SPS 2014

Department News Archive





Dr. Doughty Receives Emeritus Designation

Ben DoughtyDr. Ben Doughty, former Associate Dean of the College of Humanities, Social Sciences & Arts and Professor of Physics & Astronomy at Texas A&M University-Commerce, was named Professor Emeritus of Physics & Astronomy by the Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System at their May 1 meeting.
An emeritus award is an honor that is presided over by The Texas A&M University System, and according to their rules governing the process, “emeritus status shall be conferred upon retired individuals who have made significant contributions to the university through long and distinguished service.” More...

Dr. Bertulani joins APS Education Committee

Dr. Carlos Bertulani is now a member (2012-2015) of the Committee of Education of the American Physical Society. The committee is responsible for national activities in the area of physics education, meets in Washington D.C. twice a year (spring and fall) in person, and holds
regular teleconferences between face-to-face meetings.  The committee oversees physics education-related efforts in K-12, undergraduate, and graduate education, and develops strategies to increase the number of undergraduate majors in physics.


Dr. Li Named Regents Professor

Li-BlountDr. Bao-An Li (right) receives from CoSEA Dean Dr. Grady Blount the official 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."  More

Dr. Bertulani Named APS Fellow

Carlos BertulaniDr. Carlos Bertulani was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS).  This is a distinct honor as the number of Fellows of the APS is limited to no more than one half of one percent of the membership.  Election to APS Fellowship is recognition by the physics community of Dr. Bertulani's outstanding contributions to physics.  

The Citation, which will appear on Dr. Bertulani's Fellowship Certificate, will read as follows:

"For leading the development of theories for electromagnetic processes in heavy-ion collisions, including many pioneering and successful predictions for reactions involving nuclei far from the stability line."

We the faculty of the A&M Commerce Department of Physics & Astronomy offer our hearty congratulations to our colleague and friend, Dr. Carlos Bertulani.


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."

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, 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

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"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.
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