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Wine, Dinner, & Science: Blurring the Boundaries--Physics,­ Chemistry, Astronomy

Sigma Xi (Xi is pronounced with a "Z" sound-"Zi"-as in "xylophone") was founded in 1886 to honor excellence in scientific investigation and encourage a sense of companionship and cooperation among researchers in all fields of science and engineering. The Greek letters "sigma" and "xi" form the acronym of the Society's motto, "Spoudon Xynones," which translates as "Companions in Zealous Research."

Lecture: 8:00pm -- “Blurring the Boundaries Among Physics, Chemistry and Astronomy:  The Mosely Centenary,” presented at the American Physical Society April, 2013, meeting. Scientists, like other human beings, are territorial animals, not just about our parking spaces and seats in the colloquium room, but also about our scientific territories, from the narrowest thesis topic ("Who's been working on my Nebula and left it covered with dust?") to the whole of physics, or chemistry, or astronomy. Many 19th century astronomers resented spectroscopes invading their observatories; chemists objected to Moseley's use of X-rays, outgaming their retorts and test tubes in 1913; and chemists and physicists typically disbelieve astronomers suggesting new science on the basis of astronomical data (three other combinations are also possible). The talk will explore some of these transgressions, both a few spectacular successes and rather more awkward failures. Moseley's own contributions included sorting out the rare earths, putting paid to nebulium and coronium as elements between H and He, many years before improved understanding of atomic structure led to correct identifications of the ionization states and transitions actually responsible for the lines credited to them, and putting Prout's hypothesis on a firm foundation ready for the structure Cameron and B2FH would eventually erect there. Back in 1935, Gamow asked whether a new discipline should be called nuclear physics or nuclear chemistry (both now exist, within APS and ACS respectively), and 30+ years later, chemist L.S. Trimble (familiar name) was still complaining that the physicists had grabbed away the territory of atomic and nuclear composition, which should have been part of chemistry! 

Speaker: If ever an astronomer had a fan club, it is UCI’s own remarkable Virginia Trimble, Ph.D, Professor of Physics, Astronomy, History of Science and Scientometrics, described by countless people as, “The best lecturer I’ve ever heard.” A thorough listing of her qualifications and contributions require an encyclopedia.

Meeting: November 19th, 2013 (Meetings are always on the 3rd Tuesdays of the odd-numbered months) at the beautiful lakefrontDoubletree Club Hotel Orange County Airport, 7 Hutton Centre Drive, Santa Ana, CA 92707. (Free parking for Sigma Xi meeting attendees.) 

Social ½ Hour: 6:30 PM (no host bar). Come and meet the speaker and the other attendees.

Dinner: 7:00 PM – “Fall Dinner,” roasted breast of turkey with mushroom demi glaze, scalloped potatoes, assorted julienne vegetables in butter sauce, tossed field greens with choice of dressings, assorted dinner rolls with creamery butter, pumpkin pie, freshly brewed regular and decaffeinated coffee, and tea. Full bar.

Reservations: Send your check (made out to Sigma Xi, Orange County Chapter) by Friday, November 15h to secretary/treasurer Dr. John Pinson, 5069 E. Crescent Dr., Anaheim, CA[masked]; (714)[masked]; [masked]. Paid-up members and their guests, $25; $30 for all others. 

Miss the deadline? RSVP to John by the 15th so the kitchen is prepared, pay at the door by cash or check but the tab is $5 more! Dinner with no RSVP is $10 more and the entrée is whatever is available. (Surprise attendees stress both the kitchen supplies and staff!) There is no charge if you attend the lecture only, but (1) you won’t be admitted to the meeting room until 7:45 and (2) you must RSVP so we can have a chair for you! 

Who Are We? Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society (est. 1886) has had a distinguished history of service to science (the “hard-core” physical and life sciences, mathematics and engineering communities) and society for over a century. Its primary publication, The American Scientist, is a premier international scientific journal for generalists/non-specialists. Sigma Xi was established at Cornell University as a university-based scientific-research honorary organization to recognizesignificant contributions to original scientific research. That remains the membership criterion. One does not request to join, but is invited based on recognized scientific-research accomplishments only. There are no educational-level requirements. (Note that a doctoral dissertation/thesis alone is insufficient.) The Scientific Research Society of America (RESA), founded in 1947, was an industrial and government research-laboratory-based parallel organization. In 1974 the two organizations merged to form Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society of North America. The “of North America” was dropped from the name as the organization spread into Europe, Asia and Latin America. The combined organization today is composed of 318 active chapters found at the leading research laboratories worldwide comprising over nearly 40,000 of the top scientists and engineers. Membership has included over 200 Nobel laureates, hundreds of members of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering, the National Institute of Medicine, the National Research Council and National Science and Technology medalists. The Orange County Sigma Xi Chapter was originally chartered as the Autonetics Branch of RESA by UCLA’s Founding Dean of Engineering, Dr. Llewellyn M. K. Boelter in one of his final acts, on April 2, 1965 at the Anaheim, CA, Research Center of theAutonetics Div. of North American Aviation, Inc. (NAA). Although NAA/North American Rockwell/ Rockwell International/Boeing North American was long ago absorbed by the Boeing Company, many of the research staff members and other like-minded engineers and scientists throughout Orange County, both members and nonmembers, gather bimonthly to continue the Sigma Xi tradition of scientific investigation, interdisciplinary education and fellowship among peers as well as extending science outreach to the public through Sigma Xi’s Orange County Chapter.

 Coming Attractions:

January 21st, 2014, C. Ronald Koons, M.D., FACP, UCI Clinical Professor of Medicine and member of Ethics Committee, “The Science of Medicine and the Art of Medicine.”

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.

May 20th, 2014, TBA

Recent OC Chapter Presentations: 

September 17, 2013, Mikael Nilsson, Ph.D. Assist. Professor of Chemical & Biological Engineering and Materials, UCI, “Nuclear Fuel/Waste Reprocessing.”

May 21st, 2013, James Randerson, Ph.D., UCI Chancellor’s Professor of Earth System Science and Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, “Climate Change and Forest Fires.” There are complex feedback mechanisms at work that accelerate the process.

March 19th, 2013, A.J. Shaka, Ph.D., UCI Professor of Chemistry, licensed Senior Reactor Operator for the UCI TRIGA, Director of the UCI Nuclear Facility; “Future Power.” There is probably a thorium-fueled liquid-sodium reactor in your future.

January 15th, 2013, Kerry Burnight, Ph.D., UCI Geriatric Medicine Faculty, Clinical Professor of Family Medicine, Forensic Center Director, “Aging Brilliantly.” How to ‘live long and prosper.’ We engineers and scientists live longer than the general population! Good self-discipline and a vigorous intellectual life are major contributors.

November 20th, 2012, Kenneth J. Shea, Ph.D., Regents Faculty Fellow and Professor of Chemistry, UCI, “What Can Synthetic Chemistry Do For Us? From Plastic Antibodies to Fuels, From Biomass to Pest Control.” Both the potential and laboratory test results of the successes of the artificial antibodies are significant and encouraging. 

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