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Departmental News

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 + More

Prof. Bill Poirier awarded fellowship from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Dr. Poirier
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, in all areas of science and the humanities. + More

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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, + More

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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

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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Student Highlights

TTU Biochemistry Society wins the International ASBMB Student Chapters T-shirt Contest

The TTU Biochemistry Society [a student chapter of the ASBMB (American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)] has won the International ASBMB Student Chapters T-shirt Contest. Our designed T-shirts will be sold at the 2017 ASBMB meeting in Chicago early next year.

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2016 Departmental Research Poster Presentation and Competition

Poster Session
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

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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.

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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

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


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