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Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2014 12:00 am

Nine nationally and internationally respected scholars will be formally inducted to Texas A&M University's Institute for Advanced Study on Friday.

The academics who have temporarily committed to teach at A&M in varying capacities hail from other top U.S. universities, as well as from Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The group includes scientists, humanities scholars and others who have been presented the Nobel Prize, the National Medal of Science, the Wolf Prize, The Hubbell Medal in Literature, among other prestigious awards for their teaching and research.

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14 comments:

  • Sabio posted at 6:21 am on Tue, Feb 11, 2014.

    Sabio Posts: 1413

    These scholars are outstanding and will serve as a wonderful example to the disgruntled faculty (a minority within the faculty, but who all seem to post here) of what productive faculty look like. Oh, and they WANT to be here.

    If A&M was a rotten as the disgruntled faculty who post here would like people to think, we'd never have attracted such an incredible group of faculty to come.

    As great as they are as scholars, they're also very nice people. Welcome to Texas A&M and College Station TIAS Scholars. Thank you for setting such a fine example for our faculty to emulate.

    Kudos to John Junkins for envisioning TIAS and his good work to entice these scholars to campus. John's another example of highly productive faculty (in contrast with the numbskulls that post here).

     
  • My Observation posted at 8:44 am on Mon, Feb 10, 2014.

    My Observation Posts: 356

    It's a safe assumption that you voted for Obama simply because he is half black/half white. Such a shallow and narrow worldview you hold there.

     
  • seasoned posted at 9:32 am on Sat, Feb 8, 2014.

    seasoned Posts: 16

    Several factual points: 1. The selection processs starts with nominations solicited from all 70 academic units. 2. Only those nominees having Nobel prize or national academy level accomplishments are considered are considered further. 3. Not all those selected are able to accept. 4. The 15 scholars over the first 2yrs are from 7 of the 10 colleges an 1/3 are "non white males". TIAS Is bringing incredible talent and positive visibility to TAMU (see yesterday's NYT). The impact of the collaborations on faculty and students has been amazingly positive to date.

     
  • My Observation posted at 9:30 am on Sat, Feb 8, 2014.

    My Observation Posts: 356

    Read FromAfar's comment silly boy.

     
  • FromAfar posted at 9:38 am on Fri, Feb 7, 2014.

    FromAfar Posts: 428

    The TIAS Gala invitation says "formal attire", not "black tie". The article got it wrong.

     
  • TexasEagle2 posted at 9:46 pm on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    TexasEagle2 Posts: 532

    Wrong again...I was invited and had other obligations....

     
  • FromAfar posted at 8:59 pm on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    FromAfar Posts: 428

    This year's TIAS inductees have diverse backgrounds, not that it matters. Three or four are American, and there is one each from Sweden, India, Canada, Greece, and Germany.

     
  • My Observation posted at 5:41 pm on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    My Observation Posts: 356

    You still cannot generalize what their ethnic background is based on a bio unless you have a personal conversation with them TexasEagle2. You're just mad because you won't ever be part of this elite crowd. Keep leaving silly comments though.

     
  • TexasEagle2 posted at 5:03 pm on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    TexasEagle2 Posts: 532

    Read their bios...they website is listed below.

     
  • My Observation posted at 2:19 pm on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    My Observation Posts: 356

    Interesting how TexasEagle2 can summarize that there are no ethnic minorities simply by reading this article when it doesn't even allude to their race, quite a narrow view you take there. White guilt is a typical trait of Liberals and you seem to have a lot of it and make everything into a racial issue. I can guarantee one thing, non of the daily posters on here will ever be inducted into the Texas A&M University's Institute for Advanced Study simply because they are not productive and lack the vision and performance to do so. No matter what happens at Texas A&M, this small crowd of posters will never be happy. Such as life. I am happy for those that have achieved this.

     
  • FromAfar posted at 11:54 am on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    FromAfar Posts: 428

    To me "formal attire" means "no holes in your blue jeans". I asked a former dean who is a DP for the definition, and he said "black suit; if they meant tux they would have written 'black tie' ".

     
  • TexasEagle2 posted at 10:45 am on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    TexasEagle2 Posts: 532

    Interesting collection of people. Narrow cross-section of university disciplines...notably devoid of women (there must be at least one women in the world do outstanding, cross-cutting work in some field) and minorities (some comment). However, a great start in attracting attention to a basically white, male dominated university....the scholarly equivalent of national signing day without the swag helicopter.

     
  • citizen1 posted at 10:36 am on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    citizen1 Posts: 248

    I'll be there too... if I can find a black tie... the event should provide an entertaining ethnographic experience.

     
  • FromAfar posted at 8:38 am on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    FromAfar Posts: 428

    The distinguished group of TIAS inductees for 2013-14 can be found on the TIAS website.

    http://tias.tamu.edu/facultyfellows/2013-2014

    I am looking forward to meeting these new ones tomorrow night at the TIAS Gala. Hearing Kelsey Taylor again sing with Greg Tivis et al is an added attraction of this event.

     

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