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Five Texas A&M University chemists have earned selection to the first class of American Chemical Society (ACS) Fellows in recognition of their excellence in chemistry and service to the society.

Dr. Paul S. Cremer, professor of chemistry and holder of the Arthur E. Martell Chair of Chemistry; Dr. Marcetta Y. Darensbourg, professor of chemistry; Dr. John P. Fackler Jr., distinguished professor emeritus of chemistry; Dr. John A. Gladysz, distinguished professor of chemistry and holder of the Dow Chair in Chemical Invention; and Dr. D. Wayne Goodman, distinguished professor of chemistry and holder of the Robert A. Welch Foundation Chair are among the 162 international chemists announced as ACS Fellows in the July 27 issue of Chemical & Engineering News. They will be honored at an Aug. 17 ceremony at the fall ACS national meeting in Washington, D.C., where each will receive a lapel pin and a certificate.

The 162 members "share a common set of accomplishments, namely true excellence in their contributions to the chemical enterprise coupled with distinctive service to ACS or to the broader world of chemistry," said Immediate Past-President Bruce E. Bursten, who championed creation of the program and shepherded it through board approval last year.

With five honorees, Texas A&M ranks second only to the University of California at Berkeley (6) among the international institutions of higher education represented in the list. Columbia University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University also merited five selections apiece.

Statewide, Texas A&M accounts for half of the 10 Texas chemists recognized. Three are from The University of Texas at Austin, while UT-Arlington and the University of North Texas each boast one.

"This recognition validates Texas A&M's long-standing reputation of having one of the top chemistry programs in the country," said Dr. R. Bowen Loftin, interim president of the university. "The impact of the teaching, research and service activities of these newly named fellows is immeasurable, not only in our daily lives but also on our future. These scholars are truly legends in their fields."

Nominations for the inaugural class of fellows came from divisions, local sections, committees and individuals. The group represents the entire breadth of ACS's membership and the chemical enterprise, including high school teaching, entrepreneurship, government service and all sectors of industry and academia. Seventy-two percent are academic chemists, followed by 15 percent from industry, 7 percent retired non-academic, 5 percent government and 1 percent consultants. Three-quarters of the fellows are men.

"The recognition afforded these outstanding faculty members by the ACS Fellows program underscores the national impact of the research and education programs of our department," said Dr. David H. Russell, Applied Biosystems/MDS Sciex Professor of Mass Spectrometry in Chemistry and head of the Department of Chemistry.

Although the ACS is late among professional societies in creating a fellows program, Bursten says the program offers many advantages beyond celebrating member excellence.

"It will also provide recognition of our members to constituencies outside ACS, such as employers, other scientific societies and civic groups," Bursten added.

With more than 154,000 members, the American Chemical Society (ACS) is the world's largest scientific society and one of the world's leading sources of authoritative scientific information. A nonprofit organization chartered by the United States Congress, ACS is at the forefront of the evolving worldwide chemical enterprise and the premier professional home for chemists, chemical engineers and related professions around the globe.

For more information on the ACS Fellows program and a complete list of 2009 honorees, visit http://pubs.acs.org/cen/acsnews/87/8730acs.html.

Brief biographies for the five Texas A&M ACS Fellows are included below:

Paul S. Cremer
Cremer, a pioneer in biological surface chemistry and nonlinear optics, joined the Texas A&M faculty in 1998 and has served as director of the Laboratory for Biological Surface Science in the Department of Chemistry for the past 11 years. He received his doctorate in chemistry from the University of California-Berkeley in 1996 and spent two years as the ACS-Irving S. Sigal Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University prior to coming to Texas A&M. Cremer's research excellence has been recognized with a plethora of prestigious awards, including the Sigma Xi Southwest Regional Young Investigator Award (2006), the Robert A. Welch Foundation Norman Hackerman Award in Chemical Research (2006), a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (2003), an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (2002), the Beckman Young Investigator Award (2001), a National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2001), the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (2000), the 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award (2000) and Research Corporation's Research Innovation Award (1999). He currently serves as an associate editor for the Journal of the American Chemical Society, which is the flagship journal of the ACS. He also serves on the editorial boards of Chemical Reviews, Langmuir, Surface Science and Biointerphases.

Marcetta Y. Darensbourg
Darensbourg, who is recognized worldwide for her research in synthetic and mechanistic inorganic chemistry, has been a member of the Texas A&M faculty since 1982. She earned her doctorate in inorganic chemistry at the University of Illinois in 1967 and held faculty appointments at Vassar College (1967-69), State University of New York, Buffalo (1969-71) and Tulane University (1971-82) before coming to Texas A&M. Her research, which focuses on functioning models of catalytic active sites in bioinorganic/organometallic systems, has been recognized with a variety of major awards, including the ACS Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry Award (1995), the ACS Southwest Region Award (1998) and Texas A&M Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Awards in both research (1995) and teaching (1986). Darensbourg has authored nearly 200 refereed papers and given plenary lectures at several prestigious international conferences. In addition to being an in-demand presenter, she has organized numerous international symposia. She currently serves on the editorial boards for Inorganic Chemistry, Inorganic Synthesis and Chemical Communications.

John P. Fackler Jr.
Fackler, a leading international figure in inorganic chemistry for the past three decades, joined the Texas A&M faculty in 1983 as professor of chemistry and dean of the College of Science -- a post he held until 1992, when he returned full-time to the faculty. Originally named a distinguished professor in 1987, he was appointed to the rank of distinguished professor emeritus in 2008. Fackler is recognized as among the leading two or three chemists worldwide in the field of organometallic gold chemistry. His work in this area has evolved fundamental structural concepts currently being used to understand the role of gold in catalysis, a vibrant field of chemistry. He has published more than 350 research papers while advising no fewer than 33 doctoral students and more than 40 postdoctoral researchers. Fackler, who studied under the late Dr. F. Albert Cotton at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and held both Fulbright and J.S. Guggenheim Fellowships en route to his doctorate there in 1960, has received many major honors and awards, including the ACS's Morley Medal (1987), Southwest Regional Award (1990) and Distinguished Service to Inorganic Chemistry (2001) Award. He has served as member and chair of the Board of Trustees of the Gordon Research Conferences, a world-renowned series of scientific conferences.

John A. Gladysz
Gladysz, whose world-renowned research focuses on organometallic chemistry -- mixing metals and carbon to create novel molecules -- joined the Texas A&M faculty in 2007 as a tenured professor and the inaugural holder of the Dow Chair in Chemical Invention. Previously he spent 10 years at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, where he held the Chair of Organic Chemistry, and had faculty positions at the University of Utah (1982-98) and UCLA (1974-82). Gladysz's research covers a broad spectrum of fields and industries, including nanotechnology, organic synthesis and enantioselective reactions. His work has been described in more than 400 widely-cited publications and earned him international acclaim, most notably an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Award for Senior Scientists (1995). He also has received the ACS's Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award (1988) and Award in Organometallic Chemistry (1994). A longtime member of the ACS, The Chemical Society and the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, Gladysz is a past Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow (1980-84) and Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Grant recipient (1980-85). Since 1984, he has served as associate editor of Chemical Reviews, the journal with the highest impact factor in chemistry.

D. Wayne Goodman
Goodman, an internationally recognized physical chemist who specializes in catalysis and surface chemistry, has been a member of the Texas A&M faculty and a full professor of chemistry since 1988. Prior to coming to Texas A&M, he was head of the Surface Science Division at Sandia National Laboratories. His research addresses the fundamental issues related to chemisorption and reaction at catalytic surfaces using the full array of modern surface science techniques. Goodman, who received his doctorate from The University of Texas at Austin in 1974, has received numerous recognitions, including the ACS's Ipatieff Award (1983), Colloid and Surface Chemistry Award (1993), Adamson Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Surface Chemistry (2002) and Gabor A. Sormorjai Award for Creative Research in Catalysis (2005); the British Vacuum Society's Yarwood Medal (1994); a Humboldt Research Award (1995); a Texas A&M Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Research (1997); the Giuseppe Parravano Award (2001), a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award (2002), the Texas A&M Research Foundation's JoAnn Treat Research Excellence Award (2008) and the Sigma Xi Distinguished Scientist Award (2009). In 2009 he was also appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Goodman has authored more than 500 publications and book chapters and is an active member/officer of a number of professional societies.

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

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  • Paul S. Cremer

  • Marcetta Y. Darensbourg

  • John P. Fackler Jr.

  • John A. Gladysz

  • D. Wayne Goodman

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