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November 12, 2007

K.C. Cole, Rosalind Reid Named Honorary Sigma Xi Members

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC - K.C. Cole and Rosalind Reid were inducted as Sigma Xi’s newest honorary members at the Society’s annual meeting in Orlando.

An award-winning journalist and author, Cole teaches science journalism at the University of Southern California, where she is a visiting professor. She has been a science writer and columnist for the Los Angeles Times and is the author of seven nonfiction books—most recently Mind Over Matter: Conversations with the Cosmos.

Her articles, which have been featured in The Best American Science Writing, include contributions to the New Yorker, Smithsonian, New York Times, Newsweek and others. She has developed and taught courses in science and culture at Wesleyan University, Yale and UCLA.

She has also been a regular commentator on science issues for KPCC-FM and also for NPR’s Science Friday. Her many awards include the American Institute of Physics Science Writing prize and the Elizabeth A. Wood Science Writing Award from the American Crystallographic Association. Cole is currently working on a philosophical biography of the late physicist Frank Oppenheimer.

Rosalind Reid has been editor of American Scientist since 1992. Under her leadership, the magazine has won a number of awards and launched a suite of online services. She also presents workshops for scientists on communicating research in words and pictures.

She has been a co-organizer and presenter for Image and Meaning, the MIT/Harvard-sponsored series of collaborative workshops aimed at improving the visual expression of science.

In 2003 she was the first Journalist in Residence at the Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Reid holds a master’s degree in public policy sciences from Duke University and was an award-winning reporter for daily newspapers in Maine and North Carolina. She came to Sigma Xi in 1990 after six years as assistant news director at North Carolina State University. She is on leave this fall as a Fellow at the Initiative in Innovative Computing at Harvard University.

Beginning in 1983, distinguished individuals not otherwise eligible for membership in Sigma Xi, who have served science, or the Society, in a manner or to a degree that merits such recognition, have been elected honorary life members by the Board of Directors. Not more than two honorary members may be elected in any one year.

The Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference, set for November 1-4, 2007, in Orlando, included presentations by award winners, science sessions and student networking.


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