Monday, August 29, 2011

Leadership in the Community—Sigma Xi Chapter Moves to Gordon

The Scientific Research Society Sigma Xi is a worldwide network of scientists, mathematicians and engineers. Schools like MIT, Harvard, Williams and Smith are just a few of our New England peer institutions whose faculty members participate in this international society for scholarship and research.

Two years ago Gordon College, working with Endicott College and Salem State University, created the North Shore Chapter of Sigma Xi to support the outstanding endeavors in science and engineering taking place on the North Shore. This summer Suzanne Phillips, professor of psychology, was elected president—an appointment she’ll carry for the next two years—making Gordon the new chapter’s central headquarters.
“Our chapter gives students and faculty the chance to hear about current work from active scientists across the North Shore,” said Phillips. “We gather three times each year to share research findings and hear scientific presentations. Our annual conference in February showcases new research by students and faculty.” All of these events are open to students. “This will be a terrific opportunity for Gordon science students to present their work, and for the entire Gordon community to learn more about science,” said Phillips, who also organizes Faculty Forum and assists with Gordon’s Undergraduate Research Symposium. The announcement of the chapter’s new president reflects Gordon’s leadership role in the community and the region’s growing involvement in advanced scientific discoveries. Other active leaders include Greg Keller, associate professor of biology, who serves on the Executive Committee as an officer at large.

Photo: Suzanne Phillips stands with the North Shore Chapter charter, soon to be on display in the Ken Olsen Science Center.

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