The Hagler Institute for Advanced Study at Texas A&M University has unveiled its 10-member class of 2020-21 Hagler Fellows as well as one 2020-21 Distinguished Lecturer.
The newest Hagler Fellows class, announced October 7, includes scholars recognized internationally for their achievements who are members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, the Academy of Arts and Sciences, and equivalent academies around the world.
“The Hagler Institute continues to make outstanding contributions to research and education at Texas A&M by attracting an amazing variety of world-class scholars to collaborate with our faculty and students on groundbreaking research projects,” Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp said. “By pairing this amazing program with the Chancellor’s Research Initiative, we attract significant numbers of National Academy-level professors to our permanent faculty. By any standard, the Hagler Institute is an astounding success story.”
This year’s fellows will collaborate with faculty, researchers and students in the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Architecture, Education and Human Development, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Medicine, Science, Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Mays Business School, the School of Law, and the University Libraries. The Hagler Institute provides fellowships for graduate students to work with Hagler Fellows as well as funding to support visiting graduate students and postdoctoral researchers affiliated with the Hagler Fellows.
The College of Science will host or be affiliated with three of the 10 internationally renowned scholars:
- R. Graham Cooks, Henry B. Hass Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Purdue University: Cooks’ special interest is in mass spectrometry, including fundamental phenomena, instrumentation and analytical applications. Cooks is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He will offer a series of lectures on mass spectrometry and collaborate with faculty and students in the College of Science.
- James J. Giovannoni, director, Robert W. Holley Center for Agriculture & Health Laboratory, USDA Agricultural Research Service and the Boyce Thompson Institute, Cornell University: Giovannoni is best known for his molecular and genetic analysis of fruit physiology and ripening as well as signal transduction systems in the tomato and additional fruit species. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He will collaborate with faculty and students in the Colleges of Science, Agriculture and Life Sciences, Engineering, Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and Medicine.
- Julia King, Professor Baroness Brown of Cambridge, Crossbench Life Peer, House of Lords, London, Chair, Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials, Carbon Trust: King is best known for her work in science, technology and policy to support low-carbon and new negative-emissions science. She advocates for low-carbon science and evidence-based methods to achieve significant emissions reductions. She is a fellow of both the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society. King will collaborate with faculty and students in the Colleges of Science, Engineering and Architecture.
- Shaul Mukamel, Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Irvine: Mukamel is a theoretical chemical physicist who studies molecules by measuring their response to short pulses of light. Mukamel is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the Optical Society of America and the American Physical Society. Mukamel will collaborate with faculty and students in the Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering..
“This class of Hagler Fellows represents perhaps the most diverse class the Institute has attracted to our campuses so far,” Texas A&M Vice President for Research Mark A. Barteau said. “The breadth and impact of their scholarship and experiences is incredible, and I have no doubt that they will inspire our faculty and students alike.”
The Hagler Institute annually selects its Hagler Fellows from among top scholars who have distinguished themselves through outstanding professional accomplishments or significant recognition. Previous classes have included two Nobel laureates, a Wolf Prize recipient, a recipient of the Hubble Medal in Literature for Lifetime Achievement, a recipient of the National Medal of Science, an awardee of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, a two-time recipient of the State Prize of Russia and a recipient of both the National Humanities Medal and the Johan Skytte Prize, the most prestigious award in political science.
“With an emphasis on diversity as well as excellence, this ninth class of Hagler Fellows brings to 80 the number of remarkable scholars attracted to Texas A&M through this program since 2012,” Hagler Institute Founding Director John L. Junkins said. “We anticipate that each will have a positive and permanent impact on our faculty, our students and on the culture of the Texas A&M campus.”
The Hagler Institute plans to officially induct its Class of 2020-21 Hagler Fellows during its annual gala in 2021.
To learn more about the Hagler Institute, visit https://hias.tamu.edu/.
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About the Hagler Institute for Advanced Study: The Hagler Institute for Advanced Study was established in December 2010 by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents to build on the growing academic reputation of Texas A&M and to provide a framework to attract top scholars from throughout the nation and abroad for appointments of up to a year. The selection of Hagler Fellows initiates with faculty nominations of National Academies and Nobel Prize-caliber scholars who align with existing strengths and ambitions of the University. To learn more, visit https://hias.tamu.edu.
About Research at Texas A&M University: As one of the world’s leading research institutions, Texas A&M is at the forefront in making significant contributions to scholarship and discovery, including in science and technology. Research conducted at Texas A&M generated annual expenditures of more than $952 million in fiscal year 2019. Texas A&M ranked in the top 20 of the most recent National Science Foundation Higher Education Research and Development survey based on expenditures of more than $922 million in fiscal year 2018. Texas A&M’s research creates new knowledge that provides basic, fundamental and applied contributions resulting, in many cases, in economic benefits to the state, nation and world. To learn more, visit Research@Texas A&M.
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