American Scientist

Articles from Vol. 104, No. 6, November/December

District of Columbia Chapter Sponsors Sister Chapter in Nigeria
The District of Columbia Chapter created a new model last year for how Sigma Xi chapters can support scientists in other parts of the world. It started when D.C. Chapter President Cristina Gouin-Paul was walking through the professional poster session...
First Person: Herman O. Sintim
Antibiotic resistance is on the rise, and we are potentially facing a time when standard antibiotics simply won't work anymore. Herman O. Sintim, an organic chemist at Purdue University and a Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer, is developing novel ways...
From Little Acorns
From Little Acorns SEEDS: A Natural History. Carolyn Fry. 192 pp. University of Chicago Press, 2016. $35.00.Plant conservationists, horticulturists, plant ecologists, and the like face a perplexing public relations problem when it comes to their beloved...
From the President
Civility in ResearchResearchers, being people, have the frailties of all human beings. Some are tempted to indulge in ad-hominem personal attacks, reputational smears, bullying, name-calling, and defamation. This unpleasant underside of research is more...
Graphene Takes Flight
A small, remote-controlled airplane with the world's first graphene-coated wings demonstrated promising improved flight performance, intriguing the aerospace industry. Many of today's airplanes are made of carbon-fiber composite, but putting graphene...
Hungry Little Beasts
With the power of both tornadoes and fire, few things are more destructive than a fire whirl. Even in the safe, controlled environment of the lab, fire whirls can cause mishaps: "We burned down our equipment and were set back six months in the experiments,"...
Letters
Mosquito Vectors of ZikaTo the Editors:I enjoyed Robert Dorit's timely and thoughtful reflections in "Zika Goes Viral" (Perspective, September-October), which provide valuable context to this and other public health threats facilitated by globalization....
Maintaining the Momentum
Two years ago, in my first note as editor, I invited you to join me as we embarked together on the adventures ahead. I promised to extend American Scientist's reputation as a purveyor of meaningful science into the digital world. Thanks to the hard work...
Of Essays and Assays
In this passage adapted from her review of The Science Writers' Essay Handbook: How to Craft Compelling True Stories in Any Medium, by Michelle Nijhuis, Katie L. Burke reflects on one of the book's key insights: The writing process and the scientific...
Salem's Savant
Salem's Savant NATHANIEL BOWDITCH AND THE POWER OF NUMBERS: How a NineteenthCentury Man of Business, Science, and the Sea Changed American Life. Tamara Plakins Thornton. 402 pp. University of North Carolina Press, 2016. $35.00.In his lifetime, from 1773...
Sigma XI Invites Rising Researchers to Join Affiliate Circle
Individuals interested in science and engineering can join Sigma Xi's Affiliate Circle and be part of its diverse and talented network of people who support and work for excellence in scientific research. For students who aspire to a research career,...
Sigma Xi's Initiative to Strengthen Research Outreach
Through its new Research Communications Initiative (RCI), Sigma Xi seeks to help scientists and engineers enhance the impact of their research. Sigma Xi will team up with researchers and institutions that wish to effectively communicate their work to...
Sigma XI Will Present First Gold Key Award at Annual Meeting
From Sigma Xi Executive Director and CEO John C. Nemeth:It is the greatest of honors and such a pleasure for me to announce that the inaugural Gold Key Award, Sigma Xi's highest accolade, will go to Norman R. Augustine. Selected by the Executive Committee...
Vote in the Sigma XI 2016 Elections
All active Sigma Xi members are encouraged to vote in the Society's 2016 elections. Voting takes place online and opens at 8 a.m. EST on November 14. Active members will receive an email from elections@vote-now.com that day with instructions on how to...
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