Annual Awards and Member Induction Banquet 2019

Rice University - Texas Medical Center Chapter of the Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Honor Society cordially invites you to attend Annual Awards and Member Induction Banquet scheduled on Thursday, April 11, 2019.


Welcome Reception - 6:30 PM 

Buffet Dinner - 7:00 PM 

Program and Induction Ceremony - 7:30 PM

Online registrations are closed now. 

Keynote Speaker - Peter J. Hotez, M.D., Ph.D.

Talk Title: "Combating the Rise of the New Antiscience"

Peter J. Hotez, M.D., Ph.D. is Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology & Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine where he is also the Director of the Texas Children’s Center for Vaccine Development (CVD) and Texas Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair of Tropical Pediatrics.  He is also University Professor at Baylor University, and Fellow in Disease and Poverty at the James A Baker III Institute for Public Policy, as well as the Health Policy Scholar in the Baylor Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy.

Full Bio

Additional Speaker - Erika Blumenfeld, MSc

Talk Title: "Erika Blumenfeld: Embodying Wonder"

Erika Blumenfeld (b. 1971, USA) is a transdisciplinary artist whose practice is motivated by the wonder of natural phenomena and the relationship between nature and culture. Driven by a passion to trace the evidence and stories of connection within the cosmos, her artistic inquiries have led her to examine a range of subjects including astronomy, geology, petrology, planetary science, ecology, the environment, anthropogenic climate disruption, natural night sky preservation and light in its many forms. Often working with scientists and research institutions, her non-traditional research-based studio practice has explored the subtle shifts in lunar and solar light, the prismatic landscape of Antarctica, the starry night sky, the glow of marine bioluminescence, and the intricate mineralogical structure of astromaterials. Currently, Erika is collaborating with NASA as a conservation and imaging specialist, while she continues her artistic practice.

Full Bio


Venue Information


Thursday April 11, 2019


6:30 PM - 9:30 PM


Rotary House, 1600 Holcombe Blvd,

Houston, TX 77030

Parking Information: 

For parking validation, please acquire parking cards from Rotary House Valet before parking in Garage 17.

Ticket Information**

* Cash bar available.

Early Bird Prices (Before Apr 1, 2019)

Members: $45

Non-members: $50

Students: $20

Inductee: $0

Inductee Family Member: $45

Regular Prices (From Apr 1, 2019)

Members: $50

Non-members: $55

Students: $20

Inductee: $0

Inductee Family Member: $50

Ticket Sale will end on April 8, 2019 at midnight. 

* $20 of each non-member or member rate ticket is tax-deductible as a donation to support awardees and new inductees. 

For more information, please contact Dr. Alli Antar at