Magazine article American Scientist

From the President

Magazine article American Scientist

From the President

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Interesting Times

It is my great honor to have been .elected to serve as president of Sigma Xi for the next year. Interestingly, my year seems to be coincident with significant stress in the science and technology communities. The health of the research enterprise, in terms of federal research funding, is fragile. The professional wellbeing of researchers is of prime importance to Sigma Xi. Our organization must help make the case that our future as a nation depends significantly on a vibrant scientific enterprise at universities and national laboratories, and in industry. An example of Sigma Xi in action on this topic is that we, along with other scientific societies, supported and participated in the March for Science on April 22. It was heartening to see the hundreds of thousands of individuals who came out for this event in Washington, DC, as well as in many other cities in this country and abroad. I hope that the messages the marchers conveyed-regarding the need for protection of the scientific enterprise, the j value of research, and the importance of fact-based decision-making on a whole host of societal initiatives-were heard.

Sigma Xi has a role to play in promoting public understanding of science and technology and in supporting the infrastructure that is educating the youth of our nation. K-12 education in science and technology needs to be supported and improved to provide the next generation of knowledgeable citizens. Sigma Xi resources such as the Student Research Showcase, the Chronicle of The New Researcher, and the newly established category of Sigma Xi Explorers can provide the excitement to draw in those students who will be our future scientists and engineers. …

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