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SPRING 2020

Pagotti & Marafiotti Develop Attendance App

Pedro Marafiotti and Matheus Pagotti

Matheus Pagotti (above right) and Pedro Marafiotti (above left), both Texas Tech University seniors, have developed an easy-to-use—and affordable—attendance-taking app. Their brainchild, CritiColl, is one of eight startup companies accepted this spring into the 2020 Texas Tech Accelerator program. Already, CritiColl is making a difference in the courses that have adopted it. Follow this link for the complete story of CritiColl.

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Long Helps Develop Contact-Free Thermometer

TTU professor Katharine Long

Katharine Long, an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, is helping an engineering alumnus Senay Tewolde, PhD, develop a thermometer that can be both noninvasive and highly accurate. Until now, the thermometers that most accurately measure a person's core temperature are often the most invasive—actually going inside the body—while those that accommodate some degree of social distancing are less accurate because they measure only the body's surface temperature. Although the idea of such a thermometer has been in the works for several years, it has special relevance now because of COVID-19. Follow this link for the full account of Long and Tewolde's research.

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Loya Photo Wins Hearts at C&EN

photo courtesy Texas Tech University chemistry grad student Daniel Loya

TTU chemistry grad student Daniel LoyaDaniel Loya, a graduate student and member of Kristin Hutchins' research group in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, took the above photo, which was featured in Chemical & Engineering News, Chemistry in Pictures. Loya was synthesizing a new monometer in the lab when the oil residue formed into a heart shape. The photo was published in honor of St. Valentine's Day.

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Higgins Named Integrated Scholar

TTU mathematics professor Raegan Higgins

Raegan Higgins, associate professor in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics, is one of four from the College of Arts & Sciences to be named an Integrated Scholar for the 2019-2020 academic year. Follow this link to see a directory of all Arts & Sciences' Integrated Scholars.

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Lopez on Team That Published Research

Andrea J. Lopez, a biochemistry undergraduate in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, is on a research team whose project, "In vitro detection of porphyrin-producing wound bacteria with real-time fluorescence imaging," was published online Feb. 26, 2020, in the journal Future Medicine. Lopez conducts research with Allie Smith in the Honors College; and she was mentored by Anthony Cozzolino, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, through Mentor Tech. The entire research team is credited thusly: (Laura M Jones, Danielle Dunham, Monique Y Rennie, Jeffrey Kirman, Andrea J Lopez, Klara C Keim, William Little, Andre Gomez, Jessica Bourke, Herman Ng, Ralph S DaCosta & Allie Clinton Smith).

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Skidmore Named Integrated Scholar

TTU history professor Emily SkidmoreEmily Skidmore, associate professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of History, is one of four from the College of Arts & Sciences to be named an Integrated Scholar for the 2019-2020 academic year. Follow this link to see a directory of all Arts & Sciences' Integrated Scholars.

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Ramkumar Wipe Might Clean Up Virus

TTU professor Seshadri Ramkumar

Seshadri Ramkumar, professor and supervisor of the Chemical Countermeasures and Advanced Materials Laboratory at TTU's Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH), originally invented the decontamination wipe, FiberTect™, to clean up toxic agents in the environment. Now, the three-layer, nonwoven wipe that features an activated carbon core sandwiched between absorbent top and bottom layers might also clean up bodily fluids contaminated with the coronavirus. FiberTect™ is widely used as the primary dry decontamination method in hospitals and ambulances, said Corey Collings, a training specialist for First Line Technology, which markets FiberTect™. "Hospitals use it in bulk and in rolls, and ambulances use it in a kit called the FastGrab to do immediate decontamination of patients contaminated with a wide variety of substances." Follow this link for the complete article.

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Ribeiro Elected to Aesthetics Editorial Board

TTU philosophy professor Anna Christina RibeiroAnna Christina Ribeiro, an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy, has been elected to the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Aesthetics. Ribeiro specializes in the philosophy of aesthetics—particularly in the areas of literature and poetry—and has two books on the subject currently under contract: "Beautiful Speech: The Nature, Origins, and Powers of Poetry" at Oxford University Press and "The Philosophy of Poetry and Literature" at Routledge. A trustee of the American Society for Aesthetics (2017-2020), Ribeiro has been a visiting researcher at the University of Barcelona and a visiting professor at the University of Vienna.

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Masoumzadeh Wins Travel Stipend

Elahe (Lili) Masoumzadeh, a third-year graduate student and member of Michael Latham's research group in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, received an ENC Student Travel Award to attend the 61st Experimental Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Conference in Baltimore March 8-13, 2020. 

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Hutchins Gets New Faculty Award

TTU chemistry professor Kristin HutchinsKristin Hutchins, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, is a recipient of the Alumni Association's New Faculty Award from the College of Arts & Sciences for 2020. She also was selected for the Research Spotlight on Texas Tech Women Faculty Initiative for 2020.

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Konopa A Profile in Diversity

TTU student Robert Konopa

Robert Konopa of San Antonio is a first-year student majoring in physics with an astrophysics concentration in the College of Arts & Sciences. Now entering his second semester, he's sharing highlights of his involvement in several academic and social groups. "I'm currently involved in the Texas Tech Society of Physics Students (SPS), as well as the Texas Tech Gender and Sexuality Association (GSA)," Konopa said. "I also have volunteered alongside the Black Student Association (BSA) a couple of times, although I am not a black student." Konopa said his involvement in each group relates to a different aspect of his life. "I relate SPS to my major, and GSA creates a safe space for my identity as a transgender man," he said. "I can share nerdy jokes with my fellow physics majors, and offer and gain support from those in GSA. "BSA has given me multiple volunteering opportunities. I've volunteered with them at the Boys and Girls Club of Lubbock, Rise Academy Charter School and a local church to help others in the community." Follow this link for the complete article about Robert Konopa.

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Ramkumar Receives 3rd Distinction From TAPPI

TTU advanced materials professor Seshadri RamkumarSeshadri Ramkumar, professor of chemical countermeasures and director of the Advanced Materials Laboratory in the Department of Environmental Toxicology, has been recognized by the Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Association (TAPPI) with its 2020-Nonwoven Divisions' Leadership and Service Award. With this award, Ramkumar becomes only the second academic to have received all three recognitions of the division: the Mark Hollingsworth Prize and Technical Achievement Award (deemed highest in the field; Division Chair (elected); and Division Leadership Award. The other academic is Behnam Pourdeyhimi, the Klopman Distinguished Professor at North Carolina State University (NCSU). Ramkumar says this new distinction shows that Texas Tech University is being recognized on par with an established research-intensive unit in the field of textiles.

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Mechref Co-Chairs NCI Steering Committee

TTU chemistry professor and chair Yehia MechrefYehia Mechref, Horn Professor and chair in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, has been elected co-chair of the Steering Committee of the National Cancer Institute Alliance of Glycobiologist for Cancer Research.

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Hutchins Gives Seminar at UTA

TTU chemistry professor Kristin HutchinsKristin Hutchins, an an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, gave an invited seminar at the University of Texas at Arlington entitled, "Dynamic molecular motion, phase transitions, and thermal expansion properties of organic crystals," on Jan. 24, 2020.

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Shu Gives Panel Presentation in Seattle

TTU English professor Yuan ShuYuan Shu, associate professor and director of Asian Studies Program in the Department of English, attended the 2020 MLA Awards Ceremony Jan 9-12 in Seattle. While at the conference, Shu showcased his work in the MLA Innovation Room and gave a presentation at the panel entitled, "World Orders and Geopolitics of the Transpacific."

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Korzeniewski Joins 2 Advisory Boards

TTU chemistry professor Carol KorzeniewskiCarol Korzeniewski, a professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, has been invited to serve on the editorial advisory board for the journal ACS Applied Energy Materials. Korzeniewski also has become a member of the advisory committee for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Chemical Transformations Initiative.

 

 

 

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