A daylong symposium set for Monday, April 18, on the Texas A&M University campus featuring Texas A&M President Michael K. Young and three Nobel laureates will address energy and the environment as well as broad impacts and applications for the State of Texas, the nation and global society.


A star-studded lineup featuring three Nobel laureates and a former U.S. Secretary of Energy will join Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young for a Monday, April 18, symposium on the Texas A&M campus addressing energy and the environment.

The daylong event, "Energy and the Environment: Scientific, Economic and Legal Issues," will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. within Texas A&M's George P. and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy.

In addition to Young, featured speakers will include former Energy Secretary, Stanford University Professor and 1997 Nobel Prize winner in Physics Steven Chu; joint Texas A&M-Harvard University Professor and 1986 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry Dudley Herschbach; and Texas A&M Agriculture Economics Professor and 2007 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Bruce A. McCarl. Texas A&M Energy Institute Director Christodoulos A. Floudas and Baylor University President and Chancellor Kenneth W. Starr round out the day's list of prestigious presenters. (Click here for an event schedule.)

The symposium is jointly sponsored by the Texas A&M Institute for Advanced Study and the Texas A&M Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering. All talks are open to the public.

Following breakfast in the Mitchell Institute first-floor atrium area, the symposium will begin with 8:30 a.m. welcoming remarks from IQSE Director and Distinguished Professor of Physics Marlan Scully, TIAS Director and Distinguished Professor of Aerospace Engineering John Junkins and a fourth Nobel laureate, David M. Lee, Texas A&M Distinguished Professor of Physics and 1996 Nobel Prize winner in Physics. Presentations will be divided into morning and afternoon sessions highlighting topics such as climate change, carbon capture, alternative energy, sustainability and the overall impacts and applications, from science policy to society. Sessions will be individually chaired by Lee, the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation's Sheridan Mitchell Lorenz, Texas A&M Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and Oceanography Gerald North, and Texas A&M University System Regents Judy Morgan and Charles Schwartz.

The day will conclude with an evening reception and dinner for registered guests at the Clayton W. Williams Jr. Alumni Center featuring remarks from Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp and Texas State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon.

For additional information, please visit the symposium website or email iqse@tamu.edu.

See recap articles from the Bryan-College Station Eagle and in Texas A&M Today.

# # # # # # # # # #

About Research at Texas A&M University: As one of the world's leading research institutions, Texas A&M is at the forefront in making significant contributions to scholarship and discovery, including that of science and technology. Research conducted at Texas A&M represented annual expenditures of more than $866.6 million in fiscal year 2015. Texas A&M ranked in the top 20 of the National Science Foundation's Higher Education Research and Development survey (2014), based on expenditures of more than $854 million in fiscal year 2014. Texas A&M's research creates new knowledge that provides basic, fundamental and applied contributions resulting in many cases in economic benefits to the state, nation and world. To learn more, visit http://research.tamu.edu.


Contact: Lane Stephenson, News & Information Services, (979) 845-4662 or l-stephenson@tamu.edu

Hutchins Shana

  • Michael K. Young

    (Credit: Texas A&M University.)

© Texas A&M University. To request use of any of our photographs for educational use or to view additional options from our archive, please contact the College of Science Communications Office.

College of Science
517 Blocker
TAMU 3257 | 979-845-7361
Site Policies
Contact Webmaster
Social Media