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Spring 2015

Building the Future of Research
  • Universal Wonder

    Texas Tech Astrophysicists Probe the Final Frontier, Finding New Answers and More Questions

    Perhaps the understanding that we are made of star dust compels us to better understand the universe in which we live.

    Our tiny planet is swallowed by the Milky Way galaxy, which hangs in a firmament we hardly understand. We’ve seen perhaps five percent of what exists out there.

    However, we’re learning more and more about our universe all the time from the warmth of our crib on Planet Earth. This last year, particularly, Texas Tech University astrophysicists contributed some excellent findings to better understand how the machinery of the cosmos works.

    Since January of 2013, the Department of Physics has added four new astrophysics faculty members to the single professor who was teaching introductory astronomy courses, said Roger Lichti, chairman of the department. Several post-doctoral research fellows also were hired in that area.

    The dividends from beefing up astrophysics are paying off nicely, he said. During the last year or so, astrophysics faculty contributed a third of the department’s research publications and more than half of new research funding.

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