New Interim President, COVID-19 Breathalyzer, and more
New Interim President, COVID-19 Breathalyzer, and more
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John Junkins Named A&M's Interim President; Will Begin with New Year

Last week, Texas A&M President Michael Young announced he will be stepping down from his position on Dec. 31. System Chancellor John Sharp '72 has recommended John L. Junkins, distinguished professor of aerospace engineering, as interim president.
The Board of Regents will vote on Sharp's recommendation before the new year. In a letter to the Texas A&M community, Junkins said he is surprised and honored to take on this role.
To learn more about this announcement, click here.

Texas A&M System, Worlds Inc. Collaborate On COVID-19 Breathalyzer

The simple act of blowing through a straw could soon come to symbolize a breathtaking leap forward in the COVID-19 fight – and in combating other public health threats, including pathogens that could cause future pandemics.
That simple exhaled breath is key to a new device that uses artificial intelligence to detect whether individuals should be tested for COVID-19. The sophisticated breathalyzer is being developed and tested through a collaboration among a Dallas-based company, Worlds Inc., the U.S. Air Force and The Texas A&M University System.
Finish reading the article here.

Aggies in Government Spotlight

Andrea Bouressa '03 always knew she wanted to be an Aggie, just like her father and grandfather. Now, she serves as the 471st Judicial District Court Judge. Learn how Andrea continues to stay involved with the Aggie Network at
If you know an Aggie working in government and would like to see them in a future spotlight, submit a nomination here

Texas A&M Students Design Portable Air Purifier

Valentina Alarcon '21 and Juan Cuellar '21 from the College of Engineering and Leticia Gomes '23 from Mays Business School designed the prototype through Aggies Against COVID-19, a virtual design competition that invited students of all majors to identify and solve problems related to the pandemic. After placing in the top 10 teams, the group was admitted into the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps Site Fellows program.
To read more, click here.

Seven A&M System Faculty Members Named to Science Association

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will induct seven faculty members from The Texas A&M University System — six from Texas A&M University and one from Texas A&M University-Kingsville — as 2020 AAAS Fellows during the association’s virtual annual meeting on Feb. 8, Texas A&M University’s Division of Research announced.
See the list of 2020 Aggie Fellows here.
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