Multiple faculty from the Texas A&M University College of Science have been recognized for the third consecutive year by Thomson Reuters for exceptional research impact in their respective fields.
Statistician Raymond J. Carroll, mathematician Ronald A. DeVore, astronomer Casey Papovich and chemist Hongcai Joe Zhou are featured in Thomson Reuters’ Highly Cited Researchers 2016 representing some of the world’s leading and most influential scientific minds.
According to Thomson Reuters, about 3,000 international researchers earned the prestigious distinction by writing the greatest numbers of reports officially designated by Essential Science Indicators — a subset of the Web of Science — as highly cited papers. Each ranks among the top 1 percent most cited within a particular subject field and year of publication in Web of Science Core Collection-indexed journals between 2004 and 2014, thereby earning each paper and author the mark of exceptional impact from their peers.
In each of the past three years, Thomson Reuters has compiled a new list that updates and complements a previously published one issued in 2001 and identifying 7,000 researchers by total citations as the most cited in one or more of 21 broad fields of the sciences and social sciences.
DeVore, Papovich and Zhou have made the Highly Cited list in each of the past three years, while Carroll earned mention in both 2014 and 2016.
Brief biographies for Texas A&M Science’s four 2016 honorees are included below:
Raymond J. Carroll, distinguished professor of statistics and inaugural holder of the Jill and Stuart A. Harlin ’83 Chair in Statistics, is one of the world’s leading experts in a host of statistical areas, primarily problems of measurement error, statistical regression modeling and statistical methods in genomics. A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), he is internationally renowned as the founder of nonlinear measurement error modeling — the quantification of uncertainty in statistical regression when predictors cannot be accurately ascertained. His methods in this area are widely used in nutritional and radiation epidemiology, and the related book he co-authored in 2005 is considered the definitive treatment of the field. Carroll’s many honors include the American Statistical Association’s Gottfried E. Noether Senior Scholar Award for Nonparametric Statistics (2014), a National Cancer Institute Method to Extend Research In Time (MERIT) Award (2005), the National Institute of Statistical Sciences’ Jerome Sacks Award for Multidisciplinary Research (2003), the International Society for Bayesian Analysis’ Mitchell Prize (2003), the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies’ Fisher Award and Lecture (2002) and President’s Award (1988) and the Alexander von Humboldt Senior Research Award (1996).
Ronald A. DeVore, distinguished professor of mathematics and holder of the Dr. Walter E. Koss Endowed Professorship in Mathematics, is an internationally known expert in approximation theory, numerical analysis, and signal processing. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2001), the Bulgarian Academy of Science (2007) and the American Mathematical Society, he has been honored with numerous prizes and awards, including the Bulgarian Gold Medal of Science, the SPIE Wavelet Pioneer Award, an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Award (2002) and a Texas A&M Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Research (2013). DeVore’s hundreds of colloquia and conference presentations include plenary addresses for the AMS, the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics and the prestigious International Congress of Mathematicians — a coveted honor extended to only the top five percent of mathematicians worldwide.
Casey Papovich is an associate professor of physics and astronomy in the George P. and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy and co-holder of the Marsha L. ’69 and Ralph F. Schilling ’68 Chair in Experimental Physics. His research focuses on observational cosmology, the formation and evolution of the most distant galaxies, and the growth of large scale structures of galaxies, utilizing data from NASA’s space-based Great Observatories (Hubble, Spitzer and Chandra), the NASA/ESA Herschel Space Observatory and the largest terrestrial telescopes. In 2013 Papovich was part of a team that discovered the universe’s most distant galaxy ever — a breakthrough deemed one of Texas Monthly’s top five Texas-based scientific discoveries for 2013. Armed with a $200,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, he is working on the largest survey of distant-universe galaxies ever conducted, the DECam/IRAC Galaxy Environment Survey (DIRGES), a study that is analyzing an area about 100 times as large as that of the full Moon and covering a cosmological volume of 1 billion cubic light-years.
Hongcai Joe Zhou, a professor of chemistry and holder of a Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry, is a world leader in the design of framework materials — precisely arranged and highly porous polymer-based structures that hold promise in a variety of energy and environment-related areas and applications. These framework materials include metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and porous polymer networks (PPNs). A fellow of both the American Chemical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry as well as the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Zhou currently is the most cited chemist on the Texas A&M campus, with citations in excess of 4,000 in 2014 alone (ISI Web of Science). In addition to nine individual U.S. Department of Energy grants each exceeding $1 million, Zhou has received many awards, including the Research Innovation Award and the Cottrell Scholar Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement as well as an NSF CAREER Award. A member of the Texas A&M Energy Institute and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, he has served since 2011 as chief scientific advisor for framergy® Inc., a Texas-based startup company that oversees the commercialization of groundbreaking MOF innovations for industrial uses.
See the full listing of Highly Cited Researchers 2016, searchable by researchers’ first and last names, primary and secondary institutions and main subject area.
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