Texas A&M AgriLife scientists’ high-impact work earns Chancellor’s recognition

Three of the 13 distinguished faculty members from across Texas A&M University recognized as 2021 Chancellor’s Enhancing Development and Generating Excellence in Scholarship (EDGES) Fellows are affiliated with Texas A&M AgriLife and the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Recognized from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences was Muthukumar Bagavathiannan, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Soil and Crop Science.

Additionally, Wendy Jepson, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Geography, is also associate director for the Texas Water Resources Institute at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Dallas. And Wenshe Liu, Ph.D., is a professor affiliated with the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics and director of the Texas A&M Drug Discovery Lab.

The fellowships — which come with more than $7.7 million in funding across the 13 faculty members — are an investment by the Texas A&M University System to recruit and retain world-class faculty, said Chancellor John Sharp, in making the announcement.

Sharp launched the EDGES Fellowship in 2019 to honor and boost mid-career faculty at the associate or early full professor ranks who are making significant marks in their disciplines. The recognition highlights the Texas A&M System’s focus on supporting, retaining and recognizing faculty with substantial and sustained accomplishments and the promise of continued high-impact scholarship.

“These individuals are exceptional scientists,” said Patrick J. Stover, Ph.D., vice chancellor for Texas A&M AgriLife, dean of the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research. “They have made impressive contributions to their fields of study and have established themselves as leaders among their peers with their multidisciplinary research at AgriLife.”

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