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thumb Egli2Six professors and one graduate student at Tennessee Tech University will be inducted into Sigma Xi, the international scientific research society, on Friday, April 20.

Civil and environmental engineering professor Alfred Kalyanapu; biology professor David Beck; chemistry professors Xiaohua Jiang and Jesse Carrick; electrical and computer engineering professors Adam Anderson and Syed Rafay Hasan; and environmental sciences doctoral student William Keith Gibbs will be inducted during the ceremony.

The keynote speaker for the event is Martin Egli, biochemistry professor at Vanderbilt University. He will give a talk, “Structure and Mechanism of the KaiABC Circadian Clock,” at 3 p.m. in Prescott Hall 128. The lecture will discuss using chemistry to manipulate the proteins in a particular kind of bacteria to disrupt the organism’s internal clock. It is free and open to the public.

Egli, who was inducted into Sigma Xi when he was a professor at MIT, will give another talk at 6:30 p.m. after the induction. He will discuss his work as a graduate student under Nobel Prize winner Vladimir Prelog about the sugars in human DNA.

Several awards will be presented during the reception.

Cookeville High School senior Thomas Brown will receive Sigma Xi’s annual science fair award for his presentation about bacteria in sushi, which he presented at the Cookeville Regional Science Fair.

Hasan will receive the Sigma Xi Research Award for a 2011 paper about ways to improve communication between computing systems that operate at different rates.