Feeding our world, improving our health, enriching our youth, protecting our environment and growing our economy — our outstanding faculty members receive due recognition for their work on our Grand Challenges.
Peers throughout the world have identified some of them as being in the top five percent of their fields. To these faculty members, Texas A&M University has bestowed the title of Distinguished Professor.
We present the Distinguished Professors in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences:
B.S., Centenary College of Louisiana, 1960
M.S., Louisiana State University, 1963
Ph.D., North Carolina State University, 1969
Dr. Bazer is a Regents Fellow, Distinguished Professor and O. D. Butler Chair for Physiology of Reproduction in the Department of Animal Science.
His research in reproductive biology focuses on uterine biology and pregnancy. He also studies components of uterine secretions that include transport proteins, regulatory molecules, and growth factors and enzymes. He has received the Wolf Prize in Agriculture and the Humboldt Research Award in Agriculture along with numerous other awards. He has been associate vice chancellor for agriculture and life sciences, executive associate dean of the College, associate director of Texas Agricultural Experiment Station (now Texas A&M AgriLife Research), associate vice president for Research, and interim head of the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology.
B.S., University of Guelph – Canada, 1981
M.S., University of Guelph – Canada, 1983
Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 1986
Chapkin is a Regents Professor and University Faculty Fellow in the Program in Integrative Nutrition and Complex Diseases of the department of nutrition and food science, as well as a Texas A&M AgriLife Senior Faculty Fellow.
Dr. Chapkin’s research centers on colon cancer prevention by investigating the impact of dietary fat, fiber, and folate status on disease processes. Experiments done by himself and collaborative researchers are designed to examine the effects of nutrients on the inhibition or activation of genes that are involved in the development of cancer in humans. In his research, Dr. Chapkin has demonstrated the impact of omega-3 fatty acids on the transmission of information that alters physiological responses that ultimately determine the risk for developing colon cancer.
John Crompton, Ph.D.
D.L.C., Loughborough College, 1966
M.S., University of Illinois, 1968
M.Sc., Loughborough University, 1970
Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 1977
A Distinguished Professor in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences, Dr. Crompton is the world’s most published scholar in the fields of tourism and parks, and recreation/leisure studies.
Sixteen of his books are used nationwide in university-level courses. He has been the president or chair of six professional organizations. He is a two-time board member of the National Recreation and Park Association, and has a lifetime term on the board of the National Recreation Foundation. He has received numerous awards including the Cornelius Amory Pugsley Medal, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the parks and conservation field. In 2004, the city of College Station named a park after him.
B.A., Mt. Holyoke College, 1966
M.S., California State University, 1980
Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 1984
Dr. Lupton is a Distinguished Professor of nutrition and food science, Regents Professor, University Faculty Fellow and William W Allen Endowed Chair in Nutrition.
Her widely published research focuses on the effect of diet on colon physiology and colon cancer with a particular emphasis on dietary fiber and n-3 fatty acids known as the “healthy fats.” She has received numerous academic honors at Texas A&M. She is a Fellow and former president of the American Society for Nutrition. She has served on state and national nutrition advisory boards and is the holder of three patents based on her research.
B.S., University of Colorado, 1970
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 1973
Dr. McCarl is a Regents Professor, Distinguished Professor of agricultural economics and a Texas A&M AgriLife Faculty Fellow.
Dr. McCarl is part of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that won the award for its efforts to document and disseminate knowledge about man-made climate change. A researcher on climate change for more than 20 years, McCarl was the lead author on a chapter published by the climate change panel examining how agriculture can help counter the effects of global warming by reducing greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere. His research efforts involve policy analysis concerning climate change, climate change mitigation, water economics, and biosecurity. Dr. McCarl also teaches graduate courses in applied mathematical programming and risk analysis.
B.S., Texas A&M University, 1975
M.S., Texas A&M University, 1976
Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 1978
Dr. Savell is a Regents Professor and E.M. “Manny” Rosenthal Chairholder in the department of animal science at Texas A&M and holder of the Cintron University Professorship in Undergraduate Teaching Excellence.
Dr. Savell has been recognized by The American Meat Science Association at the national and international levels, having received the Distinguished Research Award, Distinguished Teaching Award and Signal Service/American Meat Science Association Fellow Award, which is presented to preeminent scientists, educators and professionals in the meat science discipline. His research led to the production and marketing of leaner beef, meeting consumer demand for beef with less fat that is now marketed as “Select” beef. His work also demonstrates the role of beef in a healthy diet and provided an economic incentive for the beef industry to produce leaner beef. In addition, he is considered to be a thought leader in the area of food safety and the implementation of programs to ensure the safety of meat products.
B.S., U.P. Agricultural University – India, 1967
M.S., University of Guelph – Canada, 1970
Ph.D., Colorado State University, 1974
Dr. Singh is a Distinguished Professor in biological and agricultural engineering and Caroline & William N. Lehrer Distinguished Chair in Water.
Researchers in his field single him out as being the top scholar in our country, or even in the world, in hydrologic engineering. Dr. Singh’s specialty, kinematic wave theory, is used to describe the behavior of water in irrigation channels. It has also been used to describe: the movement of flood waves in rivers; overland flow; runoff from snow melting; movement of glaciers; erosion from upland areas; movement of water in soils; pollutants in surface and subsurface waters; surface irrigation design; design of erosion control structures; flood planning; and hydrologic design. The theory has also been employed to describe flow of traffic on long interstate highways.
A.B., Wilmington College, 1962
Ph.D., Purdue University, 1968
Dr. Summers is a Distinguished Professor in entomology and holder of the Endowed Chair in Agricultural Biotechnology. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
His research emphasis is molecular biology of virion maturation in the nucleus of cells. He pioneered the development of the Baculovirus Expression Vector System (BEVS), an innovative technology used for the efficient, low-cost, large-scale production of functionally active proteins. According to Thomson Reuters, the applications of this technology throughout the scientific community made Summers one of the top 250 most highly cited microbiologists in the world.
B.S., South China Agricultural University
M.S., Beijing Agricultural University
M.S., University of Alberta
Ph.D., University of Alberta
Dr. Wu is a Distinguished Professor in animal nutrition, a University Faculty Fellow and a Texas A&M AgriLife Research Faculty Fellow.
His research centers on protein and amino acid nutrition and metabolism, a vast field that straddles basic biology, agriculture and medicine. His discoveries relating to the physiological, nutritional and regulatory roles of amino acids have significantly changed the views of professionals in the global animal feed industry, veterinary medicine, human nutrition and the pharmaceutical industry. In addition, Dr. Wu’s work on the prevention and treatment of obesity, diabetes and fetal growth retardation has been extremely influential. He teaches two graduate courses, Protein Metabolism and Nutritional Biochemistry, and undergraduate courses, Problems in Animal Science and Nutrition and Biochemistry.