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July 1, 2008

American Scientist Online—New and Improved

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC—Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society is pleased to announce the release of the new and improved American Scientist Online, our complement to American Scientist magazine.

VISIT THE SITE! We encourage you to take a few minutes to check out the new features and services offered on the Web site:

* Move through the site quickly and easily with minimal load time.

* Receive RSS feeds of your favorite American Scientist columns, interviews, Science in the News and more.

* Create your own personal library of American Scientist articles at My AmSci.

* Receive e-mail alerts through My Watches whenever new content is posted.

* Comment on individual articles, columns and book reviews.

* E-mail printer-friendly articles from our archive to colleagues and friends.

* Subscribe to our four free e-newsletters: Science in the News Daily, Science in the News Weekly, Scientists' Bookshelf Monthly and American Scientist Update.

SIGN UP TODAY! To gain full access to these features, you must sign up—even if you were already registered on the former site. It only takes a minute. Visit the Welcome area to get started:

* Your username must be a valid e-mail address.

* Your password must contain at least eight characters, including one capital letter and one number.

* You will need to input your ID number in the sign-up procedure in order to get complete access.

* Also, when signing up, you must enter your last name exactly as it appears on your mailing label—without any suffixes.

WHY CHANGE? Short answer: We had to. Necessity dictated moving to a new online host, so we decided to make the most of it by upgrading our system and incorporating several new features to benefit our members and other visitors. With the new Web site, we can offer our one-million-plus visitors per year more features, more services and more American Scientist Online than ever before.

"By continually incorporating enhancements and improvements, we hope to provide an informative, interactive and enjoyable experience for everyone," according to Greg Ross, managing editor of American Scientist Online.

American Scientist traces its origin back to 1913. Each issue is filled with feature articles written by prominent scientists and engineers, reviewing important work in fields that range from molecular biology to computer engineering. The articles are carefully edited and accompanied by illustrations that are developed to enhance the reader's understanding and enjoyment.

Readers also enjoy the Scientists' Bookshelf and a number of regular columns that cover topics in computing, engineering, public and professional issues and reflections on the history and practice of science.

In the Science Observer section, the editors give the readers glimpses behind the scenes in science. And each issue includes the work of noted cartoonists such as Sydney Harris, Benita Epstein and Mark Heath.

In recent years American Scientist has been honored with many awards for editorial, design and illustration quality. The magazine recently received two awards from the Society of National Association Publications. Read faithfully by Sigma Xi's membership of distinguished scientists and engineers, the magazine is now available on newsstands around the world, as well as by individual or institutional subscription.

American Scientist Online, an online service incorporating the full content of the print magazine and additional online-only features, was launched in May 2003 to extend the mission that had been served by the magazine's Web site since 1995. Full access to the site is provided without additional charge to Sigma Xi members and other individual magazine subscribers, and to institutional subscribers who arrange site licenses.

Founded in 1886, Sigma Xi is the international honor society for research scientists and engineers, with more than 500 chapters in North America and around the world. Membership is by invitation. Over the years, more than 200 Sigma Xi members have received the Nobel Prize. In addition to publishing American Scientist, the non-profit Society awards hundreds of grants annually to student researchers and also sponsors a variety of programs that support science and engineering.


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