Events in 1999-2000
John Deere Chapter of Sigma Xi

"Season of Light"

Dec. 9, 1999
John Deere Lecture Hall and Planetarium, Augustana College

The evening began at 6:15 pm with a brief business meeting in the John Deere Lecture Hall conducted by President Cecilia Vogel. Included was is a report from Stacey Rodman who was our delegate to the recent national Sigma Xi meeting held in Minneapolis.

Members of Sigma Xi and their families (age 8 and above) were invited to the planetarium program, "Season of Light". This program was about the winter solstice and the celebration of the season around the world.


"Acoustics of Caribbean Steel Drums"

Dr. Thomas Rossing
Physics Department
Northern Illinois University

The Caribbean steelpan is probably the most important new acoustical musical instrument to develop in the 20th century.  In addition to being the foremost musical instrument in its home country, Trinidad and Tobago, steel bands are becoming increasingly popular in Europe, North America, and some Asian countries as well.

We have studied the modes of vibration of steelpans by several makers using holographic interferometry. Nonlinear coupling between the different note areas of the drum is important in producing sound.

Apr. 6, 2000
Augustana College

Science catches up with the shimmering sound of steel drums



Terminus of the Matanuska Glacier, 1999

Sigma Xi Annual Banquet

May 4, 2000
Wilson Center, Augustana College

"Glacial Geology in Alaska"

Dr. Jeff Strasser
Geology Department
Augustana College

Induction of new members at the banquet