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Four receive Texas A&M System regents honors

AriLife faculty recognized Four honored Exemplary contributions

Four Texas A&M AgriLife faculty members recently were honored by The Texas A&M University System's board of regents.

Dr. Fred T. Davies Jr. with Texas AgriLife Research was named Regents Professor.

Regents Fellow Service Awards were presented to Dr. Robert S. Chapkin, AgriLife Research; Gary D. Clayton, the Texas AgriLife Extension Service; and Dr. Travis D. Miller, AgriLife Extension.


Davies, professor of horticultural sciences, has taught undergraduate and graduate courses since 1979. He has co-authored more than 150 research and technical publications as well as the last four editions of Hartmann and Kester's Plant Propagation-Principles and Practices, the world-wide standard for plant propagation texts. Davies has been a Fulbright fellow and a visiting professor and scientist in Mexico and Peru. He is currently president of the American Society for Horticultural Sciences and a past-president of the International Plant Propagators' Society and has received numerous awards for his teaching abilities.


Chapkin, who has been with AgriLife Research for 21 years, was cited for his expertise in integrative nutrition, cancer biology, cell biology and immunology. He is a "world-renowned expert in the field of dietary lipids," according to the nomination. His research findings have been cited more than 4,500 times by other researchers. Chapkin also is a professor in the Texas A&M food and nutrition sciences department.


Miller has served 31 years as an AgriLife Extension specialist in the Texas A&M soil and crop sciences department. A portion of his career focused on small grain and oilseed crops, first in Weslaco as an area specialist and then as state specialist in College Station. More recently, Miller has been associate head and AgriLife Extension program leader for the department, providing administrative leadership and programming on a variety of topics, but with emphasis of biofuels and the development of oilseeds and feedstocks for renewable diesel. As a well-known expert on the situation of Texas farm commodities, Miller has spoken to more than 70,000 people in 1,300 audiences across 86 counties during his career.


Clayton, who recently retired as AgriLife Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources in Wise County, had been with the agency for 31 years. He previously served in Bell and Hood counties. He is well known for his educational programming about beef cattle, water quality and conservation, small acreage ownership, and youth development and agricultural awareness in the counties he has served. Additionally, Clayton was commended for helping plan and construct outdoor classrooms at two elementary schools.

The Regents Professor Award program was established in 1996 and followed by the Regents Fellows Service Award program in 1998.The program recognizes employees who have made exemplary contributions to their university or agency and to the people of Texas, according to The Texas A&M University System. To date, 131 faculty members have been named Regents Professors and 76 agency professionals have been named Regents Fellows.

More information about the awards can be found at

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