Events in 1998-1999
John Deere Chapter of Sigma Xi

"The Future of the Liberal Arts and Sciences"

Stephen Jay Gould
Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology
Professor of Geology, Harvard University
President, American Academy for the Advancement of Science

10:00 am, Saturday, Oct. 31, 1998
Centennial Hall, Augustana College

After the talk, two new buildings on the Augustana campus were dedicated - the Science Building and the Olin Educational Technology Building. At 11:45 am, Sigma Xi members gathered in the lobby of the Science Building and proceeded on a tour of both buildings. The tour guides were Sigma Xi members Cecilia Vogel, Dave Renneke, Lori Scott, Dave DeWit and Stacey Rodman.

National Sigma Xi Annual Meeting

Nov. 13-15, 1998

Bonnie and Jim Smith attended and represented the John Deere Chapter. There was also a two-day forum on November 12-13 to explore academic, industry, and policy perspectives on international cooperation in science and technology. The forum chronicled cooperative experiences in areas such as high-energy physics, space, global environment, health sciences, standards development, and international security, and addressed the practical issues that complicate collaboration, such as intellectual property, patents, funding mechanisms, and geopolitical influences.

"Recreational boating and aquatic ecosystems - Are they compatible?"

Tim Asplund
Aquatic Biologist, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Mar. 29, 1999
Augustana College

Sigma Xi Annual Banquet

Apr. 30, 1999
Wilson Center, Augustana College

"An Excursion to the Land of Polyhedra" or "What Do Mathematicians Do Anyway?"

Dr. Margaret Bayer
Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer
Professor of Mathematics, University of Kansas

Induction of new members at the banquet

If you will be attending the banquet, the cost is $12 per person. Please send a check payable to "John Deere Chapter of Sigma Xi" to Stacey Rodman, Mathematics Department, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL 61201. Reservations are due by April 20.