As part of a new campaign to increase its visibility and impact, the 103-year-old honorary society Sigma Xi is heading south. The 110,000-member organization, with some 500 chapters and clubs around the country, has decided to sell its headquarters building in New Haven, Conn., and move to Research Triangle Park in North Carolina. "It's one of the most dynamic research milieus in the country," says society president Thomas Malone, "and it's got a can-do spirit that coincides with our vision for the society." The society has also hired a new executive director, its third in the past two years. He's John Ahearne, a nuclear physicist and former chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission who has spent the past five years as senior vice president at Resources for the Future, an environmental think tank in Washington, D.C.
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