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Faculty Research Club

The Faculty Research Club is moving to the last Thursday of each month.


The Faculty Research Club is intended to provide a social setting to stimulate interdisciplinary research collaborations, promote informal discussions about research and disseminate information about campus resources to faculty. To stimulate conversation, several faculty members will give a 5-minute summary of their research and opportunities for collaboration.

Each club meeting is open to all faculty at Texas Tech and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Faculty members are welcome to invite post-doctoral scholars to help them develop research networks.

To sponsor a Faculty Research Club meeting, present at a meeting or be added to the mailing list, please complete the form here. 

April Faculty Research Club

4 p.m.
April 27, 2017
Chancellor's Room
(Texas Tech Club, 4th Floor East Suite Level)

Hosted by the Graduate School

The Graduate School provides a wide range of services, programs, and facilities that serve to elevate and promote research and education across all colleges and departments. The following talks will inform faculty about these activities, as well as provide an opportunity to explore new initiatives that will expand collaboration and research success.

Speakers are:

Tim Dallas, is an Associate Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Whitacre College of Engineering. He oversees the Office of Graduate and Post-Doctoral Fellowships which is responsible for internal and external fellowship programs. He will discuss the various graduate student funding programs supported by the Graduate School, as well as federal opportunities including Fulbright and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. A funding initiative will be proposed that is designed to spur new collaborations.

David Doerfert, is an Associate Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Agriculture Education and Communications in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. He will discuss the professional development programs that are being used to better prepare the graduate students for their careers in both academia and industry. Winners of the 3-Minute Thesis competition will make presentations.

Kristin Messuri, is associate director of the Graduate Student Writing Center. The Center offers writing assistance to graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from all disciplines and departments. Tutors provide feedback on any writing project at any stage of the writing process. She'll discuss how these services are helping students to produce better work.

Jacek Jońca-Jasiński, is the Director of Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Life. He oversees the Graduate Student Center which is a 6000-sq. ft. facility dedicated to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The center is located in the basement of the Administration Building and is home to the Graduate Student Writing Center, a computer lab, and networking, leisure, and work space. He'll discuss the programs and amenities that support student success and well-being.

March Faculty Research Club

4 p.m.
March 30, 2017
Chancellor's Room
(Texas Tech Club, 4th Floor East Suite Level)

Sponsored by the Obesity Research Cluster (ORC)

Speakers are:

Mindali Dean, program manager for the Research Development Team (RDT) in the Office of the Vice President for Research, has worked closely with the Obesity Research Cluster and will provide an overview of the RDT roles to support interdisciplinary teams such as the ORC.

Naima Moustaid-Moussa, professor in nutritional sciences in the College of Human Sciences, and founding director of the Obesity Research Cluster, funded since 2014 by the Presidential Cluster Hire. Her research is in the areas of adipocyte biology, nutrition and obesity, with emphasis on mechanisms by which bioactive compounds (such as omega 3 fatty acids, tocotrienols, tart cherry anthocyanins and botanicals) reduce obesity-associated white adipose tissue inflammation and activate brown adipose tissue thermogenesis. Moustaid-Moussa will present information about the ORC history and activities, share some examples of successful collaborative teams across various colleges at Texas Tech and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and future collaboration opportunities.

Jannette M. Dufour, associate professor, Department of Cell Biology and Biochemistry and associate dean for research, TTUHSC School of Medicine, focuses on utilizing the immune privileged properties of Sertoli cells to improve survival of transplanted insulin-expressing cells as a treatment for diabetes. Her research has been funded by several national and local agencies including the NIH, American Diabetes Association and Texas ARP. She will present an overview of research at TTUHSC that is relevant to the ORC. Specifically in the areas of obesity, diabetes, cancer, community outreach and health, fertility, bone health, and women's health.

Michael Ballou, associate dean for research in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) and associate professor of nutritional immunology in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences, focuses on understanding the immunological basis for increased risk for neonatal and peripartum infectious diseases, and investigating nutritional strategies to reduce the risk of adverse health outcomes. He will present information on various research programs in CASNR that deal directly or indirectly with obesity, including: food evaluation and quality, encapsulation technologies, animal models for metabolic diseases, functional foods and fiber, urban design and economic analysis of incentive programs.

Glenn Cummins, associate dean for research in the College of Media and Communication and director of the Center for Communication Research, specializes in media psychology and novel measurement of audience response to media content using a variety of approaches including eye tracking, psychophysiology and more. He will showcase obesity-related research by Media & Communication faculty as well as research labs used to examine communication in the context of health and obesity issues.

Wilna Oldewage-Theron, professor of nutrition in the Department of Nutritional Sciences is interested in the factors contributing to household food insecurity and malnutrition in resource-poor communities. She has investigated the effect of various interventions, such as food fortification, supplementation, nutrition education, food product development and implementation, as well as school feeding programs on food insecurity, dietary diversity and nutritional status of women and children as well as the elderly. Her presentation will focus on the research being undertaken in her lab at present.

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