Three faculty from the Texas A&M University College of Science have been recognized for the second consecutive year by Thomson Reuters for exceptional research impact in their respective fields.

Mathematician Ronald A. DeVore, astronomer Casey Papovich and chemist Hongcai Joe Zhou are featured in Thomson Reuters' Highly Cited Researchers 2015 representing some of the world's leading and most influential scientific minds.

According to Thomson Reuters, more than 3,000 international researchers earn the distinction 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 of the most cited thought leaders within their disciplines, thereby earning each paper and author the mark of exceptional impact from their peers.

Each year, Thomson Reuters compiles affiliation information initially gleaned from publications, curriculum vitae, university or faculty websites and other online resources, then works 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 resulting dataset prior to announcing their new class.

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

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 and co-holder of the Marsha L. '69 and Ralph F. Schilling '68 Chair in Experimental Physics. His research focuses on observational cosmology, the formation and evolution of the most distant galaxies, and the growth of large scale structures of galaxies, utilizing 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, 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 holder of the Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry, is a world leader in the design of framework materials -- precisely arranged and highly porous polymer-based structures that hold promise in a variety of energy and environment-related areas and applications. These framework materials include metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and porous polymer networks (PPNs). Zhou currently is the most cited chemist on the Texas A&M campus, with citations in excess of 4,000 in 2014 alone (ISI Web of Science), and his group currently holds the wold record in surface area for a porous organic polymer. In addition to nine individual U.S. Department of Energy grants each exceeding $1 million, Zhou has received many awards, including the Research Innovation Award and the Cottrell Scholar Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement as well as an NSF CAREER Award. A member of the Texas A&M Energy Institute and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, 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 2015, searchable by researchers' first and last names, primary and secondary institutions and main subject area, visit http://highlycited.com.

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