Valerie Hudson and Karen Wooley.
Texas A&M University and the Aggie Women Network have named the 2021 Eminent Scholars: Valerie Hudson, Bush School of Government and Public Service, and Karen Wooley, College of Science.
The award, which recognizes outstanding research, scholarship and service among women faculty, is given jointly by Aggie Women and the Texas A&M Office of the President.
A University Distinguished Professor who holds the George H.W. Bush Chair in the Department of International Affairs at the Bush School, Hudson directs the school’s Program on Women, Peace and Security. She is a renowned expert on internal security, foreign policy analysis, and gender and security. Hudson developed the WomanStats database, the world’s largest collection of data on the status of women. Hudson has received numerous honors, including being named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow in 2015 and one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine in 2009. Read more about Valerie Hudson from The Bush School.
Wooley, who holds the W.T. Doherty-Welch Chair in Chemistry and is a University Distinguished Professor and Presidential Impact Fellow, serves as the director of the Laboratory for Synthetic-Biologic Interactions. She and her team conduct research on biodegradable natural polymers in an effort to solve the world’s plastics pollution problem. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and holds joint appointments in Texas A&M’s Department of Chemical Engineering and Department of Materials and Science Engineering. Read more about Karen Wooley from The College of Science.
Recipients of the Eminent Scholar Award receive a $4,000 gift and will be honored at the Aggie Women Network Awards Luncheon on Oct. 29 from 12-2 p.m. at MSC Bethancourt Ballroom.