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November 17, 2010

Kelly Sullivan Selected Sigma Xi President-elect

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – Kelly O. Sullivan was elected the 75th president of Sigma Xi at the Society's 2010 Annual Meeting and International Research Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. She will begin her service as president-elect on July 1, 2011.

Sullivan is director of institutional partnerships at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Her research focused on the electronic structure and stability of small molecules and ions of atmospheric and mass spectrometric interest.

She received her B.S. from Christian Brothers College and was the first Clare Boothe Luce Graduate Fellow at the University of Notre Dame. She received her Ph.D. in physical chemistry at Texas Tech University in 1994.

Sullivan taught at Mankato State University and at Creighton University, where she also directed the Creighton Chemistry Players, a demonstration team that regularly played to standing-room only crowds.

In 2001, she left academia to serve as the first director of the Office of Fellowship Programs at PNNL. She transitioned into the role of director of institutional partnerships, identifying the best possible collaborators for PNNL's research efforts.

She contributed to shaping the National Innovation Initiative, which laid the groundwork for the widely-referenced "Rising Above the Gathering Storm" report. She has played an active role in the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable at the National Academies, leading efforts in STEM education.

Sullivan served in several leadership roles for the Omaha Sigma Xi Chapter prior to moving to Washington state. She serves as president of the Tri-Cities Washington Chapter and in a number of capacities at the Society level.

"I want people to know what Sigma Xi is and what membership means," she said. "To achieve this we need to take a hard look at membership criteria and how we elect members. I want Sigma Xi to have the stature it deserves as a one of the few multidisciplinary scientific societies."

She continued, "We need to create and leverage programs that help our members connect and learn from and with each other."

Walters Named Interim Treasurer

Bradford B. Walters was approved by the Board of Directors to be the Society's interim treasurer until the election to be held in November 2011. He is vice president and chief medical officer of RTI International, an independent nonprofit research institution based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

RTI scientists provide research and technical expertise to governments and businesses in more than 40 countries.

Walters' primary role is to help shepherd drug candidates developed in RTI's laboratories into clinical trials for their evaluation as potential human therapeutics.

He has been a Sigma Xi member since 1972 and was appointed to the Finance Committee in 2008. As an undergraduate at Harvard, he pursued a joint major in chemistry and physics, graduating summa cum laude in 1973, then traveling to London on a Marshall Scholarship. Walters earned his Ph.D. at University College in 1976, returning to the Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology and completing his M.D. cum laude in 1979.

This was followed by an internship in general surgery at Johns Hopkins and residency training in neurological surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. In 1985, he joined the faculty in the Department of Surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

He left the faculty to complete an M.B.A. at UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School and in 2002 joined Academy Funds, a venture capital firm specializing in the commercialization of intellectual property based on university research. In 2005 Walters became an independent life sciences consultant until joining RTI in 2007.

He has served on the board of the North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance, Inc., a nonprofit consortium dedicated to improving health in North Carolina by accelerating the adoption of information technology and enabling policies. While at Academy Funds, he was appointed a member of the Governor's Task Force on Nanotechnology and North Carolina's Economy.

Society Directors Elected

During the 2010 Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and International Research Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, chapter delegates elected members to the Society’s Board of Directors.

The following directors of geographic regions and constituency groups will serve three years beginning July 1, 2011.

Research and Doctoral: Robert Zand, University of Michigan

Mid-Atlantic: Cristina Gouin-Paul, District of Columbia

Northeast: Pamela Kerrigan, College of Mount Saint Vincent

The following associate directors will also serve three years beginning July 1, 2011.

Multi-Institutional: Andrew Velkey, Tidewater, Virginia

Comprehensive Colleges/Universities: Ileana Carpen, Tennessee Technological University

Northwest: Prabal Ghosh, Manitoba

Southeast (to fill term ending June 30, 2011): Julio Turrens, University of South Alabama

North Central (to fill term ending June 30, 2012): Gus Buchtel, University of Michigan

Southwest: Bertis B. Little, Tarleton State University

Committee on Nominations

The following were elected to the Sigma Xi Committee on Nominations to serve three years from November 15, 2010.

Baccalaureate Colleges: Kathleen Triman, Franklin and Marshall College

Comprehensive Colleges: Julio Turrens, University of South Alabama

North Central: Apryl Brown, Wayne County Community College

Canadian/International: Prabal Ghosh, Manitoba

About Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
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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