Dr. Bao-An Li (right) receives from CoSEA Dean Dr. Grady Blount the offical nomination and plaque for Regents Professor of the Texas A&M System. In Grady's words
"Bao-An: I cannot say that I am surprised by this news but I am supremely honored for what you have brought to our Physics program and our college. "Thank you" does not begin to express my gratification. I am very, very proud to have you as a colleague. Every one of us in CoSEA is a little bit taller tonight."
Dr. Carlos Bertulani and Dr. Kent Montgomery were recently recognized by Texas A&M University-Commerce with faculty awards for their teaching efforts in the department of physics and astronomy. Senior physics and computer science major Donald May also was awarded the Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship by the U.S. Department of Defense.
"We are very pleased to see our colleagues and students win these prestigious awards and scholarships," said Dr. Bao-An Li, physics and astronomy department head. "Their achievements reflect very well on the high quality of faculty, students and programs in the department of physics and astronomy."
Bertulani, associate professor of physics, was acknowledged with the H.M. Lafferty Distinguished Faculty Award and Montgomery, planetarium director, was selected for the Paul W. Barrus Distinguished Faculty Award.
"These are among the highest awards the university gives to faculty annually," Li said. "We are very proud of them."
May will receive a cash award paid annually at a rate of $25,000 with payments distributed monthly as he completes academic pursuits and/or internships under the program. He also will receive full tuition and approved related educational fees, health insurance funding, book allowance of up to $1,000 per award year, internship travel expenses, and orientation travel expenses.
"To our best knowledge, this is the first time a student from A&M-Commerce has won this prestigious award," Li said. "It is proper recognition of the extraordinary efforts made by these individuals in teaching, research and learning."
Dr. Bao-An Li (Professor and Department Head) was acknowledged with the H.M. Lafferty Distinguished Faculty Award in 2009. Dr. Li is a very active nuclear astrophysicist, studying the equation of state of nuclear matter in stars.