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January 15, 2010

Sigma Xi Featured by National Education Report

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC - Sigma Xi, the international honor society for research scientists and engineers, is being featured by the television series National Education Report for its distinguished contributions to the advancement of education nationally and internationally.

The short documentary will air on public and cable television stations in the U.S. and abroad and is also available online via the Sigma Xi Web site and YouTube.

The video features highlights of the Society's history and activities in support of science and engineering since its founding at Cornell University in 1886.

An overview of the Society is provided through interviews with Executive Director Emeritus John F. Ahearne, former American Scientist Associate Editor Christopher Brodie, Sigma Xi Public Understanding of Science Program Manager Elsa Youngsteadt and Ryan Mills, the recipient of a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research.

Topics include the importance of the Society's network of more than 500 chapters at colleges and universities, government laboratories and industrial research centers in North America and around the world, with members in more than 100 countries.

American Scientist, Sigma Xi's award-winning magazine of science and technology, also receives prominent attention. The magazine will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2013.

The Grants-in-Aid of Research program is among featured activities. Since 1922, Sigma Xi grants have provided a helping hand to more than 30,000 student researchers, many of whom, like celebrated scientists E. O. Wilson and Thomas Eisner, have had distinguished careers.

Other program highlights include science podcasts, e-newsletters and Science Cafes, all designed to engage and inform Sigma Xi members and the public.

The series National Education Report produces documentaries about the latest educational topics and trends, including important issues facing students and professionals in the education arena today.

Sigma Xi gratefully acknowledges the support of the following donors, who made this video possible:

Kenneth B. Armitage
James F. Baur
David Paul Brown
Dean S. Edmonds, Jr.
James F. Campbell, Jr.
Nathaniel Chafee
Charles A. Lawson
James W. Porter
Maarten van Swaay
Gerald H. Takei

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 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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