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March 24, 2010

Harry Weiss to Receive Evan Ferguson Award for Service

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC - Harry J. Weiss, Iowa State University professor emeritus of mathematics and engineering mechanics, has been selected to receive the 2010 Evan Ferguson Award for Service to the Society.

Described in his nomination as a "champion for Sigma Xi," Weiss has served as a member of the Society for more than 60 years. He has been the secretary/treasurer for the ISU Chapter since 1992 and twice has served as interim president.

Sigma Xi President Howard Ceri said that Weiss received this recognition due to his "long service to the Iowa State University Chapter, support of society activities and service to the local community."

"Harry's service to Sigma Xi goes above and beyond. Though his title has been secretary/treasurer, he really has been the force behind the continued success of Sigma Xi at ISU in providing a forum for intellectual exchanges among all of the sciences and engineering over the past two decades," said Steve Kawaler, president of the ISU Chapter and a professor of physics and astronomy.

"He has kept the organization humming along," Kawaler continued, "by handling all of the 'under the hood' details as well as by participating in all events."

The award is open to any Sigma Xi member, affiliate, staff member or friend who shows an outstanding commitment to the Society's mission.

Weiss' name will be added to the Evan Ferguson Award plaque on permanent display at the Sigma Xi Center in North Carolina. He also will receive a certificate of recognition, as well as a lifetime subscription to American Scientist. Weiss is the second person to receive the Evan Ferguson Award, following Peter D. L. Roper of McGill University in 2009.

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