Angela Wilson, Regents Professor of Chemistry and the Director for the Center for Advanced Scientific Computing and Modeling (CASCaM), is the 2015 recipient of the UNT Foundation Eminent Faculty Award. This award recognizes a faculty member who has made outstanding and sustained contributions to scholarly-creative activity, teaching, and service and has served as an inspiration to the University of North Texas community. This award is one of the university's highest faculty honors.
Wilson was most recently named the 2015 Francis P. Garvan-John M. Olin Medal recipient by the American Chemical Society (ACS). Wilson has won many other awards, such as the prestigious National Science Foundation's CAREER Award, honoring young scholars who effectively integrate research and education within the context of their organization's mission. She was also awarded the 2010 Prix d'Incitation Scientifique du Centre de Mecanique Ondulatoire Appliquee (Promising Young Scientist prize of CMOA), an international award given to young scientists for outstanding achievements in chemistry and physics. Additionally, Wilson received UNT's 2011 Research Leadership Award for her groundbreaking research and was the recipient of the 2013 UNT Foundation Faculty Leadership Award.
A Fellow of the American Chemical Society and National Associate of the US National Academies, Wilson leads an internationally renowned research team that is working to create a chemical model that will accurately compute the energetics across the periodic table. In September 2012, the International Innovation journal featured Wilson as one of the leading "Trailblazers of North American Research." Funded by the National Science Foundation, Wilson, along with her team, works on computing periodicity with the goal of producing a basis for accurate computational chemistry by utilizing thermodynamics.
UNT has built one of the largest computational chemistry programs in the US as a result of Wilson's leadership and dedication. This body of work has provided a rich, integrated research and education environment, and has created a stellar pool of doctoral, undergraduate, and high school students, who Wilson credits as being critical assets to her research efforts. Dr. Wilson's leadership extends far beyond UNT. She has been appointed to lead and advise various national academic, scientific, and government organizations. Internationally acclaimed, she has published over 100 peer-refeered articles and serves on the editorial boards of several highly regarded scientific journals.
Wilson, along with the other UNT Foundation award winners, newly tenured and promoted faculty, recently appointed Emeritus faculty, and other UNT faculty award winners will be honored at the Salute to Faculty Excellence Awards Dinner and Ceremony, sponsored by the UNT Foundation, Office for the President, and the Office of the Provost, on Friday, October 2, 2015.