Jesuit Father Thomas Acker has been named the next president of Sigma Xi, an international, multidisciplinary research society. With nearly 60,000 members in more than 100 countries around the world, Sigma Xi has 500 chapters including eight at Jesuit universities in the United States.
Membership in Sigma Xi is by invitation with full membership conferred upon those who have demonstrated noteworthy achievements in research. More than 200 members have won the Nobel Prize and many more have earned election to the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering.
Fr. Acker will be begin his duties the summer of 2012.