Climaxing the academically star-studded symposium titled “Energy and the Environment: Scientific, Economic and Legal Issues” at Texas A&M University Monday evening, System Chancellor John Sharp announced allocation of $5 million to support a mass spectrometry facility on the flagship campus.
The funding from the Chancellor’s Research Initiative will provide state-of-the-art instrumentation and training that will be available for researchers across campus, including student training and use for numerous research projects. Mass spectrometry is used to determine the atomic/molecular composition of any material – gas, solid or liquid—which, in turn, gives researchers insights into structure and function.
“This cutting-edge research equipment can be used by almost all departments and is the kind of investment we need to maintain our existing faculty’s competitive edge in research,” Sharp said in remarks that concluded the day-long symposium on energy and the environment.
“Texas A&M is the best place in the country to do research, and we are proving this every day,” he stated.
The symposium focusing on energy and the environment was jointly sponsored by the Texas A&M University Institute for Advanced Study and the Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering.
It featured four Nobel Prize winners, including former U.S. Energy Secretary and current Stanford University professor Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize winner in physics. The others were Harvard professor and Nobel Prize winner in chemistry Dudley Herschbach; Texas A&M economics professor and Nobel Prize winner Bruce McCarl, and David Lee, Texas A&M professor and Nobel Prize winner in physics.
Texas A&M System Regents Charles Schwartz and Judy Morgan also participated in the symposium, chairing two of the afternoon sessions.