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November 10, 2008

Angier, Boehlert Elected Honorary Sigma Xi Members

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC - New York Times science writer and author Natalie Angier and former Congressman Sherwood "Sherry" Boehlert are Sigma Xi's newest honorary members.

They will be officially inducted at the 2008 Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference, set for November 20-23 at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Since 1983 some of the nation's top science journalists, as well as others who have made important contributions to science or Sigma Xi, have been elected honorary members.

Angier is an author and Pulitzer Prize-winning science columnist for the New York Times. Her latest book is The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science (Houghton Mifflin, 2007), a guide to the fundamental concepts of modern science that researchers wish everybody understood about their work.

Audubon New York called Boehlert "one of the greatest conservation leaders ever to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives." He served from 1982 to 2006 and chaired the House Science Committee. Congressional Quarterly named him one of the 50 Most Effective Lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

Natalie Angier
Angier graduated with honors from Barnard College. At the age of 22, she was hired as a founding staff reporter and writer for Discover magazine. She also worked as the senior science writer for Time magazine; an editor at the women's business magazine, Savvy; and a professor of journalism at New York University.

In 1990, she began writing for the New York Times, covering genetics, evolutionary biology, medicine and other subjects. Just 10 months later, she won a Pulitzer Prize for a series of articles on a wide array of scientific topics.

Her books include Natural Obsessions, an inside look at cancer research; The Beauty of the Beastly, a hymn to the mostly invertebrate creatures we'd rather forget; and Woman: An Intimate Geography, a celebration of the female body and biology.

She has also written for the Atlantic Monthly, The American Scholar, Wired, Washington Monthly and Natural History, among many others. Her work has appeared in The Best American Science Writing and The Best American Science and Nature Writing.

Her many honors include the American Association for the Advancement of Science Prize for Excellence in Science Journalism, the Lewis Thomas Award for distinguished writing in the life sciences and the General Motors International Award. She is currently the Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University.

Sherwood "Sherry" Boehlert
Former Congressman Sherwood Boehlert represented Central New York State in the U.S. House for 12 terms. He served on the House Science Committee for his entire congressional career and in 2001 was elected its chairman. In addition, he was third-ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

From 1995 to 2000 he served as chairman of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment. Boehlert was also a long-time member of the House Intelligence Committee and a founding member of the House Committee on Homeland Security.

National Journal dubbed him "The Green Hornet" for his environmental leadership, and Time magazine cited him as a go-to "power center" in the House. Boehlert retired from the House in 2007 and joined The Accord Group.

The former lawmaker serves as co-chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center's Transportation Project for the 21st Century. He is also on the boards for the Alliance for Climate Protection, the Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund, the League of Conservation Voters and the Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment.

About Sigma Xi
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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