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March 17, 2009

Critical Issues in Science: Sigma Xi's Year of Energy 2009

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – Sigma Xi’s Critical Issues in Science series continues in 2009 with a focus on the scientific, environmental and public policy aspects of energy.

The growing worldwide demand for energy poses many challenges, and public awareness and interest in energy issues are high. From the development of alternative and renewable energy to increased fuel efficiency and reduced carbon emissions, science and engineering have enormous roles to play.

As the multidisciplinary honor society of research scientists and engineers, Sigma Xi is in a unique position to be a leader in helping to inform and guide government and industry as they work together to promote affordable, reliable energy.

Our plans throughout the year include white papers, blogs, podcasts, a student film competition and Science Cafés.

Sigma Xi’s Year of Energy 2009 will culminate in a themed Annual Meeting in November in Houston, Texas. A panel of experts will convene at the meeting for a discussion of various aspects of the issue, followed by breakout groups that will formulate recommendations for action.

Visit www.sigmaxi.org often for updates on activities and events.

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 magazine, 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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