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International Year of Soils; Recognition of soil as an essential natural resource

International Year of Soils; Recognition of soil as an essential natural resource

Soil researchers have a PSA for the wider, non-soil researching world: soil is not the same as dirt. Dirt is simply soil that has been misplaced from its natural setting, like the stuff tracked into your house and makes a mess. Another difference between soil and dirt is the fact that lowly dirt does not have an entire year dedicated to the celebration of and education for it, as designated by the United Nations.  more »

 

NRM’s Roesler receives American Fisheries Society presentation award

NRM’s Roesler receives American Fisheries Society presentation award

A graduate student with Texas Tech’s Department of Natural Resources Management received the ‘Best Student Oral Presentation Award” at a meeting of the American Fisheries Society Arizona-New Mexico Chapter. Elizabeth Roesler, a master’s student from Chicago, received the honor on Friday (Feb. 6) at the group’s annual convention in Las Cruces, NM.  more »

 

Steel Rising; Outline of new Bayer Plant Science Building begins to take shape

Steel Rising; Outline of new Bayer Plant Science Building begins to take shape

Cranes and construction workers begin to set the metal core of CASNR’s new $13.6 million expansion and renovation of what will be known as the ‘Bayer Plant Science Building.’ Eric Hequet, chairman of Tech’s Department of Plant and Soil Science, said construction is on schedule and the building should be completed by the end of August. The department will organize an open house day soon after, probably in early October.  more »

 

CASNR Distinguished & Young Alumni Awards honor seven at Alumni Center

CASNR Distinguished & Young Alumni Awards honor seven at Alumni Center

Texas Tech University’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources honored six distinguished alumni on Monday (Feb. 16) at the university’s McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center. The Distinguished & Young Alumni Awards honor alumni who’ve made significant contributions to society, and whose accomplishments and careers have brought distinction to the college and to the professions associated with agriculture and natural resources.  more »

 

Sorghum hybrid firm is first tenant for Tech’s Research and Technology Park

Sorghum hybrid firm is first tenant for Tech’s Research and Technology Park

An agbiotech company that focuses on sorghum hybrids is the first tenant signed to move into the new Texas Tech Innovation Hub and Research Park. Headquartered in Chicago, Chromatin targets its research in areas such as water scarcity, increasing global demand for food and the limits on fertile land, making a great fit for Texas Tech and the South Plains region.  more »

 

CASNR students standout at Atlanta’s ASAS Southern Section meetings

CASNR students standout at Atlanta’s ASAS Southern Section meetings

Two graduate students from Texas Tech’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences, and a newly formed Academic Quadrathalon Team, had a strong showing at the recent (Jan. 31-Feb. 3) American Society of Animal Science, Southern Section meetings in Atlanta.  more »