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May Sigma Xi Meeting - The Large Hadron Collider

From: Stan W.
Sent on: Sunday, April 29, 2012 4:21 PM

First, here’s a heads-up regarding the outstanding meeting in about 2 weeks.  How many articles and headlines have you seen about the Large Hadron Collider that were anywhere from slightly kooky to pure wacky? Yeah. A lot. Me, too. Did you go to an authoritative source to check?  Most of us are busier’n hell, so probably not.


Here’s a chance to be set straight. Our May speaker, Dan Whiteson, WORKS on the thing. (See the attached meeting notice.) He’s got the first-hand knowledge. Here’s your chance to enjoy a wonderfully informative lecture on the LHC from a well-established communicator. And you can ask him all those nagging questions about the LHC that have been bugging you.


Some of our wonderful non-member friends of Sigma Xi have signed up as affiliate members ( They pay annual dues ($70 for Professional or Friend categories, $35 for Student) to help us survive and in return receive a subscription to American Scientist, the opportunity to participate in Sigma Xi expeditions, enjoy member discounts and receive our undying gratitude. (But, no, they do not receive reduced meal prices. Regular membership has its privileges! But, on the other hand, regular members have to pay higher dues.)


Now, for Sigma Xi members … hey, troops, we have a couple of problems.

1.      Believe it or not, it takes a few of bucks to run this shop, and your OC Chapter receives a check from National to help keep the bills paid, based upon paid-up membership. If you fail to pay your Sigma Xi dues, our survival funds disappear. More than once your chapter officers have subsidized chapter expenses from our own pockets. (And our spouses are displeased.) That wouldn’t be necessary if all members kept their dues current. When you receive your dues notice, please don’t set it aside. Act!

2.      Based on the rebate from Sigma Xi headquarters, we are able to offer paid-up members a reduced price on dinners at our meetings. And there’s the rub. Some established members who have not paid their current dues (that’s not YOU, is it?) are continuing to take advantage of the paid-up member rate. And we have to subsidize the cost difference. Quick check: if you’ve received the May-June issue of American Scientist, you’re probably paid up. Otherwise go to, click on “members” on the address bar and follow the instructions.


Hope to see you on May 15th.





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