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December 2017

Tinsley Receives Grant from MTI Biotech

Grant Tinsley TTUGrant Tinsley, Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management, received grant funds of $24,698 from MTI Biotech, Inc. to support his research project, "Time-Restricted Feeding and HMB Supplementation During Resistance Training in Active Females." The grant was announced by TTU's Office of Research Services the week ending Dec. 8.

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Patterson Wins Margolis Social Justice Award

Jill Patterson TTUJill Patterson, Professor in the Department of English, has received the 2017 Richard J. Margolis Award. The award is given annually to a promising nonfiction writer whose work combines warmth, humor, wisdom and concern with social justice. Patterson's writing gives voice to indigent men and women charged with capital murder and facing execution in the state of Texas. In 2009, Patterson began working as the storyteller for public defenders, handling capital murder cases in Texas. Her narratives, which explore the defendants' lives from childhood to their crossroads, are used to help obtain a life-without-parole plea before going to trial. The Richard J. Margolis Award bears the name of a journalist, essayist and poet who wrote with a generous humanity about the rural poor, migrant farm workers, the elderly and Native Americans, as well as the political decisions that produce their economic hardships. According to a Dec. 8 in-depth story in Texas Tech Today, the 2017 award is accompanied by a $5,000 honorarium and a one-month residency at Blue Mountain Center, a working community of writers, artists and activists set in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains and Adirondack Park, the largest state park in the continental United States. "When I look at the long list of recipients of the Richard J. Margolis Award, and when I consider Margolis' work, it is daunting," Patterson said. Patterson's awards include a 2012 Embrey Human Rights Fellowship, a 2014 Soros Justice Fellowship and the 2014 Time and Place Prize in Brittany, France.

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Hayhoe Speaks at San Antonio Climate Meet

Katharine Hayhoe TTUKatharine Hayhoe, Professor in the Department of Political Science and Director of TTU's Climate Science Center, was the keynote speaker at San Antonio's first official event on responding to climate change, which took place at the University of Texas-San Antonio's (UTSA) Downtown Campus. According to a Dec. 7 article in the San Antonio Express-News, the crowd of around 300 had "come to hear how the city of San Antonio, UTSA and CPS Energy are preparing a plan to adapt to the effects of a warming climate and cut back on greenhouse gas emissions that cause warming. If successful, San Antonio will be the largest city in Texas to implement a so-called Climate Action and Adaptation Plan." Hayhoe told the assemblage that average annual temperatures in San Antonio since 1960 have increased 0.7 degrees per decade in the winter and 0.5 degrees per decade in the summer, the newspaper reported. Hayhoe also was quoted in a Dec. 7 NPR report about wildfires that took place in 2012 in Oklahoma. The article, "What Scientists Say A Warming Climate Might Mean For Oklahoma," referenced the Fourth National Climate Assessment Vol. 1 released in November. Hayhoe is one of the lead authors of the report, which she described as "the most comprehensive, up-to-date, state-of-the-art report on climate science in the entire world." The article went on to reveal that the upcoming second volume of the climate assessment will project how a warming climate could affect different parts of the country. It won't be published until sometime next year, but a draft of Vol. 2 is now available for public comment.

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Smith Named RaiderReady Faculty Fellow

Chad Smith TTUChad Smith, PhD, Instructor in the Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management, is the recipient of the RaiderReady First-Year Advocate and Faculty Fellowship Award. Recipients of this award have displayed innovation in instructional design, as well as caring for freshmen students by making their transition into the university a successful one. In addition to his teaching stipend, Smith will receive a $750 award for going above and beyond in his work with students. Smith was congratulated Dec. 7 by Patrick Hughes, Associate Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education & Student Affairs, and Michelle Kiser, EdD, Senior Director of SOAR.

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Pappas Named RaiderReady Faculty Fellow

Dimitri Pappas TTUDimitri Pappas, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, is the recipient of the RaiderReady First-Year Advocate and Faculty Fellowship Award. Recipients of this award have displayed innovation in instructional design, as well as caring for freshmen students by making their transition into the university a successful one. In addition to his teaching stipend, Pappas will receive a $750 award for going above and beyond in his work with students. Pappas was congratulated Dec. 7 by Patrick Hughes, Associate Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education & Student Affairs, and Michelle Kiser, EdD, Senior Director of SOAR.

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Borshuk Named Integrated Scholar for 2018

Michael Borshuk TTUMichael Borshuk, Associate Professor in the Department of English, was named one of nine Integrated Scholars for 2018. Michael Galyean, TTU Provost and Senior Vice President, announced the roster of designees on Dec. 4. An Integrated Scholar at Texas Tech University is a faculty member who demonstrates significant accomplishments and effective synergy among the major professorial functions of teaching, research, and service. Faculty members who achieve this distinction have infused the results of their scholarship and creative activity into the learning experiences they provide to their students, and their service and engagement activities. This year, 27 applications or nominations for Integrated Scholars were received by the Provost Office, and because of the overall quality of the applications, it was not an easy task to narrow the field to this group of finalists, Provost Gaylean said in a written announcement. Traditionally, each Integrated Scholar is profiled on the Provost website with both a textual narrative and a video. By late March or early April 2018, a profile on each of this year's Integrated Scholars will be published on the Provost's website. Until then, the profiles of Integrated Scholars from previous years may be viewed at the link.

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Elola Named Integrated Scholar for 2018

Idoia Elola TTUIdoia Elola, Associate Professor of Spanish and Applied Linguistics in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, was named one of nine Integrated Scholars for 2018. Michael Galyean, TTU Provost and Senior Vice President, announced the roster of designees on Dec. 4. An Integrated Scholar at Texas Tech University is a faculty member who demonstrates significant accomplishments and effective synergy among the major professorial functions of teaching, research, and service. Faculty members who achieve this distinction have infused the results of their scholarship and creative activity into the learning experiences they provide to their students, and their service and engagement activities. This year, 27 applications or nominations for Integrated Scholars were received by the Provost Office, and because of the overall quality of the applications, it was not an easy task to narrow the field to this group of finalists, Provost Gaylean said in a written announcement. Traditionally, each Integrated Scholar is profiled on the Provost website with both a textual narrative and a video. By late March or early April 2018, a profile on each of this year's Integrated Scholars will be published on the Provost's website. Until then, the profiles of Integrated Scholars from previous years may be viewed at the link.

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Thacker Named Integrated Scholar for 2018

Beth Thacker TTUBeth Thacker, Associate Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, was named one of nine Integrated Scholars for 2018. Michael Galyean, TTU Provost and Senior Vice President, announced the roster of designees on Dec. 4. An Integrated Scholar at Texas Tech University is a faculty member who demonstrates significant accomplishments and effective synergy among the major professorial functions of teaching, research, and service. Faculty members who achieve this distinction have infused the results of their scholarship and creative activity into the learning experiences they provide to their students, and their service and engagement activities. This year, 27 applications or nominations for Integrated Scholars were received by the Provost Office, and because of the overall quality of the applications, it was not an easy task to narrow the field to this group of finalists, Provost Gaylean said in a written announcement. Traditionally, each Integrated Scholar is profiled on the Provost website with both a textual narrative and a video. By late March or early April 2018, a profile on each of this year's Integrated Scholars will be published on the Provost's website. Until then, the profiles of Integrated Scholars from previous years may be viewed at the link.

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Klein Appointed to EPA Board

David Klein TTUDavid Klein, Associate Professor of Environmental, Clinical and Analytical Chemistry in the Department of Environmental Toxicology, has been appointed to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC). This is a federal advisory committee that provides advice, information, and recommendations to EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) on its research programs.

 

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Recent Books

"True Sex: the Lives of Trans Men at the Turn of the Twentieth Century"

True Sex: the Lives of Trans Men at the Turn of the Twentieth Century, by Emily Skidmore, TTUEmily Skidmore, Assistant Professor in the Department of History, uncovers the stories of 18 trans men who lived in the United States between 1876 and 1936 in "True Sex, the Lives of Trans Men at the Turn of the Twentieth Century." At the turn of the 20th century, trans men were not necessarily urban rebels seeking to overturn stifling gender roles. In fact, they often sought to pass as conventional men, choosing to live in small towns where they led ordinary lives, aligning themselves with the expectations of their communities. They were, in a word, unexceptional. Despite the "unexceptional" quality of their lives, their stories are nonetheless surprising and moving, challenging much of what we think we know about queer history. By tracing the narratives surrounding the moments of "discovery" in these communities—from reports in local newspapers to medical journals and beyond—this book challenges the assumption that the full story of modern American sexuality is told by cosmopolitan radicals. Rather, "True Sex" reveals complex narratives concerning rural geography and community, persecution and tolerance, and how these factors intersect with the history of race, identity and sexuality in America. (NYU Press, September 2017)

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"The Restless Indian Plate and Its Epic Voyage from Gondwana to Asia"

Sankar Chatterjee Book "The Restless Indian Plate"Sankar Chatterjee, Horn Professor in the Department of Geosciences, writes that the fossil history of animal life in India is central to our understanding of the tectonic evolution of Gondwana, the dispersal of India, its northward journey, and its collision with Asia in "The Restless Indian Plate and Its Epic Voyage from Gondwana to Asia" . According to a review in Phys.org, "This beautifully illustrated volume provides the only detailed overview of the paleobiogeographic, tectonic, and paleoclimatic evolution of the Indian plate from Gondwana to Asia," and quotes Chatterjee and his colleagues as saying, "The tectonic evolution of the Indian plate represents one of the most dramatic and epic voyages of all drifting continents: 9,000 kilometers in 160 million years. ... The extensive reshuffling of the Indian plate was accompanied by multiple temporary filter bridges, resulting in the cosmopolitan nature of tetrapod fauna." The review goes on to conclude that "This thorough, up-to-date volume is a must-have reference for researchers and students in Indian geology, paleontology, plate tectonics, and collision of continents." (The Geological Society of America, July 2017)

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"Modern Sport Ethics: A Reference Handbook, 2nd Edition"

Angel Lumpkin Modern Sport EthicsAngela Lumpkin, Professor and Chair of the Department of Exercise & Sport Science, offers, in "Modern Sport Ethics: A Reference Handbook, 2nd Edition," descriptions and examples of unethical behaviors in sport that will challenge readers to think about how they view sport and question whether participating in sport builds character—especially at the youth and amateur levels. Sport potentially can teach character as well as social and moral values, but only when these positive concepts are consistently taught, modeled, and reinforced by sport leaders with the moral courage to do so. The seeming moral crisis threatening amateur and youth sport—evidenced by athletes, coaches, and parents alike making poor ethical choices—and ongoing scandals regarding performance-enhancing drug use by professional athletes make sports ethics a topic of great concern. This work enables readers to better understand the ethical challenges facing competitive sport by addressing issues such as gamesmanship, doping, cheating, sportsmanship, fair play, and respect for the game. A compelling read for coaches, sport administrators, players, parents, and sport fans, the book examines specific examples of unethical behaviors—many cases of which occur in amateur and educational sports—to illustrate how these incidents threaten the perception that sport builds character. It identifies and investigates the multiple reasons for cheating in sport, such as the fact that the rewards for succeeding are so high, and the feeling of athletes that they must behave as they do to "level the playing field" because everyone else is cheating, being violent, taking performance-enhancing drugs, or doing whatever it takes to win. Readers will gain insight into how coaches and sport administrators can achieve the goals for youth, interscholastic, intercollegiate, and Olympic sport by stressing moral values and character development as well as see how specific recommendations can help ensure that sport can serve to build character rather than teach bad behavior in the pursuit of victory. (ABC-CLIO, December 2016)

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"Introduction to Physical Education, Exercise Science, and Sport" 10th Edition

“INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL EDUCATION, EXERCISE SCIENCE, AND SPORT” 10th Edition

Angela Lumpkin, Professor and Chair of the Department of Exercise & Sport Science, gives college students a wide-angle view of physical education, exercise science, sport, and the wealth of careers available in these fields in the 10th Edition of "Introduction to Physical Education, Exercise Science, and Sport." The textbook provides the principles, history, and future of physical education, exercise science, and sport. Lumpkin's clear writing style engages the reader while covering the most important introductory topics in this updated introduction to the world of physical education. (McGraw-Hill, July 2016)

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"God's Foolishness"

God's Foolishness William Wenthe TTUWilliam Wenthe, Professor in the Department Of English, explores painful and fleeting emotions within the 96 pages of "God's Foolishness." Here, he mines the feelings of human uncertainty in matters of love and desire, time and death, and uncovers difficult truths with transformative insights. These are poems of crisis. Wenthe examines our conflicting urges to see nature as sustenance and to foolishly destroy it. His poems shift from close observation to panorama with cinematic fluidity, from a tea mug to an ancient monument, from a warbler on an elm branch to the specter of imminent natural disaster. Offering passion and intellect balanced with a careful concern for poetic craft, Wenthe's "God's Foolishness" gives us fine poems to savor and admire. Watch the YouTube video here. (LSU, May 2016)

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"Before the Gregorian Reform: The Latin Church at the Turn of the First Millennium"

Before the Gregorian Reform, John Howe TTUJohn Howe, Professor in the Department of History, challenges the familiar narrative that the era from about 1050 to 1150 was the pivotal moment in the history of the Latin Church. The status quo states it was then that the Gregorian Reform movement established the ecclesiastical structure that would ensure Rome's dominance throughout the Middle Ages and beyond. In "Before the Gregorian Reform," Howe examines earlier, "pre-Gregorian" reform efforts within the Church—and finds that they were more extensive and widespread than previously thought and that they actually established a foundation for the subsequent Gregorian Reform movement. The low point in the history of Christendom came in the late ninth and early tenth centuries—a period when much of Europe was overwhelmed by barbarian raids and widespread civil disorder, which left the Church in a state of disarray. As Howe shows, however, the destruction gave rise to creativity. Aristocrats and churchmen rebuilt churches and constructed new ones, competing against each other so that church building, like castle building, acquired its own momentum. Patrons strove to improve ecclesiastical furnishings, liturgy, and spirituality. Schools were constructed to staff the new churches. Moreover, Howe shows that these reform efforts paralleled broader economic, social, and cultural trends in Western Europe including the revival of long-distance trade, the rise of technology, and the emergence of feudal lordship. The result was that by the mid-eleventh century a wealthy, unified, better-organized, better-educated, more spiritually sensitive Latin Church was assuming a leading place in the broader Christian world. "Before the Gregorian Reform" challenges us to rethink the history of the Church and its place in the broader narrative of European history. Compellingly written and generously illustrated, it is a book for all medievalists as well as general readers interested in the Middle Ages and Church history. (Cornell University Press, March 2016)

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"New Developments in Biological and Chemical Terrorism Countermeasures"

New Developments in Biological and Chemical Terrorism Counter Measures

Ronald J. Kendal, Professor of Environmental Toxicology; Steven Presley, Professor of Immuno-toxicology; and Seshadri Ramkumar, Professor of Countermeasures to Biological Threats, all from the Department of Environmental Toxicology, have co-edited the newly published textbook, “New Developments in Biological and Chemical Terrorism Countermeasures.” The volume compiles a decade's worth of research through TTU's Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr. National Program for Countermeasures to Biological and Chemical Threats, and updated many changes in the field since an earlier book, “Advances in Biological and Chemical Terrorism Countermeasures,” came out in 2008. “It's not just for college students,” Ramkumar said. “It's a tool for people in the field, from first responders all the way to policy makers.” (CRC Press, February 2016)

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"Psychoanalytic Treatment in Adults: A Longitudinal Study of Change"

Rosemary Cogan Psychoanalytic Treatment of AdultsRosemary Cogan, Adjuct Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences, is co-author of "Psychonalytic Treatment in Adults: A longitudinal study of change." The book draws from 60 first-hand case studies to explore the outcomes of psychoanalytic treatment, providing examples of the long-term effectiveness of psychoanalytic and psychodynamic work as it delineates negative therapeutic treatment and discusses crucial changes in care. Outcomes of psychoanalysis, as with other psychotherapies, vary considerably. Cogan and her co-author, J.H. Porcerelli, used the Shedler-Westen Assessment Procedure to describe a patient at the beginning of psychoanalysis and every six months until the analysis ended. This allowed the authors to learn about changes over analysis and, in turn, improved treatment planning and practice for the well-being of other patients. Findings will be of interest to researchers and academics in the fields of psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, psychodynamic therapy, psychoanalytic education, psychiatry and psychology, and should also help clinicians recognize potential problems early in analytic treatments in order to work more effectively with patients. (Routeledge, February 2016)

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