Abidi, FBRI honored at Association for Women in Communications' ceremony
The Association for Women in Communication Lubbock Professional Chapter held its annual Celebrity Luncheon Thursday (Apr. 23) at the Overton Hotel. The ceremony highlights members of the Lubbock and South Plains communities who make the area a better place to live.
At that ceremony Noureddine Abidi and the Texas Tech Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute were honored for their contributions to West Texas. Abidi is an associate professor with Tech's Department of Plant and Soil Science in addition to holding the position of associate director of the institute.
Tech's FBRI recently received a grant more than $470,000 in funding by the Wal-Mart Foundation. The study, titled "Foam Indigo Dyeing of Cotton Yarns: Machine Design and Process Control," is aimed at reducing the amount of water, contaminants, time, labor, floor space and expense needed to apply indigo dye to denim yarns. Abidi, who accepted on behalf of the institute, said cotton production and use is critical to West Texas, and this research would continue.
The FBRI is equipped and staffed to conduct research and development activities ranging from small-scale testing through large-scale manufacturing. A fundamental objective is to foster greater use of the natural fibers and increase textile manufacturing in Texas.
Activities revolve around:" Researching, testing, and evaluating natural and man-made fibers" Production and evaluation of yarns and fabrics; alternative textile processing systems" Dyeing and finishing; and special yarn and fabric treatments.
Separately, Katharine Hayhoe, who received a Headliner Award, is an atmospheric scientist and director of Texas Tech's Climate Science Center. And Robert Wernsman, who died in March after an extended battle with cancer, received the Mary Ann Edwards Professional Communicator Award. Other award recipients included Texas Tech graduates Eddie Dixon, an artist, and former state representative Delwin Jones.
Written by Norman Martin
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