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February 28, 2008

Contact: Ann H. Williams, Sigma Xi President-elect, awilliams21@nc.rr.com

Jerome F. Baker Named Executive Director of Sigma Xi

Jerome F. BakerRESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC Jerome F. Baker has been named executive director of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society. He begins his duties April 14 at the Society's administrative offices here. Baker comes to Sigma Xi from the Federation of Animal Science Societies (FASS) in Savoy, Ill., where he was chief executive officer.

He has more than 25 years of professional experience as an animal scientist. Baker is a former executive director and treasurer of the American Society of Animal Science and has been a faculty member at the University of Georgia, Texas A&M University and the University of Nebraska.

A recognized leader in animal science, he has edited three books, written more than 50 journal articles, presented nearly 100 abstracts and served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Animal Science and the Professional Animal Scientist. He has also served on national and international program committees focused on animal genetics and has received more than $1.6 million in research grants over the course of his career.

While at the University of Georgia, Baker developed his own research programs and provided leadership for animal and dairy science programs on the Tifton Campus. From 1996-2003, he was the research, extension and instruction coordinator for the Department of Animal Science there. His research has also involved collaborative projects in Mexico, Costa Rica, Taiwan, Republic of Philippines, Argentina and Zimbabwe.

Baker received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in animal breeding from Texas A&M University. He was inducted into Sigma Xi in 1990 at the University of Georgia.

"On behalf of the board of directors, the staff and members of Sigma Xi, I welcome Jerry Baker as executive director of the Society," said Ann H. Williams, chair of the search committee and president-elect of Sigma Xi. "He is a distinguished research scientist whose administrative experience makes him the ideal leader for our multidisciplinary society."

"Sigma Xi is internationally recognized for the many contributions it has made toward advancing and supporting science and engineering," Baker said. "It is a special organization because of the voluntary efforts made by individual members of its more than 500 local chapters."

He continued, "I am excited about the opportunities at Sigma Xi and look forward to contributing to future accomplishments of the Society and the many companions in zealous research. The Board and I are committed to seeing Sigma Xi continue to serve the scientific community and society through the various programs and services it supports."

An interview with Baker for Sigma Xi Today is available online.

Founded in 1886, Sigma Xi is the international honor society of research scientists and engineers, with more than 500 chapters at colleges and universities, government laboratories and industry research centers. Membership is by invitation, in recognition of research potential or achievement. 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 sponsors a variety of programs that support science and engineering.


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