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Fall 2010                         

Volume 1, Number 2

In This Issue

Featured Student

Student Spotlights

Some New Faculty

Strategic Faculty Hires

Featured Alumnus

Scholarships Update

 

Dean's Message

 

A&S in the News

   

Featured Student

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Luke Creasy
English Major

Lucas “Luke” Creasy is a Texas Tech senior with significant  achievements in both the classroom and the rodeo arena. He came to Texas from a small hamlet in Alberta, Canada, and transferred to Tech after attending Western Texas College. Once at Tech he continued to show his prowess in the classroom and on horseback.

 

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Student Spotlights

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David McDaniel

David McDaniel is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History, and a Helen Jones History Dissertation Writing Fellow.

 

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Ximena Solis-Wever

Ximena Solis-Wever, a senior Microbiology major from Lubbock, decided to test the hypothesis of apoptosis in cardiomyocytes.

 

 

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Some New Faculty

The College of Arts & Sciences has 25 new faculty members, 23 of whom are on campus this fall.  You can see a complete list of these outstanding individuals here.

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Carole Edwards
Associate  Professor,
Classical & Modern Languages and Literatures

Carole Edwards received her doctorate from Purdue University in French with an emphasis on Francophone Studies.

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Alastair Hamilton
Assistant Professor,
Mathematics and Statistics

Dr. Hamilton's research interests are in algebra and topology. He is interested in connections between these areas and aspects of mathematical physics.

 

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Jens Omli
Assistant Professor,
Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences

Jens Omli specializes in sport psychology and coaching, and conducts research related to the influence of adult involvement in youth sports.

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Kendra Dyanne Rivera
Assistant Professor,
Communication Studies

Dr. Kendra Rivera is an organizational communication scholar who is interested in employees’ identities at work. 

 

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Strategic Faculty Hires

In order to meet benchmarks required to receive funding from the state’s National Research University Fund, and to promote research in key areas, Texas Tech initiated a strategic hiring program in fall 2009.  Of the six strategic hires made at TTU, four were in the College of Arts and Sciences.  Each of these individuals is also an accomplished teacher, scholar and mentor, who will play an important role in providing programmatic leadership to our faculty and students within their home departments and across the College as we work to achieve Tier 1 status.

 

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Matt Olson
Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

Matt Olson studies population genetics, which is a branch of evolutionary biology focused on how genetic changes spread.

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William Resetarits
Professor, Biological Sciences

William Resetarits comes to Texas Tech after serving as Program Director in the Division of Environmental Biology at the National Science Foundation.

 

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Yehia Mechref
Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Yehia  Mechref uses the example of common table sugar to introduce his research area by saying, “Table sugar is the first thing that comes to mind when the word ‘sweet’ is mentioned.”

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Juske Horita
Professor, Geosciences

Juske Horita  has more than twenty years experience in studying environmental, hydrological and other Earth processes, utilizing natural tracers of stable isotopes.

 

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Featured Alumnus

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Dennis Haley

BS Zoology 1969

Dennis Haley (BS Zoology 1969) is a fine example of how an education in Arts and Sciences prepares one to meet the challenges associated with career and life-style changes. Haley has enjoyed two very different professional careers, initially a practicing dentist and later a floral distributor. Throughout it all, he has been a staunch supporter of the university that prepared him for his life’s journey.

 

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Scholarships Update

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As the largest college at Texas Tech University, Arts and Sciences places a high priority on research, learning, and scholarship.  The college also places a high priority on helping students achieve their academic goals.  To support these priorities, Arts and Sciences distributed over $94,000 in Academic Achievement Scholarships and over $118, 500 in Need Based Scholarships to students for the 2010-2011 Academic year. 

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Dean Schovanec and several recent scholarship recipients