Sigma Xi Mission
To enhance the health of the research enterprise, foster integrity in science and
engineering, and promote the public’s understanding of science
for the purpose of improving the human condition.
Graduate Research Competition :: 2014
The graduate research competition was held on April 14, 2014, during Research Week.
(The official colors of Sigma Xi are gold and blue)
Lisa Connor, Child & Family Studies
Carin Neitzel, Faculty Mentor
Sabrina Thurman, Psychology
Daniela Corbetta, Faculty Mentor
Hannah Woo, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Terry Hazen, Faculty Mentor
Snehal Joshi, Food Microbiology
Doris D’Souza, Faculty Mentor
Punita Manga, Genome Science & Technology
Steven Brown, Faculty Mentor
Rosie Sasso, Educational Psychology & Counseling
Jennifer Morrow, Faculty Mentor
Allan Wilford, Political Science
Wonjae Hwang, Faculty Mentor
UTK Sigma Xi News
Sigma Xi Graduate Research Presentation Competition
The graduate research presentation competition for the newly reactivated UTK Sigma Xi Chapter will be held the morning of April 14, 2014, during Research Week. The competition will be held at the University Center, Rooms 223-224, 225, and 226. Below is the schedule for the competition:
|University of Tennessee, Knoxville – Office of Research|
|Sigma Xi Graduate Research Presentation Competition Applications|
|April 14, 2014|
|Session I||Session II||Session III|
|Morning Session||University Center Rm 223-224||University Center Rm 225||University Center Rm 226|
|8:30AM-8:50AM||Salimas, Daniels: Examining the Social Capital of Young Children from Four Ethnic Groups in an Informal Settlement of Kenya (Advisor: Carin Neitzel)||Woo, Hannah: Investigating deep-ocean microbes with lignin-degrading potential for novel enzyme discovery (Advisor: Terry Hazen)||Salvatore, Joseph: Strangers with Benefits: Attraction to Outgroup Men Across the Human Female Menstrual Cycle (Advisor: Lowell Gaertner)|
|8:50AM-9:10AM||Bader, Lauren: Perceptions of th eEnvironment and Parenting Strategies in Urban Kenya (Advisor: Carin Neitzel)||Liu, Jiang: Microbial Respiration and Community Changes to Oil in Deep Eastern Mediterranean and Great Australian Bight (Advisor: Terry Hazen)||Walpitage, Dammika: An Examination of the Structure of College Students’ Financial Behaviors (Advisor: Gary Skolits)|
|9:10AM-9:30AM||Wilford, Allan: Scottish Secession and Voter Turnout: Simulating the Effects of Full Vote (Advisor: Wonjae Hwang)||Utturkar, Sagar: Evaluatin and validation of de novo and hybrid assembleis to derive high quality genome sequences|
|9:30AM-9:50AM||Morris, Melanie: Nurse Intrapartum Labor Support and Women’s Perceptions of Caring (Advisor: Marian Roman)||Manga, Punita: Studying variation and experimental noise in RNA-seq data (Advisor: Seven Brown||Pathirage, Dopa: Helpfulness of an ESL Course for International Students: An Institutional Case Study (Advisor: Jennifer Morrow)|
|9:50AM-10:10AM||Clinton, Amy: Meeting Student Needs: Navigating Religion in the University Setting (Advisor: Dorian McCoy)||Harris, Jason: A Computational Approach Predicting CYP450 Metabolism and Estrogenic activity of an Endocrine Disrupting Compound (PCB-30) (Advisor: Dr. Jerome Baudry)||Thurman, Sabrina: Temperamental Associations with the Developmen tof Infant Motor Skill (Advisor: Daniela Corbetta)|
|10:10AM-10:30AM||Connor, Lisa: Kenyan children’s use of social roles and language functions with various partners ( Advisor: Carin Neitzel)||Joshi, Snehal: Human norovirus and hepatitis A virus reduction by blueberry polyphenols (Advisor: Doris D’Souza)||Sasso, Rosie: Learning ‘On the Go’ (Advisor; Jennifer Morrow)|
|10:30AM-10:50AM||Vargas, José: Biokinetics and Efficacy of Aminocyclopyrachlor-methyl ester as Influenced by Diffufenzopyr (Advisor: James Brosnan)||Chapel, Kyle: Historical and Counterfactual Accounts of Harm (Advisor: Adam Cureton)|
UT Sigma Xi Chapter Reactivated
One of the nation’s prestigious research societies is getting renewed life on the UT Knoxville campus after recent meetings of current UTK members.
The UTK chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, recently elected officers and is exploring options to promote the society’s goals. For the past two years, the local chapter had been classified as inactive by the national organization.
The mission of Sigma Xi is to enhance the health of the research enterprise, foster integrity in science and engineering, and promote the public’s understanding.
Officers for 2013-2014 are:
- President: Angel Palomino, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, specializing in geotechnical engineering. Previously, Palomino was a faculty member at Pennsylvania State University, where she held the Hartz Career Development Professorship. She received her MSCE and PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
- President-Elect: Todd Freeberg, associate professor of psychology and an adjunct member of the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. He received his PhD from Indiana University. His area of research tests how social processes influence vocal signaling in animals.
- Treasurer: Benjamin Auerbach, assistant professor of anthropology, received a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His research interests include the evolution of modern variation in the morphology of the human skeleton, ecogeographic variation in body size and proportions, estimation of body size and shape from skeletal remains in humans and human ancestors, and New World human population history.
- Secretary: Janet Nelson, associate vice chancellor for research development in the Office of Research & Engagement. Nelson, who earned her doctorate in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1991, has broad research-related experience across academia, government, not-for-profit organizations, and industrial communities.
The chapter is now seeking suggestions for activities or programs the chapter can facilitate or partner to help facilitate. Suggestions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sigma Xi: Become a Member
Membership in Sigma Xi is by nomination, in conferred in one of two ways, and is not dependent on the nominee having a specific education degree. Students and non-students follow the same review process. More…