Dr. David H. Russell, professor and head of the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosystems/MDS Sciex Professor of Mass Spectrometry in Chemistry at Texas A&M University, has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Frank H. Field and Joe L. Franklin Award for Outstanding Achievement in Mass Spectrometry.

Russell will be presented with the award, sponsored since 2007 by The Waters Corp., next spring at the April 9 National Awards Ceremony and Banquet honoring all 2013 ACS national award winners in conjunction with the 245th ACS National Meeting, scheduled for April 7-11 in New Orleans. He will receive $5,000 as well as a commemorative certificate.

A member of the Texas A&M faculty since 1980, Russell is internationally respected for his expertise in mass spectrometry and analytical chemistry. In addition to serving the past six years as department head for Texas A&M Chemistry, he is director of the Laboratory for Biological Mass Spectrometry (LBMS).

Renowned for a 32-year Texas A&M career that "illustrates high-quality analytical chemistry in action," Russell's individual and collaborative work has resulted in many mass-spectrometry-based methodologies and technologies with significant impact on preliminary development in a variety of areas, from fundamental ion chemistry and instrumentation to applied chemical/biological problems. Colleagues across campus and the globe have come to rely on his trademark approach that combines creativity, intellect and analytical clarity in order to solve challenging problems at the forefront of physical and biological chemistry.

"Through a strong applied research program, Dave has formed significant collaborations in biochemistry and biophysics and also made seminal contributions in the development of mass spectrometry instrumentation," said Dr. Ronald D. Macfarlane, distinguished professor of chemistry and longtime Texas A&M colleague. "He also continues to make one of the most important contributions to the community -- the development of critically thinking young scientists to continue innovating in this rich field."

Beyond scholarly knowledge and successful application, Russell is revered for his collegial efforts to stimulate interdisciplinary life sciences research, sharing both his expertise and equipment to leverage research and resources for the larger campus community. Thanks in large part to his pioneering efforts, Texas A&M is considered a world leader in ion mobility mass spectrometry (IM-MS) and related novel protein characterization techniques.

Russell's research group currently is in the final year of a five-year, $1.4 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to design and construct a state-of-the-art instrument incorporating the very latest IM-MS hardware and computer software for data acquisition and processing. The instrument will enable rapid methods of characterizing protein structure, a crucial first step in so many areas, including cellular processes, drug discovery and related research with major implications in fields ranging from health care to industry. Both the instrument and lessons learned in the process of developing it will play a significant role in no less than 25 research programs across the university and continue to enhance Texas A&M's teaching and research capabilities and collaborative potential across academic, governmental and industrial sectors.

"We are indeed fortunate to have someone of Dr. Russell's stature at Texas A&M, especially because he is willing to share his expertise with the university through his Laboratory for Biological Mass Spectrometry," said Dr. H. Joseph Newton, dean of the College of Science. "He has continued the lab's activities for the past six years while doing an extraordinary job as head of the Department of Chemistry."

A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Russell is a past recipient of an NSF Foreign Travel Award as well as a Two-Year Extension for Special Creativity. In 2004 he received an Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Research, Texas A&M's highest recognition for excellence in that category.

A current or former member of the editorial boards for five mass spectrometry journals, Russell served as a co-editor for Journal of Cluster Science for more than a decade and co-wrote two mass spectrometry-related book series, Topics in Mass Spectrometry and Experimental Methods of Mass Spectrometry (Plenum Press). He has authored more than 280 scholarly publications -- 60 representing collaborative research -- in peer-reviewed journals and has eight patents.

Russell earned a bachelor's of science degree from the University of Arkansas and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska.

To learn more about Russell and his research, visit www.chem.tamu.edu/faculty/russell/.


Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu or Dr. David H. Russell, (979) 845-2011 or russell@mail.chem.tamu.edu

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