Magazine article American Scientist

Sigma XI

Magazine article American Scientist

Sigma XI

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Distinguished Lecturers 2018-2019

FOR THE 80TH consecutive year, Sigma Xi presents its panel of Distinguished Lecturers as an opportunity for chapters to host visits from outstanding individuals who are at the leading edge of science. These visitón :ommunicate their insights and excitement on a broad range f topics.

The Distinguished .ecturers are available from July 1,2018, to June 30,2019. Each speaker has consented to г nodest he orarium together with full payment of travel costs and subsistence.

Local chapters may apply for subsidies to support expenses related to hosting a Distinguished Lecturer. Applications must be submitted online by March 1, 2018 for funds to be available the next fiscal year.

Additional support for the program comes from the American Meteorological Society and the National Cancer Institute. Lecturer biographies, contact information, and additional details can be found online under the Lectureship Program link at orby email to lectureships®

Judith Herzfeld, Chair Committee on Lectureships

Application Deadline: March 1, 2018

Paul T. Anastas, Teresa and H. John Heinz IH Chair of Chemistry and the Environment School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University

Designing a Sustainable Tomorrow (G,P) * Green Chemistry and Transformative Innovation (G,P) * Earth Abundant Catalysts for Water Oxidation and Lignin Degradation (S)

Kristen Averyt, President, Desert Research Institute

Averyt became president of the Desert Research Institute in July 2017. She was previously the associate director for science at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. She earned her doctorate in geological and environmental science from Stanford University.

Titles to be announced.

Anna Baron, Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Informatics, Colorado School of Public Health

The Downside of the Upside: False Posi. . and Overdiagnosis in Early Detection of Lung Cancer(G) * Too Much of a Good Thing? The Promise and Threat of Lung Cancer Screening (P,G) *

Robbin Chapman, Associate Provost and Academic Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Wellesley College

STEM and non-STEM Disciplines: Are They Mutually Exclusive? (P,G) * Diversity and Inclusion in the Learning Enterprise: Implications for Learning Technologies (G) * Rendering the Invisible Visible: Student Success in Exclusive Excellence STEM Environments (G,S)

Andrew Cleland, John A. MacLean Sr. Professor for Molecular Engineering Innovation and Enterprise, University of Chicago

Mechanical Systems in the Quantum Regime (G) * Building a Quantum Computer (G) * Transitioning Scientific Research to a Startup Company (P)

James P. Collins, Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Natural History and the Environment, Arizona State University

Extinction in our Times: Global Amphibian Decline (P,G,S) * Altering Nature with Gene Drives-We Can, But Should We?

Lisa Cook, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Michigan State University

The Idea Gap in Pink and Black: Explaining Differences in Patenting Outcomes (G,S) * Where Did All the African American Inventors Go? (P,G) * Violence and Economic Growth: Evidence from African American Patents, 1870-1940 (P,G,S)

Susan Coppersmith, Professor of Physics, University of WisconsinMadison

From Bits to Qubits: A Quantum Leap for Computers (P,G) * Building a Quantum Computer Using Silicon Quantum Dots (S) James Costa, Executive Director, Highlands Biological Station, and Professor of Biology, Western Carolina University

Origin of the Origin: A Primer to Charles Darwin's "One Long Argument" (P,G) * Indefatigable Naturalists: Wallace and Darwin On the Evolutionary Trail (P,G) * The Consilient Mr. …

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