Magazine article American Scientist

Serving Sigma Xi's Mission

Magazine article American Scientist

Serving Sigma Xi's Mission

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Plant pathologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture by day and Sigma Xi super volunteer by day and night-Cristina Gouin-Paul does a lot for the Society. She is president of the District of Columbia Chapter, director of the Mid-Atlantic- Region, chair of the Committee on Qualifications and Membership, and photographer for the Annual Meeting. To recognize her outstanding volunteer service to Sigma Xi and its mission, the Society is honoring her with the 2016 Evan Ferguson Award. Heather Thorstensen, manager of communications, spoke with Gouin-Paul about her dedication to Sigma Xi and what it's like to be on the board of directors.

Thorstensen: Why is it important for you to be a part of the Society?

Gouin-Paul: The ethics and public outreach holds me in. You go on Facebook or get emails about stuff on the Internet that's not true. It's great to be able to pick up the phone and call somebody-* somebody who you know through Sigma Xi-and ask, "OK, can you explain this to me? Because they're not doing this right, but I can't explain it any better," then learn another piece of information. …

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