Hope Chapter of Sigma Xi Scientific
Research Society Honored
Posted November 20, 2001
HOLLAND -- The Hope College chapter of Sigma Xi,
The Scientific Research Society, has received a "Certificate
of Excellence" for 2001.
The award, one of only 10 presented nationwide,
was announced on Saturday, Nov. 10, during the society's
annual meeting, held in Raleigh, N.C. The winning chapters
were chosen on the basis of their impact on the community;
their innovation or initiative; the breadth and variety of
their programs; and the overall quality of their activities.
Sigma Xi is a non-profit membership society of
nearly 75,000 scientists and engineers who were elected to
the society because of their research achievements or
potential. Founded in 1886, the society has more than 500
chapters at colleges and universities, government
laboratories and industry research centers.
A total of 23 members of the Hope faculty,
representing a variety of departments in the sciences, are
members of the college's chapter.
The Hope chapter's activities include co-
sponsoring the college's annual "Science Day" for high
school students, with several individual members making
presentations during the event. The chapter also hosts an
annual "Sigma Xi Distinguished Lectureship" that is
scheduled in conjunction with Science Day, which was held
this year on Thursday, Nov. 1.
The chapter organizes a series of "brown bag"
lunchtime seminars, interdisciplinary events during which
members of the faculty explain their on-going research to
the others present. The chapter also presents awards each
year to faculty members in recognition of individual
research activities and for outreach to the community.
During the past three years, members of the
chapter have also met with local members of Congress to
serve as advocates for continued federal support of basic
research in the sciences.
In addition, the chapter presents certificates of
recognition each spring to graduating seniors who have been
involved in research while also maintaining a high grade
point average. The students honored are also invited to
join Sigma Xi as associate members.
The chapter's officers are: President, Dr.
Christopher Barney, who is the T. Elliott Weier Professor of
Biology at Hope; Vice President, Dr. Timothy Evans,
assistant professor of biology; Past-President, Dr. Brian
Bodenbender, assistant professor of geology and
environmental science; and Secretary/Treasurer, Dr. Graham
Peaslee, associate professor of chemistry and
geological/environmental sciences. Dr. Paul DeYoung,
professor of physics and chair of the department and a past
winner of the Hope chapter's research award, represented
Hope at the national meeting and accepted the college's
Certificate of Excellence.