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A pioneer in the scientific study of exploding stars, a founder of bioinorganic chemistry and an eminent geneticist who explained the molecular-genetic basis of cancer formation will be affiliated with the Texas A&M University College of Science as three of the 13 internationally renowned scholars who have accepted invitations to serve as 2015-16 Faculty Fellows of the Texas A&M Institute for Advanced Study (TIAS).

Earlier this week, TIAS unveiled its largest class in history -- each of whom is recognized as a trailblazing scholar in chemistry, computer science, economics, engineering, genetics, law, literature or physics. The 2015-16 Faculty Fellows include nine members of the U.S. National Academies, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a member of Germany's National Academy of Sciences, a nominee for the Pulitzer Prize and a recipient of France's Palmes Académiques.

  • W. David Arnett, Regents Professor of Astrophysics, University of Arizona: A pioneer in the scientific study of exploding stars, Arnett is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Arnett will collaborate with faculty, research scientists and graduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

  • Richard H. Holm, Higgins Professor of Chemistry Emeritus, Harvard University: Acknowledged as a founder of bioinorganic chemistry, specifically for his approach to modeling active sites of enzymes, Holm is a member of National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has received the National Academy of Sciences Award in Chemical Sciences, the American Chemical Society Award in Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry, and the F.A. Cotton Medal for Excellence in Chemical Research from the American Chemical Society. Holm will collaborate with faculty, researcher scientists and graduate students in the Department of Chemistry.

  • Manfred Schartl, professor and head, Department of Physiological Chemistry, University of Wurzburg, Germany: Known for explaining the molecular-genetic basis of cancer formation using non-mammalian models and for translating basic evolutionary research into discoveries with clear and direct impacts on human health, Schartl is a member of the National Academy of Sciences of Germany and a recipient of the Heisenberg Award from the German Research Foundation. He will collaborate with faculty, research scientists and graduate students in the Department of Biology as well as in the Health Science Center and the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.

Each Faculty Fellow will partner with one or more of the departments offering graduate degrees housed in Texas A&M's 16 colleges or schools, or the Texas A&M Health Science Center. Additional resources provide Texas A&M fellowships for graduate students as well as funding to support visiting graduate students and post-doctoral researchers affiliated with the Faculty Fellows.

"Once again, TIAS has assembled an impressive class of Faculty Fellows -- the institute's largest so far -- that will have a significant impact on our faculty-researchers and our students," said Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp, a longtime champion of the institute who provided the funds to launch TIAS in 2010. "This is another reminder of how Texas A&M continues to enjoy a substantial return on our investment in TIAS."

"The Institute's impact on research and education at Texas A&M is incalculable," said Texas A&M President Michael K. Young. "The 35 scholars from around the world who have come here as TIAS Faculty Fellows in the last four years have actively engaged in the transformative intellectual experience we seek to provide all of our students, helped us take our land-grant mission of addressing today's most pressing, grand, global challenges to the next level, and elevated the overall culture of excellence for which Texas A&M is known."

Each year, TIAS selects its Faculty Fellows from among top scholars who have distinguished themselves through outstanding professional accomplishments or significant recognition, including two Nobel laureates, a Wolf Prize recipient, a recipient of the Hubble Medal in Literature for Lifetime Achievement, a recipient of the National Medal of Science, and an awardee of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.

Hear four world-renowned researchers -- including chemist Peter Stang and physicist Wolfgang Schleich -- explain why they chose to become TIAS Faculty Fellows and why it matters, both in Aggieland and across the globe:

"Brilliant scholars are the foundation on which great universities are built," said TIAS Founding Director John L. Junkins. "By fostering collaborations between the world's leading scholars, the university's outstanding faculty and its top-notch students, TIAS advances the university's research enterprise and deepens its educational experiences."

"When the institute opened four years ago, the consensus was that it would take many years for the Faculty Fellows' efforts to show tangible results," said Texas A&M Vice President for Research Glen A. Laine. "The consensus was clearly wrong. The institute has performed at a stellar level from the start and again has topped itself by attracting a large and impressive class of Faculty Fellows for 2015-16."

The institute officially will induct its Faculty Fellows Class of 2015-16 at its annual gala in early 2016.

To learn more about TIAS, visit http://tias.tamu.edu/. Click here for additional biography information for the complete 2015-16 class.

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  • W. David Arnett

  • Richard H. Holm

  • Manfred Schartl

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