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Research Honor Society Sigma Xi Recognizes 3 Texas A&M Faculty Members With 2020 Awards

Professors from the colleges of science and engineering will accept honors for significant achievements in bioinorganic chemistry, aerospace engineering and biomedical sciences.
By Texas A&M University Division of Research Communications and Public Relations August 4, 2020

Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society, will recognize three faculty members from Texas A&M University for their exemplary achievements in science and engineering during the society’s national meeting in November.

In addition, each faculty member will serve as a plenary speaker at the society’s virtual research conference and art exhibit, “Hacking The Brain: The Intersection of Art and Neuroscience.”

“Congratulations to our remarkable faculty members on their selection for these well-deserved awards,” said Vice President for Research Mark A. Barteau. “Their individual contributions to bioinorganic chemistry, aerospace engineering and biomedical sciences are representative of Texas A&M’s commitment to expanding the frontiers of science and its applications. Recognition by Sigma Xi, a champion of the importance of scientific research, is a testament to the impact of these scholars.”

The three Texas A&M faculty members and the awards they will receive are:

  • Gerard L. Coté, professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering, Walston Chubb Award for Innovation, for “leadership in the development of biomedical optical systems for an array of medical applications with clinical impact.”
  • Marcetta Y. Darensbourg, University Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Science, William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement for “significant contributions to bioinorganic chemistry from her work on chemistry of the di-iron hydrogenases.”
  • Bonnie J. Dunbar, TEES Eminent Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering, John P. McGovern Science and Society Award, for “leadership and contributions in aerospace engineering; work spanning industry, academia and government; a commitment to furthering engineering and science education at Texas A&M; and outreach to K-12 students.”

The conference will take place virtually Nov. 5-8.

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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