A&S Faculty News
Corsi Awarded for Pioneering New Field
Alessandra Corsi, an associate professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, is the recipient of the 2020 Edith and Peter O'Donnell Award in Science from The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST) for her paradigm-shifting research on the merger of stars and black holes. Corsi uncovered a multisensory exploration process of our universe, where gravitational waves tell part of the story and light completes it. Utilizing data from both gravitational waves and light now allows scientists to create a comprehensive picture of the cosmic collision that occurs between neutron stars from hundreds of millions of light years away. Follow this link for the complete article.
Sievert Publishes in 'Governing'
Joel Sievert, an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science, was quoted in an article that analyzes voters' motivation. The article, "Why Governors are the Only Candidates Voters Will Break party Ranks to Support," published Nov. 6 in Governing magazine. Sievert's research focuses on American political institutions with an emphasis on the presidency, congressional politics and elections, political parties, American political development, and electoral institutions. In addition to Governing, he has published articles in journals such as the Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and Political Research Quarterly. His book, "Electoral Incentives in Congress" (University of Michigan Press), published in 2018.
Cozzolino Recognized for Research
Anthony Cozzolino, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, is the winner of the 2019 A&S Excellence in Research Award for the Physical and Natural Sciences. Cozzolino's research centers on the concept of engineered complexity where modern computational methods guide the combination of well-defined components into functional smart molecules and materials. Among his recent grants is a five-year, $655,710 CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to further his research into the design and synthesis of molecules designed specifically to recognize other molecules in solution and self-assemble into more complex structures. "We design different pieces so they will fit together in a specific way to make something more complex, but they do it on their own." For a more detailed description of Anthony Cozzolino's research, follow this link.
Ramkumar Finds Success With Towelie™
Seshadri Ramkumar, professor and director of the Nonwovens & Advanced Materials Laboratory in Texas Tech University's Department of Environmental Toxicology, reports on the successful use of the Towelie™, a cotton-based oil absorbent wipe. On Nov. 2, the wipe was used to remedy a minor oil spill at a National Thermal Energy Corporation (NTEC) plant near Chennai, India. "Towelie™ wipe instantaneously absorbed heavy furnace oil and light crude oil," said Nambi Srinivasan, vice president of marketing for Chennai-based WellGro United. At California-based Davis Wire, Towelie™ is used to clean-up oil spills during the manufacture of products such as metal fences. Ramkumar is the scientist behind Towelie's™ development, and it is marketed by Lubbock-based E Innovate. Ronald Kendall Jr., president of E Innovate, says, "Towelie™ has been widely accepted by companies in the oil and gas, auto mechanic, manufacturing and marine industries who care about reducing their impact on the environment."
Salazar-Bravo Named Interim Director of ICASALS
Jorge Salazar-Bravo, an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, has been appointed interim director of Texas Tech University's International Center for Arid and Semi-Arid Land Studies (ICASALS). His term is effective Nov. 1; and his mission will be to lead in stimulating, coordinating, and implementing teaching, research, and public service activities concerning all aspects of the world's arid and semiarid regions, their people and their problems. Salazar-Bravo's research specializes in the evolution and systematics of Neotropical mammals and the interplay between systematics and disease ecology. He teaches courses such as Evolution and Ecology & Environmental Problems. ICASALS was created in 1966 to promote the university's special mission toward the interdisciplinary study of arid and semiarid environments and the human relationship to these environments from an international perspective.
Tosi Book on Moral Grandstanding Coming in May
Justin Tosi, an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy, is referenced in the Scientific American for his research on moral grandstanding. The Oct. 28 article, "Are You a Moral Grandstander?," credits Tosi and colleague Brandon Warmke of Bowlilng Green State University for being the first philosophers to define moral grandstanding. Their book on the subject, "Grandstanding: The Use and Abuse of Moral Talk," is forthcoming in May 2020 with Oxford University Press.
Smith Wins Library Award
Nick Smith, and assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, received the Open Access Award for Data from the Texas Tech University Libraries on Oct. 25. The award represents the commitment to open access and the broader impact of scholarly work conducted at TTU. Smith's Plant Ecophysiology Lab conducts research at the intersection of plant ecophysiology and the global climate system.
Findlater, Hutchins Get Department of Energy Grant
Michael Findlater, associate professor, and Kristin Hutchins, assistant professor, both from the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, received a $402,733 research grant from the Department of Energy. The project, titled "Chemically Enhanced Electrodialysis (CEED) for Recovery of Rare Earth Elements," will last two years. They share the grant with Weile Yan from the University of Massachusetts - Lowell.
Hetherington Receives NSF Grant for Study Abroad
Callum Hetherington, an associate professor in the Department of Geosciences, in collaboration with Rauf Arif and TJ Martinez of Journalism & Creative Media Industries, received a $299,998 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to lead an International Research Experience for Students (IRES) to the University of Pretoria during the summers of 2020-2022. During the IRES experience, students will conduct research on magnetite-pipes in the eastern Bushveld Complex; learn about precious metals and strategic mineral exploration, extraction and supply chains; and learn about strategies for social media journalism and multimedia storytelling. The outcomes of the communication research will be used to develop communication strategies for increasing participation in study abroad programs by under-represented student cohorts. More information about the IRES program is available by following this link.
Schroeder, Ancell Receive Funding to Study Wind Storms
John Schroeder, professor, and Brian Ancell, an associate professor, both atmospheric scientists in the Department of Geosciences, along with Brian Hirth, a research professor at Texas Tech University's National Wind Institute, received a $582,000 award from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. They will deploy new 4D measurement and modeling techniques to advance the understanding of wind storm characteristics and provide input and validation of numerical, experimental and empirical modeling efforts. The award makes use of TTU's mobile StickNet technology and the TTU Ka-band mobile Doppler radar platforms to make comprehensive measurements of low level wind structure. they'll also be using a state-of-the-art numerical weather prediction system to model the same storms.
Ribeiro to Pursue Research in Germany
Anna Christina Ribeiro, an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy, has been invited to spend June 2020 in Frankfurt, Germany, as a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical 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.
Poirier, Kim Attend Texas Quantum Institute
Bill Poirier, a professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, and Myoung-hwan Kim , an assistant professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, represented Texas Tech University at the inaugural meeting of the Texas Quantum Institute. The institute is a consortium of Texas universities—primarily Rice and UT—that want to establish a major quantum computing center in the state of Texas. Toward that goal, Poirier gave a presentation entitled "Texas Tech Quantum Research" on Oct 19.
Pal Has NASA Grant to Study Greenhouse Gases
Sandip Pal, an assistant professor of atmospheric science in the Department of Geosciences, has received a new grant from NASA for research entitled, "Multi-instrument observations of greenhouse gases across frontal boundary and comparison with WRF-Chem simulations." The project, connected with NASA ACT-America (Earth Venture Suborbital Mission, Atmospheric Carbon and Transport - America), is funded at $159,077 and runs from 2019 to 2021. In news from earlier this year, Pal was named associate editor for Atmospheric Sciences Letters, a publication of the Royal Meteorological Society.
Watson Develops Programs for Latinx Youth
Brandy Piña-Watson, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences, launched the Latinx Mental Health and Resiliency Lab with only one student. Now, five years later, her lab has grown from a bare room upstairs in the psychology building to a full, running lab with more than 20 team members. Follow this link to learn how the lab is serving the Texas Tech community.
Team Gets NIH Funding for South Plains STEM Scholars Program
Callum Hetherington, John Zak, Jerry Dwyer and Stefanie Borst have received a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to educate future scientists and mathematicians from rural and underserved regions in West Texas and the Panhandle. the South Plains STEM Scholars program, as it's called, will fund four-year scholarships to 40 students who are pursuing Bachelor of Science degrees in biology, chemistry & biochemistry, geosciences, mathematics & statistics, or physics & astronomy. In supporting the retention and graduation of high-achieving, low-income students with demonstrated financial need at Texas Tech, the project will help fill the national need for well-educated scientists, mathematicians, engineers and technicians by providing models for student success that are transportable to other institutions serving rural communities. "We are particularly interested in recruiting from high schools that are underrepresented in sending students to four-year-degree institutions," said Hetherington, associate professor in the Department of Geosciences and PI on the project. He also will serve as a student mentor along with Zak, professor and chair of the Department of Biological Sciences; Dwyer, professor and interim chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education; and Borst, associate professor of German and associate dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. For detailed news about the SPSS grant, follow this link. Or, to learn how to apply for an SPSS scholarship, follow this link.
Corsi Elected to American Physical Society
Alessandra Corsi, an associate professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, has been named a 2019 Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) for her exceptional contributions to the discovery of both gravitational wave sources and their electromagnetic counterparts. The number of APS Fellows elected each year is limited to no more than half of 1% of the society membership, so Corsi's fellowship is a prestigious recognition by her peers of her outstanding contributions to physics. "It is a great honor to be elected Fellow of the APS," Corsi said. "I am extremely happy to see my work recognized by my peers, and I am grateful to all the wonderful colleagues that made this happen. I consider this one of the most rewarding moments of my career."
Presley Receives Award in Puerto Rico
Steve Presley, professor and chair of the Department of Environmental Toxicology, was presented the "2019 Distinguished Achievement Award for Outstanding Achievement in Vector Ecology Science" at the 49th Annual Conference of Society for Vector Ecology held Sept. 22-26 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The annual award recognizes a U.S. or international scientist who has contributed significantly to advancing the knowledge base regarding arthropod vectored disease ecology. During the conference, Presley co-organized and co-chaired a symposium on "Healthcare, Public Health, and Vector Control: The Disconnect," where speakers included physicians, veterinarians, public health administrators, vector control professionals, vector-borne infectious disease researchers, and non-governmental aid organizations from the United States and Brazil.
Morales Receives NIH Grant
Jorge Morales, an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, received a $440,768 research grant from the National Institutes of Health. The project, titled "Computational Studies of Ion-Induced Water Radiolysis and DNA Damage," The project starts Sept. 20 and will run for three years, concluding Aug. 31, 2022.
Hayhoe Named 'Champion of the Earth'
Katharine Hayhoe, a professor in the Department of Political Science and director of the Climate Center at Texas Tech University, has received a 2019 Champions of the Earth Award, the United Nations' highest environmental honor, for her commitment to understanding the effects of climate change and efforts to transform public attitudes. Hayhoe has devoted her research to understanding how climate change will impact people and the places they live. She evaluates long-term observations, future scenarios and global models to develop strategies that will reduce the effects of climate change on food, water and infrastructure. "The award offers real encouragement to those of us working every day to spread the message that climate change is real and we need to act now to deal with it," Hayhoe said. "Together, keeping up the pressure, we can prevail, because we already have the technology and knowledge to make the necessary changes. All we're missing is the will." More on this and other Hayhoe awards is available by following this link.
Mayer Named to Teaching Academy
Michael Mayer, an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, was inducted into the Texas Tech University Teaching Academy on Sept. 18. Mayer says, "I'm fascinated by what we are made of, the way we work, and how we have come to understand such things. To gain understanding is to become empowered. In others I find the same fascination and desire to understand, nascent and outright. Thus, in turn, I love to stoke fascination and I love the vicarious thrill of helping others through their own struggles to grasp insight, gain understanding—both broad and deep—and attain empowerment."
Harris Named to Teaching Academy
Breanna Harris, a research assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, was inducted into the Texas Tech University Teaching Academy on Sept. 18. Harris says, "Biology is fun, engaging, exciting, and relevant to our lives. As an educator, I want to help my students get excited about science, about using the scientific method and critical thinking, and about appreciating evolution and the shared ancestry of life on earth. I strongly believe that teaching, especially engaging, active teaching, is paramount for the success and reputation of a university, thus I want to do my part to make Texas Tech University an exceptional place."
Lockwood Named to Teaching Academy
Stephanie Lockwood, an assistant professor of practice in the Department of Biological Sciences at TTU at Waco, was inducted into the Texas Tech University Teaching Academy on Sept. 18. Lockwood says, "Opening students' eyes to the beauty of the natural world around them inspires me to teach. I want to make biology accessible and enjoyable to everyone, especially students who may think they do not like biology. With a solid foundation students can evaluate scientific ideas and formulate their own points of view and make knowledgeable, healthy, and environmentally sound decisions."
Kendall Appointed to EPA Scientific Advisory Committee
Ron Kendall, a professor of environmental toxicology and head of the Wildlife Toxicology Laboratory at The Institute of Environmental and Human Health at Texas Tech University, was appointed Sept. 13 to serve on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee. His term began immediately and lasts until Sept. 30, 2022. As a member of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, Kendall will provide advice on technical issues underlying the EPA's National Ambient Air Quality Standards. "I am honored to be selected to join the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee at the Environmental Protection Agency and contribute my expertise in environmental toxicology," Kendall said. "To be nationally selected to contribute to the important work on behalf of air quality in the nation is also an important opportunity in one's scientific career. I look forward to contributing my best input to help the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee do the best job possible."
Lumpkin Featured for Academic Assessment
Angela Lumpkin, professor and chair in the Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management (KSM), is Texas Tech University's Fall 2019 Assessment Spotlight recipient. Because of her commitment to academic assessment, she was chosen unanimously for the honor by the Office of Planning & Assessment (OPA). "Dr. Lumpkin is a champion for improving student learning, and we applaud her for creating departmental assessment procedures that put KSM students first," Jennifer Shaulis-Hughes, president of the Texas Association for Higher Education Assessment (TxAHEA) and managing director of OPA, wrote in announcement. "It's an honor for me personally to work with Dr. Lumpkin, and Texas Tech is better because of Angela's commitment to assessment excellence." To read more about Lumpkin's approach to academic assessment, follow this link.
Larson Plans Luso-Hispanic Conference for October
Susan Larson, the Charles B. Qualia Professor of Romance Languages in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, is bringing an international group of teachers, scholars, activists and students to Lubbock for the "Language, Image, Power" conference. From Oct. 10-12, 2019, the conference will take up the history, evolution and future of Luso-Hispanic Cultural Studies as a discipline, a pedagogical tool and a set of working practices from October 10-12, 2019. Speakers and attendees will share ideas about how Luso-Hispanic Cultural Studies has grown out of and radically reconsidered some of the basic principles of British Cultural Studies since the 1960s to address the many cultures of the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking world. More information on "Language, Image, Power" is available by following this link.
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"Reformation of the Senses: The Paradox of Religious Belief and Practice in Germany"
Jacob Baum, assistant professor in the Department of History, sees the Protestant Reformation as the dawn of an austere, intellectual Christianity that uprooted a ritualized religion steeped in stimulating the senses—and by extension the faith—of its flock, with his new book, "Reformation of the Senses: The Paradox of Religious Belief and Practice in Germany." Baum plumbs a wealth of primary source material from the15th and 16th centuries to offer the first systematic study of the senses within the religious landscape of the German Reformation. Concentrating on urban Protestants, Baum details the engagement of Lutheran and Calvinist thought with traditional ritual practices. His surprising discovery: Reformation-era Germans echoed and even amplified medieval sensory practices. Yet Protestant intellectuals simultaneously cultivated the idea that the senses had no place in true religion. Exploring this paradox, Baum illuminates the sensory experience of religion and daily life at a crucial historical crossroads. (University of Illinois Press, 2019)
"Making Space for the Dead: Catacombs, Cemeteries, and the Reimagining of Paris, 1780–1830"
Erin-Marie Legacey, assistant professor in the Department of History, reveals a different sort of French Revolution in her new book, "Making Space for the Dead: Catacombs, Cemeteries, and the Reimagining of Paris, 1780–1830." Before the political revolution ended in 1799, the dead of Paris were most often consigned to mass graveyards that contemporaries described as terrible and terrifying, emitting "putrid miasmas" that were a threat to both health and dignity. In a book that is at once wonderfully macabre and exceptionally informative, Legacey explores how a new burial culture emerged in Paris as a result of both revolutionary fervor and public health concerns, resulting in the construction of park-like cemeteries on the outskirts of the city and a vast underground ossuary. Legacey unearths the unexpectedly lively process by which burial sites were reimagined, built, and used, focusing on three of the most important of these new spaces: the Paris Catacombs, Père Lachaise cemetery, and the short-lived Museum of French Monuments. By situating discussions of death and memory in the nation's broader cultural and political context, as well as highlighting how ordinary Parisians understood and experienced these sites, she shows how the treatment of the dead became central to the reconstruction of Parisian society after the Revolution. (Cornell University Press, 2019)
"All About Mariano Rivera"
Jorge Iber, professor in the Department of History and associate dean of students in the College of Arts & Sciences, writes about New York Yankees baseball great Mariano Rivera in this new book for children, "All About Mariano Rivera." With Raquel Iber as coauthor, Iber follows Rivera from his birth in a poor Panamanian fishing village to his discovery by a Yankees scout during an amateur baseball game, and on to the pitcher's professional records: a 13-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion, to name two. Rivera easily rose to being a team leader, helping the Yankees recover from losses with dignity and celebrate wins with humility. When once asked to describe his job, Mariano simply stated, "I get the ball, I throw the ball, and then I take a shower." Part of the "All About ... People" series. (Blue River Press, 2019)
"Subversión y de(s)construcción de subgéneros en la narrative de Rosa Montero"
Genaro Pérez, professor on the Spanish & Portuguese faculty in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, studies eight novels and half a dozen short stories in his monograph, "Subversión y de(s)construcción de subgéneros en la narrative de Rosa Montero." The monograph shows how Rosa Montero, an award-winning journalist for the Spanish newspaper El País and an author of contemporary fiction, deconstructs/manipulates several genres to give them a new and authentic perspective in their form and content. In Spanish. (Albatros Ediciones, 2019)
"Cicero, Greek Learning, and the Making of a Roman Classic"
Caroline Bishop, assistant professor of Classics in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, examines the literary works of Roman statesman, orator, and author Marcus Tullius Cicero in "Cicero, Greek Learning, and the Making of a Roman Classic." This volume presents a new way of understanding Cicero's career as an author by situating his textual production within the context of the growth of Greek classicism. Bishop's incisive analysis of how Cicero consciously adopted classical Greek writers as models offers ground-breaking new insights into Cicero's ascension to canonical status. (Oxford University Press, 2019)
Short Story Collections
Greta Gorsuch, professor of Applied Linguistics in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, recently has authored 11 short stories in book and audio-book form—all geared especially for those who are learning English as a second language and for English-speaking adults looking to improve their literacy and reading fluency. One of the books, "Bee Creek Blues & Meridian," tells two tales, set decades apart, that unfold in the small Texas town of Meridian. In Depression-Era "Bee Creek Blues," an African American college student must leave his studies to find work, eventually, on an integrated building project—quite a rare thing at the time. In current-day "Meridian," a big-city college grad must move—and expand his comfort zone—to become the small town's newspaper reporter. (Wayzgoose Press, 2019) Other 2018 and 2019 titles from Wayzgoose Press include "Cecilia's House & The Foraging Class," "Light at Chickasaw Point & The Two Garcons," "Living at Trace," "Summer in Cimarron & Lunch at the Dixie Diner," and "The Storm." Titles from Gemma Open Door Publishers in 2018 and 2019 include "Key City on the River," "Post Office on the Tokaido," and "The Cell Phone Lot."
"Electoral Incentives in Congress"
Joel Sievert, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science, examines how electoral incentives shaped legislative behavior throughout the 19th century in the book he coauthored with Jamie L. Carson: "Electoral Incentives in Congress." Their work uses David Mayhew's 1974 contention that once in office, legislators pursue the actions that put them in the best position for reelection. Through Mayhew's lens, Carson and Sievert view patterns of turnover in Congress; the renomination of candidates; the roles of parties in recruiting candidates and their broader effects on candidate competition; and, finally by examining legislators' accountability. The results have wide-ranging implications for the evolution of Congress and the development of legislative institutions over time. (University of Michigan Press, 2018)
"La Figure du loser dans le film et la literature d'expression francaise"
Carole Edwards, associate professor of French and director of graduate studies in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, explores and explains the emergence of the loser as counter-hero in French cinematic and literary works in "La Figure du loser dans le film et la literature d'expression francaise" (title translation: "The Figure of the Loser in French Language Film and Literature"). The idealistic poet, marginally outlawed and rejected by a mercantile society; the clumsy lover; the derided object of sneers and cruel jokes—Edwards finds this fragile-yet-enduring/endearing figure the trope that tells everyone's story of being thwarted by a society dominated by the cult of success. Part of the series "Collection L'un, l'autre en français." In French. (Presses Universitaires de Limoges, 2018)
"Primary Sources for Ancient History: The Ancient Near East and Greece"
Gary Forsythe, associate professor in the Department of History, provides a comprehensive collection in this new compendium, ""Primary Sources for Ancient History: The Ancient Near East and Greece." Forsythe's work includes primary sources for the ancient histories of the Near East and Greece, from the Old Babylonian Kingdom of nearly four millennia ago to the Egyptian pharaohs and the disposed Jewish nations, to Alexander's domination of the known world. Forsythe directs readers to texts such as the Law Code of Hammurabi, Greek poetry, Babylonian epics, and more. (Dorrance Publishing, 2018)
Victoria Surliuga, associate professor of Italian Studies in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, writes on fragmentation of the self and a divided attention towards life in "Shadow," a bilingual book of new poetry. Here, Surliuga's poems reflect on existence and death, striving to reassemble one's voice in life, find the center for consciousness within the body, and give a new foundation to one's perception of the world. Five artworks by Italian artist Ezio Gribaudo accompany the reader though a journey of reflection about the value of one's past and its impact on the present. Bilingual in Italian and English. (Xenos Books/Chelsea Editions, 2018)
"Moments of Joy and Heartbreak: 66 Significant Episodes in the History of the Pittsburgh Pirates"
Jorge Iber, Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and Professor in the Department of History, leads as author and editor in this 208-page paperback, "Moments of Joy and Heartbreak: 66 Significant Episodes in the History of the Pittsburgh Pirates." The Pittsburgh Pirates have a long history, peppered with moments significant both to Pirates fans and Major League Baseball. While the Pirates are recognized as fielding the first all-black lineup in 1971, the 66 games in this book include one of the first matchups in the majors to involve two non-white opening hurlers (Native American and Cuban) in June 1921. We relive no-hitters, World Series-winning homers, and encounter the story of the last tripleheader ever played in major-league baseball. Some of the games are wins; some are losses. All of these essays provide readers with a sense of the totality of the Pirates' experiences: the joy, the heartbreak, and other aspects of baseball (and life) in between. This book is the work of 37 members of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), SABR Digital Library, Vol. 46, paperback. (Society for American Baseball Research, 2018)
"True Sex: the Lives of Trans Men at the Turn of the Twentieth Century"
Emily Skidmore, Assistant Professor in the Department of History, uncovers the stories of 18 trans men who lived in the United States between 1876 and 1936 in "True Sex, the Lives of Trans Men at the Turn of the Twentieth Century." At the turn of the 20th century, trans men were not necessarily urban rebels seeking to overturn stifling gender roles. In fact, they often sought to pass as conventional men, choosing to live in small towns where they led ordinary lives, aligning themselves with the expectations of their communities. They were, in a word, unexceptional. Despite the "unexceptional" quality of their lives, their stories are nonetheless surprising and moving, challenging much of what we think we know about queer history. By tracing the narratives surrounding the moments of "discovery" in these communities—from reports in local newspapers to medical journals and beyond—this book challenges the assumption that the full story of modern American sexuality is told by cosmopolitan radicals. Rather, "True Sex" reveals complex narratives concerning rural geography and community, persecution and tolerance, and how these factors intersect with the history of race, identity and sexuality in America. (NYU Press, September 2017)
"The Restless Indian Plate and Its Epic Voyage from Gondwana to Asia"
Sankar Chatterjee, Horn Professor in the Department of Geosciences, writes that the fossil history of animal life in India is central to our understanding of the tectonic evolution of Gondwana, the dispersal of India, its northward journey, and its collision with Asia in "The Restless Indian Plate and Its Epic Voyage from Gondwana to Asia" . According to a review in Phys.org, "This beautifully illustrated volume provides the only detailed overview of the paleobiogeographic, tectonic, and paleoclimatic evolution of the Indian plate from Gondwana to Asia," and quotes Chatterjee and his colleagues as saying, "The tectonic evolution of the Indian plate represents one of the most dramatic and epic voyages of all drifting continents: 9,000 kilometers in 160 million years. ... The extensive reshuffling of the Indian plate was accompanied by multiple temporary filter bridges, resulting in the cosmopolitan nature of tetrapod fauna." The review goes on to conclude that "This thorough, up-to-date volume is a must-have reference for researchers and students in Indian geology, paleontology, plate tectonics, and collision of continents." (The Geological Society of America, July 2017)
"Modern Sport Ethics: A Reference Handbook, 2nd Edition"
Angela Lumpkin, Professor and Chair of the Department of Exercise & Sport Science, offers, in "Modern Sport Ethics: A Reference Handbook, 2nd Edition," descriptions and examples of unethical behaviors in sport that will challenge readers to think about how they view sport and question whether participating in sport builds character—especially at the youth and amateur levels. Sport potentially can teach character as well as social and moral values, but only when these positive concepts are consistently taught, modeled, and reinforced by sport leaders with the moral courage to do so. The seeming moral crisis threatening amateur and youth sport—evidenced by athletes, coaches, and parents alike making poor ethical choices—and ongoing scandals regarding performance-enhancing drug use by professional athletes make sports ethics a topic of great concern. This work enables readers to better understand the ethical challenges facing competitive sport by addressing issues such as gamesmanship, doping, cheating, sportsmanship, fair play, and respect for the game. A compelling read for coaches, sport administrators, players, parents, and sport fans, the book examines specific examples of unethical behaviors—many cases of which occur in amateur and educational sports—to illustrate how these incidents threaten the perception that sport builds character. It identifies and investigates the multiple reasons for cheating in sport, such as the fact that the rewards for succeeding are so high, and the feeling of athletes that they must behave as they do to "level the playing field" because everyone else is cheating, being violent, taking performance-enhancing drugs, or doing whatever it takes to win. Readers will gain insight into how coaches and sport administrators can achieve the goals for youth, interscholastic, intercollegiate, and Olympic sport by stressing moral values and character development as well as see how specific recommendations can help ensure that sport can serve to build character rather than teach bad behavior in the pursuit of victory. (ABC-CLIO, December 2016)
"Introduction to Physical Education, Exercise Science, and Sport" 10th Edition
Angela Lumpkin, Professor and Chair of the Department of Exercise & Sport Science, gives college students a wide-angle view of physical education, exercise science, sport, and the wealth of careers available in these fields in the 10th Edition of "Introduction to Physical Education, Exercise Science, and Sport." The textbook provides the principles, history, and future of physical education, exercise science, and sport. Lumpkin's clear writing style engages the reader while covering the most important introductory topics in this updated introduction to the world of physical education. (McGraw-Hill, July 2016)
William Wenthe, Professor in the Department Of English, explores painful and fleeting emotions within the 96 pages of "God's Foolishness." Here, he mines the feelings of human uncertainty in matters of love and desire, time and death, and uncovers difficult truths with transformative insights. These are poems of crisis. Wenthe examines our conflicting urges to see nature as sustenance and to foolishly destroy it. His poems shift from close observation to panorama with cinematic fluidity, from a tea mug to an ancient monument, from a warbler on an elm branch to the specter of imminent natural disaster. Offering passion and intellect balanced with a careful concern for poetic craft, Wenthe's "God's Foolishness" gives us fine poems to savor and admire. Watch the YouTube video here. (LSU, May 2016)
"Before the Gregorian Reform: The Latin Church at the Turn of the First Millennium"
John Howe, Professor in the Department of History, challenges the familiar narrative that the era from about 1050 to 1150 was the pivotal moment in the history of the Latin Church. The status quo states it was then that the Gregorian Reform movement established the ecclesiastical structure that would ensure Rome's dominance throughout the Middle Ages and beyond. In "Before the Gregorian Reform," Howe examines earlier, "pre-Gregorian" reform efforts within the Church—and finds that they were more extensive and widespread than previously thought and that they actually established a foundation for the subsequent Gregorian Reform movement. The low point in the history of Christendom came in the late ninth and early tenth centuries—a period when much of Europe was overwhelmed by barbarian raids and widespread civil disorder, which left the Church in a state of disarray. As Howe shows, however, the destruction gave rise to creativity. Aristocrats and churchmen rebuilt churches and constructed new ones, competing against each other so that church building, like castle building, acquired its own momentum. Patrons strove to improve ecclesiastical furnishings, liturgy, and spirituality. Schools were constructed to staff the new churches. Moreover, Howe shows that these reform efforts paralleled broader economic, social, and cultural trends in Western Europe including the revival of long-distance trade, the rise of technology, and the emergence of feudal lordship. The result was that by the mid-eleventh century a wealthy, unified, better-organized, better-educated, more spiritually sensitive Latin Church was assuming a leading place in the broader Christian world. "Before the Gregorian Reform" challenges us to rethink the history of the Church and its place in the broader narrative of European history. Compellingly written and generously illustrated, it is a book for all medievalists as well as general readers interested in the Middle Ages and Church history. (Cornell University Press, March 2016)
"New Developments in Biological and Chemical Terrorism Countermeasures"
Ronald J. Kendal, Professor of Environmental Toxicology; Steven Presley, Professor of Immuno-toxicology; and Seshadri Ramkumar, Professor of Countermeasures to Biological Threats, all from the Department of Environmental Toxicology, have co-edited the newly published textbook, “New Developments in Biological and Chemical Terrorism Countermeasures.” The volume compiles a decade's worth of research through TTU's Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr. National Program for Countermeasures to Biological and Chemical Threats, and updated many changes in the field since an earlier book, “Advances in Biological and Chemical Terrorism Countermeasures,” came out in 2008. “It's not just for college students,” Ramkumar said. “It's a tool for people in the field, from first responders all the way to policy makers.” (CRC Press, February 2016)
"Psychoanalytic Treatment in Adults: A Longitudinal Study of Change"
Rosemary Cogan, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences, is co-author of "Psychonalytic Treatment in Adults: A longitudinal study of change." The book draws from 60 first-hand case studies to explore the outcomes of psychoanalytic treatment, providing examples of the long-term effectiveness of psychoanalytic and psychodynamic work as it delineates negative therapeutic treatment and discusses crucial changes in care. Outcomes of psychoanalysis, as with other psychotherapies, vary considerably. Cogan and her co-author, J.H. Porcerelli, used the Shedler-Westen Assessment Procedure to describe a patient at the beginning of psychoanalysis and every six months until the analysis ended. This allowed the authors to learn about changes over analysis and, in turn, improved treatment planning and practice for the well-being of other patients. Findings will be of interest to researchers and academics in the fields of psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, psychodynamic therapy, psychoanalytic education, psychiatry and psychology, and should also help clinicians recognize potential problems early in analytic treatments in order to work more effectively with patients. (Routeledge, February 2016)