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Texas A&M chemist David E. Bergbreiter, guest-lecturing in Texas A&M University at Qatar chemistry professor Hassan Bazzi's polymer chemistry class in spring 2015. (Credit: Lesley Kriewald '99, Texas A&M at Qatar Marketing and Communications.)

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Dr. David E. Bergbreiter, professor of chemistry at Texas A&M University, has been designated a Regents Professor for 2015-16 by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.

Bergbreiter is one of 11 A&M System faculty members who were nominated for the prestigious appointment, approved as part of the A&M System Board of Regents' most recent meeting, held Nov. 10-11 in College Station. Seven agency service, extension or research professionals within the A&M System also were recognized with the Regents Fellows Service Award.

The Board established the Regents Professor Award program in 1996 to recognize employees who have made exemplary contributions to their university or agency and to the people of Texas. To date, 212 faculty members have been named Regents Professors. Bergbreiter ranks as only the fifth within the College of Science (Dr. Robert Clark, physics, 1998; Dr. Sherry J. Yennello, 2007; Dr. Michael J. Benedik, 2012; Dr. Harold Boas, 2014) to merit the honor.

In addition to Bergbreiter, Dr. Ryland Young, professor of biochemistry and biophysics and a joint professor of biology since 1987, was among the seven Texas A&M-based faculty who were honored as Regents Professors.

Nominees must be full-time professors or senior-level professionals who have held that rank in the A&M System for at least five years and have produced a distinguished record of teaching, research and/or service. The selection process begins with a call for nominations from the chancellor, after which an internal selection committee is formed within each institution or agency. Final nominations are put forth to the chief executive officer of each respective entity and then subjected to a System-level review consisting of academic vice chancellors and past recipients of the awards. Finally, nominations are forwarded to the chancellor and the board for final approval.

Along with the perpetual Regents Professor title for the duration of their A&M System service, recipients are recognized with a $9,000 stipend and a commemorative medallion that is presented along with an inscribed nameplate and certificate encased in a hand-crafted wooden shadow box.

Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp said the new Regents Professors and Regents Fellows have proven their commitment to the System's success.

"The recently recognized professors and professionals represent the best of our great System and higher education in Texas," Chancellor Sharp said. "Their work consistently elevates Texas A&M System campuses and agencies."

Bergbreiter, an expert in organic chemistry and polymer science and an Eppright Professor since 2002, joined the Texas A&M Department of Chemistry in 1974 after receiving his Ph.D. that same year from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Renowned both for his teaching and research prowess, he is one of six College of Science faculty to earn the lifetime distinction of Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence (2006), Texas A&M's highest award for classroom achievement. In addition, he has received university-level Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Awards in Teaching (2005) and Research (2008), as well as the Exxon Education Foundation Award, the ARMCO Mentorship Award and the Wells Fargo Honors Faculty Mentor Award (2005). Last but not least, he was a 2016 TEDxTAMU Conference presenter and is featured in the Texas A&M Center for Teaching Excellence's Teaching for Tomorrow series.

In 2011 Bergbreiter was named an American Chemical Society Fellow after previously being recognized with the 2008 ACS Southwest Regional Award for his extensive research and career achievement in polymer chemistry. He was honored in 2014 with the College of Science's inaugural Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award for faculty recognizing both faculty and graduate student commitment to the future of scientific research.

For more on Bergbreiter and his teaching, research and service efforts, visit http://www.chem.tamu.edu/faculty/david-bergbreiter/.

Click here for additional information on the Regents Professor Award and a list of past recipients.

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Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu

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