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Prof. Bill Poirier elected to the TTU Teaching Academy


Dr. Poirier
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, 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.

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Dr. Gamez awarded grant from National Science Foundation


Dr. Gamez
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.

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New Director named for Center for Biotechnology & Genomics


Mechref
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.

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Dr. Poirier and Dr. Findlater awarded renewal grants from the Welch Foundation


Dr. Poirier & Dr. Findlater
Prof. Bill Poirier was awarded $240,000 to support his continued research on a project entitled: "New Methodologies for Accurate Quantum Calculations of the Dynamics of Atomic Nuclei," that will run from June 1, 2016 to May 31, 2019; Prof. Michael Findlater was awarded $195,000 to support his continued research on a project entitled: "Base Metal-Catalyzed Transformations," that will run from June 1, 2016 to May 31, 2019.

Prof. Findlater awarded prestigious NSF CAREER grant


Dr. Findlater
Professor Michael Findlater has been awarded a CAREER grant from the Chemistry Division of the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the amount of $500,000. In this funded 5 year project (2016-2021), Prof. Findlater and his research group will be developing sustainable catalysts based upon Earth-abundant transition metals as replacements for the precious metal elements currently in use.

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Student Highlights

Welch Summer Scholar wins Science and Engineering Fair of Houston, invited to present at international competition


Dr. Gamez
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 the lab of Dr. Michael Latham in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Texas Tech University as part of the 2015 Welch Summer + More

Olga Peregrino awarded full travel grant to ASPB annual meeting


Olga
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 host more than 1,300 scientists from 40 countries. + More

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Graduate student visitation weekend, April 1-2, 2016


VisitationThe Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry hosted invited student visitors from Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, Kansas, South Korea, Bangladesh, India and Texas. The focus of the visitation weekend was to showcase our graduate teaching and research programs to potential and incoming graduate students.

Undergraduate B.A. and B.S. Biochemistry degree programs receive full seven year term of accreditation by ASBMB


ASBMB
On February 9, 2016, Dr. Andrew Macintyre, Ph.D., Education and Professional Development Manager of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) notified our department that the undergraduate B.A. and B.S. Biochemistry degree programs have been awarded a full seven year term of accreditation by ASBMB, + More

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