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July 11, 2006

Annual Meeting Banquet Planned at the Henry Ford Museum

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC -- The world famous Henry Ford Museum in Detroit will host this year’s banquet for Sigma Xi’s Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference, to be held November 2-5.

Banquet attendees will have full access to all exhibits, including Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion House, Heroes of the Sky and the Automobile in American Life.

With a rich and diverse offering of exhibits, demonstrations, programs and reenactments, The Henry Ford celebrates yesterday’s traditions as well as today’s innovations. Visit www.thehenryford.org for more information.

Each November, Sigma Xi leaders and highly motivated students gather to network with one another at the Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference. This year, the multifaceted event will be held at the GM Renaissance Center on the redeveloped Detroit International Waterfront. Online registration opens August 1.

Industry, innovation and interdisciplinary investigation are the triple themes this year. Research presentations by members and talks by Sigma Xi award winners will showcase outstanding researchers and science communicators.

Speakers will include Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) biologist Susan Lindquist, winner of the Procter Prize; and McGovern Award recipient Alan Lightman, an MIT physicist and best-selling novelist.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory astrophysicist W. Raphael Hix, winner of this year’s Young Investigator Award, will give a talk on his research. Plus science journalists Claudia Dreifus and Richard Hill will be inducted as honorary members.

Sigma Xi chapter delegates will attend workshops on leadership, chapter management and major issues facing the research enterprise.

At the student conference November 3-4, undergraduate and graduate students will present research, attend career advancement workshops and participate in mentoring and networking activities, panel discussions and other events. Monetary awards will be presented for outstanding research.

Tentative content for Saturday science sessions includes:

  • An interdisciplinary panel on brain trauma research, combining investigations in neuroscience and clinical neurology with new findings from anthropology, psychology and biomechanical engineering
  • An alternative fuels panel
  • Advances in cancer technology
  • A report on the Sigma Xi-United Nations initiative on global climate change


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