ChemDraw site license purchased
Our department in cooperation with the TTU VPR, IT and TTUHSC administrations has arranged for the purchase of a site license for ChemDraw Pro – the molecular drawing and analysis software package (http://www.cambridgesoft.com/). See the Software Downloads section of http://eRaider.ttu.edu/ (or http://eRaider.ttuhsc.edu/) for details. A valid TTU or TTUHSC email address is required to download the software and obtain a personal license to use it on any TTU or TTUHSC faculty, staff, or student’s computer.
Prof. Bill Poirier awarded fellowship from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Prof. Bill Poirier has been awarded a Distinguished Guest Scientist Fellowship from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The program is intended to bring "internationally acclaimed foreign researchers as Visiting Fellows to conduct top-level research in Hungary". Only a very limited number of fellowships are offered by the Hungarian government each year, + More
in all areas of science and the humanities. Prof. Poirier will visit Eötvös Lorand University in Budapest, the top-ranked Hungarian university, from January to June 2017. Working with Attila Csaszar and other researchers in the Complex Chemical Systems Research Group, the goal is to advance the field of rovibrational spectroscopy in various ways, including the development of powerful and comprehensive new computer codes.
Prof. Bill Poirier elected to the TTU Teaching Academy
Prof. Bill Poirier has been elected to membership in the TTU Teaching Academy, to be inducted during a formal ceremony in September. Since its inception in 1997, the Teaching Academy has recognized faculty for their demonstrated dedication to excellence in teaching, + More
and to the scholarship of teaching and learning. Inductees must be nominated by a member of the Teaching Academy and then seconded by another, in addition to being reviewed and selected by the Teaching Academy membership committee.
Dr. Gamez awarded grant from National Science Foundation
Prof. Gerardo Gamez has been awarded a grant from the Chemical Measurement and Imaging program at the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Chemistry. The 3 year grant of $381,127 will allow the development of an ultra-high throughput surface elemental mapping technique based on glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy.
New Director named for Center for Biotechnology & Genomics
Professor Yehia Mechref has been named the new director of the Texas Tech University Center for Biotechnology & Genomics (CBG). The center capitalizes on the biotechnology and genomic research at the university and it serves the needs of related interdisciplinary and disciplinary research partnerships.
2016 Departmental Research Poster Presentation and Competition
The 1st Departmental Research Poster Presentation and Competition held on Aug. 26, 2016 was an all-around success, giving students, postdocs and faculty ample time to meet and discuss the latest results from many of our research groups. The winners of the competition were: 1st Place Undergraduate Research Poster, Amanda C. Miller (Casadonte Group), The Reductive Sonochemical Synthesis of Superparamagnetic Nanoparticles; + More
1st Place Graduate Research Poster, Suresh Mummadi (Krempner Group), Inverse FLP Approaches for Metal-Free Catalytic Hydrogenation of Imines and Carbonyl Compounds; 2nd Place Graduate Research Poster, Olga Estrada (D’Auria Group), Type III Polyketide Synthases Participate in Secondary Ring Formation of Tropane Alkaloids in Erythrocylum coca; 3rd Place Graduate Research Poster, Wenjie Li (Pappas Group), Microfluidic Separation of Lymphoblasts in Diagnosis of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
Austin Privett awarded 2016 Song Prize for best departmental Ph.D. dissertation
Austin Privett was awarded the 2016 Song Prize for his Ph.D. dissertation entitled: Electron Nuclear Dynamics: Resolution of Electronic States, Extension to Direct Ionization, and the Irradiation of Biomolecules in Proton Cancer Therapy. His studies were conducted under the direction of Prof. Jorge Morales.
Belinda Pacheco awarded NSF Graduate Fellowship
Chemistry major Belinda Pacheco has been awarded an NSF (National Science Foundation) Graduate Fellowship to pursue a PhD in Materials Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As part of her undergraduate studies, Belinda performed research in the lab of Prof. Hope-Weeks. She also worked for Los Alamos National Laboratory, over the last four years, with a research emphasis in nuclear forensics. + More
Belinda graduated from TTU in May 2016 and she was singularly honored with the Departmental Outstanding Senior Award.
Welch Summer Scholar wins Science and Engineering Fair of Houston, invited to present at international competition
Kanchana Raja, of St. John's School in Houston, TX, won the 1st place Grand Award at the 57th Annual Science and Engineering Fair of Houston for her project entitled: "A Novel Protocol for Protein Purification and a Conformational Study of T. maritima Rad50 Zn-hook via Heteronuclear Quantum Coherence Spectrometry." This project was undertaken in + More
the lab of Dr. Michael Latham in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Texas Tech University as part of the 2015 Welch Summer Scholars Program. Kanchana will next compete at the Texas State Science Fair and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, which will be held in Phoenix, AZ with 1500 projects and 75 countries participating. Kanchana has also been nominated by the Science and Engineering Fair of Houston to present her project at the 8th International Sustainable World Project Competition (I-SWEEEP Fair 2016) that will be held in Houston.
Olga Peregrino awarded full travel grant to ASPB annual meeting
Olga Peregrino, a Chemical Biology Master's Student in the lab of Dr. D'Auria, has been awarded an all-expenses-paid travel grant to attend the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) meeting in Austin, Texas this summer. Plant Biology 2016 is an international meeting that will + More
host more than 1,300 scientists from 40 countries. It is viewed by many in the plant biochemistry/biology field as the premier science event of the year.