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Sigma Xi Events 2007-10

Archive of Events 2007-2010

 

Sigma Xi 2010 Annual Banquet

BLU TOMATO RESTAURANT
2787 Maplecrest Road
Fort Wayne, Indiana

  • Wednesday, April 28, 2010
  • Cash Bar 6:00 p.m.
  • Dinner 6:30 p.m.
  • Awards and Talk following Dinner

Talk given by Professor Richard Sutter, IPFW Department of Anthropology

"Dentally derived biodistances and prehistoric population dynamics in the Peruvian Andes"

Fourth Science Café event:                                                                                                     skull

  • Richard Sutter , IPFW Department of Anthropology
  • Beyond the Crypt: The Science of Mummies, Skeletons, and Bioarchaeology
  • Dr. Sutter will give a brief presentation on his work in South American archaeology and anthropology. Then the rest of the hour will be for questions and group discussion.
  • The presentation will start at 6:30 pm, Wednesday, April 7, 2010, with questions and discussions for about an hour, or until closing.
  • Location: Firefly Coffee House, 3523 North Anthony Blvd.

Our Third Science Café event: couple in maze

  • Carol Lawton, IPFW Department of Psychology
  • Women, Men, and Wayfinding
  • Dr. Lawton will give a brief presentation on her work in gender differences in processing visual and spatial information. Then the rest of the hour will be for questions and group discussion.
  • The presentation will start at 6:30 pm, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010, with questions and discussions for about an hour, or until closing.
  • Location: Firefly Coffee House, 3523 North Anthony Blvd.

Our Second Science Café event:

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  • Mark Masters, IPFW Department of Physics
  • The Game of Science
  • Dr. Masters will lead a brief activity on the nature of science investigation in which people of any background can participate. The remainder of the hour will be for questions and group discussion
  • The presentation will start at 6:30 pm, Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, with questions and discussions for about an hour, or until closing.
  • Location:Firefly Coffee House, 3523 North Anthony Blvd.
  • Photos from the event

Our First Science Café event:

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  • Jim Farlow, IPFW Department of Geosciences
  • "Dinosaur Track Sites in Texas"
  • based on joint work with Dr. Benjamin Dattilo and Dr. Anne Argast.
  • The presentation started at 6:30 pm, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, with questions and discussions for about an hour.
  • Location: Firefly Coffee House, 3523 North Anthony Blvd.
  • Photos from the event

Sigma Xi 2009 Annual Banquet

  • Blu Tomato Restaurant, 2787 Maplecrest Road
  • Wednesday, April 29, 2009, Cash Bar 6:00 p.m., Dinner 6:30 p.m.
    Awards and Talk following Dinner
  • Talk given by Professor Mark F. Masters, Department of Physics,Using reverse game play to engage students in formulating and testing hypotheses.
  • Student Research and Creative Endeavor Symposium: April 25, 2009

Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer 2009

Todor Cooklev, Director of the ETCS Wireless Technology Center, IPFW.
Modern Wireless Systems: From Marconi's Radio to Cognitive Radio.
Monday, February 16, 2009, at 4:30 pm. Kettler 227.

Talk Abstract:

  • Consumers demand capability to communicate anytime, anywhere, and at high data rates. No wireless system is able by itself to provide the ‘anywhere, anytime’ service desired, resulting in proliferation of wireless systems. In addition to the cellular systems, in recent years other wireless systems have appeared such as wireless local area networks, personal area networks, and metropolitan area networks.
  • Modern wireless systems are the result of a long process of technology evolution that started in the 1890’s. The culmination of this evolution is cognitive radio technology. Cognitive radio is one of the most important emerging disruptive technologies that will shape the future of the wireless communication and mobile computing industries.
  • In this talk we will cover the history of wireless technology, and we will also explore its evolution, and will identify key emerging directions.

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Sigma Xi 2008 Annual Banquet

  • Tuesday, April 29, 2008, Cash Bar 6:00, Dinner 6:30
    Blu Tomato Restaurant, 2878 Maplecrest Road in Fort Wayne
  • Following dinner: student awards and presentation by College Science Teacher of the Year awardee,
  • Dr. Michelle Drouin, Dept. of Psychology, What's a Table? The challenges and triumphs of engaging students in critical thinking activities.

Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer 2008

Edward B. Saff, Vanderbilt University, The Poppy-Seed Bagel Theorem: An easily digestible result on
minimum energy points
. March 25, 2008.

  • Abstract: For a surface in 3-space, such as a sphere or torus (a.k.a. bagel), we analyze the behavior of optimal (and near optimal) N-point configurations on that minimize the so-called Riesz s-energy over all N-point subsets of A, where s> 0 is a parameter. (The case s= 1 corresponds to the familiar Coulomb potential while large corresponds (in the limit) to best-packing.) For large and suitable we show that such configurations are uniformly distributed with respect to surface area on A. Applications to problems in chemistry, physics and biology will be discussed. Many graphical illustrations will help make this introductory talk accessible to students as well as to the general science faculty. Cream cheese is optional!

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Older events:

  • Brown bag talk: Adam Coffman, Geometry and Soap Bubbles, March 6, 2008
  • Sigma Xi 2007 Annual Banquet, Adam Coffman, A survey of projective geometry.
  • News Releases on undergraduate research in archaeology,Dec. 12, 2006, and Jan. 19, 2007.
  • News Release on 2006 Distinguished Lecturer, Mark Voit, on cosmology,March 31, 2006.
  • News Release on 2004 Distinguished Lecturer, Irwin L. Goldman, on horticulture,Nov. 1, 2004.
  • News Release on 2003 Distinguished Lecturer, Milford Wolpoff, on anthropology,March 12, 2003.

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Annual IPFW Chapter dinner, 2010

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Congratulations to Dr. Suleiman Ashur, IPFW Sigma Xi Science Teacher of the Year

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Congratulations to Dr. Richard Sutter, IPFW Sigma Xi Researcher of the Year

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Winners of the 2010 IPFW Sigma Xi Student Research Competition 

  • First Place for K. Ann Hunt, Department of Biology (Faculty mentor, Dr. George Mourad) 
  • Second place for Andrew Marcum, Department of Engineering (Faculty mentors, Dr. Carlos Pomalaza-Raez and Dr. Todor Cooklev)
  • Third place for Rachel Thomas, Department of Psychology (Faculty mentor, Dr. Elaine Blakemore)

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Prof. Rick Sutter, on "Dentally derived biodistances and prehistoric population dynamics in the Peruvian Andes" Sigma Xi

Annual IPFW Chapter dinner, 2009

Congratulations to Dr. B. Kim, IPFW Sigma Xi Science Teacher of the Year IPFW Sigma Xi

Congratulations to Dr. M. Masters, IPFW Sigma Xi Researcher of the Year IPFW Sigma Xi

Congratulations to winners of the 2009 IPFW Sigma Xi Student Research Competition 

  • First Place for Ashley Day, Department of Psychology (Faculty mentor, Dr. Carol Lawton)
  • Second place for Sara Miller, Department of Biology (Faculty mentor, Dr. George Mourad)
  • Third place for Jacquelyn Knepper, Department of Biology (Faculty mentor, Dr. Robert Visalli)

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Prof. Lawton describes her student's research project

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Prof. Mark Masters, on "Using reverse game play to engage students in formulating and testing hypotheses"

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Sigma Xi Student Research Competition 2009

April 25, 2009

"Elucidation of viral portal protein structure in bacteriophage and herpesvirus: applications in biomedicine"

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IPFW Sigma Xi Student Research Competition

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"Using phage display technology to dissect herpesviral protein-protein interactions"

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"Characterization of the self-interaction of Varicella-zoster virus ORF25 gene product using a yeast two-hybrid system "

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"Characterization of the Varicella-zoster virus ORF25 gene product"

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"Hibernation ecology of the eastern massasauga rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus catenatus) near its northern range limit in Michigan"

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"The effects of chromium on the white rot fungus  Phanerochaete chrysosporium"

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IPFW Sigma Xi Student Research Competition

Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer 2009

Todor Cooklev, Director of the ETCS Wireless Technology Center, IPFW.
Modern Wireless Systems: From Marconi's Radio to Cognitive Radio.
Monday, February 16, 2009.

 

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reception after lecture

Advertising for 2009 Distinguished Lecture

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IPFW Information Fair, Aug. 25, 2008

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Annual IPFW Chapter dinner, 2008 Congratulations to Dr. Michelle Drouin, receiving the IPFW Sigma Xi Teacher of the Year award.

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Congratulations to winners of the 2008 IPFW Sigma Xi Student Research Competition  

  • First Place for Brian Putman, Department of Biology (Faculty mentor, Dr. Bruce Kingsbury)
  • Second place for Misty Wolfe, Department of Anthropology (Faculty mentor, Dr. Harold Odden)
  • Third place for Kristine Palmer, Department of Biology (Faculty mentor, Dr. Robert Visalli)

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Presentation by Prof. Drouin, Dept. of Psychology,  What's a Table? The challenges and triumphs of engaging students in critical thinking activities.

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Reception following talk by E. Saff , March 25, 2008.

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