Michael Richardson, Associate Professor of Psychology, Awarded 2017 Sigma Xi's Young Investigator Award -

Associate Professor of Psychology Michael Richardson will receive the prestigious Sigma Xi Young Investigator Award at the Sigma Xi annual Spring Mixer, Tuesday, March 7th.

The Young Investigator Award recognizes excellence in research by a junior faculty member and UC’s chapter of Sigma Xi has been making the award since 1982. Richardson is being honored for his cutting-edge research at the nexus of experimental psychology, cognitive neuroscience, biokinetics, and human-robotic interaction.Richardson joined the UC faculty in 2009 after a postdoctoral position at the University of Connecticut (where he received his Ph.D. degree in 2005 in experimental psychology) and three years as an assistant professor at Colby College.

For the uninitiated, Richardson’s research expertise might sound like a potpourri of esoteric psychological terms: embodied cognition, perception-action, anticipatory coordination and synchronization, and agent-environmental systematics. Sub-discipline jargon aside, his work has profound implications for assessing and understanding social deficit disorders (including Autism), the physical and psychological well-being of older adults, and the emerging 21st century reality of robust human-machine interactions.

Richardson’s recent research developing computer-assisted gear worn on the lower body coupled to human-robotic control systems was described by nominator Professor Michael Riley of Psychology as “revolutionary” with the promise of having “a transformative, interdisciplinary impact, and likely to yield many important publications, generate intellectual property, and attract substantial funding.”

Richardson already has impressive research accomplishments. Since arriving at UC, he has been the principle or co-principle investigator on grants totally nearly $3 million in external funding, including funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Richardson has published over 70 peer-reviewed research papers and 10 book chapters.

In addition, the Department of Psychology has recognized Richardson’s commitment to teaching by awarding him their Graduate Instructor of the Year Award three times since 2012. Richardson has mentored over 30 UC graduate students since he joined our faculty.

Richardson will talk about his award-winning research at the Sigma Xi Spring Mixer, March 7th at 5 pm at the Winkler Center on the East Campus. Catered snacks and drinks will be provided starting at 4:30 pm. The entire UC Community is welcome!

For directions to the Winkler Center, click the link below.

To learn more about Dr. Richardson's research and his lab, please click the link below.


Sigma Xi Awards for 2017 -

We seek the next round of Sigma Xi Award nominations and applications! The UC Chapter of Sigma Xi gives out thousands of dollars of funds to Junior Faculty, Post-Docs and students (grad or undergrad) through three main award opportunities, as listed below:

2017 Sigma Xi Young Investigator  Award - recognizes a junior faculty member (within 12 years of their PhD) at UC for distinguished research accomplishments in a field of science or engineering appropriate to Sigma Xi. 

2017 Sigma Xi Excellence in Outreach Award - will honor an outstanding graduate student or post-doc who instills in K-12 or the greater community an excitement and understanding about the sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, ethics in science, etc.), mathematics, engineering or technology. 

2017 Sigma Xi Student GIAR Award - applications from full-time matriculated undergraduate and graduate students for Grant-in-Aid of Research awards in all areas  of science and engineering. The student advisor MUST be a paid local UC Chapter Sigma Xi member. Three to four $2,500 awards will be made. Students may use the funds for travel expenses to and from a research site, to present research results at a National science or engineering meeting, or for purchase of consumable research materials and supplies or non-standard laboratory equipment necessary to complete a specific research project. Funds may not be used for stipends or salary. 

All Award materials (nominations or applications) are due 5pm, Friday, JANUARY 20th, 2017!! For questions, email Awards Chair, Margaret.Hanson@uc.edu 

Please see our awards page to learn more, download the forms and see the list of past winners: http://research.uc.edu/Sigma/SupportChapterPrograms.aspx

Sigma Xi Mixer 2016 - 

Greetings Colleagues of the UC Chapter of Sigma Xi,

Please allow me to introduce myself as your current Chapter President.And, let me invite you to the Sigma Xi Annual Fall Mixer which will be held on Tuesday, October 18th, beginning at 4:30 pm in the Faculty Club (850 Lindner Center, Main Campus).

First things first: At the Mixer, we will have catered snacks, and free wine, beer and soft drinks!

Our four 2016 GIAR Award winners will be giving 10 minute presentations on their summer research. They are:

Mei-Ling Bermudez, Dept. of Environmental Health, “Beneficial effects of Carnosine in the Thy1-aSyn mouse model of Parkinson’s Disease”
Jeff T. Osterhout, Department of Geology, “Preservation of thermally altered organic matter in 1.4-billion-year-old evaporitic microbialites”
Anoop Sathyan, Aerospace Engineering, “A Unique Imaging Based Optimization for Resource Allocation”
Yeon Jee Suh, Department of Geology, “Hydrologic Conditions in Western North America During the Last Interglacial, when Earth’s Climate Was Warmer Than the Present”

A social time will begin at 4:30, with presentations beginning at 5pm. Please join me in supporting these young scientists. I encourage you to save the date and time in your calendar now. I hope you can join us to socialize with new and old friends, and be inspired by our award winning graduate student researchers!
Craig Dietsch
President, UC Chapter of Sigma Xi
Associate Professor, Department of Geology
McMicken College of Arts & Sciences

Election Results 2016 - 

Dear Sigma Xi Friends,

The winners  of our recent election for Sigma Xi Officers for 2016-17.

In-coming President is Craig Dietsch (UC A&S Geology)
In-coming Vice-President and next year's President is Kevin Haworth (UC College of Medicine)

And remaining in their offices for the next year include: 
Treasurer: Stephen Matter (UC, A&S Biology)
Secretary: Anne Vonderheide (UC A&S Chemistry)

Other Officers include:

Chapter Awards Chair: Margaret Hanson (UC A&S Physics)
Membership Committee: Joshua Gross (UC A&S Biology) and Michael Tranter (UC College of Medicine)
Chapter Immediate Past-President: Sarah Pixley (UC College of Medicine)

Please visit our Chapter Officer Page here:  http://research.uc.edu/Sigma/ChapterAdministration/ChapterOfficersListandContactInformation.aspx

Sigma Xi Fall Mixer - 

Dear UC Chapter of Sigma Xi 

I would like to introduce myself as your current Chapter President and also invite you to the Sigma Xi Annual Fall Mixer. 

My name is Sarah Pixley and I am a faculty member in the Department of Molecular & Cellular Physiology. I am a very ardent supporter of student research and scholarship, which is one of the main missions of the Sigma Xi Society.

Please come to our Annual Sigma Xi Fall Mixer, Wednesday, October 21st, in the Faculty Club, 850 Lindner Center (Main Campus), 4:30pm - 6:00pm.  

Social time with free food, beer and wine starts at 4:30pm. The program begins at 5pm.  We expect approximately an hour for the full agenda.  

At this mixer, not only do we have a chance to meet each other, we also take this opportunity to welcome the graduate students who were this spring’s winners of the Sigma Xi Grants-In-Aid of Research. These highly competitive awards provide $3,000 to assist students in their research. Each student will give a short presentation to us, and our 2015 winners from whom you will hear are listed below:


The 2015 Grants-In-Aid Research Awardees are:

Brandon Cook:   Aerospace Engineering, Advisor: Kelly Cohen.

Xiaodi Duan:      Environmental Engineering and Science, Advisor: Dionysios D. Dionysiou

Emily Jennings:  Biological Sciences ,Advisor: Joshua Benoit.

Janine Sparks:   Geology, Advisor: Brooke Crowley


Please RSVP at this link, below:



I hope to see you at this opportunity that allows us to meet our fellow colleagues and celebrate student research. 



Sarah K. Pixley, PhD

President, UC Chapter of Sigma Xi

Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Molecular and Cellular Physiology

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Election Results

Dear Sigma Xi Friends,

I wanted to announce the winners of our recent election for Sigma Xi Officers for 2015-2016. 

In-coming president is Sarah Pixley (UC College of Medicine)

In-coming Vice-President and next years President is Craig Dietsch (UC, A&S Geology)

And remaining in their offices for the next year include:

Treasurer:  Stephen Matter (UC A&S Biology)

Secretary:  Anne Vonderheide (UC A&S, Chemistry)


2015 UC Sigma Xi Award Winners

Congratulations to our winners for 2015!
2015 Sigma Xi Young Investigator Award
McMicken Department of Chemistry Professor Hairong Guan

2014-2015 UC Sigma Xi Outstanding Science/Mathematics High School Teacher Award for Greater Cincinnati.
Mr. Walter Podmore, Mt. Healthy Jr/Sr High School

2015 Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid-of-Research Award

Brandon Cook.   Aerospace Engineering.   Advisor:  Kelly Cohen. Safe Integration of UAVs into the National Airspace System Using a Genetic-Fuzzy Approach Dynamics and Controls – Intelligent Systems.

Xiaodi Duan.    Environmental Engineering and Science.  Advisor:  Dionysios D. Dionysiou. Ultrasound Accelerated Permanganate Oxidation of Cyanotoxins.

Emily C. Jennings    Biological Sciences.    Advisor:   Joshua Benoit. DNA methylation and transgenerational priming in the viviparous cockroach Diploptera punctata.

Janine Sparks     Geology.     Advisor:  Brooke Crowley. A Biogeochemical Approach for Determining Resource Use by Prehistoric Humans on Trinidad.

These awards are funded by our local UC Chapter of Sigma Xi, the UC Office of Research, and The Graduate School.

Frogs Prove Ideal Models for Studying Developmental Timing

Jinyoung Choi - a recipient of a 2014 Grants-in-aid-of-Research from the Sigma Xi National Office - reports on research that shows that thyroid hormone receptor alpha plays an important role in hind limb development in frogs. Read the complete story.


2014 National Sigma Xi GIAR Award Winners

Congratulations to UC Students who received National Sigma Xi GIAR Awards in March 2014!
Jinyoung Choi (Physiology/Functional Morphology); Yuguang Liu (Engineering); Stella Mosher (Ecology) and Brent Stoffer (Behavior Ecology)

Professional Researchers

Research @ UC: Learn about our members of Sigma XI

Nearly 60,000 scientists and engineers are currently members of Sigma Xi. Induction into Sigma Xi has been a milstone in many distinguished research careers. Learn more about members from the cincinnati chapter.

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