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Spring 2019 Activities

Sponsored and Co-sponsored by the Barry University Chapter of Sigma Xi

Annual Research Celebration and Induction Ceremony

Annual Research Celebration and Induction Ceremony

During our spring 2019 ceremony, we inducted nine new members, promoted one member, recognized our graduates and celebrated the life and contributions of a colleague and founding chapter member.

Induction Ceremony Keynote Address

Induction Ceremony Keynote Address

Dr. Anthony Oliva
Senior Scientist
Longeveron, LLC

"Treating Aging-Related Disorders Using Regenerative Medicine"


Spring 2019 inductees

Spring 2019 inductees and promoted member getting ready to recite the Sigma Xi pledge: (from left) Ms. Amanda Escalera-Torres, Mr. Adrian Almeida, Ms. Sabrina Rodriguez, Dr. Poincyane Assis-Nascimento, Ms. Angela Duff, Ms. Elizabeth Schabot, Ms. Samantha Britz, Ms. Lilyveth Mesa, Dr. Dominick Casciato (DPM, 2019). Not pictured: Mr. Jeremiah Paul.


Spring 2019 inductees

Dear colleague and founding chapter member honored with an award in her memory. Pictured from left to right: The 2019 recipient of the Dr. Teresa Petrino-Lin Memorial Award for Outstanding Student Presentation, junior Biology major Adrian Almeida (left), with members of Dr. Petrino-Lin’s family.


Spring 2019 inductees

Some of our newly inducted and current student members.


Professional Development

Science Communication Workshop: Talk Science to Me.

Science Communication Workshop

Science Communication Workshop

Seniors Llona Kavege and Karla Rivera led an interactive session on science communication tips for different audiences.


Science Education Outreach

Science and Math Under the Stars. A fun and engaging educational experience for 4th and 5th graders and their parents with exhibits by faculty members and students from the Departments of Biology, Physical Sciences, Math & Computer Science, and the School of Education as well as students from the Minority Association of Pre-health Students (MAPS), Chemistry Club and Astronomy, Math and Physics (AMP) Club, including current and nominated chapter members.

Science Education Outreach

Science Education Outreach

Science Education Outreach

Science Education Outreach

Science Education Outreach

Science Education Outreach

Science Education Outreach

Barry faculty and students who participated in the event.


Science Education Outreach

Science Education Outreach

Science Education Outreach

Science Education Outreach

Science Education Outreach

Science Education Outreach

Science Education Outreach

Science Education Outreach

Science Education Outreach

Parents, students and teachers at North Miami Elementary joining in on the fun.


Annual Brain fair for Kids 2019

Annual Brain fair for Kids 2019

Students from the Department of Biology, including current and newly nominated members of our Sigma Xi chapter, facilitated hands-on activities to teach children and their families about brain cells as part of the larger sponsored Annual Brain Fair for Kids in Miami, FL organized by the Miller School of Medicine with funding from sponsors such as the Society for Neuroscience.


Annual Brain fair for Kids 2019

Annual Brain fair for Kids 2019

Annual Brain fair for Kids 2019


Professional Development

Summer Research Internship Informational Session.

Summer Research Internship Informational Session

At the beginning of the school year, our Associate Member Engagement Committee organized and led an informational session on preparing effective summer internship applications.



Fall 2018 Activities

Sponsored and Co-sponsored by the Barry University Chapter of Sigma Xi

Seminar on Environmental Engineering

Kyle Smith, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering

"Can Battery Materials Make Seawater Drinkable? Expanding the Borders of Desalination Technology"

Seminar on Environmental Engineering

Co-sponsored by the National Institutes of Health-Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (NIH-RISE). 


Seminar on Intellectual Property

Lisan Smith, PhD
Former Technology Manager
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Office of Technology Management

"My Intellect, My Property, Right? Maybe…: A Practical Guide to Tech Transfer and Intellectual Property"

Seminar on Intellectual Property

Co-sponsored by the National Institutes of Health-Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (NIH-RISE). 


Professional Development Workshop

"Research 101: An Introduction to Research"

Professional Development Workshop

Our student members Jocelyn Baquier, Llona Kavege, and Karla Rivera organized this event and along with the following faculty members, shared their research journeys including what inspired them to start research, how they actually approached getting started, as well as their current research interests:

  • Dr. Sanja Zivanovic, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Dr. Michael Robinson, Department of Biology
  • Dr. Zacharias Papadakis, Department of Sport and Exercise Science
  • Dr. Erik Reznik, Department of Psychology
  • Dr. Maurizio Gianotti, Department of Physical Sciences

Professional Development Workshop

Professional Development Workshop

Professional Development Workshop

Professional Development Workshop

Professional Development Workshop

Professional Development Workshop


20 Years of Sigma XI, The National Research Honor Society on the Barry University Campus

Barry University inducts new student members

April, 2018

Barry University’s Chapter of Sigma Xi, The National Research Honor Society celebrates its 20th anniversary this academic year. The Barry University chapter was organized by Dr. Allen Sanborn, Professor of Biology in 1998 at the request of Sr. John Karen Frei, though the organization itself dates back to 1886 when it was founded at Cornell University. Upon reflecting on this 20th-year milestone, Dr. Sanborn had this to say: “It has been rewarding to see the continued evolution and success of the Barry University Chapter. Election to Sigma Xi is an honor for any researcher and the Barry chapter has recognized the beginning of so many significant careers in scientific research that started right here at Barry. Organizations like Sigma Xi are critically important for the advancement of scientific research because of the platform it provides for the exchange of ideas and student development.”

Since the induction of its first 30 members in April 1998, the Barry chapter has inducted 181 members: faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students in the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, and Education. Many of the student inductees of the Barry chapter have gone on to have impressive careers in research as master’s and PhD-level professionals.

The Barry chapter of Sigma Xi has a series of events planned this academic year, culminating in its 20th anniversary induction ceremony in April, 2018


Barry University inducts new student members

Barry University inducts new student members

April 3, 2013

Our chapter inducted seven new student members:  Launie Bruno (Math, NIH-MARC), Sue-Ann Flores (Chemistry, NIH-RISE), Talia Guardia (Biology, NIH-RISE), Nicole Hope Lopez (Biology, NIH-MARC), Andrea Tirado (Psychology, NIH-MARC), Marcela M. Toro (Biology), and Anna-Marie Karen Weed (Chemistry).  Congratulations to all!


Kendall Sealy wins Barry University Sigma Xi Award

Kendall Sealy wins Barry University  Sigma Xi Award

May 3, 2012

Undergraduate psychology major Kendall Sealy won the Barry University Sigma Xi Award for the outstanding Barry University student presentation at the recent 76th Annual Meeting of the Florida Academy of Sciences at University of South Florida on March 16, 2012. He was one of nearly two dozen Barry student authors listed among the meeting abstracts.  He also won recognition by the Academy for the outstanding presentation by an undergraduate in the FAS Social Sciences Section.  Dr. Gilbert Ellis (President) and Dr. Linda Peterson (Charter Member) represented the Barry Sigma Xi chapter in presenting the award to Kendall.  Also on hand to present the award were his mentor and coauthor, Dr. Guillermo Wated, and Dr. Michael DeDonno, FAS section chair for the social sciences.