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Texas Science Alumni Receive Distinguished Texas Exes Award

Texas Science Alumni Receive Distinguished Texas Exes Award

Texas Science alumni and friends were named among the winners of university alumni awards this year. Colonel (Ret.) Leon L. Holland, Alma Solis, and Michael Young will receive Distinguished Alumni Awards from the Texas Exes, the alumni association of the University of Texas at Austin.

From left: Michael Young, Alma Solis, and Colonel Leon L. Holland (Ret.)
The awards are given annually to alumni who have distinguished themselves professionally and through service to the university. Six awardees will be recognized at a ceremony on Nov. 8.

Leon L. Holland received a degree in natural sciences and a teaching certificate, and he is a career Army Medical Service Corps officer and administrator. He is a founding member of The Precursors, a group composed of some of the first African American students to integrate the university. He was also the first African American commissioned from the UT ROTC Program. Holland's many honors include two Legion of Merit Awards and being the inductee to the Distinguished Order of Military Medical Merit and recipient of the Heman Sweatt Legacy Award, the Dr. James L. Hill Leadership Circle Award and The University of Texas Presidential Citation.

Alma Solis is a research scientist and curator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C., who received her bachelor's and master's degrees from UT Austin in biology. She is internationally recognized as an authority on snout moths (Pyraloidea) and has published more than 100 research papers and book chapters on their classification and biology. 

Michael Young received the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discoveries of molecular mechanisms that control circadian rhythms. He received his bachelor's degree in biology and his master's and Ph.D. in zoology from UT Austin. Young is currently the Fisher Professor and head of the Laboratory of Genetics at Rockefeller University, where he also serves as the university's vice president for Academic Affairs. 

Below: Watch Young's acceptance speech during the 2018 College of Natural Sciences Hall of Honor.

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