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Research and Discovery at the College of Arts & Sciences

From here, it's possible. As the academic heart of Texas Tech University with more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and more than 450 faculty members, the College of Arts & Sciences cultivates a powerful drive to discover the promises of tomorrow. From our astrophysicists investigating the life cycles of stars, to microbiologists testing COVID-19 samples, to sociologists analyzing how to predict the economic impacts of elections, the impact of our research is profound. The diverse collection of research within the College of Arts & Sciences stretches an impressive span of fields and impacts nearly every walk of life.  

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Researching the History of Antarctica

Texas Tech assistant professor Daniella McCahey is a historian who specializes in the history of science, specifically in the space of human involvement in Antarctica. She has been sought out for special projects with museums, articles in the New York Times and more throughout her career.

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Innovators in Research

TTU professor Katharine Hayhoe

Katharine Hayhoe Named Chief Scientist of The Nature Conservancy

As an undergraduate, Katharine Hayhoe entered the University of Toronto originally intent on becoming an astrophysicist. Needing to complete a degree requirement, she enrolled in a class on climate science.

That one decision, seemingly minor in the grand scheme of things, changed Hayhoe's life and ended up providing the world with one of its premier climate science experts. As a lead author of the Second, Third and Fourth U.S. National Climate Assessments, she has played a large role in helping assess climate risks for several U.S. presidential administrations as well as discussing the necessity to tackle climate change with leaders around the world.

Now, she will take on a vital responsibility for one of the world's leading environmental organizations. On March 1, Hayhoe was named Chief Scientist for The Nature Conservancy (TNC), a worldwide organization that uses science to tackle the issues of conservation and climate change through real-world solutions and partnerships that influence global decision-making.

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