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More 2016 Departmental News

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 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.

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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.

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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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.

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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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, + More

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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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