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Faculty Achievements

Scholarship in the College of Arts & Sciences includes professional advancements, accomplishments, appointments and the progress of ongoing endeavors.

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Miller Receives Canada's Highest Honor for Graduate Work

Peter Miller, Texas Tech

Peter Miller, Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, received the Governor-General's Academic Gold Medal, the highest honor the Canadian government gives for graduate work. Miller completed his graduate work in June 2014 at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada. Out of more than 350 graduating masters and PhD students, the University of Western Ontario awards three medals per year across all its faculties and schools. The medals were established in 1873 by Lord Dufferin, Governor-General of Canada (the vice-regal representative of the Queen and head of state of Canada) to encourage academic excellence across the country. The congratulatory letter Miller received noted not only Miller's outstanding academic and research excellence, but also the exceptional personal talents he displayed in collaborations with colleagues, and in his contribution to the development of new knowledge in Canada and abroad.

Diersing Among First to Pass New Cardiac Rehab Certification

Dean Diersing, Supervisor of Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation at TTU-HMC and teacher of ESS 3368 Exercise Testing and Prescription in the Department of Health, Exercise & Sport Sciences, has passed the Certified Cardiac Rehabilitation Professional (CCRP) exam. Department Chair Angela Lumpkin said this credential is new within the cardiac rehab profession and is the only comprehensive professional certification in cardiac rehab. Diersing is among the first 100 Cardiac Rehabilitation professionals in the U.S. to obtain this honor, Lumpkin added. Diersing earned his B.S. and M.S. from TTU’s Department of Health, Exercise & Sport Sciences.

Dean Diersing TTU

Hayhoe Named Among Leading Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy

Katharine Hayhoe TTU

Katharine Hayhoe, A Professor in the Department of Political Science, director of TTU’s Climate Science Center and a principal investigator for the Department of Interior’s South-Central Climate Science Center, has been named by editors of Foreign Policy magazine as one of the publication’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2014. She received the award Nov. 17, 2014, in Washington, D.C., and will be featured in the magazine and on the publication’s website.

Harris Publishes Article on Science Fairs in Lubbock AJ

Breanna Harris, a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, along with colleague Brian Gray, Assistant Director for Community Engagement at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif., published an article headlined “Volcanic Smoke and Mirrors: Tricks for a Successful Science Fair Project,” in the Nov. 2, 2014 Lubbock Avalanche Journal.

Breanna Harris TTU

Cannon's Rainforest Study Published by NAS

Chuck Cannon TTU

Charles Cannon, an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, has published a study, entitled "Historical distribution of Sundaland’s Dipterocarp rainforests at Quaternary glacial maxima," in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA). The collaborative study focused on the effects of past climate change on the rainforests of Southeast Asia and deepens understanding into the dynamic nature of tropical rainforests. 


Poirier Publishes Invited Commentary in Physical Review X

Bill Poirier, Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, has published an invited Commentary in Physical Review X, the newest, open-access journal within the Physical Review family. With an impact factor of nearly 9.0, Physical Review X has a higher impact even than its sister publication, Physical Review Letters. The Commentary PRX 4, 040002 (2014) discusses the "many interacting worlds" interpretation of quantum mechanics, first proposed by Poirier in 2010, and now gaining attention in the broader physics community, and the popular press. This work has led to an invited Featured Blog on the Science page of the Huffington Post and a radio interview on Houston's KPFT Community Public Radio (air date 11/25/14), in addition to extensive media coverage elsewhere.

Bill Poirier TTU

Trio from National Wind Institute File for 2 Patents Using Radar

John Schroeder TTU Brian Hirth TTU Jerry Guynes TTU
John Schroeder (left), Brian Hirth (center), Jerry Guynes (right)

John Schroeder, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences in the Department of Geosciences and Director of the National Wind Institute, along with Brian Hirth and Jerry Guynes, both Research Professors at the National Wind Institute, are the inventors behind two recently filed U.S. patent applications for the optimization of wind plant performance through the use of radar technology and associated analysis techniques. The patent rights are licensed to SmartWind Technologies LLC, a technology development and service company founded by Schroeder, Hirth and Guynes.

Pérez Chairs Hispanic Film Panels at Language Conference in Austin

Genaro J. Pérez, Professor of Spanish in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, was the organizer and chair of two panels dealing with Hispanic Film at the 71st Annual Conference of the South Central Modern Language Association in Austin. Professor Pérez is also Representative at Large of the association and serves in the Executive Committee.

Genaro Perez, Texas Tech

Nakatsukasa Receives $10,000 Grant from Language Learning

Kimi Nakatsukasa

Kimi Nakatsukasa, Assistant Professor in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, received a $10,000 grant from Language Learning's Small Grant Research Program. This grant will fund her joint project, “Gestures and Acquisition of Prepositions by L2 Learners,” which investigates the role of embodiment in the conceptualizations of prepositions by second language learners.

Lee Speaks at International Symposium on Physics in Collision

Sung-Won Lee, Associate Professor in the Department of Physics, gave an invited plenary talk on “High-energy jet spectra and strong coupling constant measurements up to the scale of the Top quark” at the 34th International Symposium on Physics in Collision, Sept. 16-20 on the Indiana University campus in Bloomington. Lee presented an experimental overview on the QCD (Quantum chromodynamics), the theory of strong interactions, from four major experiments, ATLAS and CMS at LHC (proton-proton collider at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland) and H1 and ZEUS at HERA (electron-proton collider at DESY, Hamburg, Germany), on behalf of all collaborations.

Sung-Won Lee

Beusterien to Receive Award for Best Collaborative Project, 2014 

John Beusterien, Texas Tech, Faculty, Spanish

John Beusterien, Director of the Comparative Literature Program and Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, has received word that the collection "Touching the Ground: Female Footwear in the Early Modern Hispanic World," which he co-edited with Noelia Cirnigliaro of Dartmouth College, will be awarded Best Collaborative Project, 2014, from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. "Touching the Ground" is a special issue of Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies.

Witmore Receives National Humanities Center Fellowship

Christopher Witmore, Associate Professor of Archaeology and Classics in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, has been awarded a National Humanities Center Fellowship for 2014-2015. Witmore will use the Fellowship to write his book, "Old Lands: A Chorography of the Eastern Morea, Greece." Witmore was one of 41 Fellows chosen from a group of 362 who applied for academic year 2014-2015.


 Chris Witmore, TTU, National Humanities Center Fellowship, College of Arts & Sciences

Nakatsukasa Publishes Findings on Spanish as a Foreign Language

Kimi Nakatsukasa

Kimi Nakatsukasa, Assistant Professor in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, and her collaborator, Dr. Shawn Loewen from Michigan State University, investigated a teacher’s use of first language in a Spanish-as-a- foreign-language classroom, especially when the student-teacher interaction is about languages. Their findings, published In the journal Language Teaching Research, showed that the teacher often used the students’ first language when talking about vocabulary and grammar.

Lee Talks in San Francisco about Future of Large Hadron Collider

Sung-Won Lee, Associate Professor in the Department of Physics, gave a talk entitled “What’s Next for the Large Hadron Collider?” at the 2014 US-Korea Conference on Science, Technology and Entrepreneurship (UKC 2014), Aug. 6-9 in San Francisco. Lee summarized the latest experimental results from the LHC experiments and presented a road map for the High Energy Physics program at CERN LHC over the next 10 years. He also served as a co-organizer of the “High Energy and Nuclear Physics” session during the UKC 2014 conference.


Sung-Won Lee

Key Leads Class in Collecting Play Equipment for Children

Jeff Key

Jeff Key, Instructor in the Department of Health, Exercise & Sport Sciences (HESS), led his summer class, ESS 3335 Health and Physical Education for Children, in collecting donations for the children who are staying at the immigration transition center in Mercedes, Texas. They donated more than 35 soccer balls and 20 jump ropes to the children. Key said, "These children have all their physical needs met as they are processed to either be returned or stay. But their need to play was not being met." Key is a statewide speaker on play and Coordinator of Community Outreach for the HESS after-school Fun & Fit programs at Harwell and Alderson Elementary Schools.

More Faculty Achievements: 2013-2014

More Faculty Achievements: 2012-2013