With another fall semester and calendar year in the books and preparations already well underway for 2015, four faculty in the Texas A&M University College of Science have reason to celebrate beyond the traditionally seasonal.

Statistician Raymond J. Carroll, mathematician Ronald A. DeVore, astronomer Casey Papovich and chemist Hongcai Joe Zhou are among 12 Texas A&M faculty campus-wide featured in Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers 2014 representing some of the world's leading and most influential scientific minds.

According to Thomson Reuters, more than 3,000 international researchers earned the distinction initially announced this past summer by writing the greatest numbers of reports officially designated by Essential Science Indicators -- a subset of the Web of Science -- as highly cited papers. Each ranks among the top 1 percent most cited within a particular subject field and year of publication in Web of Science Core Collection-indexed journals between 2002 and 2012, thereby earning each paper and author the mark of exceptional impact from their peers.

"This great honor once again shows the very high impact that the work of many of our faculty has," said Dr. H. Joseph Newton, dean of the College of Science. "It is interesting that four of our five departments are represented and that the type of work they all do is so variable -- a true testament to the depth and breadth of our faculty."

Using affiliation information initially gleaned from publications, curriculum vitae, university or faculty websites and other online resources, Thomson Reuters then worked with Shanghai Jiao Tong University -- more commonly known as the home of the prestigious Shanghai Rankings -- to verify the accuracy of all information contained in the massive dataset prior to unveiling their official Highly Cited Researchers 2014 in June.

The new list updates and complements a previously published one, ISIHighlyCited, issued in 2001 and identifying 7,000 researchers by total citations as the most cited in one or more of 21 broad fields of the sciences and social sciences. Learn more about the methodology and overall process here.

Brief biographies for Texas A&M Science's four honorees are included below:

Raymond J. Carroll, distinguished professor of statistics and inaugural holder of the Jill and Stuart A. Harlin '83 Chair in Statistics, is one of the world's leading experts in a host of statistical areas, primarily problems of measurement error, statistical regression modeling and statistical methods in genomics. A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), he is internationally renowned as the founder of nonlinear measurement error modeling -- the quantification of uncertainty in statistical regression when predictors cannot be accurately ascertained. His methods in this area are widely used in nutritional and radiation epidemiology, and the related book he co-authored in 2005 is considered the definitive treatment of the field. Carroll's many honors include a National Cancer Institute Method to Extend Research In Time (MERIT) Award (2005), the National Institute of Statistical Sciences' Jerome Sacks Award for Multidisciplinary Research (2003), the International Society for Bayesian Analysis' Mitchell Prize (2003), the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies' Fisher Award and Lecture (2002) and President's Award (1988) and the Alexander von Humboldt Senior Research Award (1996).

Ronald A. DeVore, distinguished professor of mathematics and holder of the Dr. Walter E. Koss Endowed Professorship in Mathematics, is an internationally known expert in approximation theory, numerical analysis, and signal processing. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2001), the Bulgarian Academy of Science (2007) and the American Mathematical Society, he has been honored with numerous prizes and awards, including the Bulgarian Gold Medal of Science, the SPIE Wavelet Pioneer Award, an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Award (2002) and a Texas A&M Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Research (2013). DeVore's hundreds of colloquia and conference presentations include plenary addresses for the AMS, the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics and the prestigious International Congress of Mathematicians -- a coveted honor extended to only the top five percent of mathematicians worldwide.

Casey Papovich is an associate professor of physics and astronomy in the George P. and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy whose research focuses on observational cosmology, the formation and evolution of the most distant galaxies, and the growth of large scale structures of galaxies. His research utilizes data from NASA's space-based Great Observatories (Hubble, Spitzer and Chandra), the NASA/ESA Herschel Space Observatory and the largest terrestrial telescopes. In 2013 Papovich was part of a team that discovered the universe's most distant galaxy ever -- a breakthrough deemed one of Texas Monthly's top five Texas-based scientific discoveries for 2013. Armed with a $200,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant this fall, he is working on the largest survey of distant-universe galaxies ever conducted, the DECam/IRAC Galaxy Environment Survey (DIRGES), a study that will analyze an area about 100 times as large as that of the full Moon and cover a cosmological volume of 1 billion cubic light-years.

Hongcai Joe Zhou, a professor of chemistry and a Davidson Professor of Science, is an expert in the design of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), precisely arranged and highly porous polymer networks that hold promise in a variety of energy and environment-related areas and top all other leading materials for total storage capacity -- a world record Zhou's group held from 2008 to 2013, as confirmed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). In addition to two major U.S. Department of Energy grants since 2010, Zhou has received many awards recognizing his pioneering research, including the Research Innovation Award and the Cottrell Scholar Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement, an NSF CAREER Award, the Miami University Distinguished Scholar-Young Investigator Award and the 2007 Faculty Excellence Award from Air Products and Chemicals Inc. A member of the Texas A&M Energy Institute, he has served since 2011 as chief scientific advisor for framergy® Inc., a Texas-based startup company that oversees the commercialization of groundbreaking MOF innovations for industrial uses.

To see the full listing of Highly Cited Researchers 2014, searchable by researchers' first and last names, primary and secondary institutions and main subject area, visit http://highlycited.com.

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Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or H. Joseph Newton, (979) 845-7361 or jnewton@stat.tamu.edu

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