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Texas A&M mathematics professor Philip Yasskin has served since 2002 as co-director of the Summer Educational Enrichment in Math (SEE-Math) Program, which helps gifted middle school students unlock their future potential in mathematics and science.

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Texas A&M University mathematician Dr. Philip B. Yasskin has been recognized by the Texas A&M chapter of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society, with one of its primary annual awards celebrating scientific excellence and advancement -- the 2018 Outstanding Science Communicator Award.

Yasskin was presented with a commemorative plaque and a $750 cash prize at the annual Sigma Xi Induction and Awards Reception, held September 5 at the University Club on the Texas A&M campus. Dr. Renyi Zhang, a university distinguished professor of atmospheric sciences who holds a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry, also was honored with the 2018 Sigma Xi Outstanding Distinguished Scientist Award recognizing faculty members who have demonstrated research and teaching excellence as well as significant contributions to their profession and general science.

Yasskin, an associate professor and member of the Texas A&M Department of Mathematics since 1982, was celebrated for 15 years of contributions toward technology development to enhance mathematics education, his overall enhancement of primary and secondary mathematics education, and his outreach programs for K-12 students and teachers.

Watch Yasskin wow the 2016 SEE-Math crowd with a cool card trick!



"The Texas A&M Chapter of Sigma Xi is pleased to recognize these outstanding scientists for their achievements in research excellence and in the critical mission of outreach and communication of science to the community," said Dr. Dana Gaddy, chapter president and professor of veterinary integrative biosciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.

Yasskin, who earned his doctorate in physics from the University of Maryland in 1979, has served for nearly two decades as co-director of the Summer Educational Enrichment in Math (SEE-Math) Program. In addition, he is a co-organizer of the Texas A&M Math Circle, which he co-founded in 2011 as a spin-off of SEE-Math.

A respected educator, Yasskin has been recognized with a 2011 Texas A&M Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement in Teaching College-Level Award as well as a 2014 Raytheon Math Hero Award in recognition of his creativity and dedication in the classroom. In addition, he has received National Science Foundation funding to write materials to help students learn calculus and also to send graduate students to local middle and high schools to advise both mathematics and science teachers and their students. He also works with the schools to encourage use of the Maple computer algebra system within their curricula.

Yasskin joins a lengthy list of notable past recipients of Sigma Xi's top communicator award from the Texas A&M College of Science, including physicists Dr. Tatiana Erukhimova (2014), Dr. David Toback (2012), Dr. Marlan O. Scully (2000) and Dr. Peter M. McIntyre (1999).

Founded in 1886 at Cornell University, Sigma Xi is an international, chapter-based organization dedicated to nurturing the research enterprise in all fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Unique among scientific honor societies, Sigma Xi has a broad outlook that scans the spectrum of science and technology and is committed to the core values that unite across disciplinary boundaries.

The Texas A&M chapter of Sigma Xi was chartered July 1, 1951, with a mission "to recognize, encourage and promote scientific research at Texas A&M University and to honor the community of science scholars."

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About Sigma Xi: Sigma Xi is an international, chapter-based organization dedicated to nurturing the research enterprise in all fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Unique among scientific honor societies, Sigma Xi has a broad outlook that spans the spectrum of science and technology and is committed to the core values that unite across disciplinary boundaries. For more information, visit sigmaxi.tamu.edu.

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 $905.4 million in fiscal year 2017. Texas A&M ranked in the top 20 of the National Science Foundation's Higher Education Research and Development survey (2016), based on expenditures of more than $892.7 million in fiscal year 2016. 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/.

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Contact: Dr. Dana Gaddy, (979) 862-9134 or sigmaxi@tamu.edu or Dr. Philip B. Yasskin, (979) 845-3734 or yasskin@math.tamu.edu

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