(From Left:) Texas A&M faculty Paul J. Batista, Barbara J. Gastel and Hans A. Schuessler -- pictured with George Bush Presidential Library Foundation CEO Frederick D. McClure -- were honored April 23 as recipients of the 2015 Bush Excellence Awards for international teaching, public service and international research, respectively. (Courtesy photo.)


Hans A. Schuessler, professor of physics and astronomy at Texas A&M University, has been recognized as one of three faculty recipients of 2015 Bush Excellence Awards for international teaching, international research and public service.

Schuessler, who was honored for his excellence in international research, received the prestigious award along with co-recipients Paul J. Batista (international teaching), associate professor in the Division of Sports Management within the Department of Health and Kinesiology in the College of Education and Human Development, and Barbara J. Gastel (public service), professor of science and technology journalism in the Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

The trio was celebrated Thursday (Apr. 23) at a dinner hosted by Texas A&M Interim President Mark A. Hussey and the Texas A&M International Advisory Board. George Bush Presidential Library Foundation Chief Executive Officer Frederick D. McClure presented each recipient with a plaque and a check for $2,000 during the awards program dinner.

"It is an honor to recognize these outstanding faculty at Texas A&M with Bush Excellence Awards," McClure said. "Through their work, they are equipping students with global competencies, exploring the international dimensions of their disciplines and improving our public well-being. We congratulate Drs. Batista, Schuessler and Gastel on receiving this prestigious honor."

Schuessler, a 47-year veteran of the Texas A&M Department of Physics and Astronomy faculty, is the inaugural holder of the Schuessler-Mitchell-Heep Chair in Experimental Optical and Biomedical Physics. A distinguished researcher in atomic physics and quantum optics, he boasts a 50-year record of accomplishments in fundamental research focused on trapped atoms/ions and on ultra-short pulsed laser techniques resulting in multiple applications to problems of international importance.

Throughout his long outstanding career, Schuessler has been involved in research in a multitude of countries, including Germany, Switzerland, Canada, Qatar and Japan, where he was named Eminent Scientist at the RIKEN Laboratory in 2001. He has been recognized nationally and internationally for his exceptional record of scientific collaborations and scientific achievements embracing a plethora of fields of modern laser physics.

The Bush Excellence Awards were established through the vision and support of President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush in 2002, with financial assistance from the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation. Since that time, 39 awards have been presented to Texas A&M faculty, including Texas A&M astronomer Nicholas B. Suntzeff in 2013 and Texas A&M physicist M. Suhail Zubairy in 2011.

To learn more about the program or view recipients from previous years, visit Public Partnership & Outreach.


Contact: Linda Edwards, (979) 862-6700 or l-edwards@tamu.edu

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