A&S Departments News
Advancements in the College of Arts & Sciences, at the College level and in each of Arts & Sciences' departments, centers and institutes, includes milestones reached and goals surpassed. These achievements represent broad collaboration toward clear objectives, and thus provide further insight to each department's current leadership and future direction.
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STEM-CORE / March '18
Wertheim Talks Math, Women in Science
STEM-CORE welcomed Australian author, artist and curator Margaret Wertheim to Texas Tech for three speaking engagements: "STEMinar: Women in Science" and "Hands On Creative Mathematics Workshop" on March 19 in the Library for the Texas Tech community; and and "How to Play Mathematics", a public talk followed by a reception, on March 20 at the Museum of Texas Tech University. Wertheim is the author of six books, including "Pythagoras Trousers", an acclaimed history of physics; "The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace", a ground-breaking exploration of Western concepts of space from Dante to the Internet; and "Physics on the Fringe", a sociological study of "outsider science"—a term she coined.
ARTS & SCIENCES / Feb. '18
College Wins Pair of Silver ADDYs
The College of Arts & Sciences won a pair of Silver ADDY Awards at the 2018 Lubbock Advertising Federation ADDY Award Show Feb. 10. One of the wins came in the category of Film, Video & Sound: Public Service with the entry of Arts & Sciences' "CISER Campaign Video." the other came in the category of Sales & Marketing, Direct Marketing, Direct Mail wit the entry of Arts & Sciences' "CISER Donor Solicitation Book." Accolades go to Blayne Beal, Director of Marketing & Communication for the College of Arts & Sciences, who led the winning projects from conception to victory.
CHEMISTRY & BIOCHEMISTRY / Feb. '18
Dasgupta Lecture Series Hosts Sweedler
The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry welcomed Professor Jonathan V. Sweedler, Director of the School of Chemical Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for its fourth Purnendu K. "Sandy" Dasgupta Lecture Series Feb. 7-8. Sweedler, who also is editor-in-chief of the American Chemical Society Analytical Chemistry journal. Sweedler gave a general-audience lecture, "Understanding the brain a cell at a time: From new measurement tools to new chemical insight," describing the brain's chemical mosaic and its physiological and pathological processes; and gave a technical lecture, "D-amino acids in our brain: what are they doing and how did they get there," detailing results of investigations of the brain's amino acids. The Dasgupta Lecture Series began in 2009 in honor of Dasgupta, a TTU Horn professor of chemistry (1981-2006) who moved on to teach at the University of Texas at Arlington. It is his former TTU students and colleagues who organize the lecture series in analytical chemistry that bears his name.
CMLL / Oct. '17
Russian Documentary of North Korea Shown
The Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures and other TTU units welcomed "Under the Sun," a Russian-made documentary about North Korea directed by Russian filmmaker Vitaly Mansky. It was screened Oct. 25 at the International Cultural Center. Mansky was invited to shoot a documentary about a North Korean girl and her family. According to an article in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, the film set-up was staged and scripted, but Mansky and his crew shot extra footage surreptitiously and smuggled it out of the country, resulting in a documentary that follows the conventions of North Korean propaganda, and yet undermines it. Mansky was on hand to introduce the film and answer questions afterward. the screening also was sponsored by the Russian Cultural Center, Tech Office of International Affairs, the CH Foundation, Tech Department of History, Tech Institute for Peace and Conflict, and the Tech Russian Club.
CMLL / Sept. '17
Lecture on Spanish Avant-Garde
The Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, the Department of History, the College of Arts & Sciences, and three other TTU units made possible the first of two lectures in the Comparative European Modernisms Series. On Sept. 25, "Tangled Modernity: Intellectual Networks and Hispanic Cultural Productions," was given by Juan Herrero-Senés, an associate professor in the department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Colorado Boulder. It was held at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library. Susan Larson, the Qualia Professor of Spanish in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, said the lecture focused on how the avant-garde became a global phenomenon in the Spanish-speaking world, according to an article in the Daily Toreador. Herrero-Senés opened the lecture with a discussion about Modernism and expanded the topic to include details about a fashionable bar in downtown Madrid called Pombo, a gathering place for intellectuals at the time. After the lecture, guests were invited to walk through the museum's exhibits, and Herrero-Senés was available for questions from the audience members. The second lecture in the Comparative European Modernisms Series, "Pessoa: European and Portuguese Modernisms," will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 9, in the Formby Room of the Southwest Collections/Special Collections library. The lecture will be given by Jerónimo Pizarro, a professor at Universidad de los Ande in Columbia. Other sponsors of the series are the Honors College, the European Studies program, and the Humanities Center.
INSTITUTE FOR FORENSIC SCIENCE / Fall '17
A New Academic Home in ENTX
The Institute for Forensic Science (IFS) and its faculty and students now have a new academic home in the Department of Environmental Toxicology (ENTX). Until now, the IFS had been an independent standing institute in the College of Arts & Sciences. It did not have a traditional academic home as it was not affiliated with a department. This was a significant limitation to the institute, the graduate program, and the faculty. IFS sought a department that closely aligned with its mission and the aims of the graduate program. ENTX was a natural fit and became a reality by ENTX faculty vote and subsequent approval from the Texas Tech administration.
COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES / June '17
College Wins Bronze Telly for Campaign Video
The College of Arts & Sciences won a bronze award at the 38th Annual Telly Awards, a highly respected national and international competition for video. Blayne Beal, Director of Marketing & Communication for the College, led the winning project in the General-Fundraising category, "Unmasking Innovation: The Campaign For Arts & Sciences," the video that launched the College's fundraising effort last year. "As director of marketing for the College of Arts & Sciences, Blayne Beal has brought his talent and a dynamic perspective to communicating the College's vision, goals and needs," said Dean W. Brent Lindquist. "He has forged a strong bond between the College marketing, alumni relations and development teams to create extremely effective outreach." Texas Tech University's Office of Communications & Marketing also won a bronze Telly this year for "2016 Texas Tech University PSA" in the Craft-Videography/ Cinematography category, according to a June 21 Texas Tech Today story.
STEM-CORE / June '17
LISD Joins TTU for Middle School Challenge
The Texas Tech University STEM Center for Outreach, Research & Education (STEM CORE) and Lubbock Independent School District (LISD) joined forces June 5-9 to hold the 2017 Middle School STEM Challenge. The fourth annual event pits 10 LISD middle schools against each other in a competition to design and build boats out of cardboard and duct tape. Each LISD middle school sent a math or science teacher and four students, who were joined by one Texas Tech undergraduate student. The challenge culminated in a final competition on June 9 at the Pete Ragus Aquatic Center. Every member of the team was in the boat they built, and the race was on.
PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY / May '17
Naomi Halas at TTU for Distinguished Lecture
The Department of Physics & Astronomy welcomed Professor Naomi J. Halas of Rice University for its Bucy Distinguished Lecture May 4. Halas is Rice's Stanley C. Moore Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Director of the Smalley-Curl Institute and Director of the Laboratory for Nanophotonics. She lectured on the subject, "Solar Steam Generation and Applications." Luis Grave-de-Peralta, Associate Professor of Physics, described Halas as a respected nanotechnology advocate, scientist, engineer and inventor. "She is a pioneer in the use of gold nanoparticles for curing cancer. Her curiosity and ingenuity are unlimited. She found that similar nanoparticles dissolved in water permit scientists to harvest the energy of the Sun to produce steam than can be used in numerous applications," Grave-de-Peralta was quoted as saying in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
EARL SURVEY RESEARCH LAB / April '17
Post-Election Survey Results Are Out
The Earl Survey Research Lab in the Department of Political Science posted April 26 the results of its 2017 post-election survey on subjects such as politics, health care, transgender bathroom access, gay marriage and marijuana legalization. As reported in the April 26 Amarillo Globe-News and April 27 on radio station KFYO, political science students and employees surveyed 442 registered Texas by phone between March 20 and April 13. With a 4.6 percent margin of error, these are some of its findings:
• President Donald Trump's job performance: 43 percent approve, 49 percent disapprove.
• Gov. Greg Abbott's job performance: 54 percent approve, 30 percent disapprove.
• Sen. Ted Cruz's job performance: 47 percent approve, 38 percent disapprove.
• Federal enforcement of Endangered Species Act: 84 percent support.
• Federal government should make sure all Americans have health coverage: 45 percent support, 48 percent oppose.
• Texas new requirement that clinics bury fetal remains from abortions: 42 percent support, 46 percent oppose.
• Transgender people should be required to use the public bathroom of their birth gender: 49 percent support, Transgender people should be allowed to use the public bathroom of the gender they identify with: 37 percent support.
• Same-sex marriage: 64 percent support, 28 percent oppose.
• Legalization of medical marijuana: 25 percent support.
• Legalization of marijuana in general: 43 percent support.
• "Robbin Hood" tax on wealthier school districts redistributed to poorer school districts: 68 percent support, 24 percent oppose.
INSTITUTE FOR PEACE & CONFLICT / April '17
New Institute is the Place to Study Warfare
The Institute for Peace and Conflict (IPAC) is a new research center in the College of Arts & Sciences. IPAC was announced to the public April 25 and pulls together Texas Tech's world renowned Vietnam Center & Archive, the graduate certificate in strategic studies directed by Col. Dave Lewis, the Army ROTC and Air Force ROTC programs and the newly created Archive of Modern American Warfare, which deals with all wars since 1975, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. "We've always said if you want to do research on the Vietnam War, this is the place to come," said Ron Milam, Associate Professor in the Department of History and IPAC's interim Executive Director. "You get to walk across the street to the largest Vietnam War archive in the world. But now, it goes even further than that because we have all these other academic pieces as part of this umbrella. Part of our focus is to be the place to come to study issues associated with terrorism, insurgency and counterinsurgency. Both Col. Lewis and myself teach courses in that; now we have a place to actually do the research and bring it home. It's not just about Vietnam; it's about all warfare." Ambassador Tibor Nagy, and Arts & Sciences alumnus and Vice Provost for International Affairs at Texas Tech, was heavily involved in the creation of IPAC and will serve as its ambassador in residence. "The world's current geopolitical challenges are among the most serious ever," Nagy said. "Just as the world is transitioning from the post-World War II American established global order, we have a great need for scholarship to analyze, evaluate and explain the processes at work and to prepare foreign affairs professionals who will be working in this environment. IPAC is being created at an ideal time so that Texas Tech can be among a select few institutions that can contribute to the study of contemporary conflict and resolution—the forces bringing on the new world order—and in developing the professional tools the U.S. will need to achieve our global objectives."
COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES / April '17
Research Data Close by with New DFW Center
Faculty and student researchers in the College of Arts & Sciences soon will have easier access to research data. Texas Tech University is among a consortium of institutions, led by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and the University of Texas at Dallas, that are in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau to establish the Dallas-Fort Worth Federal Statistical Research Data Center. In a press release dated April 25, the FED announced that the DFW center will be housed at the Dallas Fed and is expected to open in early 2018. It will be one of several planned Federal Statistical Research Data Center locations across the country, the center and will provide approved researchers with secure access to restricted micro-level data. "There is significant demand in the region for this center," said Wenhua Di, senior research economist at the Dallas Fed and the center's executive director. "Since researchers need to be physically present to access the data, housing the center at the Dallas Fed will provide excellent security, easy accessibility and collaboration opportunities to a large research community."
CMLL-FRENCH / April '17
Program to Grant Diploma of Professional French
The French Language & Area Studies program in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures has a partnership with the French Chamber of Commerce, ICC Paris Ile-de-France. The partnership agreement, signed in November 2016, was announced April 18 by the ICC and authorizes Texas Tech University to award the Diploma of Professional French (DFP) for the next three years.
ENGLISH / April '17
49th Comparative Literature Symposium Held
The Comparative Literature, Globalization and Translation division in the Department of English held its 49th Annual Texas Tech Comparative Literature Symposium April 7-8. The symposium's theme, "The Word in the World: Culture, Technology, and Discourse in the Twenty-First Century," emphasized the need to understand global discourse in light of new technologies. Keynote speakers were Bruce Clarke, Chair and Horn Professor of Literature and Science in the Department of English; Rachel Lee, Professor of English and gender Studies at UCLA; Harveen Mann, Associate Professor of English at Loyola; and John Williams, Associate Professor of English and Film and Media Studies at Yale. Kanika Batra, Associate Professor in the Department of English, was symposium director with the assistance of symposium co-directors Kerry Manzo and Kenna Neitch, both PhD students in the Department of English.
MATHEMATICS & STATISTICS / Spring '17
Outstanding Faculty Mentors Awarded
The Department of Mathematics & Statistics has announced its recipients of the 2017 Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award. They are:
MATHEMATICS & STATISTICS / Spring '17
Dayawansa Award Recipients Named
The Department of Mathematics & Statistics has announced its recipients of the 2017 Departmental Faculty Dayawansa Awards. They are:
• Dermot McCarthy, Excellence in Research—Pure Math
• Angela Peace, Excellence in Research—Applied Math
• Souparno Ghosh, Excellence in Research—Statistics
• Brock Williams, Excellence in Teaching
• Lars Christensen, Excellence in Service
CHEMISTRY & BIOCHEMISTRY / March '17
Prospective Graduate Students Tour Campus
The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry held a student visitation weekend March 3-4 for qualifying graduate applicants. The focus of the event provided information about Texas Tech University, the department, and Lubbock. The weekend-event featured tours, meals, and many opportunities for visitors to speak with current graduate students and faculty.
MATHEMATICS & STATISTICS / February '17
Texas Geometry & Topology Conference Here
The Department of Mathematics & Statistics welcomed the 57th Texas Geometry and Topology Conference Feb. 17-19 to the Texas Tech campus. The event, which is committed to the strengthening and enrichment of mathematics personnel, takes place every spring and fall at one of the participating universities in Texas: Texas Tech University, the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, Rice University, Texas Christian University, and the University of Houston.
COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES / February '17
Arts & Sciences Showcased in Video
The College of Arts & Sciences was featured in a video produced by Texas Tech to showcase the breadth and depth the College offers its students. "Discover Texas Tech: College of Arts and Sciences" published Feb. 6 at Texas Tech Today and is one in a continuing series of videos that highlight the entire University and details what makes Raiderland the special place that it is.
BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES / February '17
Pigeons Study Aims to Reduce Cleanup Cost
The Department of Biological Sciences is collaborating with the Department of Natural Resources Management and the Operations Division to find a humane way to reduce the number of pigeons on campus and the mess they make on campus architecture and facilities. A Feb. 2 Texas Tech Today article reported that the University spends between $15,000 and $200,000 on bird cleanup and deterrent measures. Academic research being conducted now into the birds' migratory and breeding cycles and habitat use will inform future efforts to reduce the pigeon population, and the findings may benefit the City of Lubbock as well. "It could be that the university is a breeding population and then pigeons are going out into the city and the surrounding area, or it could be that they are breeding elsewhere and coming in," David Ray, Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences told Texas Tech Today. "What my lab wants to do is take some samples and identify whether it's one or the other, if we can. We want to identify the genetic structure of the population here on campus and the surrounding population to see whether we are a source or a sink (receptor)."
GEOSCIENCES / Fall '16
Sweet Leads Field Trip to San Salvador
The Department of Geosciences' Dustin Sweet, Assistant Professor of Geology, led a geology field trip to San Salvador, where graduate students studied carbonate sediments, better known as limestone. Sweet's most recent trip was the subject of a Jan. 6 story in Texas Tech Today: "San Salvador Helps Geologists Connect the Past with the Present." Sweet is quoted in the story as saying that he hopes students learn by getting to "take modern carbonate sediment and run it through their fingers, look at the different constituents—there's a snail, there's a clam and there's all this fine-grain sediment—and picture that mass of sediment in their hand being turned into a rock." Sweet explained that carbonate sediments are most commonly created directly from sea shells or are created as a result of erosion caused by fish chomping on corals. Other types of sediments are inorganic and created through physical or chemical erosion that find their way out into the ocean. Living creatures adapt to changing conditions in ways that inorganic sediments cannot, Sweet told Texas Tech Today, so carbonate sediments—and the rocks they form into—can tell geologists about the environment at the time they were created.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / November '16
ESRL Releases Election Poll Results
The Earl Survey Research Lab (ESRL) in the Department of Political Science, released on Nov. 7 the results of its statewide survey of registered voters. According to a story in Texas Tech Today, which published a complete list of survey results, undergraduate students interviewed Texas registered voters between Oct. 11 and Nov. 3, as part of a project in two classes: Introduction to American Government, taught by ESLR Director Sara Norman, and Political Analysis and Environmental Law, taught by Visiting Instructor Jared Perkins. The survey returned percentage results on preferences for presidential candidates, support for Donald Trump's proposed polices on building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, Clinton's trustworthiness in light of the e-mail investigation, Ted Cruz's job performance as a U.S. senator, as well as their positions on other topics such as concealed handguns on college campuses, Muslim women wearing hijab, and transgender bathrooms.
GEOSCIENCES / Fall '16
Field Camp Studies at Manzano Mountains
The Department of Geosciences' 2016 Field Camp was the subject of a article in the Fall 2016 Caprock Connections newsletter. Hannah Cunningham (BS Geology, TTU 2016), reported that the trip to Manzano Mountain State Park, in New Mexico, was more helpful in preparing the students to become scientists and professional geologists than a trip one to a more familiar location would have been. The participants, led by Aaron Yoshinobu, Professor of Structural Geology & Tectonics, were forced to think for themselves about what they saw and were able to contribute to the first definitive geologic interpretation of the area, Cunningham determined.
COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES / Fall '16
2nd Tailgate Toasts 375 Alumni & Friends
The College of Arts & Sciences held its Second Annual Tailgate Oct. 22 as a warmup to the Red Raiders' Big 12 battle against the Oklahoma Sooners. The College welcomed some 375 alumni and friends to a barbecue spread from Cagle's Steaks & BBQ. Those who didn't have tickets to the stadium stayed on throughout the hard-fought game, watching the action on three television screens.
ENGLISH / Fall '16
Online English Master's No. 5 in Affordability
The Department of English's online master's degree in English ranked fifth in the nation for affordability, according
to GradSchoolHub.com. "We're happy, but not surprised, to be listed as one of the most affordable master's
degrees in English in the country. But what we're really proud of is the high quality
of our program and the way we affect our students' lives," said Jen Shelton, Associate Professor of English and director of the online master's program. Schools
included in the ranking were selected based on accreditation, in-state graduate tuition
and fees, and rankings with major publications, including Forbes, The Princeton Review
and U.S. News and World Report.
GradSchoolHub.com's Top 5 Nationwide Most Affordable Online English Master's Degree:
1. University of Texas-Permian Basin
2. University of Texas at Tyler
3. Western Governors University
4. East Carolina University
5. Texas Tech University
CHEMISTRY & BIOCHEMISTRY / Fall 2016
Chemistry Gets ChemDraw Software
ENGLISH / Fall 2016
English Launches Fall Speaker Series
The Department of English commenced on Sept. 7 its fall 2016 LSJE Lunchtime Speaker's Series. (LSJE stands for Literature, Social Justice, and the Environment.) The catered event featured Scott Baugh, Associate Professor of Film/Media Studies, who presented on "Sustainable 'Developments' in Contemporary Latin American Political Cinema"; and Iracema Quintero, Master's Student, who presented on "Empowering Others By Empowering One's Self: Mestizo Feminism in Real Women Have Curves."
CHEMISTRY & BIOCHEMISTRY / Fall '16
Chemistry Holds Poster Presentation & Awards
Olga Estrada, a second-year Chemistry Master's student, with her award-winning research poster.
The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry held its first Departmental Research Poster Presentation and Competition on Aug. 26. The event created a place and time for students, postdocs and faculty from different research groups to discuss one another's work and for the Department to award the best among them. Competition winners were:
First Place Undergraduate Research Poster
- Amanda C. Miller (Casadonte Group), The Reductive Sonochemical Synthesis of Superparamagnetic Nanoparticles
First Place Graduate Research Poster
- Suresh Mummadi (Krempner Group), Inverse FLP Approaches for Metal-Free Catalytic Hydrogenation of Imines and Carbonyl Compounds
Second Place Graduate Research Poster
- Olga Estrada (D'Auria Group), Type III Polyketide Synthases Participate in Secondary Ring Formation of Tropane Alkaloids in Erythrocylum coca
Third Place Graduate Research Poster
- Wenjie Li (Pappas Group), Microfluidic Separation of Lymphoblasts in Diagnosis of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
TIEHH / Summer '16
TIEHH Receives $7,500 from Terracon
Left to right: Adam Finger and Erin Loyd of Terracon Lubbock with a few faculty and students from the The Institute for Environmental & Human Health (TIEHH).
The Institute for Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH) received $7,500 from the Terracon Foundation June 10. The funds go toward supporting the department's graduate students. Alumnus Adam Finger (M.S. Environmental Toxicology, TTU 2004), Terracon Environmental Manager, said, "Since TIEHH consistently produces world class research and graduates who are equipped to tackle the most difficult environmental issues, Terracon considers our investment into the graduate scholarship program a value-added one. Terracon Lubbock looks forward to recruiting Texas Tech graduates for our construction materials, geotechnical, environmental, and asbestos inspection and consulting services."
Todd Anderson, Chair of the Department of Environmental Toxicology and Interim Director of The Institute of Environmental & Human Health, said, "We have been very fortunate to receive funding from the Terracon Foundation for three consecutive years. We certainly appreciate Terracon Lubbock and Adam in particular for championing our proposals to the Foundation. The money makes a difference to our students and gives us another way to reward them for their productivity."
Jacob Carrick, a master's student from Kansas City, Mo., and a past recipient of a scholarship, had this to say: "I'm very appreciative of the funding that Terracon has provided for myself and others. Without financial support, my ability to conduct full-time research would be greatly hindered. Terracon's decision to support students in Environmental Toxicology demonstrates their commitment to advancing scientific knowledge, which is crucial for sound environmental decision-making."
BIOLOGY-WACO / Summer '16
Waco Biology to Study Abroad in Honduras
The Department of Biological Sciences program in Waco is leading 16 McLennan Community College (MCC) students, five Texas Tech students, and five faculty and staff on a joint-research study abroad program to Honduras. The program, named Texas Integrated Diving and Ecological Studies (TIDES), is designed to engage undergraduates in research and to build a research "pipeline" that will draw MCC students to Texas Tech. Heading the traveling classroom is Stefanie Lockwood, Assistant Professor of Practice in the Department of Biological Sciences—TTU Waco Campus.
CLIMATE SCIENCE CENTER / Summer '16
Climate Science Student Interns on Campus
The Climate Science Center welcomed 11 undergraduate Climate Science Student Interns to Texas Tech for a week of field research, sample collection, data analysis, and lectures. The students came from universities in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Kansas to participate in the three-week internship that began in coastal Louisiana, continued on to locations in Oklahoma and finished at Texas Tech. The TTU portion of the program, June 5-10, was led by John Zak, Professor of Biology in the Department of Biological Sciences, co-director of TTU's Climate Science Center, and Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.
NATIONAL WIND INSTITUTE / Summer '16
Radar Could Help in Understanding Air Flow
Scientists at TTU's National Wind Institute (NWI) have created a radar system to measure wind flow and control turbine-to-turbine interaction for maximum power generation. John Schroeder, Professor of Atmospheric Science in the Department of Geosciences; Brian Hirth, and Jerry Guynes, both Research Professors, are working to understand the complexities of air flow in the lower atmosphere and how the wake generated by one wind turbine affects the efficiency of other turbines. The new radar may provide information to help increase the performance of all turbines and thus lower energy costs. The project is funded by a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.
MATHEMATICS & STATISTICS / Summer '16
Math Holds Summer Academy
The Department of Mathematics & Statistics held the Texas Tech Summer Math Academy (SuMAc) June 13-17. SuMAc is a hands-on, intensive, mathematics outreach program offered to local high school students wanting to further their knowledge and understanding of mathematics and research. In recent years, the content has focused on Digital Image Analysis through the use of tools from algebra, geometry, and calculus.
BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES WACO CAMPUS / Spring '16
Waco Biology Graduates First Students
Dr. Stephanie Lockwood (center) with Matt Gonzales and Taylor Ross.
The Department of Biological Sciences program in Waco has experienced a banner year, reports Stefanie Lockwood, Assistant Professor of Practice in the Department of Biological Sciences—TTU Waco
Campus. Among the hallmarks Lockwood lists are these:
Matt Gonzales and Taylor Ross this semester became the first two Biological Sciences majors from TTU-Waco to graduate with a B.S. in Biology.
"The program is doing what it was designed to do: meet the needs of the community with a biology degree, while upholding the standards of the TTU Biology program in Lubbock," Lockwood said. "We've come a long way in a short amount of time. We are growing and things are happening."
NATIONAL WIND INSTITUTE / Spring 2016
NWI Video Gives Overview of Research
The National Wind Institute (NWI) is featured in a video that explains why Texas Tech University is a leader in all aspects of wind research, and has been for more than 40 years.
PSYCHOLOGY / Spring 2016
Psychology Hosts Diversity Art Fair
The Department of Psychological Sciences sponsored this year's Diversity Art Fair. The top 4 works were selected by a jury and bought by the department for display. Their creators were also awarded monetary prizes:
- First prize went to Silvia Escobedo from the Law School, for her painting entitled "Dancers."
- Second prize went to Leila Forouhi from the Collage of Media & Communications, for her photograph entitled "Tehran Apartment/Neighborhood."
- Third prize went to Summer Hawkins from the Department of Psychological Sciences, for the mosaic entitled "Collage/Mosaic of Faces."
- Forth prize went to Jackie Caston from the Department of Psychological Sciences, for the pencil drawing entitled "Guitar Player with Hat."
MATHEMATICS & STATISTICS / Spring '16
Math Draws 200 Girls to STEM Event
The Department of Mathematics & Statistics held its annual Emmy Noether High School Mathematics Day May 18, with more than 200 elementary to high school-aged girls and their teachers in attendance. The day is meant to attract female students to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, all while experiencing Texas Tech and learning about the educational and career opportunities within STEM disciplines. "More than anything, we want these girls to learn that careers in math, science and engineering are attainable," said Magda Toda, department chair and professor in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics.
GEOSCIENCES / Spring '16
Geosciences Holds Annual Research Day
The Department of Geosciences held its 10th Annual Research Day May 12. The event was an opportunity for 33 faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students to showcase ongoing research. The department also welcomed four seventh-graders from Whiteface Middle School who presented their own science projects.
KSM / Spring '16
Golf Classic Raises Funds for Protective Services
Students in a Calvin Nite's KSM event management class conducted the 2nd Annual Drive Against Domestic Violence Classic golf tournament at The Rawls Course on May 7, in partnership with Women's Protective Services of Lubbock (WPS). Some of the money raised through the fundraising tournament and silent auction are earmarked for donation to WPS. Calvin Nite, Assistant Professor of Sport Management in the Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management, teaches the KSM event management class.
KSM / Spring '16
Fun Run Raises Funds to Animal Shelter
Students in a Calvin Nite's event management class conducted the "Paw-a-thon" 5K fun run April 30 at TTU's Kinesiology & Sport Management Building. Participants brought their dogs to the fundraising event, where most of the money raised by the event was earmarked for donation to Haven Animal Shelter. Calvin Nite, Assistant Professor of Sport Management in the Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management, teaches the KSM event management class.
ECONOMICS / Spring '16
Harvard Economics Chair Lectures at TTU
The Department of Economics welcomed David Laibson, Chair of Harvard's Department of Economics, to TTU March 10 for a day of lectures and a seminar entitled, "Myopia and Discounting." Laibson is the Robert I. Goldman Professor of Economics, leads Harvard's Foundations of Human Behavior Initiative, and is a member of the National Bureau of Economic Research, where he co-directs the National Institute of Aging Roybal Center for Behavior Change in Health and Savings.
CLIMATE SCIENCE CENTER / Spring '16
Climate Science Center's 'Videos for Science'
The Climate Science Center's "Videos for Science" series feature TTU graduate students discussing their climate-change research. In one video, graduate research assistant Tiffany Lane studies habitat selection of wintering waterfowl at Anahuac National Wildlife refuge. In another video, graduate research assistant Aaron Hill conducts field work to find out how land conditions and features affect the formation and duration of severe tornadic thunderstorms.
ENGLISH / Spring '16
English Holds Comparative Literature Symposium
The Comparative Literature program in the Department of English held the 48th Annual Comparative Literature Symposium at TTU April 22-23. The program, "Translation/Transnation: Languages, Geographies, Genders," scheduled Christopher Merrill, Director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, and Steven Yao, Edmund A. LeFevre Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at Hamilton College in New York, as featured speakers.
PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES / Spring '16
Psychology Welcomes Speaker from Columbia
The Department of Psychological Sciences, welcomed Carl Hart, a Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at Columbia University, March 29 for a presentation at TTU on the societal, behavioral, and neuropharmacological effects of drug use and drug policy. Hart, author of the book "High Price," is known for his research in drug abuse and addiction and has given testimony to the U.S. Congressional Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
CHEMISTRY & BIOCHEMISTRY / Spring '16
Chemistry Gives Tour of Grad Programs
The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry invited undergraduate visitors from Texas, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, Kansas, South Korea, Bangladesh, and India April 1-2 for a weekend showcasing the department's graduate programs in teaching and research.
MATHEMATICS & STATISTICS / Spring '16
Laubenbacher Speaks at Math Lecture Series
The Department of Mathematics & Statistics Distinguished Lecture Series welcomed Reinhard C. Laubenbacher, Professor and Founding Director of the Center for Quantitative Medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Center, for a colloquium talk April 14. His presentation, "Algebraic Methods in Systems Biology," explored biological modeling and analysis using mathematical and statistical methods.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Spring '16
'Hotel Rwanda' Hero Speaks at TTU
The Department of Political Science cosponsored the lecture of Paul Rusesabagina April 13. Rusesabagina, whose bravery was dramatized the feature film "Hotel Rwanda," was the manager of the Hôtel des Mille Collines in Kigal, Rwanda, during the genocide of Rwanda's Tutsi people in the 1990s. Rusesabagina made the hotel a refuge to thousands fleeing certain death.
CHEMISTRY & BIOCHEMISTRY / Spring '16
Undergrad Biochemistry Receives Accreditation
The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry has received accreditation for its undergraduate programs in biochemistry for the next seven years, the longest allowable term, from the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, or ASBMB. The accreditation began March 15 and continues through 2023.
HISTORY / Spring '16
Donations to Memorial Scholarship Requested
PHYSICS / Spring '16
Regional Science Fair Held
The Department of Physics hosted the South Plains Regional Science & Engineering Fair Feb. 5-6 at United Spirit Arena. Pre-college schools throughout the area submitted student projects for competition and recognition.
CMLL / Spring '16
Language Olympics Held
The Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures hosted The Language Olympics Feb. 13 at Texas Tech University. High school students joined game-show style competitions to showcase their skills in American Sign Language, French, German, Latin, and Spanish.
HISTORY and POLITICAL SCIENCE / Spring '16
Harry Belafonte Speaks about Activism
The Department of History and the Department of Political Science welcomed singer, actor, and activist Harry Belafonte to TTU's Allen Theatre Feb. 16 as part of the African American History Month Lecture Series. Belafonte spoke about his career as an activist.
HISTORY and POLITICAL SCIENCE / Spring '16
Cornel West Speaks about Obama Presidency
The Department of History and the Department of Political Science welcomed author and activist Cornel West to TTU's Allen Theatre Feb. 25 as part of the African American History Month Lecture Series. West discussed what has and has not changed for black Americans and other racial minorities during the presidency of Barak Obama.
LLANO RIVER FIELD STATION / Spring '16
119th Texas Academy of Science Held
Llano River Field Station hosted the Texas Academy of Science 119th annual meeting March 3-6 at Texas Tech University's campus in Junction. Presentations included those by Texas Distinguished Scientist and Outstanding Educator awardees. Poster sessions covered all 18 sections of the Texas Academy of Science, with more than $25,000 in awards going to the best student presentations and research proposals.
CENTER FOR CHEMICAL BIOLOGY / Spring '16
Center Has New Web Site
PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES / Fall '15
Grad Program Ranked in Top 25 Nationwide
The Department of Psychological Sciences' Graduate Program has been ranked No. 20 in the nation by graduateprograms.com, making it the only university in Texas to make it into the Top 25. Rankings were compiled using data gathered between 2012 and 2015 and were based on reviews posted by more than 75,000 students participating in more than 1,600 graduate programs nationwide. "I'm extremely proud that, not only are we the only graduate psychology department in the state of Texas to be listed in this ranking, but when looking at the other schools in the top 20 of this ranking—Harvard, Stanford, Yale—it speaks volumes about the work this department's faculty is doing," said Robert Morgan, Regents Endowed Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychological Sciences.
SASW-ANTHROPOLOGY / Fall '15
Smithsonian Anthropologist Speaks at TTU
David Hunt, Physical Anthropologist and Collections Manager at the Smithsonian Institution's Division of Physical Anthropology, came to TTU to give the keynote address at the 2015 conference of the Texas Association of Biological Anthropologists (TABA). Robert R. Paine, Director of TTU's Forensic Sciences Program in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work, is president of TABA and said Hunt discussed "Non-invasive CT scanner technology: Human skeletal biology research at the Smithsonian Institution."
ENGLISH / Fall '15
Class Receives Visit by Poet Laureate
Juan Felipe Herrera, 2015 U.S. Poet Laureate, stopped by the Department of English to visit with students before his keynote address at TTU's Celebrate Diversity Awards Banquet on Oct. 5. Herrera, who has authored 30 books, is the first Mexican-American to appointed poet laureate.
COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES / Fall '15
First Tailgate Draws 250 Alumni & Friends
The College of Arts & Sciences held its first tailgate Sept. 26 in the plaza directly north of Holden Hall. More than 250 A&S alumni and donors attended the event, cheering on the Red Raiders in the battle against TCU.
COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES / Fall '15
Dean's Circle Recognition Walls Unveiled
The College of Arts & Sciences unveiled its Dean's Circle Recognition Walls during and unveiling ceremony in Holden Hall Sept. 25. The two 38-foot-high by 14-foot-wide walls bear the photos of the college's newly established advisory council, whose mission is to support the scholarly vision of the college. TTU President M. Duane Nellis and A&S Dean W. Brent Lindquist spoke, with Associate Dean David Roach serving as master of ceremonies.
KSM / Fall '15
Department Changes Name
The Department of Health, Exercise & Sport Sciences (HESS) has changed its name to the Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management (KSM) to better reflect the scientific and professional nature of both fields of research.
HISTORY / Summer '15
Rise in Degrees Earned by Minorities
The Department of History is one of several at TTU to be ranked among the top 50 minority degree producers by Diverse Issues in Higher Education. In fact, the largest percentage increase in the nation belongs to the Department of History: it increased by 68 percent the number of undergraduate degrees awarded to minorities, from 19 to 32, ranking it No. 37 in the country. "Texas Tech currently enjoys the highest percentage of minority students in its history and is poised to quickly become a formal Hispanic Serving Institution," said Juan Muñoz, Senior Vice President for Institutional Diversity, Equity & Community Engagement and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education & Student Affairs.
PHYSICS / Summer '15
Astrophysics Attracts Research Dollars
The Department of Physics' recent addition of four new astrophysicists has attracted the attention of Phys.org, an online news service that covers STEM and medical fields. "This last year, particularly, Texas Tech University astrophysicists contributed some excellent findings to better understand how the machinery of the cosmos works," said the June 3rd article. Roger Lichti, Department Chair at the time of the interview, told Phys.org that during the last year, astrophysics faculty contributed a third of the department's research publications and more than half of new research funding. But that's not all. The, article goes on to report that the number of TTU's physics undergraduate majors has tripled, while graduate student numbers have roughly doubled in five to seven years.
COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES / Spring '15
Scholarship Reception Held
HISTORY / Spring '15
History Gets $25K for Excellent Teaching
The Department of History has received the Departmental Excellence in Teaching Award from the Texas Tech University Teaching Academy. The Department was chosen for consistently high teaching evaluations for its faculty, and for faculty involvement in multiple activities to promote the scholarship of teaching. Sean Cunningham, Department Chair, said the $25,000 prize may go toward the creation of a digital history lab for online teaching.
MATHEMATICS & STATISTICS / Spring '15
Berkley Mathematician Joins Lecture Series
The Department of Mathematics & Statistics welcomed Bernd Sturmfels to its Distinguished Lecture Series in March. Sturmfels, a Professor of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science at UC Berkley, gave a public lecture titled: "Beyond Linear Algebra." He is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society and of the Society for Industrial and Applied Math.
NATIONAL WIND INSTITUTE / Spring '15
Grant to Fund Better Forecasting
Researchers at TTU's National Wind Institute will take part in a $2.5 million government research project to improve short-term wind forecasting capabilities in mountainous terrain. The research is part of the Wind Forecast Improvement Project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy to help enhance wind-energy creation.
COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES / Spring '15
Research Airs on Public Radio
The College of Arts & Sciences is promoting faculty research on public radio. In March 2015, the College began airing 60-second spots each Monday morning on KTTZ-FM. In January 2015, the College began airing 60-second spots twice a day on KTXT-FM. Anyone who misses the broadcasts may listen to archived programming via the A&S Podcast page.
KSM / Fall '14
Program Earns National Ranking
The Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management (formerly the Department of Health, Exercise & Sport Science), ranked among the Top 10 percent in the nation for its undergraduate program in health and fitness by College Factual. Among 426 universities listed in the study, Texas Tech's program ranked No. 31 in the Top Quality category. The only Big 12 college ranked higher was UT-Austin at No. 10. Even better news: TTU ranked No. 6 in the Best Value category, leaving its nearest Texas public university competitor, the University of North Texas, trailing at a distant No. 47.
PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES / Fall '14
Department Changes Name
The Department of Psychology has changed its name to the Department of Psychological Sciences to better reflect the nature of this highly interdisciplinary and collaborative field of study.
GUEST SPEAKER ON MONETARY ECONOMICS
The Department of Economics welcomes Sarah Zubairy, Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Texas A&M University, as guest speaker on Sept. 28. Zubairy's research is in empirical macroeconomics and monetary economics, with a focus on issues related to fiscal policy.
ECONOMICS OF IMMIGRATION
Armando Lopez, Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics, will give a presentation, “The Demand for Different Styles of Immigration and Implications for the U.S. in a Stylized Model,” on Oct. 12. Lopez's research interest include macroeconomics, immigration, demographic change and macroeconomics, and international economics.
DAYAWANSA MEMORIAL LECTURE SERIES
The Department of Mathematics & Statistics welcomes Dr. Magnus Egerstedt as guest speaker for the 2016 Dayawansa Memorial Lecture Series Oct. 25-27. Egerstedt is the Schlumberger Professor at the School of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He will give three lectures during the series.