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Dr. Yi Qin Gao, newly-hired assistant professor of chemistry at Texas A&M University, has been selected by the Board of Regents of the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation for an award under the 2004 Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Awards Program.

Gao will arrive at Texas A&M in December, after completing a postdoctoral fellowship with Professor Martin Karplus at Harvard University. With the Dreyfus honor, Gao receives a $50,000 unrestricted research grant from the foundation.

Gao received a B.S. degree from Sichuan University, China; an M.S. degree from the Institute of Chemistry, the Chinese Academy of Sciences; and his Ph.D. from California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California. His research while a student in China was on experimental physical chemistry. At Texas A&M, Gao intends to study the chemical energy usage of other protein motors, as well as the chemical kinetic networks of biological interest, such as organelles.

"Dr. Gao's research in biophysics and theoretical chemistry fits perfectly with new initiatives in the Department of Chemistry," said Emile Schweikert, department head. "He brings to our faculty a high level of excitement for research and teaching, which we trust will have an impact not only locally, but nationally and internationally."

"Dr. Gao is representative of the quality of our faculty in the College of Science," said Dean H. Joseph Newton. "We have an outstanding group of professors and researchers, and we are happy that Dr. Gao is joining us and has been acknowledged with this award."

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc., was established in 1946 by chemist, inventor and businessman Camille Dreyfus as a memorial to his brother Henry, also a chemist. In creating the Foundation, Camille Dreyfus directed that its purpose be "to advance the science of chemistry, chemical engineering and related sciences as a means of improving human relations and circumstances around the world.

Awards are open to all academic institutions in the states, districts and territories of the U.S. that grant doctoral degrees in chemistry, biochemistry or chemical engineering. Institutions can make only one nomination annually for the awards program. Recommendations are based on evidence that the nominee has the potential to produce an independent body of scientific scholarship of outstanding quality and will make significant contributions to overall education in the chemical sciences. Nominations are reviewed by distinguished faculty in the field of chemistry.

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