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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: Gregory Reed, associate vice chancellor in the Office of Research & Engagement and professor of civil and environmental engineering. He received his PhD from the University of Arkansas. His research interests have included air pollution control, environmental policy analysis, bioremediation, waste treatment, sludge management, and groundwater remediation.

The chapter is now seeking suggestions for activities or programs the chapter can facilitate or partner to help facilitate. Suggestions can be sent to sigmaxi@utk.edu.