SAN MARCOS – Gary Beall, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Texas State University-San Marcos, has been selected as the inaugural Formosa Professor effective Sept. 1.
Beall will serve in the position through Aug. 31, 2014. The associated Formosa Plastics Corporation Faculty Fellowship yearly provides a research stipend of $12,000 that can be used to cover teaching expenditures (course release with prior approval of the department chair), research expenditures or to supplement salary.
Beall was selected through a competitive process based in part on his applied research efforts pertinent to the Office of Commercialization and Industry Relations (OCIR). Under the fellowship, he will continue his research in nanoparticles and the nanocomposites that can be formulated using the nanoparticles.
The OCIR/Formosa Plastics Professorship (Formosa Professorship) was established to recognize a tenured faculty member’s scholarly contributions at Texas State toward multidisciplinary scientific and technological solutions of industrial and environmental problems. Per the MOU establishing the Formosa Professorship, candidates may be from a variety of backgrounds including biology, chemistry and biochemistry, economics, engineering technology, finance, geography, physics, the Materials Science, Engineering and Commercialization Program, and the School of Engineering as well as growing university centers, programs and schools that will develop at Texas State in the future.