Dr. Daniel A. Singleton, Davidson Professor of Science and professor of chemistry at Texas A&M University, is among the 24 Texas A&M faculty and staff set to be honored by the university and The Association of Former Students with 2018 Distinguished Achievement Awards.

A respected international leader in physical and theoretical organic chemistry, Singleton will be formally recognized with one of six Distinguished Achievement Awards in Research to be presented Friday, April 27, during a 10 a.m. formal ceremony in Rudder Theater. In recognition of their achievements, all 24 recipients will receive a cash gift, an engraved watch and a commemorative plaque.

Singleton, who has been a member of the Texas A&M Department of Chemistry faculty since 1987, previously was honored with a 2008 Texas A&M Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching.

Singleton received a bachelor of science in chemistry from Case Western Reserve University in 1980 and a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 1986. He was a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison prior to coming to Texas A&M, where his research centers on organic chemistry and the mechanics of organic reactions.

Specifically, Singleton is a global leader in two related areas: kinetic isotope effects on chemical reactions and their related dynamic effects, or experimental observations that cannot be explained within the standard statistical paradigms of chemistry. In 1995, his group developed methodology for the combinatorial simultaneous measurement of all of the kinetic isotope effects for a reaction at natural abundance. Singleton then advanced the interpretation of kinetic isotope effects by finding that they could be predicted accurately if the reaction mechanism, transition state geometry and reaction physics were each accurate. In this way, the combination of experiment and theory provides one of modern chemistry's most powerful tools for the identification of reaction mechanisms. In addition to providing the bulk of the experimental evidence for dynamics effects on reactions, Singleton's group has been a leader in the development of a theoretical understanding of these phenomena.

Singleton's career honors include the American Chemical Society's 2005 Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, In addition, he has received a series of four teaching and mentorship awards at Texas A&M, including two college-level Distinguished Achievement Awards in Teaching (2015 and 1995) and being named the 2017 Wells Fargo Honors Faculty Mentor of the Year. He also was a University Faculty Fellow from 2001 to 2006.

The university-level Distinguished Achievement Awards were first presented in 1955 and have since been awarded to more than 1,000 professionals who have exhibited the highest standards of excellence at Texas A&M.

For more information about the awards, contact Kelli Hutka '97 at The Association of Former Students at (979) 845-7514.

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About The Association of Former Students: The Association of Former Students was established in 1879 and is the official alumni organization of Texas A&M University. The Association connects hundreds of thousands of members of the worldwide Aggie Network with one another and the university, and provides more than $12.5 million a year in impact toward university scholarships, awards, activities and enrichment for students, faculty, staff and former students. Learn more at http://www.AggieNetwork.com


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

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