Events in 2004-2005
John Deere Chapter of Sigma Xi

Research on the Leading Edge of Automation,
from Virtual Design to Mobile Robotics

Dr. William R. (Bob) Norris
Staff Engineer Intelligent Vehicle Systems
John Deere Technology Center, Moline, Illinois

Oct. 14, 2004
Ballroom of the Rogalski Center, St. Ambrose University

New Members

Research Presentations
Dec. 1, 2004
Augustana College

Associate members of the chapter presented either a 10 minute talk or a poster that described the research that they have been doing.  Four new associate members were inducted.  Attendance was 66 including a reporter from the Quad City Times who wrote an article that was published on Dec. 10, 2004.


Premiere of NOVA ScienceNow
Jan. 25, 2005
Rivermont Collegiate School, Bettendorf

The winter meeting featured a new hour-long PBS science magazine. A preview airing of the 1-hour program was followed by a panel discussion with local experts on the phenomena presented.

"Killer Storms", Neil Castor
"Robotics", Bob Norris
"Mirror Neurons", Robin Anderson

The Diverse and Imperiled Illinois Flora

Dr. Jason Koontz
Biology Department, Augustana College

Apr. 28, 2005
Black Hawk College

Sigma Xi honor cords were given to the student members who graduated in May. They told us their plans for future studies and research.