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More 2016 Departmental News

Dr. Birney and Dr. Pappas selected to receive the 2016 President's Excellence in Teaching Award

Dr. Birney & Dr. PappasCongratulations to Prof. David Birney and Prof. Dimitri Pappas who were both selected to be recipients of the President's Excellence in Teaching Award for 2016. They will be officially recognized on Thursday, April 21, 2016, at the Faculty Honors Convocation, at 3:30 pm, in the Ballroom of the Student Union Building.

Undergraduate B.A. and B.S. Biochemistry degree programs receive full seven year term of accreditation by 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, the main professional organization for these disciplines in the U.S. In announcing the full term accreditation, the organization noted several important aspects of the TTU programs, in particular: exceptional faculty that are outstanding in both teaching and research, quality and breadth of experiential learning that is woven throughout the program, strong commitment to diversity on campus, access to university-wide support structures for faculty development, and an integrated safety program.

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Dr. Mechref is honored with the Barnie E. Rushing, Jr. Faculty Distinguished Research Award (STEM disciplines)

Dr. Mechref
Dr. Yehia Mechref has been named the 2016 recipient of the Barnie E. Rushing, Jr. Faculty Distinguished Research Award (STEM disciplines). The Texas Tech Parents Association has presented this award each year, since 1976, to recognize faculty who have a distinguished research record. The award will be formally presented at the Texas Tech Parents Association’s annual Faculty & Student Awards Reception on Saturday, April 9, 2016. Dr. Mechref will also be recognized at the spring Faculty Honors Convocation on Thursday, April 21.

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In Memoriam: Dr. David B. Knaff

Dr. Knaff
Horn Professor David Barry Knaff died January 27, 2016 at the age of 74. He received his B.S. degree in Chemistry in 1962 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and he received an M.S. degree in Chemistry (1963) and a Ph.D. in Chemistry (1966) from Yale University (supported by an NSF predoctoral fellowship). He then conducted postdoctoral research in plant biochemistry at the University of California, Berkeley (supported by an NIH postdoctoral fellowship).
Dr. Knaff joined the faculty of Texas Tech University in 1976 as an Associate Professor in the, then, Department of Chemistry. Dr. Knaff rose through the academic ranks and in 1987 he was promoted to Paul Whitfield Horn Professor (highest faculty rank at TTU) in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

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