Mar 19, 2020Using a clever strategy to “trick” the system so that only viruses containing peptides with noncanonical amino acids are capable of reproducing, the Wenshe Liu research group in Texas A&M Chemistry has found a way to stack the phage display libraries construction deck, effectively expanding the genetic code of bacteriophages and paving the way for new peptide-based therapeutics.
Mar 18, 2020March 13 marked the untimely passing of Texas A&M physicist Melanie Becker, a world-respected expert in string theory described as one of the outstanding physicists of her generation and an international leader in theoretical particle physics who made many important contributions, including developing models for superstring compactification.
Survival is Relative
Mar 10, 2020A new study co-authored by Texas A&M biologist Charles Criscione in collaboration with colleagues in Canada provides rare genetic evidence to support a role for kin selection in the evolution of host-manipulating behaviors in lancet liver flukes — insight that suggests such altruistic traits can evolve simply because they improve the chances of survival and reproduction of genetically related family members.
Going Big by Going HomeTwelve years after earning her bachelor's in biochemistry at Texas A&M, biologist Jennifer Dulin '05 got the full-circle chance to return to Texas A&M, where she's pursuing her life's work of making the best of one of the worst situations currently affecting the lives of more than 300,000 people in the United States alone — spinal cord injury.
Undergraduate InspirationDr. Reinhard Laubenbacher, professor and director at UConn Health and a professor of computational biology at the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, will visit the Texas A&M campus March 23 to deliver the 2020 Sue Geller Undergraduate Lecture, the fifth in an annual series intended to educate and inspire students in Texas A&M Mathematics.
Engineering Energy Efficiency
Feb 27, 2020A multidisciplinary international team of scientists and engineers led by Texas A&M chemist Sarbajit Banerjee has discovered a neuron-like electrical switching mechanism in a solid-state material and how it reversibly morphs between conducting and insulating behavior on command, bringing researchers one step closer to developing brain-emulating materials for energy efficient computing.
Distinguished HonorsCongratulations to Texas A&M biologist Richard Gomer and Texas A&M mathematician Edriss Titi, two of seven faculty campus-wide appointed as 2020 University Distinguished Professors, a perpetual title representing the highest level of faculty achievement at Texas A&M.
Evolution :: Faith
Feb 19, 2020The Trotter Prize and Endowed Lecture Series, set this year for Thursday, Feb. 27, in the Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building, seeks to illuminate connections between science and religion, often viewed in academia as non-overlapping if not rival world views.
Honoring Teaching Excellence
Feb 14, 2020Chemist Holly Gaede and biologist Andrew Tag are among the 10 campus-wide faculty celebrated February 27 as Texas A&M University's inaugural cohort of Provost Academic Professional Track Teaching Excellence Award recipients honored for exceptional classroom teaching that fosters meaningful learning experiences.
The Human Element
Feb 13, 2020Professors get their fair share of requests from their students. Last spring, Texas A&M chemist Simon North received his most unique to date when two former students in his freshman chemistry course, Julia Santell '19 and Josiah Day '19, asked him to officiate at their August 17 wedding. The rest, as they say, is history — er, chemistry.