We engage the Portland, Oregon scientific and technical community to enhance the health of the scientific research enterprise, provide opportunities for the next generation of scientists and engineers, and promote the public's understanding of science and technology. We are comprised of faculty and students from several colleges and universities in the Portland area, as well as colleagues in local business, industry, federal and state agencies, and medical centers. We focus many of our programs on enhancing the experiences of students at all levels. Many of our members are retired scientists and engineers who have relocated to the Portland area and find a community of interests through the activities of the chapter.
Chapter Annual Meeting
We are pleased to announce our end-of-year event, "Initiation, Recognition, Celebration", to be held from 6 to 9 pm on Thursday, May 26, at the West Cafe Restaurant, 1201 SW Jefferson Street, corner of SW 12th and Jefferson. Parking will be available on the street (pay until 7 pm) or in PSU Parking Structure 3 on SW 12th/13th Avenues at Mill St.
This year's event will be a more informal setting, featuring short presentations by this year's Sigma Xi initiates and award winners. We will start with a reception at 6 pm, with wine and hors d'oeuvres, and a buffet of delicious Happy Hour specialties and desserts following the program. Cost will be $30 per person, payable at the door by cash or check. You may also purchase drinks from the bar.
Please make your reservations with Tom Hard, email@example.com , by Friday, May 20, indicating any dietary restrictions.
Cascadia Meteorite Laboratory 2016 fundraiser pot luck auction is on Saturday 14 May 2016 from 2pm-7pm, with auction at 4pm.
We invite first-place winners in our November 2015 Student Research Symposium to apply for partial travel support from this Chapter to present their research at one of two regional/national Sigma Xi meetings:
1) the 14-17 June Annual Western Meeting in San Diego, sponsored jointly by the Pacific Division of AAAS and the NW and SW Regions of Sigma Xi, or
2) the 10-13 November Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference in Atlanta--there is an early bird bargain available until May 27.
Save the date! Sigma Xi C-W Chapter Student Research Presentations will be held 04 Nov 2016.
Local students won Sigma Xi Grants-In-Aid of Research in the October 2015 competition:
Caitlin Maraist, Ecology, Portland State University: Effects of Endophytic Fungi on Sexual Effort and Chemical Cues of the Dioecious Moss, Ceratodon Purpureus.
Jess Millar, Cell Biology/Biochemistry, Portland State University: Horizontally acquired tRNA facilitates adaptation to an extreme environment.
Joseph Thiebes won the award for best poster by an undergraduate in Chemistry at the Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference, Kansas City MO, in October 2015, for his presentation on Prussian Green: a high rate capacity cathode for potassium ion batteries. He's an undergraduate in Chemistry and Physics at Portland State University.