Issue 16
From the Founding Director
Building a great university is not a one time and done undertaking. Academic excellence should be pursued as an on-going quest. The purpose of the Hagler Institute for Advanced Study is to bring new top tier academic talent, nominated by our faculty, to Texas A&M University. Bringing the finest minds in the world each year clearly stimulates our faculty and students and, through interaction with these Hagler Fellows, our faculty and students greatly expand the global impact of Texas A&M. Furthermore, the structure of the Institute ensures that the Hagler Fellows enjoy a highly productive time at Texas A&M and therefore their positive impressions help elevate our academic reputation.
 
Each year I am filled with pride when I have the pleasure to introduce the new group of fellows and distinguished lecturers of the Hagler Institute for Advanced Study. This special issue of our newsletter presents to you the 2020-2021 class of ten Hagler Fellows and one Distinguished Lecturer. Their credentials and prior accomplishments will stun you.
 
What a wonderful group it is, in fields ranging from quantum physics to Shakespearean studies, from law to education, from medicine to several fields in science and engineering, and from business to plant biology. Membership in a national academy, or equivalence in fields without national academies, is a minimum criterion for consideration as a fellow. Several fellows have impacted fields so dramatically that they are invited members in multiple academies.

The average planned time in-residence at Texas A&M for this new group of scholars is five months spread over four years. All will be engaged in collaborative research and special lectures. During the time fellows are not on campus, frequent collaborations on research will continue through distance communications enabled by computer conferencing technology.
 
We are very happy to present this extraordinarily accomplished ninth class. Please join us in appreciation of the Hagler Institute’s Class of 2020-2021. We expect great outcomes from the collaborations of these scholars, our faculty and our students. May the results be many positive life- and career-changing experiences that accelerate our students, faculty, and these fellows, as well as lead to results important to our nation and the world.

Best wishes to all,
2020-21 Hagler Fellows
R. Graham Cooks
Henry Bohn Hass Distinguished Professor of
Chemistry
Purdue University

Texas A&M’s Department of Chemistry in the College of Science has been one of the most active participants in the Hagler Institute. Purdue
University Professor R. Graham Cooks is the latest pioneer at the frontiers of chemistry to come to Texas A&M through the Hagler Institute.
 
Professor Cooks is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been awarded the 2011 Centenary Prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation in 2013, the F.A. Cotton Medal for Excellence in Chemical Research awarded by the Texas A&M Section of the American Chemical Society, and the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Robert Boyle Medal for Analytical Science. He has served on various panels and committees of the National Science Foundation.
 
Professor Cooks is best known for his work in tandem mass spectrometry, accelerated reactions in droplets, ambient ionization, ion soft landing, and miniature mass spectrometers. He works in both the frontiers research and research applications. He was a pioneer in many conceptions and implementations of mass spectrometry science and technology.
 
At Texas A&M, Dr. Cooks will offer a series of lectures on mass spectrometry and he will help strengthen ties between A&M’s chemistry faculty and students and those in neighboring institutions.

The Hagler Institute brings not only outstanding researchers, but also exceptional mentors and collaborators to campus. Professor Cooks is both. In his career, he has published six books and more than 1,100 peer reviewed articles, and he has mentored 138 doctoral students. His work has applications to medicine, biochemistry, and organic chemistry.
Andrew P. Feinberg
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Whiting School of Engineering and Bloomberg School of
Public Health
Johns Hopkins University

Andrew P. Feinberg is a pioneer in molecular biology and has contributed to computational modeling and its use in understanding the mechanisms of human disease.
 
His multidisciplinary research spans many fields, from genetics to computational biology and mathematics, as is evidenced by his joint appointments at Johns Hopkins University in the School of Medicine, The Whiting School of Engineering, and the Bloomberg School of Public Health.
 
Dr. Feinberg is considered the leading authority on epigenetics of human disease—the study of how the expression of DNA can be changed without changing the structure of DNA itself.
 
At Texas A&M, Dr. Feinberg will work with faculty and students in Texas A&M’s Department of Molecular and Cellular Medicine in the College of Medicine. His collaborations on research will enhance the research activities of many labs across multiple colleges, as he shares information in his areas of expertise.

Dr. Feinberg is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has won the National Institute of Health’s Director’s Pioneer Award, and he has received the MERIT Award from the National Cancer Institute. In addition, he is a highly cited author.
James J. Giovannoni
Director, Robert W. Holley Center for Agriculture and
Health Laboratory
Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of
Agriculture
Boyce Thompson Institute
Cornell University

In the 2020-2021 class of fellows we are happy to include James J. Giovannoni, our first fellow from the U.S. government. Dr.
Giovannoni is director of the Robert W. Holly Center at the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service. He is also adjunct professor in the section of plant biology at Cornell University and adjunct professor at the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research.
 
Dr. Giovannoni is the second fellow to be supported by the Timothy
C. Hall-Heep Distinguished Faculty Chair in Biology. His research at Texas A&M will be multi-disciplinary. He will interact with faculty and students in the colleges of science, agriculture and life sciences, engineering, veterinary medicine and biomedical sciences, and medicine.
 
Dr. Giovannoni is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His work has won several awards, including the Award for Food Security from the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

Dr. Giovannoni is best known for his molecular and genetic analysis of fruit physiology, ripening, and signal transduction systems in the tomato and additional fruit species as well as the development of genetic tools used in tomatoes. He has researched genes that underlie important fruit development, nutrition, and quality traits. He has researched the role of epigenetics in fruit development and has made important contributions to the development of molecular resources for the tomato, an important crop, but also a model organism. Dr.
Giovannoni was the leader of the U.S. tomato genome sequencing consortium from 2008 through 2014.
 
At Texas A&M, Dr. Giovannoni will work with several labs that work with the tomato as a model system or as a crop plant. He will also interact with other plant researchers who are developing genomic tools for their own crop or model organisms, including those in biology, biochemistry and biophysics, soil and crop sciences, and nutrition.
Paula T. Hammond
Head, Department of Chemical Engineering
David H. Koch Professor of Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Paula T. Hammond’s research interests include macromolecular design and synthesis, targeted drug delivery for cancer, nanoscale assembly of synthetic biomaterials, and electrostatic and directed materials assembly. She is a member of MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research and a founding member of the MIT Institute for Soldier Nanotechnology. Dr. Hammond has contributed greatly to the design of polymers for applications in drug delivery, wound healing, and energy.

She is a highly recognized scholar and has the rare honor of being a member of all three national academies: the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Medicine, and the National Academy of Sciences. In addition, she is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was honored with the Margaret H. Rousseau Pioneer Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and is the recipient of numerous other recognitions in her field of research. Dr. Hammond has authored over 600 publications.
 
At Texas A&M, Dr. Hammond will collaborate with faculty and students in the departments of mechanical and chemical engineering. Her work will focus on materials and polymers, especially related to nanomedicine and biomaterials.
 
Dr. Hammond received her bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, her master’s from Georgia Institute of Technology, and her doctorate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Timothy A. Judge
Joseph A. Alutto Chair in Leadership Effectiveness
Fischer College of Business
The Ohio State University

Timothy A. Judge is the first recipient of the Trisha and L.C. "Chaz" Neely '62 - Hagler Institute for Advanced Study Chair in the Mays Business School.
 
He is a prolific author with 150 journal articles, five books, and more than 30,000 citations.
 
For his work he has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Organizational Behavior Division and the Human Resource Division of the Academy of Management. He received an Early Career Award from the Society of Industrial Organizational Psychologist. He has served as an elected chair of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Management. He currently serves as executive director of the Fisher Leadership Initiative, which represents the college’s effort to apply the science of leadership to student development, organizational practice, and to interdisciplinary leadership development efforts across the 15 colleges at Ohio State.
He has been cited frequently in the media and has made numerous invited national and international addresses and presentations.
 
Dr. Judge’s research clarifies the role of personality in job performance, job attitudes, and career success. Dr. Judge is in the top five of 8,600 authors cited in the field of management in a recent analysis.
 
Dr. Judge received his doctorate and master’s degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He earned his bachelor’s from the University of Iowa. He will work closely with faculty and students in the Department of Management and in the Department of Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts.
Julia King
Professor The Baroness Brown of Cambridge
Crossbench Peer, House of Lords, London
Chair, Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced
Materials, Carbon Trust

Julia King is the Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire and serves as deputy chair of the UK Climate Change Committee and chair of its Adaptation Committee. Previously she was vice-chancellor of Aston University, principal of the engineering faculty at Imperial College London, and held senior engineering and management roles at Rolls-Royce plc. She is one of a select few scholars who are fellows of both the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society.
 
Dr. King is best known for her work in science, technology, and policy supporting low carbon and new negative emissions science. She has been a passionate and relentless advocate of low carbon science and evidence-based methods to achieve deep emissions reductions.
 
She authored The King Review of Low-Carbon Cars, a report initiated by the British government to evaluate vehicular and fuel related technology that could help reduce carbon emissions. She has spear-headed the UK’s ambitious goals to be carbon neutral by the year 2050.
 
At Texas A&M, Baroness Brown will work with faculty and students in the colleges of science, engineering, and architecture. She will collaborate on research related to net zero emissions targets and provide lectures on these issues as well as foundational science of structural materials for mobility and buildings.
 
Dr. King received her first degree from the University of Cambridge in natural sciences and her doctorate in fracture mechanics.
Gloria Ladson-Billings
Professor Emerita
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Gloria Ladson-Billings is president of the National Academy of Education.

She is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and received the Distinguished Scholar Lifetime Achievement Award from the Literacy Research Association, the Harold Delaney Exemplary Leadership Award from the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education, and seven honorary degrees.
 
Professor Ladson-Billings is viewed as the leading international and national researcher influencing the practice of teaching youthful black students, demonstrating how to reduce academic disparity between minority students and others.
 
She works in evidenced based research. Her work has been transformational in advancing the understanding and practice of how children learn and how to implement effective classroom methods.
 
She will work closely with faculty and students in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture and its new planned Institute for Teacher Education to help Texas A&M become a national leader in multi-cultural education. She will also assist in designing Texas A&M’s four new bachelor of science degrees in the College of Education and Human Development.
 
Professor Ladson-Billings earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Morgan State University in Baltimore in 1968 and master’s in curriculum and instruction from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1972. After twelve years of teaching, she went back to school and earned her doctorate in curriculum and teacher education from Stanford University in 1984. However, she remains a true teacher. She says that she has learned that one of the most effective ways to affect democracy is through the classroom.
Rachel Moran
Distinguished Professor
University of California, Irvine School of Law

Rachel Moran was the Michael J. Connell Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California Los Angeles School of Law, where she also served as Dean from 2010-2015.
 
Professor Moran is one of the nation’s leading scholars in education policy, civil rights, and race and the law. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute, former president of the American Association of Law Schools, a fellow with the American Bar Foundation, the inaugural William H. Neukom Fellows Research Chair in Diversity and Law of the American Bar Foundation, and a fellow with the UCLA Civil Rights Project.
 
She has published in the world’s most prominent law journals. Her work has been downloaded on BePress more than 10,000 times.
 
In addition to her scholarly contributions, Professor Moran is highly active in the legal and educational community, serving on many boards and national committees. In September 2011, she was appointed by President Obama to serve as a member of the Permanent Committee for the Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise, which commissions volumes on the history of the Supreme Court.

Shaul Mukamel
Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Physics
and Astronomy
University of California, Irvine

Shaul Mukamel is an outstanding teacher and mentor. He works at the crossroads of quantum chemistry, physics, nonlinear optics, and ultrafast science.
 
He has published more than 900 articles in his career. His contributions have earned him elected memberships in the prestigious National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
 
He received the William F. Meggers Award from The Optical Society, the Ahmed Zewail ACS Publications Award in Ultrafast Science and Technology, and the Mulliken Prize Medal from the University of Chicago. He is a fellow of the Optical Society of America and the American Physical Society
 
Dr. Mukamel was born in Bagdad, Iraq, but grew up in Tel Aviv. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees in chemistry from Tel Aviv University.
 
Early in his career he became interested in the fields of optics and spectroscopy. Professor Mukamel is now considered the world’s top expert in the field of quantum and nonlinear optical science applied to molecular physics. His recent effort includes nonlinear X-ray science and using the quantum nature of light in spectroscopy
 
At Texas A&M he will collaborate with faculty and students in the Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering and work primarily in the fields of quantum chemistry, nonlinear optics, and
biophotonics. He will also interact and guide the research of graduate students and give a series of lectures based on his seminal textbook entitled Principles of Nonlinear Optical Spectroscopy.
Lena Cowen Orlin
Professor
Department of English
Georgetown University

Lena Cowen Orlin is a Shakespearean expert of the first order. She has been at the center of the
most important academic institutions devoted to Shakespeare, including the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Shakespeare Association of America, the International Shakespeare Association, and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
 
She is the author of several books, including Locating Privacy in Tudor London (Oxford, 2009) and Private Matters and Public Culture in Post-Reformation England (Cornell, 1994), and is co- editor of The Bedford Shakespeare (Bedford, 2015). Her new biography, The Private Life of William Shakespeare, will appear in 2021.
 
Dr. Orlin is widely recognized for scholarship that crosses the fields of literature, history, and art and architectural history. She has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and she is a highly cited expert of private, domestic life during the Renaissance, as well as the works of Shakespeare.
 
She is an elected fellow of the Royal Historical Society (UK) and a past fellow of the National Humanities Center in the U.S.
 
She is also sought for her leadership, serving now on editorial boards for the journals Shakespeare Studies and Shakespeare Survey and for the publication series Oxford Shakespeare Topics and Arden Shakespeare State of Play. She is the current chair of the Board of Governors of the New Variorum Shakespeare and is responsible for bringing this pioneering digital project to Texas A&M University’s Center of Digital Humanities Research.

At Texas A&M, Dr. Orlin will be heavily involved with both humanities scholarship and digital humanities work. She will be a frequent participant in the Glasscock Center, offering lectures, book discussions, and workshops, and she will work with the Center’s Early Modern Studies Working Group. Dr. Orlin will offer important guidance to A&M’s Digital Center for Humanities. She will work with the Cushing Library on curating and presenting the Second Folio of Shakespeare’s work in conjunction with early modern print materials in A&M’s Rare Book School.
 
Dr. Orlin received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College, and her Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of North Carolina.

Photo Credit: Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
2020-21 Distinguished Lecturers
Jennifer Lewis
Hansjörg Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired
Engineering
John A. Paulson School of Engineering and
Applied Sciences
Harvard University

Professor Jennifer A. Lewis is a materials scientist and engineer. Professor Lewis’s research is advancing the frontiers of biomanufacturing of functional organ-specific tissues. Her work offers promise for engineering human tissues and potentially whole organs for repair, regeneration, and replacement to address the ever-growing organ shortage.
 
Dr. Lewis is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Inventors, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is fellow of the American Ceramic Society, the American Physical Society, and the Materials Research Society.
 
She serves on the editorial advisory boards of Advanced Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, and Soft Matter. Not surprisingly, her research has won several prestigious prizes, including the Lush Science Prize, the Materials Research Society Medal, and the Brunauer Award from the American Ceramic Society.
 
Her research focuses on the digital design and assembly of functional, structural, and biological materials. These architected materials may find potential application as flexible electronics, soft robotics, lightweight structures, and vascularized human tissues. Her work integrates materials science, additive manufacturing, bioengineering, and soft matter physics to design and assemble synthetic and living materials. She holds 22 patents. She has made pioneering contributions to the areas of microscale 3D printing, 4D printing (materials patterned in three dimensions, whose shape evolves with time), and 3D bioprinting.
 
Professor Lewis will collaborate in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, present lectures, and form research relationships with A&M’s faculty and students in 3D bioprinting, the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute, and tissue manufacturing.
 
Dr. Lewis graduated with a bachelor’s from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and earned her doctorate in ceramic science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1991.
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Dr. Clifford L. Fry, Associate Director
Hagler Institute for Advanced Study
at Texas A&M University