Annual Induction of New Members

The John Deere Chapter of Sigma Xi is pleased to announce its annual induction of new members event to be held on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 in Hanson 102 at Augustana College.

Program - Five 10 minute presentations
Photos taken at this event

Adsorption of Volatile Organic Compounds to Amorphous Silica
Amanda Wilmsmeyer
, Chemistry Department, Augustana College

Having a detailed understanding of how small molecules stick to surfaces is essential for the development of new materials used for sensing and filtration. We have been investigating the fundamental interactions of a series of volatile organic compounds as they adsorb to a silica surface. Choosing molecules with slightly different functional groups, we can explore the structure-function relationship in the adsorption process.

Investigating Myxococcus xanthus DK1622 microevolution
Kimberly Murphy
, Biology Department, Augustana College

Myxococcus xanthus is a Gram-negative bacterium typically found in soil. Wild-type M. xanthus strain DK1622 began as a clonal isolate in 1979 in the laboratory of Dr. Dale Kaiser at Stanford University. Since its initial isolation, DK1622 has been distributed to multiple research laboratories. We are working with other labs to study the extent of DK1622 microevolution during its time as a model organism.

Exploring the Effects of Stream Topography on Hyporheic Exchange
Susa Stonedahl, Engineering and Physical Science, St. Ambrose University

Water flows from surface water into the surrounding sediments taking nutrients, oxygen, and pollutants into the hyporheic zone. This project investigates how the geometry of the stream affects the flow in idealized streams with varying outlines and topographies using computer simulations.

Method for Identifying Problems In Complex Systems
Michael Opar, Engineering and Physical Science, St. Ambrose University

This method is used to identify underlying causes in a work system by minimizing the investigators' bias. The interaction between system understanding, hypothesis generation and identifying problem symptoms helps to guide and document the investigation. This method has been used in the Industrial Engineering Senior Design course at St. Ambrose in both health care and manufacturing projects.

Privacy, the facade, tools and tactics
Shadrack Roberts, Cybersecurity and Privacy Official, HQ Army Sustainment Command

Innovative thought in cybersecurity - execution over ideas

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Hanson Science Hall, Room 102
Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois

  5:45 - 6:00
6:00 - 6:30
6:30 - 6:40
6:40 - 7:30
Arrival and conversation (Hanson 102)
Dinner at the Gerber Center
Induction of new members (Hanson 102)

New Members

Michael Opar full Industrial Engineering  St. Ambrose
Mourin Azar associate junior biology, psychology Augustana
Amy Baldwin associate senior biology Augustana
DeAnna Bender associate senior biology, environmental studies Augustana
Shivani Ganesh associate high school senior interest: astronomy Rivermont Collegiate
Luther Grulke* associate senior biochemistry, pre-medicine Augustana
Kristina Humphreys associate junior neuroscience, Scandinavian Augustana
McKenzie Mears associate senior biology, Spanish for profession use Augustana
Brittany Poynor associate senior biology, business adm-management Augustana
Marckus Simmons associate senior biology Augustana
Megan Steinhoff associate senior biology, neuroscience Augustana
Phoebe Strell* associate junior biology, neuroscience Augustana
Abigail Thomson associate senior computer science Augustana
Nicole Woodall associate senior exercise science St. Ambrose

* These students will be inducted later.

Reservations.  Please make your reservation using this reservation form (now inactive).  The deadline is noon on Tuesday, November 15.  The cost of the meal is $11.25, payable by cash, check or credit card at the entrance to the dining area.  All new members will have their meal paid for by the Chapter.  Note that the cost is $8.50 for Augustana faculty who show their Augustana ID.  The menu is published about a week in advance so you can view your choices beforehand.

The reservation form asks for your dining choice - yes or no.  Say "yes" if you plan to dine at the Gerber Center; say "no" if you will only be attending the induction ceremony and the invited talks.

Here is the current list of those who have indicated that they will be attending the event.

Directions.  Here is the Augustana campus map.  Parking is available in Lot H just north of the Hanson Science Hall (#43 on the map).  You may enter on the ground floor at the north or south entrance.  We will meet in the lecture hall, Hanson 102, at 5:45 pm.  The lecture hall is at the south end of the building, on the first and second floor.  At about 6:00 pm we will walk over to the Gerber Center dining area (#39 on the map).