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August 12, 2011

Millicent Goldschmidt Receives Sigma Xi's Evan Ferguson Award

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – Millicent Goldschmidt, a professor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the University of Texas-Houston Medical School, has been selected to receive the 2011 Evan Ferguson Award for service to Sigma Xi.

A Sigma Xi member since 1949, she has served the Society in a variety of capacities over the years. The award citation reads in part: "As a world traveler and consummate educator, Millicent Goldschmidt serves as an emissary of outstanding service in various fields of science, often through her membership and leadership in Sigma Xi, but also through her enthusiastic dedication of more than 60 years to education, research and publication."

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

Goldschmidts’ name will be added to the Evan Ferguson Award plaque on permanent display at the Sigma Xi Center in North Carolina. She also will receive a certificate of recognition, as well as a lifetime subscription to American Scientist.

Goldschmidt began her career in science at Flora Stone Mather College of Case-Western Reserve University, where she earned her Bachelor's degree. She then entered Purdue University to work toward a Masters and Ph.D.

"Biology in general always interested me and I took many subjects until Microbiology became the scientific area of greatest excitement," she once said. "The depth in biochemistry, mycology, and bacteriology [at Purdue] provided me with a background that enabled me a broad choice of future research and teaching areas. I have taught beginning freshman chemistry as well as medical microbiology to medical, dental and graduate students."

Teaching has always been an integral part of her career. In addition to her position at the University of Texas Health Center, she holds an adjunct professorship in the Department of Laboratory Medicine at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Among her other honors, the Texas Branch of the American Society for Microbiology has honored her with a "Lifetime Achievement Award."

The late Evan Ferguson (1944-2007), for whom the award is named, was highly regarded for his dedication to Sigma Xi's traditions and mission. In his 24 years on the staff, Ferguson's perspective and good nature were a mainstay for members, staff and the Society as a whole.

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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