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Texas A&M: McDonald Honored by Texas A&M Center for Teaching Excellence

Regents Professor Dr. Thomas McDonald, at the Texas A&M School of Public Health, was selected as one of six Texas A&M faculty members who exemplify transformational learning by the Center for Teaching Excellence. The award acknowledges outstanding Texas A&M instructors and faculty members who, through their dedication to transformational teaching practices, have made significant impact on their students.

Dr. McDonald was nominated for the award by Ms. Jillian Barthelemy, a senior public health major.

“Dr. McDonald challenged us to think in new ways by presenting us with public health problems and making us pick apart potential results and hazardous outcomes,” Ms. Barthelemy said.

Dr. McDonald joined the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health in 2005 and has served as Department Head and as Interdisciplinary Faculty of Toxicology. He currently leads the Research Translation Core of the Texas A&M Superfund Research Center composed of scientists from across campus conducting four environmental research projects funded by a $10 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).

Established in 1987, the NIEHS Superfund Research Program is a highly competitive grant-based program that funds a network of 16 university-based multidisciplinary research teams that study human health and environmental issues related to hazardous chemicals, with a goal of understanding the link between exposure and disease.

Dr. McDonald was named a Regents Professor in 2018 by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents for his stellar contributions to the university and the people of Texas.

The award comes with $1,500 to help Dr. McDonald continue his development of transformational teaching as well as a $500 scholarship for Ms. Barthelemy.

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