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.