The seven TAMU researchers and professors, which will be announced formally along with the rest of the class in the “AAAS News & Notes” section of the Nov. 29 edition of the journal Science, will also receive an official certificate and gold and blue rosette pins (symbolizing the fields of science and engineering, respectively) at the AAAS Fellows Forum on Saturday, Feb. 15 during the 2014 AAAS Annual Meeting in Chicago.
Texas A&M University President R. Bowen Loftin sought to underscore the honor of having such a large contingent of Texas A&M researchers represented in this year’s class of AAAS Fellows, commenting: “It is highly gratifying to have Dean Newton and the six other members of our faculty receive this high honor bestowed by AAAS, one of the most prestigious scientific organizations in the world. The ‘fellows’ designation is well deserved by all seven of these exceptional individuals as a recognition of their academic accomplishments, and it certainly reflects well on our university. On behalf of the entire Texas A&M family, I heartily congratulate each one of them and thank them for helping make Texas A&M even better known for the excellence of its teaching, research and service.”
• Nancy M. Amato (Department of Computer Science and Engineering), for contributions to the algorithmic foundations of motion planning, computational biology, computational geometry and parallel computing.
• Perla Beatriz Balbuena (Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering), for distinguished contributions to the theory of interfacial processes, through molecular simulation of electrochemical reactions and materials properties at the nanoscale.
• Raymond J. Carroll (Department of Statistics), for preeminent research on statistical theory and methods and their applications to medical science, and for excellence in teaching and in service to professional societies.
• Jonathan C. Coopersmith (Department of History), for distinguished contributions to the history and philosophy of science and technology, as well as for dedicated leadership to the AAAS Section on History and Philosophy of Science.
• Bani K. Mallick (Department of Statistics), for distinguished contributions to the field of Bayesian modeling and computation with application to different scientific fields, for leadership in promoting statistical science, and for service to the profession.
• H. Joseph Newton (Department of Statistics), for contributions in statistical space-time methodology, in computational statistics, in introducing computer technology in teaching, and for many years of extraordinarily successful science higher-education administration.
• Matthew S. Sachs (Department of Biology), for genetic and molecular elucidation of mechanisms governing eukaryotic translation involving the ribosome, including translational attenuation and the roles of upstream open reading frames.
Of particular note is the wide range of different academic disciplines represented in TAMU’s list of award recipients, ranging from molecular biology to statistical theory. Currently, members can be considered for the rank of fellow if nominated by the steering groups of the Association’s 24 sections, or by any three fellows who are current AAAS members — so long as two of the three sponsors are not affiliated with the nominee’s institution — or by the AAAS chief executive officer, according to a TAMU press release. As a result, the diversity of the selections, together with the non-biased manner in which the AAAS selects Fellows, demonstrates Texas A&M’s continued prowess in academia.