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Fall 2012-Spring 2013

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Key's HESS Class Conducts Health Fair at Overton Elementary

The Health and Physical Education for Children class in the Department of Health, Exercise & Sport Sciences conducted the Raider Wellness health fair in April and May at Overton Elementary School. Instructor Jeff Key, M.Ed., said the class prepares TTU students for teaching health and physical education in elementary schools.

Jeff Key, TTU

Estreicher Publishes Article on History of Wine in Spain

Stefan Estreicher, TTU

Stefan K. Estreicher, Horn Professor in the Department of Physics, published "A Brief History of Wine in Spain" in the European Review, Vol. 21, Issue 2, p. 209-239, May 2013.


Lee Serves as Panelist on New Physics, Speaks on CERN Research

Sung-Won Lee, Associate Professor in the Department of Physics, gave an invited plenary talk on "Review of New Particle Searches at the Large Hadron Collider" at the American Physical Society (APS) meeting April 13-16 in Denver. Lee presented an overview on searches for new particles using the latest data from the two big experiments ATLAS and CMS at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) on behalf of both collaborations.

Lee also served as a panelist in the special one-hour press conference "Beyond the Standard Model: In Search of Supersymmetry and Other New Physics" during the APS meeting. In the press briefing, he summarized the recent scientific results coming out of two LHC experiments to the journalists and answered follow-up questions. Lee and the other panelists were featured via NBC News in a Live Science article entitled "Atom Smashers Find Something Not So Charm-ing."

Sung-Won Lee, TTU

Scarborough Publishes Article in Celestinesca 36

Connie Scarborough TTU

Connie L. Scarborough, Professor in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, in April published an article "Speaking of Celestina: Soliloquy and Monologue in the Tragicomedia de Calisto y Melibea." Celestinesca 36 (2012): 207-34.


Baake Elected to Office in Texas Folklore Society

Ken Baake, TTU

Ken Baake, Associate Professor of Technical Communication and Rhetoric in the Department of English, has been elected as a Councilor through 2016 of the Texas Folklore Society. The position involves advising board members and the secretary/editor of the association.


Quitevis Gives Invited Talk in Portugal

Ed Quitevis, Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Joint Professor in the Department of Physics, attended the 5th Congress on Ionic Liquids in Algarve, Portugal, April 21-25, 2013. While there, he gave an invited talk entitled "Comparative Study of the OKE Spectra and Physical Properties of Branched and Linear Alkyl Chain Imidazolium Ionic Liquids."

Ed Quitevis TTU

Lee Awarded for Editorial Service by Physicist Association

Sung-Won Lee, TTU

Sung-Won Lee, Associate Professor in the Department of Physics, received a service award from the AKPA (Association of Korean Physicists in America; voluntary association of APS-FIP: Forum on International Physics) for his dedicated service as Chair of the Publicity and Editorial Committee and Editor-in-Chief of the AKPA Quarterly Newsletter for the past several years. The award was granted during the American Physical Society meeting April 13-16 in Denver.


Findlater Wins Welch Award to Study Iron Chemistry


Michael Findlater, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, has received a three-year $180,000 award from the Robert A. Welch Foundation to support studies in iron chemistry. The need to transition away from expensive and precious metals (such as ruthenium) as catalysts in organic transformations is desirable from an economic and sustainability viewpoint.

Michael Findlater, TTU

Poirier Receives 3-Year Grant Renewal from Welch Foundation

Bill Poirier, TTU Bill Poirier, Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, recently received a $225,000 three-year grant renewal from the Robert A. Welch Foundation. The project, entitled "New Methodologies for Accurate Quantum Calculations of the Dynamics of Atomic Nuclei", will have been funded for fifteen straight consecutive years, by the conclusion of this most recent renewal. Recent efforts have concentrated on the use of massively parallel supercomputers, to accurately compute quantum effects for larger molecular systems than were previously possible.


Hawkins, Kimball Champion Intellectual Property Rights of Students

Ann R. Hawkins, Professor, and Miles Kimball, Associate Professor, both of the Department of English, co-authored an article entitled "Mandatory Open Access Publishing for Electronic Theses and Dissertations: Ethics and Enthusiasm," which published in The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Vol. 39, Issue 1, January 2013.

The article, co-authored by Maura Ives of Texas A&M University, argues against policies that require students to submit theses and dissertations to electronic institutional repositories. The article posits that the intellectual property rights of student writers be recognized and valued--and that their participation in OA repositories not be coerced against a student's best interest.

The article counters a variety of arguments often used to justify this practice. In addition, the article reports on the results of an examination of electronic thesis and dissertation policies at more than 150 university libraries and graduate schools, offering a system of criteria and scoring for ranking these policies according to their respect for student copyright and intellectual property.

Ann Hawkins, Texas Tech
Hawkins

Miles Kimball, Texas Tech
Kimball


Mechref Organizes Symposium at Conference, Pappas Speaks

Dr. Yehia MechrefMechref

Dr. Dimitri Pappas
Pappas

Yehia Mechref, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, organized an invited symposium entitled "Biological Roles of Glycan Isomers defined through Chromatographic and Electrophoretic Techniques" for the 2013 Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry in Philadelphia March 17-21. National and International speakers participated and gave presentations on their most recent research. Dimitri Pappas, Associate Professor in of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, was one of the invited speakers.

Kim Publishes Article in Journal of Cognitive Science

Min-Joo Kim, Associate Professor in the Department of English, has published an article entitled "Temporal Marking in Korean Attributive Clauses and Linguistic Encoding of Human Memory" in the Journal of Cognitive Science (volume 14, issue 1, pp. 77-109), the official journal of the International Association for Cognitive Science published by the Institute of Cognitive Science of Seoul National University (one of the top 30 universities in the world). Her article aims to establish a connection between linguistic structures and the organization of human memory by looking at a set of temporal markers that appear in attributive clauses in Korean.

Min-Joo Kim

Scarborough Lectures in Seville

Connie L. Scarborough, Professor in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, in March 2013 gave an invited lecture at the Fundacion de las Tres Culturas del Mediterraneo in Seville, Spain. The lecture, "El concepto cultural de Alfonso X y Sancho IV," was conducted with Ana M. Montero, University of St. Louis.

Connie Scarborough TTU

Mechref Gives Presentation at Analytical Chemistry Conference

Yehia Mechref

Yehia Mechref, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, gave an invited oral presentation entitled "Chip- and Nano-LC-MS of Permethylated Glycans and Isotopically Labeled Permethylated glycans Derived from Biological Samples" at the March 2013 Pittsburgh Conference of Analytical Chemistry in Philadelphia.


Lee Speaks on CMS Exotic Results at Particle Physics Conference

Sung-Won Lee, TTU

Sung-Won Lee, Associate Professor in the Department of Physics, gave an invited plenary talk on "Review of CMS Exotic Results" at the 2013 Aspen Winter Conference on particle physics, "Higgs Quo Vadis," March 10-15 at the Aspen Center for Physics in Aspen, Colo. This was the first time experimental results using full 2012 data from the LHC have been presented at the international conference.

Lee presented the latest experimental results at a Thursday afternoon session devoted to the search for particles and forces that are not part of the Standard Model of Physics, and announced the most recent CMS results in the search for new particles that have surpassed previous energy frontier experiments, in breaking new ground looking for unseen particle phenomena. This conference brought together experimentalists and theorists, creating an ideal environment to present and discuss the implications of the Higgs discovery in the framework of the Standard Model and beyond.


Grellhesl, Punyanunt-Carter Publish Text-Messaging Study

Melanie Grellhesl, Instructor, and Narissra Punyanunt-Carter, Associate Professor, both of the Department of Communication Studies,  published the article "Using the uses and gratifications theory to understand gratifications sought through text messaging practices of male and female undergraduate students."

The article, which appeared in Computers in Human Behavior (Vol. 28, Issue 6, Nov. 2012, pages 2175-2181), detailed results of a study that focused on the Uses and Gratification (U&G) Theory. The study analyzed the seven most highly sought gratifications using SMS text messaging, discovered current most and least popular trends, and identified significant differences between male and female texters.

Melanie GrellheslGrellhesl Dr. Narissra Punyanunt-CarterPunyanunt-Carter

Pappas Gives Presentation at Analytical Chemistry Conference

Dr. Dimitri Pappas

Dimitri Pappas, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, gave an invited presentation entitled "Microfluidic Glycan Analysis" at the March 2013 Pittsburgh Conference of Analytical Chemistry in Philadelphia.


Hawkins Named Co-Editor of Book Series

Ann R. Hawkins, Professor in the Department of English, has been named co-editor of the book series Studies in Publishing History: Manuscript, Print and Digital by Ashgate Publishing.

Dr. Ann Hawkins

Surliuga Named Judge of Academy of American Poets' Fellowship

Dr. Victoria Surliuga

Victoria Surliuga, Associate Professor of Italian in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, has been named as one of the three judges (with Barbara Carle and Anthony Julian Tamburri) for the 2013 Raiziss/de Palchi Fellowship, awarded by The Academy of American Poets in New York City for the translation of modern Italian poetry into English. The $ 25,000 fellowship enables an American translator to travel, study or otherwise advance a significant work-in-progress.


Pappas Organizes Symposium at Conference, Mechref Speaks

Dimitri Pappas, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, organized an invited symposium entitled "Hyphenated Microfluidic Techniques" for the 2013 Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry in March.  Speakers from around the country participated and gave presentations on their most recent research. Yehia Mechref, Associate Professor in of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, was one of the invited speakers.

Dr. Dimitri PappasPappas

Dr. Yehia MechrefMechref

Hawkins Develops, Edits 9-Volume Review Series

Dr. Ann Hawkins

Ann R. Hawkins, Professor in the Department of English, has published nine volumes of Romantic Women Writers Reviewed, 1789-1791 with Pickering & Chatto Publishers. This series, developed and edited under Hawkins's supervision and published between 2011 and 2013, redraws the boundaries of the publishing world in the British Romantic period.


Resetarits Research Uncovers a Predator's Cloaking 'Device'

William Resetarits, Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, conducted research on the pirate perch and found that the predatory fish is able to conceal its presence by camouflaging its odor. The fish's prey can't smell it. Resetarits' research will appear in an upcoming issue of The American Naturalist and is covered in the March 15, 2013, Zoologger online column of New Scientist magazine.


Bradley Featured in Online Magazine for His Virus Research

Robert Bradley, Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences and Curator of Mammals at The Museum of Texas Tech, was featured in a recent article in Science News for Kids for his research in how deadly virus is spread by rodents.


McChesney Invites German Author for Speaker Series

Anita McChesney, Assistant Professor in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, invited German author Julia Schoch to Texas Tech for speaking engagements on February 25 and 26, as part of the Comparative Literature Program's annual Visiting Speaker Series.


Omli Welcomes Ugandan Basketball Coaches

Jens Omli, Assistant Professor in the Department of Health, Exercise & Sport Sciences and director of the International Sport Connection (ISC), welcomed four Ugandan basketball coaches to Texas Tech in February as part of the ISC's cultural exchange. While on campus, the coaches from Uganda spoke about the role sports has played in their lives, attended a Lady Raider's game and met former TTU basketball Coach Marsha Sharp, who took part in the ISC exchange in 2011.


Milam to Advise for Education Center at The Wall

Ron Milam, Associate Professor in the Department of History, has been named to a 10-member advisory committee for the Education Center at The Wall. Groundbreaking for the center is expected later this year on the grounds of the Vietnam Veterans and Lincoln Memorials, in Washington, D.C.


Perez Elected Representative at Large of Language Association

Genaro Perez, Professor of Spanish in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, has been elected Representative at Large of the South Central Modern Language Association (2013-2015).


Key Uses Tablet Technology in Service Learning Classes

Jeff Key, M.Ed., Coordinator of Community Outreach and Instructor in the Department of Health, Exercise & Sport Sciences, is using iPads in his Service Learning classes to help students be better teachers. The students take turns recording one another in teaching situations. Then they evaluate the teaching performance using an iPad evaluation app, followed by group discussion. All of this is in preparation for the students to go into area elementary schools and teach. Key is using the Flipped Classroom approach, addressed in Salman Khan's book, "The One World Schoolhouse." 


Larmour Lectures on Satire in Singapore

David H. J. Larmour, Horn Professor in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, gave an invited lecture on "Satire and the City: Some Modern Juvenalians" in the Department of English, National University of Singapore, in January 2013.

David Larmour TTU

Thacker, Cheng Research Finds Better Way to Teach Physics

Associate Professor Beth Thacker, in collaboration with Professor Kelvin Cheng, has completed a large-scale assessment of changes introduced into introductory physics courses.

Thacker and Cheng, both of the Department of Physics, assessed the effect of the introduction of physics education research-informed (PER-informed) materials and pedagogies into the laboratories and recitations with and without similar changes in the lecture portions of the course.

They found that the PER-informed labs and recitations are more successful than traditional labs, but are much more successful if the lecture instructor uses PER-informed materials and interactive-engagement (IE) instructional techniques. They also assessed an inquiry-based, laboratory-based section of the algebra-based course designed specifically for health science majors. That section had scores at least as high as all of the other courses on both conceptual inventories and free-response pre- and post-tests. 

These and other significant results are being written up and submitted to PER and other journals. The work was supported by NIH Challenge grant #5RC1GM090897-02.


Poirier Earns Rushing Distinguished Research Award—STEM

William Poirier, Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Joint Professor of Physics, received the Barnie E. Rushing Jr. Faculty Distinguished Research Award 2012-2013 for his work in the STEM disciplines. Poirier's research group is concerned with the development and application of new methods for performing accurate quantum dynamics calculations for molecular systems. 


Perez Earns Rushing Distinguished Research Award—SSHCA

Genaro Perez, Professor of Spanish in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, received the Barnie E. Rushing Jr. Faculty Distinguished Research Award 2012-2013 for his work in the realm of Social Sciences, Humanities and Creative Arts. Perez research interests include the 20th Century English and American novel in relation to their counterparts in Spanish, as well as the areas of oral literature and Hispanic children's literature.


Zhang Recommended for NIH Funds

Kai Zhang, Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, has been recommended for NIH R01 funding in the amount of $1.7 million for his project in “Exploring an Essential and Dangerous Pathway in Leishmania Parasites.”

Kai Zhang

Cohen Receives Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award

Lee Cohen

Lee Cohen, Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology, received the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award for his instrumental role in enhancing curriculum and training programs for psychology students at all levels, specifically elevating Texas Tech’s doctoral program in clinical psychology as a national model. Recognized nationally for his teaching excellence, Cohen was elected as a Fellow to the prestigious American Psychological Association and has received nearly $2 million in grants throughout his career.


Mechref Receives CPRIT Grant

Yehia Mechref, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, received a CPRIT grant (Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas) in the amount of $1,226,370 for his project “Diagnosis and Prognosis of Cancers through Glycomics and Glycoproteomics.”

Yehia Mechref

Larmour Addresses Classical Society at Columbia

David H. J. Larmour, Horn Professor in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, gave an invited lecture on "The Genre of Juvenalian Satire" in the Classical Society Speaker's Series at Columbia University, New York, in November 2012.

David Larmour TTU

Scarborough Earns Award from Southeastern Medieval Association

Connie Scarborough TTU

Connie L. Scarborough, Professor in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, in October 2012 won the $200 Outstanding Scholarly Achievement Award from the Southeastern Medieval Association, 2012.


Stodden Receives NIH Grant

David Stodden

David Stodden, Associate Professor in the Department of Health, Exercise, & Sport Sciences, received a $432,225 grant from the National Institutes of Health – Eunice Kennedy Shriver, National Institute of Child Health & Human Development. The grant is for "Impact of Interactive Video Games on Under-served Children’s Health."  (Stodden, D. F. (PI), Gao, Z. (Co-PI), & Feng, D. (Co-I) (2012-2015).


Edwards Publishes in Rocky Mountain Review

Carole Edwards, Associate Professor in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, published an article, "Transgenre and Reality Drama in the works of Mimi Barthelemy," in Rocky Mountain Review Volume 66 no. 2.


Larmour Presents on Satire, Publishing in Ontario

David Larmour

David H. J. Larmour, Horn Professor of Classics in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures,was invited to the Department of Classics and the Olympic Games Research Centre at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, where he gave presentations on Roman Satire and on Publishing Articles in Classical Scholarly journals. Presentations took place in October 2012..


Scarborough Awarded for 'Outstanding Scholarly Achievement'

Connie L. Scarborough, Professor in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, earned the "Outstanding Scholarly Achievement" award and presented a paper, "Creating your Own Misfortune: The Case of Celestina," at the 38th Annual Conference of the Southeastern Medieval Association, held at the University of Southern Mississippi in October 2012.

SCARBOROUGH PRESENTS PAPER IN HOUSTON
Dr. Scarborough presented a paper, "The Virgin's Shrine at Villa Sirga," at the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Texas Medieval Association, held at the University of Houston in October 2012.


Witmore Publishes Book Review

Chris Witmore

Christopher Witmore, Associate Professor of Archaeology and Classics in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, published "Archaeology 2.0?," co-authored with Professor Michael Shanks of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University, in Internet Archaeology 32.


Guengerich Presents Paper in Oregon

Sara Guengerich, Assistant Professor in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, presented a paper entitled "Legal Marriage as a Cultural Reinvention: The Case of the Marriages of Two Inca Princesses," at the annual GEMELA (Grupo de Estudios sobre la Mujer en Espana y las Americas) conference at Portland State University, held in September 2012.


Larmour Speaks in Germany

David Larmour

David H. J. Larmour, Horn Professor of Classics in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, spoke on "Current Trends in Submissions to The American Journal Of Philology" at a June 2012 conference on "Stereotypical Thinking In Classics," sponsored by the universities of Mainz and Vienna, held at the University of Mainz, Germany.


Scarborough Named Editor

Connie L. Scarborough, Professor in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, recently was named editor for Peninsular Spanish Studies for The Rocky Mountain Review.


San Francisco Named Interim Vice President of Research

Michael San Francisco, Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, was named Interim vice President for Research.  Dr. San Francisco has served previously as an Associate Dean in the Honors College and recently as Associate Vice President for Research.

Michael San Francisco