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Sigma Xi Presents Scientist And Communicator Awards

Texas A&M chapter recognizes faculty members Virender K. Sharma in the School of Public Health and Clifford Spiegelman in the College of Science.
By Texas A&M University Research Communication and Public Relations May 9, 2019

Sigma Xi, the research honor society at Texas A&M University, awarded a scientist and a communicator with its top honors during a ceremony on Tuesday, May 7, 2019.

The Outstanding Distinguished Scientist award went to Virender K. Sharma, professor and director of the Program on Environmental and Sustainability, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health. Sharma is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry; an at-large member of the Division of Environmental Chemistry, American Chemical Society; and a member of the President International Fellowship, Chinese Academy of Sciences. His areas of research interest include chemistry and applications of ferrates; inactivation of virus, bacteria and toxins in water and air; removal of emerging contaminants such as antibiotics, estrogens and toxic metals in water; formation, fate and toxicity of silver and gold engineered and natural nanoparticles in aquatic environments; and applications of ferrites to destroy toxins and pollutants under solar light. He received his doctorate from the University of Miami.

The chapter’s Outstanding Science Communicator award went to Clifford Spiegelman, University Distinguished Professor, Department of Statistics, College of Science. Spiegelman is a founding co-editor of Chemometrics and Intelligent Laboratory Systems. In 2015-16, he was the lead chair of the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute’s program on forensic science and was a member of the National Research Council’s bullet lead committee. His research interests include nonparametric smoothing methods, measurement error models, high dimensional inference and estimation, calibration and inverse problems. He holds a doctorate from Northwestern University.

Sigma Xi is an international, chapter-based organization dedicated to nurturing the research enterprise in all fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Unique among scientific honor societies, Sigma Xi has a broad outlook that scans the spectrum of science and technology and is committed to the core values that unite across disciplinary boundaries. For more information, visit

Media contact: Dana Gaddy, Sigma Xi President,


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