Sigma Xi Orange County Chapter

Past Meetings

2014

May 20th, 2014, Gregory S. Hickok, Ph.D., Prof. of Cognitive Science; Founder and Director of the Center for Language Science And the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, “Inside the Language Instinct; How the Brain Creates Language.”

March 18th, 2014 , the redoubtable Virginia Trimble returns to present the controversial "Anybody but Hubble". Don't miss it; she has never disappointed a scientific audience.

January 21st, 2014, Ronald Koons, MD, FACP, UCI Clinical Professor of Medicine; Member, Ethics Committee; "The Science of Medicine and the Art of Medicine".

2013

November 19th, 2013, Virginia Trimble, Ph.D., Professor of Astronomy, History of Science and Scientometrics; "Blurring the Boundaries of Physics, Chemistry and Astronomy; The Mosely Centenary".

September 17th, 2013: Mikael Nilsson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemical & Biological Engineering and Materials Science, Henry Samueli School of Engineering, UCI; "Nuclear Fuel/Waste Reprocessing".

May 21st, 2013, James T. Randerson, Ph.D, Chancellor’s Professor of Earth System Science at UCI, "Climate Change and Forest Fires".

March 19th, 2013, Athan J. Shaka, Ph.D, Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Irvine, “Future Power”.

January 13th, 2013, Kerry Parker Burnight, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, “Aging Brilliantly".

2012

November 20th, 2012, Kenneth J. Shea, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, “What Can Synthetic Chemistry Do For Us? From ‘Plastic Antibodies’ to Fuels, From Biomass to Pest Control?”

September 18th, 2012, Donald G. Saari, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, "We Vote, But Do We Elect Whom We Want?"

May 15, 2012, Daniel Whiteson, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, “Exploring the Unknown Universe with the Large Hadron Collider".

March 20, 2012, Marc D. Rayman, Ph.D., Chief Engineer/ Mission Director, JPL, “To Boldly Go – Well, You Know: NASA’s Dawn Mission to the Asteroid Belt”.

January 17, 2012, Aniruddh D. Patel, Ph.D., The Neurosciences Institute, San Diego. “The Biological Significance of Human Music”.

2011

November 15, 2011, Larry Cahill, Ph.D., School of Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine: “Sex Influences on Brain Function and Emotional Memory.”

September 20, 2011, Don V. Black, Ph.D., Director and Chief Scientist at Digital ChoreoGraphics, Irvine, CA: “Special Relativistic Visualization – Einstein’s Visions.”

May 17th, 2011, Gregory Benford, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Physics and Astronomy, UCI, and world-famous award-winning science-fiction author: “Smart SETI – Searching for Cost-Optimized Interstellar Beacons.”

March 15th, 2011. Speaker taken ill. An informal SETI discussion forum was held.

January 18th, 2011, Bruce Betts, Ph.D., Director of Projects for The Planetary Society, Alumni Senior Scientist of the Planetary Science Institute and Adjunct Professor at California State University, Dominguez Hills: “The Sky is Falling! Should We Care? Assessing the Near-Earth Asteroid Threat” We don’t want to go the way of the dinosaurs.

2010

November 16th, 2010, Steven Gross, Ph.D., Professor of Developmental & Cell Biology, School of Biological Sciences and Professor of Physics, UCI; “Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer?” The jury’s still out, but a review of the physics and the epidemiology provides a useful snapshot of what is and what is not known today.

September 21st, 2010, Dan Berlau, Ph.D., Assistant Adjunct Professor, UCI School of Medicine; “Living Long and Living Well.” Results (some quite surprising) of a study of factors associated with healthy, productive longevity into the 90’s and beyond by the staff of the Clinic for Aging Research and Education.

May 18th, 2010, Fred M. Johnson, Ph.D., Principal, Exceptional Experts, Professor Emeritus and Former Chair of Physics at California State University, Fullerton, CA: “Forensic Accident Reconstruction.” Using physics to analyze the accident record and find the truth.

March 16th, 2010, Michael J. Prather, Ph.D., Fred Kavli Chair and Professor of Earth Systems Science, School of Physical Sciences, UCI: “To everything there is a season, but the times they are a-changin’: whom should you believe on climate change?” We may not see much change (although it’s there) in our lifetimes, but our grandkids will wonder why we let this happen!

January 19th, 2010, Francisco J. Ayala, Ph.D., University Professor and Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Professor of Philosophy; and Professor of Logic and the Philosophy of Science, UCI: “Darwin’s Gift to Science and Religion.” There is no conflict between science and religion. None!

2009

November 17th, 2009, Jeffrey D. Johnson, Ph.D., Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, Dept. of Neurobiology and Behavior, UCI: “Human Episodic Memory and Brain Imaging.” I just met her and already forgot her name? Why?

September 15th, 2009, Richard Nielsen, Ph.D., Boeing Technical Fellow, Boeing Defense Systems, Anaheim, CA: “Acoustic Detection of Low-Flying Aircraft.” A well researched and documented engineering assessment of an important homeland-security/border issue.

May 19th, 2009, Michael T. Kleinman, Ph.D., Professor of Toxicology and Co-Director of the Air Pollution Health Effects Laboratory, Occupational and Environmental Division, Department of Medicine, UCI: “Bioterrorism, the Dark Side of Science.”

March 17, 2009, Sandra Thompson, Ph.D., J.D., Patent Attorney at Buchalter Nemer, Orange, CA. “The Power of Greenovation,” explores the new “green innovation” technologies and their patentability and manufacturing impacts in California, and what to expect in the next 1-10 years.

January 21, 2009, Anyes Taffard, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, School of Physical Sciences, UCI, and Experimental Particle Physicist working on the ATLAS detector on the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, “Journey to the Heart of Matter,” an insider’s view of the LHC’s how, why and status.

2008

November 19, 2008, Virginia Trimble, Ph.D.; VP, International Astronomical Union, Sigma Xi National Lecturer, Professor of Astronomy and Professor of History of Science and Scientometrics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, UCI: “Yesterday’s Paradigm is Tomorrow’s Wooden Nickel (Adventures in Astronomical Misunderstandings).”

September 16th, 2008, Dr. Simon LeVay, M.D., Ph.D., neurobiologist, international lecturer, author and Harvard Medical School and Salk Institute researcher: “The Science of Sexual Orientation … it’s not Choice,” a review of the physical evidence for the biological basis of sexual orientation.

May 20th, 2008, Dr. William J. Cooper, Ph.D., Director and Professor, Urban Water Research Center, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UCI: “Water Scarcity, Global Changes and Groundwater Management Issues.” This is a much bigger problem than generally recognized by both policy makers and the general public.

March 18th, 2008, Brian Hart, Ph.D., UCI Center for Cosmology, “Evolution of Substructure in Galaxy Clusters as Observed in X-Rays.”

January 15th, 2008, Marc D. Rayman, Ph.D., Dawn Spacecraft Mission Manager and Project System Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA: “Now Flying Through a Solar System Near You: The Dawn Mission to the Asteroid Belt and its Incredible Ion-Propulsion System.”

2007

November 20, 2007, Terry McDermott, Los Angeles (CA) Times Feature Writer: “A Reporter’s Take on Science Reporting.”

September 18, 2007, Linton C. Freeman, Ph.D., Research Professor, Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences and Department of Sociology, School of Social Sciences, UCI: “Centrality: A Structural Property of Social Networks.”

July 17th, 2007, Larry Adkins Ph.D., Professor of Astronomy, Cerritos College, Norwalk, CA: “The Temple of the Fox, an Ancient Peruvian Temple Aligned with the Stars; a Tale of Archeoastronomy.”

May 15, 2007, Gloria Mark, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Informatics, UCI: “Multi-tasking in the Workplace: Examining the Nature of Fragmented Work - Constant Multi-tasking Craziness.” Examination of an institutionalized productivity wrecker!

March 20, 2007, Fred M. Johnson, Ph.D., Professor of Physics, Emeritus, at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), CA: “Clues to the Origin of Life Throughout the Galaxy; The Diffuse Interstellar Bands.” The building blocks of life are everywhere, but where is everybody?

January 16, 2007, Roxanne Cohen Silver, Ph.D. Professor, Dept. of Psychology and Social Behavior and Dept. of Medicine, UCI: “Thinking Critically About Coping with Life’s Traumas.” Some people are great survivors, some not. Why?

2006

November 21, 2006, Arnold Goodman, Ph.D., Professor and Associate Director of the UCI Center for Statistical Consulting, “Nature’s Dance of Life: System Models and Uncertainty, Paul Silverman’s Final Visions for a New Systems Biology of the Cell.”

September 19, 2006; Steve Noland, M.S., MRO Systems Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology, Pasadena: “The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO),” the mission purpose, the vehicle, its support systems, and the mission status.

July 18, 2006; Manoj Kaplinghat, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, UCI: “Trying to Demystify Dark Matter.” A review of recent observational and analytical results.

May 16, 2006; Marco Iacoboni, MD, PhD, neurologist and neuroscientist, Dept. of Psychiatry and Biobehavorial Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA and Director of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Laboratory of the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center, “Mirror Neurons, Imitation and Empathy.” The mechanism underlying neurology-based learning and relational strategies common to all social mammals.

March 21, 2006; Jorge A. Vasquez, Ph.D., Civil Engineer and Archeologist, “Project ‘Joya de Ceren’.” A dangerous journey to an archeological treasure trove.

January 17, 2006; Frederick M. Hawthorne, Ph.D., University Professor of Chemistry, UCLA: “Toward Inorganic Rotary Molecular Motors.” A science-fiction medical tool comes closer to reality!

2005

November 15, 2005; Elizabeth J. Barton, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, UCI: “Cosmology – Explorations of the Light and Dark Universe.” Probing the beginning of time, where physics, metaphysics and philosophy meet.

September 20, 2005; Maura Hofstadter, Ph.D., Reeve-Irvine Spinal Cord Center, UCI: “Stem-Cell Research Update.” A review of both the state of the research and the clinical applications of this new science.

July 19, 2005; Larry Cahill, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Behavior and Fellow at the Center for Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, UCI: “Sex Influences on Emotional Memory.” Why do husbands and wives have such different memories of commonly experienced events? Dr. Phil, listen up! Dr. Cahill has the answer!

May 17, 2005; Virginia Trimble, Ph.D., Professor of Astronomy, History of Science and Scientometrics; Physics and Astronomy Department, the University of California at Irvine, CA: “The Quest for Other Worlds from Myth through Literature to Scientific Exploration.” From the earliest myths to the most modern astronomical search, mankind searches for habitable “other” places. But habitable for whom? Would you recognize an alien life form if it introduced itself?

March 15, 2005; Dave Doody, M.S., Project Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA: “Status Report on the International Cassini/Huygens Mission Exploring Saturn and Titan.” The hard science, the unexpected findings and where we hope to go from here.

January 18, 2005; David Lubman, M.S., Archeological Acoustician: “Maya Sound Magic at Chichen Itza, Mexico.” How did these ancient pyramid constructors master acoustic science and engineering more dramatically than anything built since? Where did this knowledge originate? Why did it vanish?

January 3, 2005; President Ted LaChapelle suffers stroke. Founder Stan White returns as President, John C. Pinson is new Secretary-Treasurer.

2004

November 16, 2004; Harold R. Smith, M.D., Clinical Professor of Neurology, College of Medicine and Medical Director, UCI Sleep Disorders Center: “Normal Sleep and Sleep Disorders – the Physiology and Neurochemistry.” Society is affected more than you may realize. Take that nap; you need it!

September 21, 2004; John W. Kenney, III, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Physics, Concordia University, Irvine, CA: “High-Pressure that Glitters – the Diamond Connection.” What creates the impression of “beauty” in a diamond? How well can it be synthesized? Industrial diamonds present little problem, but can the diamond jewelry market protect itself from seemingly perfect synthetic gems? Hey, guys, would you buy a synthetic one for her?

May 18, 2004; Scott Samuelson, Ph.D., Director, National Fuel Cell Center, UCI: “Hydrogen Fuel Cells.” The science, the infrastructure issue, market practicality issues.

March 16, 2004; Barbara Becker, Adjunct Professor of History, Dept. of History, UCI: “Origins of Astrophysics: Late-Victorian Amateur Astronomer William Huggins and Nebular Spectroscopy.” Back when ‘professional scientists’ were rare, amateurs carried the load!

January 20, 2004; Jonathan Feng, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, UCI: “Dark Matter, Black Holes, and the Search for Extra Dimensions.” The frontiers of physics will keep expanding forever.

2003

November 18, 2003; Albert R. Vogeler, Ph.D., retiree from Departments of History and Liberal Studies, California State University at Fullerton; “Crop Circles – Part 2: Complex and Unusual Patterns.”

September 16, 2003; Albert R. Vogeler, Ph.D., retiree from Departments of History and Liberal Studies, California State University at Fullerton; “Crop Circles – Part 1: Enigma and Paradox.”

May 20, 2003; Gregory Benford, Ph.D., Professor, Physics and Astronomy Dept., UCI: “Sailing the Seas of Outer Space to the Stars.” Harnessing solar wind and light pressure.

March 18, 2003; Michael Abrams, Ph.D., Associate ASTER Team Leader, Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA, Pasadena, CA: “Watching Volcanoes from Space.” An increasing number of solar-system “dead bodies” are found to be volcanically active.

2002

November 19, 2002; Michael Dennin, Ph.D., Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow and Associate Professor, Department of Physics, UCI: “Foams and Patterns: The Physics of Shaving Cream and Animal Stripes.” The power of physics to explain seems boundless!

May 21, 2002; Wilson Ho, Ph.D., Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Professor of Chemistry, UCI: “Nanotechnology and the Manipulation of Individual Atoms and Molecules.” Assembling new substances using atoms like bricks creates incredible opportunities to create custom molecules for both medicine and manufacturing.

March 19, 2002; Lisa Grant, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. of Environmental Analysis and Design, School of Social Ecology, UCI: “Earthquakes in Orange County – Past (Coastal Uplift > 1635 A.D.) and Future (?)” Is OC going to experience its own “big one?”

January 15, 2002; Alan G. Barbour, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, UCI; Donald N. Forthal, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, UCI. Both were epidemic intelligence service officers, U.S. Centers for Disease Control: “Biological Agents of Terrorism: What Are the Risks and Preventions?” This is an increasingly important element in national defense/security. The science is pretty well in hand; the staffing and funding aren’t.

2001

November 20, 2001; Michael Goulden, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Earth System Science, UCI: “Determining the Rate of Global Warming: Terrestrial Ecosystems.” During our lifetimes we will see the extinction of tens of thousands of plant and animal species due to global warming. The science is undeniable; the planet is trapping excessive heat due to human activity.

September 18, 2001; Gary L. Peterson, Ph.D., Professor of Geology, Dept. of Geological Sciences, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA: “The Geological Case for Life on Mars.” As the surface of Mars dried, the last traces of liquid water and life most likely retreated under the surface. The problem will be to find it!

July 17, 2001; Qun-yong Zhou, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Pharmacology, UCI: “From Snake Venom and Frog Skin Secretions to Possible New Treatments for Digestive Disorders.” Nature’s pharmacopeia has been scarcely explored. Here are a couple of interesting findings.

May 15, 2001; Virginia Trimble, Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, UCI: “Astrophysics Faces the Millennium.”

March 20, 2001; Hung Fan, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Director, Cancer Research Institute, School of Medicine, UCI: “Update on Cancer – the Latest Discoveries and Possible Therapies.”

January 16, 2001; Andrea Ghez, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, UCLA: “Observing the Fastest Moving Stars in Our Galaxy: Evidence of a Supermassive Black Hole at the Center of the Milky Way.”

November 21, 2001; Carl W. Cotman, Ph.D., Director of the Institute for Brain Aging and Dementia, Professor in the Department of Neurology and Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, School of Medicine, UCI: “Problems of an Aging Brain.”

2000

September 19, 2000; Paul Chodas, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Solar System Dynamics Group, Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA: “Near-Earth Objects and the Chance of Collision with the Earth.”

July 18, 2000; Gerald LaRue, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor in Gerontology and Emeritus Professor of Religion, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA: “Ancient Myth and Modern Life.”

May 16, 2000; Robert L. Staehle, M.S., Deputy Manager of Outer Planets/Solar Probe Project, Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA; “Missions to the Most Difficult Solar System Destinations: Europa, Pluto and the Sun.”

March 21, 2000; John W. Armstrong, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA: “The Cassini Gravitational Wave Experiment.”

January 18, 2000; Gary Peterson, Ph.D., Professor of Geological Sciences, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA: “Basaltic Flooding of Planetary Landscapes.”

January 3, 2000; Stan White steps down to devote more time to sons’ medical problems. Theodore J. LaChapelle elected President, Richard Nielsen elected as Secretary-Treasurer.

1999

November 16, 1999; James L. McGaugh, Ph.D., Founding Director of the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory and Research Professor of Neurobiology and Behavior, UCI: “Making Lasting Memory: Role of Stress Hormones and the Amygdala.”

September 21, 1999; Michael Rose, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, School of Biological Sciences, UCI: “Darwin’s Spectre: Evolutionary Biology in the Modern World.”

July 20, 1999; Stacy Weinstein, M.S., Orbiter Payload Lead Systems Engineer for the Mars Sample-Return Mission, Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA: “Mars Sample Return Mission: An Overview.”

May 18, 1999; John H. Schwarz, Ph.D. (NAS), Harold Brown Professor of Theoretical Physics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA: Unsnarling the Knots and Tangles of String Theory.”

March 16, 1999; Mark Vagins, Ph.D., Research Physicist, UCI: “So Neutrinos Oscillate … So What?”

January 19, 1999; Virginia Trimble, Ph.D., Professor of Physics and Astronomy at both UCI and University of Maryland at College Park, MD: “1999 State of the Universe Address.”

1998

November 17, 1998; Stanley A. White, Ph.D., P.E., President, SPACE Corp.; Scientific Advisor, Rockwell International Corp.; Adjunct Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UCI and in Aerospace Engineering at UCLA: “A Quick Look at the Roles of Mathematics, Mysticism, Manipulation, Manufacturing, Money and Miscellaneous Mish-Mash in the Development of Music in Western Civilization.”

September 15, 1998; C. Ronald Koons, M.D., Radiation Oncologist, Professor, Ethicist, UCI: “Living and Dying: of Medicine and Ethics in Hospice Care.”

July 21, 1998; Kenneth J. Shea, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry, UCI: “A Chemist’s Perspective of Materials Science – Natural and Unnatural Glass.”

May 19, 1998; Joseph Weber, Ph.D., Professor and Senior Research Scientist, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy at UCI, and University of Maryland at College Park, MD: “The Search for Gravitational Radiation.”

March 17, 1998; Armen Shahbazian, M.D., Owner and Director of Pacific Radiation Oncology Center, Orange, CA: “Prostate Cancer vs. Photons: a Tale of an Ongoing Fight Against Cancer.”

January 20, 1998; Arthur Benjamin, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mathematics, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA: “The Art of Mental Calculation, or How to Look Like a Genius Without Really Trying.”

1997

November 18, 1997; Justin D. Call, M.D., Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, UCI: “Correlates of Early Brain Development with Normal, Neurological and Psychopathological Development in Infancy.”

September 16, 1997; Jeffry M. Schwartz, M.D., Associate Research Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA: “Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.”

July 15, 1997; Russell F. Doolittle, Ph.D. (NAS), Research Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Department of Biology, University of California at San Diego, CA: “Evolution and the Family Tree of Life Forms.”

May 20, 1997; Rui P. de Figueiredo, Ph. D., Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Professor of Mathematics, Director of the Laboratory for Machine Intelligence and Neural and Soft Computing, UCI: “A Perspective on Human-Centered Systems.”

March 18, 1997; Gordon L. Shaw, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Physics, member of Center for Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, UCI: “Musical Training Causes Long-Term Enhancement of Spatial-Temporal Reasoning and Mathematical Concepts in Young School Children.”

January 21, 1997; Diana Deutsch, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of California at San Diego, CA: “The Psychology of Music.”

1996

November 19, 1996; Arthur H. Vaughn, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory/ California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA: “The Hubble Space Telescope Repair Story in Retrospect.”

September 17, 1996; Tom Streeter, J.D., Senior Intellectual Property Attorney, Rockwell International Corp., Anaheim, CA, and humor columnist for Mensa: “What Every Engineer and Scientist Should Know About Patent Law.” Even Edison made mistakes. Learn how to avoid them!

July 16, 1996; Ralph Cicerone, Ph.D. (NAS), Dean and Professor of Physical Sciences, UCI: “Sustainable Development: An Oxymoron?”

May 21, 1996; Virginia Trimble, Ph.D., Professor of Physics and Astronomy, UCI, and University of Maryland at College Park, MD, and VP of the International Astronomical Union: “1996 State of the Universe Address.”

March 19, 1996; Dave Doody, M.S., Mission Operations, Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA: “Space Missions, The Gravitational ‘Slingshot’ Effect and Orbit Transfer: Just How Does that Work?” How to steal orbital energy for your spaceship from planets, moons and asteroids.

January 16, 1996; Francisco J. Ayala, Ph.D., Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCI: “Science and Religion: Teaching Evolution in the Schools.” And we thought the Scopes trial was in the past!

1995

November 21, 1995; Rich Terrile, Ph.D., Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA: “The Search for Other Planetary Systems.” New methods and results!

September 19, 1995; Stephen Edberg, Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA: “Chasing and Observing Solar Eclipses.” Astrophysicist turns adventurer.

July 18, 1995; Fred Shair, Ph.D., Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA; Professor of Chemical Engineering; Sigma Xi National Lecturer and President: “A Perspective on the Evolving Role of Science in Our Society.” Science policy begins at home.

May 16, 1995; John Allman, Ph.D., Hixon Professor of Psychobiology, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA: “Brain Size and Survival.” Not a simple correlation!

March 21, 1995; James McGaugh, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Neurobiology, UCI: “Memory.” Why does it work as it does? Is its failure with age certain?

January 17, 1995; Richard J. Haier, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry, UCI: “Brain Imaging Studies of Learning, Imaging and Intelligence.”

1994

November 15, 1994; Michael Klein, Ph.D., Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA: “In Search of Other Earths: Scientific Investigations of Planets Beyond Our Solar System.” First of a pair of lectures on new detection methods.

September 20, 19994; Ron Blom, Ph.D., Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA: “The Trans-Arabia Expedition: Space Technology and the Lost City of Ubar.” Meet the scientist who was featured on the NOVA series. He tells it like it was. Wow!

July 19, 1994; Michael S. Mega, M.D., Ph.D., Reed Neurological Research Center, Department of Neurology, UCLA School of Medicine: “Language and the Brain.” Incredible story of discovery.

May 17, 1994; Carl Cotman, Ph.D., Director of Irvine Research Unit in Brain Aging, Professor of Psychobiology and Professor of Neurology, UCI: “Successful Aging: Emerging Developments.” How can we maximize our functionality with age?

March 15, 1994; Joseph L. Keirschvink, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Geobiology, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA: “Magnetite Biomineralization in Human Tissues – Do We Have a Built-In Compass?”

January 18, 1994; Leonard Vincent, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, Fullerton College, Fullerton, CA: “What’s So Special About Spiders?”

1993

November 16, 1993; Kent Colbath, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Earth Science, Cerritos College, Cerritos, CA: “Mass Extinctions and Earth History.”

September 21, 1993; Norman Rostoker, Ph.D., Professor of Physics, UCI: “An Alternate Approach to Controlled Fusion.”

July 20, 1993; Fiorella Terenzi, Ph.D., Acoustic Astronomer and Professor of Mathematics and Physics, Liceo Scientifico, Milan, Italy: “Music From the Galaxies.”

May 18, 1993; Alex Maradudin, Ph.D., Professor of Physics, UCI: “The Role of the Research University.”

March 16, 1993; Hideo Gamo, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UCI: “Magic Mirrors: Unconventional Imaging Optics, Technology and History.”

January 19, 1993; Virginia Trimble, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Physics, UCI and Professor, Astronomy Program, University of Maryland at College Park, MD; Astronomy Section Chair, AAAS; Sigma Xi National Lecturer: “Cosmology: Man’s Place in the Universe.”

1992

November 17, 1992; Gordon Shaw, Ph.D., Professor of Physics and member of the Center for Neurobiology, Learning and Memory, UCI: “Brain Model Translated into Music.”

September 15, 1992; Nathan Rynn, Ph.D., Professor of Physics, UCI: “Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy.”

July 21, 1992; Jonathan Ericson, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, UCI: “Living in Space: Problems and Potentials of Space Stations.”

May 19, 1992; William Heidbrink, Professor of Physics, UCI: “Hot Fusion Research.”

March 17, 1992; Joie Jones, Professor of Radiological Sciences, School of Medicine, UCI: “Medical Imaging: a New Revolution in Diagnostic Medicine.”

February 18, 1992; Installation Ceremony. Orange County Sigma Club was elevated to Chapter status by Fred Shair, Ph.D., former Sigma Xi President (International Headquarters). Former Club officers were reelected as Chapter officers: President, Stan White; Secretary-Treasurer, Theodore J. LaChapelle; Membership Chairman, John DeNike; Member-at-Large, John Olmsted III.

January 21, 1992; Frank Awbrey, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, California State University at San Diego, San Diego, CA: “The Evolution vs. Creationism Confrontation in Education and Society.”

1991

November 19, 1991; Geoffrey Blake, Ph.D., Professor of Cosmochemistry, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA: “From Dust to Us.”

September 17, 1991; Al Sekel, Executive Director, Southern California Skeptics, Los Angeles, CA: “Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science.”

July 16, 1991; Hiroo Kanamori, Ph.D., Director and John E. and Hazel S. Smits Professor of Geophysics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA: “Earthquakes and Earthquake Prediction.”

May 21, 1991; Andrew Lankford, Ph.D., Professor of Physics, UCI: “The Superconducting Super Collider: Purpose, Cost, Competition and True Value to Science and Society.”

March 19, 1991; Kathleen Spellman, Ph.D., Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA: “The Mars Observer Mission.”

January 15, 1991; Gregory Benford, Ph.D., Professor of Physics, UCI and award-winning science-fiction writer; “Science and Fiction.”

1990

November 20, 1990; Michael Rose, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Sciences, UCI: “The Cause of Aging.”

September 18, 1990; Leroy Price, Ph.D., Professor of Physics, UCI: “Gamma-Ray and Neutrino Astronomy.”

September 5, 1990; the Orange County Club of Sigma Xi (SW-569) is officially established. President, Stan White; Secretary-Treasurer, Theodore J. LaChapelle; Membership Chairman, John DeNike; Member-at-Large, John Olmsted III.

July 17, 1990; Karel Lambert, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy, UCI: “Logic and Reality.”

May 15, 1990; Kenneth Dumars, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Pediatrics, Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; and Professor of Social Ecology, UCI: “What’s New in Genetics?”

March 20, 1990; Russell Steinberg, M.D., Ph.D., Behavioral Pediatrician and Lecturer in Teacher Education, UCI: “Boy Brains, Girl Brains (there IS a difference!) and Learning Disabilities.”

January 16, 1990; Andrew P. Ingersoll, Professor, Executive Officer of Planetary Science and member of the Voyager team, Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA: “The Voyager Encounter with Neptune.”

1989

November 21, 1989; Judith V. Grabiner, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics and History of Science, Pizer College, Claremont, CA and Sigma Xi National Lecturer: “Descartes and Problem Solving: the Development of Analytic Geometry.”

September 19, 1989; Moshe Rubenstein, Ph.D., Professor, School of Engineering and Applied Science, UCLA: “Human Creativity and Problem Solving.”

July 18, 1989; Donald Blake, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate, Department of Chemistry, UCI: “The Reality of Atmospheric Threats of CFC’s, Methane and Other Trace Gasses.”

May 16, 1989; Ronald Dreaver, Ph.D., CIT/MIT Gravity-Wave Project Leader, Department of Physics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA; “The Gravity-Wave Experiments: Looking for Ripples in the Fabric of Space-Time.”

March 21, 1989; Virginia Trimble, Ph.D., Professor of Physics, UCI and Astronomy Program, University of Maryland at College Park, MD; Astronomy Section Chairman, AAAS; Sigma Xi National Lecturer: “Supernovae: Bigger and Better Bangs.”

January 17, 1989; John Preskill, Ph.D. (NAS), Professor of Physics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA: “Quantum Cosmology: The Physics of the Early Universe 10-35 Seconds After the Big Bang.” The evolution of our understanding the evolution of the universe.

1988

November 15, 1988; Judith V. Grabiner, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics and History of Science, Pizer College, Claremont, CA and Sigma Xi National Lecturer: “The Centrality of Mathematics in the History of Western Thought.” Cultures that vigorously embraced mathematics flourished the best. There are lessons to be learned from that revelation!

September 13, 1988; Gerald Gilbert, Ph.D., Weingart Prize Research Fellow in Theoretical Physics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA: “Current Issues in String Theory.” Dr. Gilbert joined our Autonetics Club!

July 19, 1988; Roger de Wames, Ph.D., Chief Scientist, Rockwell International Science Center, Thousand Oaks, CA: “Superconductivity.”

May 17, 1988; Samuel Golkis, Ph.D., SETI Project Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA: “Listening for Cosmic Footsteps.”

March 22, 1988; Mary-Louise Keane, Professor of Cognitive Sciences and Linguistics, Department of Sociology, UCI: “Vivaldi’s Left Hemisphere: Myths of Mind and Brain.” The first meeting of the new organization was a resounding success!

January 19, 1988; Autonetics Club formally, albeit probationally, reestablished. Probation to last one year; three-year additional “watch” period established after which the Club may petition for upgrade to Chapter status.

1987

December 18, 1987; reorganization and business meeting of the revitalized Autonetics Club of Sigma Xi was held. Stan White was elected President, Theodore J. LaChapelle was elected Secretary-Treasurer. Admission Committee members selected were John de Nike, A. Donald Rankine, Margil W. Wadley and James B. Weddell. About a dozen other members attended. The successful bimonthly social hour/dinner/lecture format was established.

September 15, 1987; Stan White formally petitions Sigma Xi National Headquarters in the name of the Autonetics Club for a charter extension.

September 14, 1987; Stan White takes control of and responsibility for the Club to save its existence; asks all members of record for assistance. Contacts were made with all active and lapsed Sigma Xi members with Orange County ZIP codes. Ted LaChapelle volunteers to help.

September 9, 1987; Sigma Xi national headquarters notified all Autonetics Club members of record that the charter of the Autonetics Club of Sigma Xi will be revoked due to nearly a decade of Club inactivity. Concerned members contacted one another and held two meetings. Unfortunately, nothing useful emerged because of disagreements over organization, mission and leadership.

1978 - 1987

No paper record can be located that documents the Chapter’s 1965-1978 activities, but Stan White (Treasurer 1974-1978) has personal memories of quarterly lecture/dinner meetings since January, 1966, when he (already a Sigma Xi member) was inducted into RESA.

1978

May 25, 1978; Duane L. Merry, Ph.D., creator of the award-winning PBS series, “Dimensions in Cultures,” adventurer, anthropologist, Instructor at Orange Coast College; “Early Civilizations and my Life with the Bedouin.” This was the last meeting before the Club lapsed into inactivity as the scientific staff was decimated by layoffs.

1965

April 2, 1965; the Autonetics Branch of RESA, The Scientific Research Society, was formally installed by the Founding Dean of UCLA’s Engineering School, Llewellyn M. K. Boelter, Ph.D.