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Register for the Annual Meeting and International Research Conference
Sigma Xi's 2014 Annual Meeting and International Research Conference will be held November 6-9 at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel in Glendale, Arizona.

Annual Meeting: Don't miss the largest gathering of the year for Sigma Xi's distinguished scientists and engineers. Members and chapter delegates make important decisions for the Society. Participants attend panel discussions, hear from Sigma Xi's 2014 award winners, and watch debates that deliver scientific information to policy makers.

International Research Conference: Held November 7-8, this conference gives college and outstanding high school students an opportunity to share their research with respected research professionals from around the world. Sigma Xi members may volunteer to judge poster presentations or present research of their own.

Online registration is now open.

Chronicle of The New Researcher Accepts Manuscripts
Pre-collegiate students may submit their research for publication in Sigma Xi's new online journal, Chronicle of The New Researcher. Manuscripts are being accepted now at

Sigma Xi Helps Bring Artist's Love Motels for Insects to RTP180
Sigma Xi partnered with RTP180: Art in the Triangle in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, on July 17 to showcase entomology-themed art.

Membership-at-Large Election Results
Dr. Vijay Kowtha has been elected as associate director for membership-at-large. This constituency consists of members who are not affiliated with a chapter.

Fiscal Year 2015 Begins with New President
The Sigma Xi presidency has transitioned from Dr. Linda K. Meadows to Dr. George H. Atkinson.

Derek Muller Shares Advice on Science Communication
Watch the recording of our Science Hangout with Sigma Xi 2014 Honorary Member Derek Muller as he talks with Fenella Saunders, managing editor of American Scientist, about communicating science to the public. Dr. Muller is the creator of the YouTube science channel Veritasium, which has more than 1.5 million subscribers.

Muller will also be a speaker November 8 during the Society's Annual Meeting in Glendale, Arizona, USA.

Dr. Brenda Milner Wins Kavli Prize
Dr. Brenda Milner of Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University, in Canada is a winner of the Kavli Prize in Neuroscience for the discovery of specialized brain networks for memory and cognition. Dr. Milner has been a Sigma Xi member since 1952.

More on the Kavli Prize and the 2014 winners
More on Dr. Milner

Photo credit: Meera Paleja

What Does Honor Mean Today?
The summer 2014 edition of Phi Kappa Phi Forum includes a "conversation in print" with Sigma Xi leaders and their peers from other honor societies. They discuss the role and value of honor in today's world.


Sigma Xi Awards Announced for Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
Nineteen Sigma Xi members judged some of the smartest young minds in the world at the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. They selected five teams to win a total of $7,000.

Winners Announced for 2014 Student Research Showcase
More than 100 research presentations were entered in Sigma Xi's 2014 Student Research Showcase. See the list of winners and all of the research presentations on the Student Research Showcase page. Thank you to nearly 300 Sigma Xi members who volunteered to be judges!

Photo: 2014 Student Research Showcase graduate division winner Kathryn Peiman of University of California, Los Angeles.


Communicating Science in the 21st Century
Check out these videos showing panel discussions about "Communicating Science in the 21st Century" from our Annual Assembly of Delegates on November 9, 2013. The panel discussed how social media is changing the way scientists can communicate with the public and each other.

Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipients
Three of this year's 16 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom are Sigma Xi Members. The awards will be presented at a ceremony at the White House on November 20th. Please join us in congratulating these outstanding Sigma Xi members in this wonderful accomplishment.
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