The Texas A&M University Institute for Advanced Study (TIAS) recently unveiled its nine-member, 2013-14 class of TIAS Fellows, three of whom will be directly affiliated with the College of Science.

Peter J. Stang, distinguished professor of chemistry at the University of Utah and a National Medal of Science winner, arrived on campus earlier this month and is working with faculty and students in the Department of Chemistry. Roy G. Glauber, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics at Harvard University and a 2005 co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics, and Wolfgang P. Schleich, professor of theoretical physics at the University of Ulm, are set to arrive later this fall and collaborate with both the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering (IQSE).

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, TIAS seeks to attract nationally and internationally recognized scholars to campus for extended visits to interact with current faculty and students. The institute, an outgrowth of the university's Academic Master Plan, is supported by a $5 million endowment provided by Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp through the Academic Scholars Enhancement program.

"TIAS represents an important and highly successful investment in the future of Texas A&M," Sharp said. "It is the result of over a decade of effort by many people, beginning with a white paper authored by [TIAS Founding Director] Dr. John Junkins and other distinguished professors. The quest to establish the institute has brought together the faculty and administration to pursue a most exciting initiative that is destined to greatly enhance excellence of Texas A&M.

"TIAS distinguishes Texas A&M in a uniquely positive way relative to all public universities. Continuing to attract scholars to the institute and Texas A&M over several years will result in a dramatic enhancement of both the quality and reputation of the university."

Each scholar will serve as an in-residence TIAS Faculty Fellows for two to nine months, joining the six 2012-13 Faculty Fellows, all of whom are continuing collaboration with numerous Texas A&M faculty and students, university officials note. The expectation is that by 2018 the university will be attracting 20 new world-class scholars each year for even greater opportunities for interaction.

Brief biographies for the three Texas A&M Science TIAS Faculty Fellows are included below. To learn more about the complete 2013-14 class or the overall institute, visit http://tias.tamu.edu/.

Peter J. Stang
Stang, a leading international chemist and visionary science promoter, is best known in his stellar 43-year career for developing the field of supramolecular coordination chemistry, which allows for the construction of intricate molecular frameworks with exquisite control. His contributions have led to the design of materials that translate across the sciences and engineering, including the development of materials for advanced medicines, energy applications and other important fields that benefit society. He is expected to work with both chemistry and Health Science Center faculty to explore the design of supramolecular systems with potential impact in medicine and energy.

A member of the National Academy of Sciences (2000) and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2002), Stang's many awards and recognitions include the American Chemical Society Priestly Medal (2013), the National Medal of Science (2011), the ACS F.A. Cotton Medal (2010) and the Humboldt Senior U.S. Scientist Award (2010, 1994, 1977). In addition to his significant scholarly research and educational accomplishments, he has played many important advisory roles that helped shape the future of science, including serving as editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society (2002-) and as a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Board of Directors (2003-07). He was named a foreign member of the National Academies of Sciences of Hungary and China as well as an AAAS Fellow (1985) and a Fellow of the Japan Society for Promotion of Science (1998).

Roy G. Glauber
Glauber, an internationally eminent optical physicist, is best known for his application of quantum theory to optical coherence -- contributions that were recognized with a share in the 2005 Nobel Prize for Physics. His many awards in addition to the Nobel include the Albert A. Michelson Medal, the Max Born Award, the Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics, the Willis E. Lamb Award and the Medalla de Oro del CSIC. His expertise, coupled with the already strong university-wide expertise in the quantum realm, is expected to contribute to existing research programs in several colleges and departments across the campus.

As an IQSE member, Glauber will help to promote interdisciplinary and collaborative research within quantum science and engineering; further develop and enhance the intellectual and academic experience for faculty, graduate students and advanced undergraduate students; stimulate interaction by means of lectures and colloquia; and broaden dissemination of knowledge generated as a result of his interactions with the campus community. Specific collaborative areas will include mining current quantum techniques to solve long-standing problems of interest in the various multidisciplinary fields within the university, from generating anthrax detectors, sky lasers for detecting at-range bio-chemical pathogens, quantum search routines and computational schemes, development of new magnetometers for detecting submarines, sub-diffraction limited imaging, and high power and XUV laser systems associated with generating femto-second pulses.

Wolfgang P. Schleich
Schleich, a world-renowned quantum optics theorist, is the leading expert on the application of the phase space method as well as the foundations of quantum mechanics and application of quantum optics in testing theories of gravity. Given that Texas A&M is a major player in many of the world's premier collaborations investigating dark energy, Schleich is expected to provide a link between the university's world-class quantum optics and astronomy programs and contribute to the search for answers to fundamental questions in both fields.

Schleich is a member of Academia Europea, a foreign member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters and a member of the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina (the National Academy of Germany). His many honors include the Leibniz Prize, the Humboldt Foundation's Max Planck Prize, the Willis E. Lamb Award and the Max Planck Society's Otto Hahn Medal. He is a fellow of the European Optical Society, the American Physical Society, the Institute for Physics and the Optical Society of America.

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  • Peter J. Stang

  • Roy G. Glauber

  • Wolfgang P. Schleich

    Wolfgang Schleich, receiving his 2008 Willis E. Lamb Award from Texas A&M distinguished professor of physics Marlan O. Scully.

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