Renyi Zhang Recognized As 2016 AAAS Fellow

Nov 22, 2016

Dr. Renyi Zhang, University Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Sciences in the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University, has been recognized as a 2016 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Zhang earned a Ph.D. from MIT and completed his postdoctoral work at Caltech/NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is holder of the Harold J. Haynes Endowed Chair in Geosciences.

His research at Texas A&M has led to breakthroughs and paradigm shifts in several atmospheric fields—photochemical oxidation of hydrocarbons; formation, growth, and properties of aerosols; urban and regional air pollution; ambient measurements of trace gases and aerosols; and assessment of aerosol-cloud-climate interaction—and provided critical insights into the impacts of human activities on the environment, weather, and climate

He has received numerous awards, including honorary professorships at Peking University and Fudan University in China, the Outstanding International Collaboration Researcher Award from the China National Science Foundation, The Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award—Research, the Bush Excellence Award for Faculty in International Research, and the Cheung-Kong Distinguished Scholar Award from the Ministry of Education, China.

Zhang joins Hongcai Joe Zhou in the College of Science, Karen-Beth Goldberg Scholtof and Bir Bahadur Singh in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Jyotsna Vaid in the College of Liberal Arts among the 391 AAAS members honored this year for scientific or socially distinguished efforts to advance the study of science.

The AAAS Fellows will be presented with an official certificate in a ceremony during the 2017 AAAS Annual Meeting on Saturday, February 18 in Boston. They were formally announced on November 21 in the widely circulated journal published by AAAS, Science.

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