WT’s Hiranuma Appointed to Energy Department Advisory Committee

Dr. Naruki Hiranuma
Chip Chandler Mar 21, 2023
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WT’s Hiranuma Appointed to Energy Department Advisory Committee

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CANYON, Texas — A West Texas A&M University environmental science professor has been named as an advisory committee member for a U.S. Department of Energy lab.

Dr. Naruki Hiranuma, associate professor of environmental science in the Department of Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences in WT’s Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences, now serves on the user executive committee for the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory.

EMSL, located in Richland, Washington, is the DOE Office of Science’s premiere molecular sciences laboratory. Scientists in various research disciplines from around the world partner with EMSL to use world-class laboratory space, expertise and equipment for free if their research proposal is accepted through its peer-review process.

“I have benefitted from EMSL, the opportunity to use its state-of-the-art tools and the chance to collaborate with its scientists in the past,” Hiranuma said. “So I am honored and grateful to have an opportunity to help other scientists in my role as a user committee member.”

In his role on the advisory committee, Hiranuma will provide recommendations about EMSL operating policies and needs and recommend participants for proposal review panels, among other duties.

Hiranuma said that the position will allow him to help the national research community, including his WT colleagues and others in this area, facilitate their research at the lab.

“I will help current and future lab users achieve their research goals at the lab by giving them guidance on how best to work within its guidelines,” Hiranuma said. “I also will be able to pass along user feedback to lab officials for possible improvements in its operations.”

Hiranuma will serve for three years. He is one of seven committee members from around the country.

“This is quite a significant honor for Dr. Hiranuma and for WT,” said Dr. Kevin Pond, dean of the Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences. “Not only does it reflect his extensive research activities, but it also recognizes WT’s role as a regional research university.”

“This brings attention to the quality of research conducted at West Texas A&M University,” said Dr. David Sissom, professor of biology and head of the Department of Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences. “Dr. Hiranuma has been an outstanding and highly productive researcher in our department, and his research is internationally recognized.”

WT’s vision of being a Regional Research University is the center point of the University’s long-range plan, WT 125: From the Panhandle to the World.

That plan is fueled by the historic, $125 million One West comprehensive fundraising campaign. To date, the five-year campaign — which publicly launched in September 2021 — has raised more than $120 million.




About West Texas A&M University

WT is located in Canyon, Texas, on a 342-acre residential campus. Established in 1910, the University has been part of The Texas A&M University System since 1990. WT, a Hispanic Serving Institution since 2016, boasts an enrollment of about 10,000 and offers 59 undergraduate degree programs and more than 40 graduate degrees, including two doctoral degrees. The University is also home to the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, the largest history museum in the state and the home of one of the Southwest’s finest art collections. The Buffaloes are a member of the NCAA Division II Lone Star Conference and offers 14 men’s and women’s athletics programs.