xi Poised for Rejuvenation
Published October 2010
The UC chapter of Sigma Xi, an international research society dedicated to promoting scientific enterprise and honoring scientific achievement, is poised for rejuvenation.
The chapter, founded in 1925, has a rich history of supporting and showcasing excellence in science and engineering research. In the past decade, however, its activities had largely been confined to honoring an annual Sigma Xi Young Investigator and, in some years, a Southwest Ohio Science or Math Teacher of the Year at an annual banquet.
Earlier this year, a new faculty leadership team and a board of advisors convened to chart a new course for the UC chapter, including an expanded extramural regional role of partnership with other colleges and institutions.
"Weíre reinventing the chapterís role as a champion of science and engineering research and education excellence and as an advocate for research ethics in the Greater Cincinnati region,Ē says chapter President Ronald Millard, PhD, a professor in the department of pharmacology and cell biophysics.
The UC chapter also aims to become a regional champion of science and engineering research with the establishment of a Greater Cincinnati STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) Network of Excellence. This network, with UC at the center, will connect to STEMM units at four area colleges and universities (the College of Mount St. Joseph, Northern Kentucky University, Thomas More College and Xavier University) and the Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and the Cincinnati Federal Chapter of Sigma Xi (Environmental Protection Administration and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health).
Additionally, the UC chapter is establishing key alliances within the university, including the Ohio Innocence Project and the annual Science & Engineering Expo at UC.
Fall Event Showcases Young Investigator Lecture:
Sigma Xiís showcase event for the fall will be the Young Investigator Lecture on Oct. 12 at UCís Myers Alumni Center, immediately followed by its annual banquet and induction of new members. Provost Santa Ono, PhD, Vice President for Research Sandra Degen, PhD, and Chair of the Faculty Assembly Richard Harknett, PhD, will be among those on hand for the event.
The 2010 Young Investigator of the Year, nominated and selected by the fellows of the UC Graduate School on behalf of Sigma Xi, is Margaret Hanson, PhD, a professor in the physics department. She will give a public lecture at 5 p.m. on her research on how to determine the age of star clusters. The award and lecture are sponsored by Sigma Xi and Degen.
The banquet, open to all active and inactive Sigma Xi members and their guests, will include the induction of new members and announcement of a new endowment supporting UC Sigma Xi awards and scholarships. (Membership in Sigma Xi is by nomination; the UC chapter currently has about 150 active members.)