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RICHARDSON, Texas (Feb. 10, 2004) — The Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Education at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) has added a prominent Texas and Hong Kong academician, Dr. Paul Ching-Wu Chu, to its Research Advisory Board.
Dr. Chu currently is both professor of physics and the T.L.L. Temple Chair of Science at the University of Houston and the second president of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, one of the fastest-growing technological universities in the Pacific Rim.
Chu is a leading scientist in the United States and was the founding director of the Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston (TcSUH), after in 1987 he and his research team discovered superconductivity above the boiling point in liquid nitrogen. The purpose of TcSUH is to advance the field of High Temperature Superconductivity (HTS) research. Today, the center is recognized as one of the world's leading multidisciplinary centers for the study of materials leading to the full-scale commercialization of high-temperature superconductivity. His research activities extend beyond superconductivity to magnetism, dielectrics and nanotechnology. His work has resulted in the publication of more than 510 papers in refereed journals.
National and international accolades bestowed on Chu include the U. S. National Medal of Science and the International Prize for New Materials. He was invited to contribute to the White House National Millennium Time Capsule at the National Archives in 2000 and was selected the Best Researcher in the United States by U.S. News and World Report in 1990. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Academia Sinica, the Third World Academy of Sciences and a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
In January, U. S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, appointed Chu to be one of the founding governing board members of the Texas Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine.
"Ever since I came to UTD in 2001, I wanted to tap into Paul's enormous intellectual strength and global understanding of science and scientific movements," said Dr. Da Hsuan Feng, vice president for research and graduate education at UTD. "Unfortunately, my arrival coincided with his becoming the new president of HKUST. I am indeed pleased that with his duties in Hong Kong reaching some form of steady state, he will be spending more time in Texas and I will have the honor and privilege to seek his advice often for the benefit of UTD."
Chu will deliver a lecture at UTD on Friday, Feb. 13, at 8 p.m., in Room 2.102 of the South Building of the Eric Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. The lecture, jointly sponsored by the Jonsson School and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Education, is titled "From Mega to Nano: From High Temperature Superconducting/Liquid Hydrogen SuperGrid to Nano Spintronics."The 29 members of UTD's Research Advisory Board are all major national figures in academia, business and government. The board is tasked with assisting UTD to plan the future of the university's research, assisting in maintaining a sense of direction and focus in current research and interacting with UTD's internal council to build a common view of research. Members also provide insight into trends, entrepreneurial activities, government liaison and global outreach.
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