Dr. Barbara Gerbert of the University of California-San Francisco addressed the annual Sigma Xi banquet at the Buffalo Run Winery in Vermillion on Tuesday April 1. Dr. Gerbert, whose research is about patient-health care provider communication patterns, spoke to the scientific research society about her research into interventions to help both the patient and the provider more effectively deal with issues of domestic violence.
The society then awarded Vermillion Middle School 7th grade science teacher Sally Stoll a Science Teacher of the Year award for her long-time dedication to science education in Vermillion, throughout South Dakota and nationally through her work with the American Physiological Society. Stoll has also been the coordinator of the annual Lawrence Brothers Science Camp at USD, an interdisciplinary thematic science camp for rising seventh, eighth and ninth graders, for the past seven years. Dr. Steven Waller of the Sanford School of Medicine of USD was also given a Distinguished Ser-vice Award for his years of service as an officer of the society.
The USD chapter of Sigma Xi ended the evening by inducting three new members: Dr. Kenneth Friesen, Dr. Timothy Mirtz, and Dr. Robert Weber. Also inducted but unable to attend the banquet were Dr. Cathy Ezrailson and Dr. Qingguo Meng. The society is an honorary society for scientific researchers and members must have at least one manuscript published in a professional journal.