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Hagler Institute Publishes First Digital Edition Of Cornerstone

The 2020 annual report introduces the latest class of Hagler Fellows and presents cutting-edge research conducted by past fellows and their Texas A&M collaborators.
By Texas A&M University Research Communications and Public Relations January 13, 2021

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The Hagler Institute for Advanced Study (HIAS) at Texas A&M University has released its first-ever digital, online-only issue of its annual report, Cornerstone.

The issue is now available on the HIAS website.

The Hagler Institute’s 2020 edition of Cornerstone adapted its format from the traditional print magazine to an online design to better engage with the institute’s audience during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The institute’s annual report introduces the 2020-21 class of Hagler Fellows and provides insight into research accomplishments by former Hagler Fellows and their Texas A&M collaborators. The report also details the internal operations of the institute and includes a video version of its annual “Letter from the Director.”

“This year’s Cornerstone is an interesting experiment. Instead of our usual glossy paper report, we have produced an online version. This allows a number of innovative and more interactive features,” said John L. Junkins, interim president of Texas A&M and founding director of the Hagler Institute. “As will be evident, in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had a wonderful year and are blessed to have a truly breathtaking ninth class of Hagler Fellows.”

The institute has published Cornerstone annually as a print publication since 2013 while also offering the annual report online.

About the Hagler Institute for Advanced Study: The Hagler Institute for Advanced Study was established in December 2010 by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents to build on the growing academic reputation of Texas A&M and to provide a framework to attract top scholars from throughout the nation and abroad for appointments of up to a year. The selection of Hagler Fellows initiates with faculty nominations of National Academies and Nobel Prize-caliber scholars who align with existing strengths and ambitions of the University.

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.


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