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

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Maul to Evaluate DO Toxicity Data for Environmental Commission

Jonathan Maul

Jonathan Maul, Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Toxicology, has been tasked by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to evaluate published temperature and dissolved oxygen (DO) toxicity data for fish, amphibian, and invertebrate species endemic to Texas in order to re-evaluate current temperature variation and DO presumptions for TCEQ’s surface water quality criteria. Maul also is part of an Environmental Health and Toxicology Workgroup within the Texas Department of State Health Services that is examining Texas’ current fish consumption advisories and bans related to dioxin and mercury.

Ramkumar Lab's Fibertect® Invention Attracts Media Coverage

Seshadri Ramkumar, Professor in the Department of Environmental Toxicology, was interviewed by KLBK-TV March 4 about the commercialization of Fibertect®. On Feb. 13, KCBD-TV told the Fibertect® story, explaining how the product is made.

The versatile substance also has earned considerable recognition in print and online media, most recently in a Ramkumar article titled "Commercializing new technologies: the Fibertect® experience." The article published Feb. 10 in Advanced Textiles Source, the flagship trade publication for the Industrial Fabrics Association International.

Fibertect®, developed by Ramkumar's researchers in Texas Tech's Nonwovens & Advanced Materials Lab, is a nonwoven decontamination wipe that has proven its worth at cleaning up a nerve chemical surrogate. A modified version of Fibertect® is useful in mopping oil slicks from the ocean's surface after shipping disasters such as Deepwater Horizon.


Seshadri Ramkumar, Fibertect, Texas Tech, Environmental Clean Up, Biohazard wipe

CMLL Faculty Host 4th International Conference in Mexico City

Genaro Perez

Genaro Pérez, Professor of Spanish, and Jorge Zamora, Associate Professor of Spanish, both in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, led TTU's Spanish Program in hosting the 4th International Hispanic Crime Fiction Conference. The Conference was held at the National University of Mexico ("UNAM") in Mexico City, and contributes to TTU's Strategic Plan of international development and collaboration with institutions of higher education on a global level. Juan Muñoz, TTU's Senior Vice President Conference for Diversity, Equity & Community Engagement, attended the conference as a special guest.

Smith to Brief Senator Perry on TTU Deer Research

Ernest Smith, Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Toxicology, accepted an invitation from the Deer Breeders Corporation (DBC) to meet with and update State Senator Charles Perry on the White-Tailed Deer and Cervid Research Program at Texas Tech. The partnership between DBC and Texas Tech is developing a state-of-the art research and educational initiative to investigate both short and long term challenges relevant to the white-tailed deer farming industry, a growing sector of the Texas economy. These challenges include a better understanding of pharmaceutical metabolism and persistence, transmission dynamics and prevention of infectious diseases of cervids, and genetic and nutritional factors that influence white-tailed deer farming.

Ernest Smith to Meet with Governor Perry

Gonzales Receives American Heart Association Grant-in-Aid

Joachin Gonzalez Gets Americna Heart Association Grant

Joaquin Gonzales, Assistant Professor in the Department of Health, Exercise & Sport Sciences, was awarded a Beginning Grant-in-Aid from the American Heart Association, Southwest Affiliate. The two-year project will be a collaborative effort with Michael O'Boyle, Associate Dean for Research in the College of Human Sciences, and the Texas Tech Neuroimaging Institute. Their study will focus on the impact of vascular aging on peripheral vascular function and brain function in older adults.

Presley Appointed to Task Force on Infectious Disease Response

Steve Presley, Professor in the Department of Environmental Toxicology, was selected for the Governor’s Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response. Presley will be part of a group charged with educating a broad range of health care professionals, emergency responders, and public leadership on the identification and reporting of Ebola and other serious emerging infectious diseases.

Steve Presley Selected for Governor's Task Force

Patterson's Law-Narrative Work Featured in ABA Journal

Jill Patterson, Soros Justice Fellow, Texas Tech

Jill Patterson, Professor in the Department of English, is quoted extensively in the article "A new defense approach to storytelling changes capital cases in Texas," published March 6 in the online version of the ABA Journal, produced by the American Bar Association. Patterson began work this year as a Soros justice fellow, writing case narratives. Case narratives strive to go beyond the who, what, when and where of a crime to understand and explain, in story form, why a crime was committed. She has been a case storyteller for the Texas Regional Public Defenders Office for Capital Cases since 2009.

Duncan Elected Fellow of National Academy of Inventors

Robert Duncan, TTU Vice President of Research and Professor in the Department of Physics, has been elected Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. He is one of 170 distinguished innovators who will be inducted during the 4th Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors in March at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

Election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.

Robert Duncan, Texas Tech, National Academy of Inventors

Lee, Kunori CERN Research Covered in 'Fermilab Today'

Sung-Won Lee, Texas Tech, Hadron Suichi Kunori, Texas Tech, Hadron
Sung-Won Lee (left), Shuichi Kunori (right)

Sung-Won Lee and Shuichi Kunori, both High Energy Physicists in the Department of Physics, were featured, along with other U.S. physicists, in the Jan. 30, 2015, issue of Fermilab Today. The article, "One measurement, many implications,” covers their crucial contributions to the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Their research contributions were described as crucial to the search for resonances and quantum black holes using dijet mass spectra in proton-proton collisions at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

Koerber Awarded for Technical, Scientific Communication

Amy Koerber, Professor and Associate Chair for Technical Communication and Rhetoric in the Department of English, has earned a 2015 Technical and Scientific Communication Award for her book, Breast or Bottle: Contemporary Controversies in Infant-Feeding Policy and Practice. Koerber won for the Best Book in Technical or Scientific Communication. The award was granted by the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), a constituent organization within the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). She will receive her award March 20, 2015, during the group's annual convention in Tampa, Fla.

Amy Koerber, Texas Tech

Moore Wins CCCC Award for Journal Article

Kristin Moore, Texas Tech

Kristen Moore, Assistant Professor in the Department of English, has earned a 2015 Technical and Scientific Communication Award for her co-authored article, “Time Talk: On Small Changes That Enact Infrastructural Mentoring for Undergraduate Women in Technical Fields," in Volume 43 Issue 3 of the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication. Moore won for the Best Article on Philosophy or Theory of Technical or Scientific Communication. The award was granted by the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), a constituent organization within the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). She will receive her March 20, 2015, during the group's annual convention in Tampa, Fla.

Corsi Honored by University of Rome as Top PhD Alum

Alessandra Corsi, Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics, was among the honorees at a ceremony in in Rome on Dec. 18. During the ceremony, the University of Rome recognized its distinguished top PhD Alums from all around the world. Corsi earned her PhD in Astronomy at the University of Rome Sapienza in 2007.

Alessadra corsi, Physics, texas tech

Omli Delivers Keynote Address in the Philippines on Sport Pedagogy

Jens Omly delivers keynote address on children in sports in the Phillippines

Jens Omli, visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Health, Exercise & Sport Sciences, delivered a sport outreach-focused keynote address titled, "Attaching What They Need to What They Want," at the University of the Philippines during the 3rd National Conference on Sport Pedagogy. Omli also delivered a lecture on a games approach to teaching sport skills to preschool-aged children.

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