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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. 

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.

February Faculty Research Club

4 p.m.
February 23, 2017
Chancellor's Room
(Texas Tech Club, 4th Floor East Suite Level)

Sponsored by the Humanities Center

Speakers are:
Hannah Friedman
, assistant professor of classics, specializes in the archaeology of the Roman provinces. She is co-investigator of the Barqa Landscape Project and is developing a field school in Libarna, Italy. Her current work in Libarna aims for a greater understanding of this strategically important northern Italian in order to advance knowledge of this understudied region of Italy. She is also interested in ancient Roman slavery, agriculture, pollution and spatial control through observation.

Christopher Hom, associate professor of philosophy, focuses on the  research areas of the philosophy of language and metaethics, specifically on the topics of racial slurs, structured propositions, and normative language, generally. He also has interests in philosophy of mind, philosophy of race, and philosophical logic.

Abigail Swingen, associate professor of history, specializes in early modern British history. Her research focuses on Britain's Financial Revolution during the late 1600s and early 1700s, emphasizing the origins of the national debt and public credit and how they intersected with war, politics, and social change.

Donald E. Lavigne, associate professor of classics and associate director of the Humanities Center, is interested in the oral and poetic landscape of Archaic Greece. He will speak about the Humanities Center.

James Yang, associate professor and associate chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, is involved in collaborations with faculty in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. He will discuss one of those collaborations in a talk titled: "Interdisciplinary Research: Pianists, Their Avatars, and the Brains of the Audience."

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