Department of Geosciences
Department News and Announcements
- We are very excited to announce our very own Mary Catherine Hastert has been awarded the Chancellor's Award of Excellence! The Chancellor's Award of Excellence is given to a staff member who demonstrates exemplary service and commitment to the Texas Tech University System and the achievement of its goals through his or her actions throughout the year. One award is given out each year to a staff member who has promoted change within their department, and motivates fellow faculty. Congratulations Mary Catherine on this wonderful accomplishment!
- Dr. Nagihara was featured in Texas Tech Today for his lunar heat flow probe for NASA's mission to the Moon.
- Water has been a big issue in West Texas for decades – and for good reason. Not only is it absolutely vital to sustain both the lives of the people and animals here as well as the agricultural industries for which this area is famous, it's also a limited resource. Arid-zone hydrology is the study of the water cycle – precipitation, surface runoffs, infiltration to and evaporation from soil, water-usage by plants, and recharge of groundwater – in arid regions, including Southern High Plains of West Texas. Thanks to a National Science Foundation grant, Dr. Horita is getting a new tool to help him in this pivotal research: a high-precision water isotope analyzer.
- Dr. Hetherington, in collaboration with Rauf Arif and TJ Martinez (Journalism & Creative Media Industries) was awarded $299,998 by the National Science Foundation to lead an International Research Experience for Students (IRES) to the University of Pretoria during the summers of 2020-2022. During the IRES students will conduct research on magnetite-pipes in the eastern Bushveld Complex, learn about precious metals and strategic mineral exploration, extraction and supply chains, learn about strategies for social media journalism and multimedia story telling. The outcomes of the communication research will be used to develop communication strategies for increasing participation in Study Abroad programs by under-represented student cohorts. Learn more at southafrica.geosciences.ttu.edu
- Drs. John Schroeder (Geosciences), Brian Ancell (Geosciences), and Brian Hirth (National Wind Institute) received a $582,000 award from the National Institute of Standards and Technology to deploy new 4D measurement and modeling techniques to advance understanding of windstorm characteristics and provide input and validation of numerical, experimental and empirical modeling efforts. The award leverages Texas Tech University's StickNet and the TTUKa radar platforms to make comprehensive measurements of low level wind structure, while a state-of-the-art numerical weather prediction system will be used to model the same windstorms.
- Congratulations to Dr. Sandip Pal who received a new grant from NASA: "Multi-instrument observations of greenhouse gases across frontal boundary and comparison with WRF-Chem simulations", PI: S. Pal, NASA ACT-America (Earth Venture Suborbital Mission, Atmospheric Carbon and Transport- America), $159,077, 2019-2021.
- We are saddened to report that Dr. Bill Mueller (Ph.D. 2015), Assistant Curator of Paleontology Tech Tech Museum, passed away on May 7, 2019. He was a good friend and colleague and will be sorely missed.
- Dr. Sandip Pal has received the International Research and Development Seed Grant 2019 awarded by the TTU Office of International Affairs. His project is "Impact of Advected Urban Boundary Layer on the Atmospheric Dynamics and Convection Initiations over the Adjacent Sub-urban and Rural areas." Congratulations!
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