|Congratulations to Haoyu Zhao on winning first place in the Student Poster Competition at the North American Thermal Analysis Society meeting, held in Santa Fe, NM, in September 2014. His poster, entitled "Methyl Methacrylate Polymerization in Nanoporous Matrix: Reactivity and Resulting Properties," was coauthored by Fatema Begum, Ziniu Yu, Ronald Hedden, and Sindee Simon.|
|Ran Tao was invited to give an oral presentation at the Gordon Research Seminar on Polymer Physics in Mount Holyoke, MA, July 12 and 13, 2014; her talk is titled "The Effect of Silica Nanoparticles on the Rheological and Glass Transition Behavior of Polystyrene: Reinforcement and Dynamics." In addition, Siyang Gao will serve as a Discussion Leader at the GRS. Ran and Siyang, along with Evelyn Lopez, will attend both the GRS and the Gordon Research Conference on Polymer Physics.|
|Siyang Gao and Ran Tao received NATAS Student Travel Awards to present their work at the 2014 annual meeting of the North American Thermal Analysis Society (NATAS). The meeting will held in September in Santa Fe, NM.|
- Dr. Sindee L. Simon will receive the 2014 Mettler Toledo Outstanding Achievement Award from the North American Thermal Analysis Society (NATAS). The award will be presented at the annual meeting, to be held in September, 2014, in Santa Fe, NM.
|Dr. Sindee L. Simon received the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) 2014 Research/Engineering Technology Award at the Annual Technical Conference (ANTEC). for research and technology developments in polymers and polymer composites and for her pioneering contributions in thermal analysis of polymers.|
|Doctoral student Evelyn Lopez was awarded the Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority (CSURM) Fellowship to attend the 2014 Gordon Research Conference on Polymer Physics.|
|Siyang Gao won second place for her poster titled "The Experimental and Modeling Study of Reaction Kinetics of Cyclopentadiene Dimerization" at the International Polyolefins Conference held in Houston on Feb. 23-26, 2014.|
- Dr. Sindee L. Simon received an NSF Special Creativity Extension to study the glass transition at the nanoscale.
- Drs. Sindee L. Simon and Greg McKenna received the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Lubbock Chapter Scientists of the Year Award. The award was presented at the Annual Scientist of the Year (SOY) Dinner. The ARCS Foundation,Inc. is a national volunteer women's organization dedicated to providing financial support to academically outstanding students majoring in the fields of natural science, medicine, and engineering. This academic year the local chapter has awarded thirteen scholarships to students enrolled at Texas Tech, the TTUHSC, and LCU.
|Haoyu Zhao receives a NATAS Student Award and Siyang Gao receives a NATAS Student Travel Award to attend the 41st Annual Meeting of the North American Thermal Analysis Society (NATAS) in Bowling Green, Kentucky.|
|Graduate Student Jing Zhao’s work on 20 million year old amber published in Nature Communications, was highlighted by National Geographic, the Tikalon blog and by Texas Tech. Zhao made calorimetric and viscoelastic measurements on 20 million year old amber under the guidance of Dr. Sindee L. Simon and Dr. Greg McKenna. The purpose of the work was to test the idea of glass formation through an “ideal” glass transition. The findings challenge this view and alter the current paradigms for the physics of glasses.|
|Siyang Gao won third place at the International Polyolefins Conference for her poster, titled "The Calorimetric Glass Transition of Single Polystyrene Ultrathin Films." The conference, which was held in Houston on February 23-27, 2013, attracted more than 600 participants and more than 40 poster presentations.|
- Texas Tech made a big impression at the first Texas Soft Matter Meeting held at the University of Houston in January 2013. Texas Tech had 24 representatives at the meeting including 19 students, two post-doctoral researchers, and three faculty members. An invited lecture was given by Dr. Sindee L. Simon. The students and other faculty were from the Soft Matter Working Group at Texas Tech. The group focuses on research and education in the blossoming field of Soft Matter and Soft Materials and is represented by faculty from the Departments of Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Chemistry and Biochemistry.
- Dr. Sindee L. Simon was named recipient of the 2013 Lubbock Women of Excellence Award in Science from the Lubbock YWCA.
- Dr. Sindee L. Simon was named a Fall 2012 Assessment Spotlight Champion by the Texas Tech University Office of Planning and Assessment.
- Dr. Sindee L. Simon served as the Technical Program Chair for the 40th annual meeting of the North American Thermal Society (NATAS) in Orlando, Florida. At the meeting, she received the NATAS Service Award acknowledging her service over the years in various capacities, including as president in 2005-06.
- Dr. Sindee L. Simon was elected Vice Chair of the Gordon Research Conference meeting on Polymer Physics, to be held in 2014.
- Dr. Sindee L. Simon recognized as a new Texas Tech University Horn Professor.
|Yung P. Koh is awarded the Perkin Elmer Student Award at the annual meeting of the North American Society.|