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Spring 2011

Amazing Adaptation - Chernobyl 25 years later
  • Amazing Adaptation

    After 25 years, life springs eternal in some of the hottest irradiated areas surrounding Chernobyl.

    Swans bob on the gentle waves of Glyboke Lake in Ukraine.

    As a cool breeze blows, green trees and marsh grasses sway, making the spot look like an ideal place for a picnic. It’s not unusual to find moose, endangered horses and other large wild animals drinking from these waters. Only the crackling reminder of a Geiger counter attests to the fact that this is still the second hottest radioactive site in the area after the meltdown of reactor No. 4 on April 26, 1986, at Chernobyl.

    Twenty-five years later, this corner of Ukraine reminds Robert Baker, director of the Natural Science Research Laboratory, of a pristine, untouched wilderness. Only Chernobyl’s ruined reactor, now encased in concrete, and abandoned buildings from neighboring villages and the city of Pripyat testify that humans ever lived in the area.

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  • Spotlight Video

    Viticulture professor Ed Hellman is conducting variety trials on twenty wine grape varieties to find out which grow well in the area around Lubbock, the biggest grape producing region in the state.

    Viticulture professor Ed Hellman conducts trials on twenty wine grape varieties to find out which grow well in the Lubbock area, the biggest grape producing region in Texas. Watch

  • Scholar Profiles

    William Westney

    William Westney

    William Westney joins an international, cross-disciplinary collaboration for a deeper look at gesture.


    Kitty Harris

    Kitty Harris

    Poised and professional in her office adorned with awards, Kitty Harris, director of the Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery, clearly knows a thing or two about setting goals and finding success.

    Siva Vanapalli

    Siva Vanapalli

    Siva Vanapalli and researchers from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center are testing a hypothesis that could help with early diagnosis of cancer by engineering microfluidic devices for cellular analysis.


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