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Texas A&M University Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Frank M. Raushel has been named a 2013 Fellow of the American Chemical Society in recognition of his excellence in chemistry and service to the society.

Raushel, a member of the Texas A&M faculty since 1980, is one of 96 international chemists representing 28 national committees, 30 divisions and 49 local sections of the ACS selected this year to the prestigious fellows program, established in 2009. Raushel was honored along with his fellow Class of 2013 inductees with a lapel pin and certificate at the society's 246th ACS National Meeting in Indianapolis.

"This is an honor bestowed on members for their outstanding accomplishments in scientific research, education, and public service," said ACS Immediate Past-President Bassam Z. Shakhashiri in announcing the 2013 class of ACS Fellows. "Their individual contributions to ACS, to science and to society are hallmarks of distinction in keeping with the ACS mission of advancing the chemical enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people. Selection as an ACS Fellow greatly honors each individual and also honors ACS. It is also a charge to each fellow to maintain his or her excellence in advancing chemistry and serving society."

Raushel is cited for "outstanding contributions to the understanding of the relationship between protein structure and function for enzyme-catalyzed reactions" as well as his service to the ACS community, which includes stints as ACS secretary and as a member of both the executive committee for the Division of Biological Chemistry and the editorial advisory board for the international journal Biochemistry.

"Dr. Frank Raushel is an national and international leader in the study of protein structure and function, and his research program has provided unparalleled opportunities for Texas A&M University students to carry out research in fundamental and human-health related areas," said David H. Russell, Applied Biosystems/MDS Sciex Professor of Mass Spectrometry in Chemistry and head of the Department of Chemistry. "Similarly, his leadership in the chemical societies and in scientific journal publication serve as the face of the university to the national and international scientific communities."

An international expert in enzyme-catalyzed chemistry and the dependence on protein structure, Raushel joined the Texas A&M faculty in 1980 after earning a doctorate in biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin in 1976 and completing postdoctoral training in biophysics at Pennsylvania State University. He was appointed a Davidson Professor of Science in 2004 and as a distinguished professor of chemistry in 2010. He currently holds joint faculty appointments in Biochemistry and Biophysics as well as Toxicology.

A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Raushel has made seminal contributions to the field of enzymology and helped to further our understanding of these processes in biological systems. Among other innovations, his group pioneered the use of the bacterial phosphotriesterase (PTE) as a model system for the activation of water by binuclear metal centers and as a template for the rational redesign of an enzyme active site for the stereoselective hydrolysis of chiral organophosphate nerve agents.

Raushel's many honors include the ACS Repligen Award (2009), a Texas A&M University Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Research (2000) and a National Institutes of Health Research Career Development Award.

Raushel joins 10 Department of Chemistry colleagues previously recognized while at Texas A&M as ACS Fellows: David E. Bergbreiter, Paul S. Cremer, Marcetta Y. Darensbourg, Kim R. Dunbar, John P. Fackler Jr., François P. Gabbaï, John A. Gladysz, D. Wayne Goodman, Joseph B. Natowitz and Sherry J. Yennello.

Click here for more information on the ACS Fellows program and a complete list of all previous honorees.

To learn more about Raushel's research, go to http://www.chem.tamu.edu/rgroup/raushel/.

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Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 86201237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu or Dr. Frank M. Raushel, (979) 845-3373 or raushel@chem.tamu.edu

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