A&S Faculty News
Pappas Receives Chancellor's Council Distinguished Teaching Award
For decades, the success or failure of students in college courses has hinged on two major events: the midterm and the final exam. And if either went poorly, the student was almost assured of failing the entire class. Dimitri Pappas is not a fan of that model. As he says, “In real life, we are continuously tested. Why shouldn't college be the same?” That's why Pappas, a professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, has opted for more frequent examinations over smaller chunks of material. With more tests, each represents a smaller percentage of the student's overall grade. Innovation is nothing new to Pappas, who was honored with the 2011 Chancellor's Council Distinguished Research Award for his work detecting cancer and heart disease. His numerous research grants include one from the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) for his ongoing work toward developing a new, quick and inexpensive cancer-detection chip. But it's his classroom innovations that earned him the 2021 Chancellor's Council Distinguished Teaching Award. Follow this link for an in-depth Q&A with Pappas, followed by testimonials from some of his students.
Ramkumar & Ph.D. Student Publish in International Journal
Seshadri Ramkumar, professor of chemical countermeasures and advanced materials in the Department of Environmental Toxicology, and his Ph.D. student, James Ayodeji, have published a research analysis in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Ayodeji's work shows shows that, in the three to four weeks after enacting a mandate to wear masks, roughly two-thirds of the United States saw a reduction in COVID-19 cases. More.
Burns Publishes on Seal Feeding Behavior
Jennifer Burns, professor and chair in the Department of Biological Sciences, led a National Science Foundation funded research team that has published its findings in The Royal Society. The team's research, "Seasonal resource pulses and the foraging depth of a Southern Ocean top predator," studied the cascading effects of seasonal resource pulses—such as the phytoplankton bloom that occurs in Antarctic waters once the sea ice starts to melt—on the diving and feeding behavior of Weddell seals. They found that: "In early summer, seals foraged at deeper depths resulting in lower feeding rates and mass gain. As sea ice extent decreased throughout the summer, seals foraged at shallower depths and benefited from more efficient energy intake. Changes in diving depth were not due to seasonal shifts in seal diets or horizontal space use and instead may reflect a change in the vertical distribution of prey." Because Weddell seals forage on fish, not phytoplankton, research findings demonstrate that indirect effects of climate variation can be detected across multiple trophic levels.
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. Continue reading at this link.
Tinsley Makes Video for 'Inspired Research' Series
Kinesiology professor Grant Tinsley leads a research team that is working to improve the ways in which body composition is analyzed.
A&S Faculty Promotions Approved by Board of Regents
During the February 2021 Board of Regents session, faculty from across the TTU System were awarded promotions in academic rank and status. Those so awarded from the College of Arts & Sciences are listed at this link.
Higgins Receives Humphreys Mentorship Award
Raegan Higgins, an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics, has received the 2021 Gwenyth Humphreys Award for Mentorship of Undergraduate Women in Mathematics. The honor comes from the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM), who cited Higgins for her excellence in teaching and mentoring and for her commitment to diversity. "In addition to her formal role as academic advisor for both female and male graduate students, she co-founded the Young Women in Mathematics: Fostering Success Program in 2013. This initiative led to the formation of an AWM student chapter in 2018, which Higgins co-advises," wrote the AWM in in its March-April 2021 newsletter. The newsletter went on to enumerate a few of Higgins' many other achievements: member of the organizing committee of the Emmy Noerther High School Mathematics Day, active mentor in the TTU Mentor TECH program, alumna of and now co-director of Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE), co-founder of the Network of Minorities in Mathematical Sciences. Higgins told AWM that she was deeply honored to receive the award and remembered Math department Chair Magdalena Toda in her thank-yous. "It is refreshing to be reminded that we are positively impacting students' lives through the seemingly small things. Listening and providing encouragement contribute endlessly to students' outlook and persistence. Several of us are beneficiaries of those small deeds," Higgins was quoted as saying. "I will continue to show my women students that they have a place in mathematics and will help them find their entry point. This recognition is for all the women who inspired me to pursue math and who continue to inspire me to do the work—the hard work, the good work, the needed work."
Maccarone Team Finds Black Hole More Massive Than Thought
Tom Maccarone, the Presidential Research Excellence Professor in Texas Tech University's Department of Physics & Astronomy, is co-author of new research showing that the system known as Cygnus X-1 contains the most massive stellar-mass black hole ever detected without the use of gravitational waves. Cygnus X-1's black hole was discovered in 1964 when a pair of Geiger counters were carried on board a sub-orbital rocket. But as much as we thought we knew about Cygnus X-1's black hole, this research highlights how much we still can learn, says Maccarone: "Cygnus X-1's was already the most massive stellar-mass black hole that had a reasonably secure mass estimate. This pushes it up even further, into a range close to where most of the merging black holes seen by gravitational waves have been found. It also has a massive companion star that may also turn into a black hole, although there is a high probability that the star will merge with the black hole before it becomes a black hole itself." Continue reading at this link.
Faculty, Students, Alumni Reflect on Black History Month
The College of Arts & Sciences honors Black History Month 2021 by sharing the voices of our students, faculty and staff. These voices honor the Black heroes of our past, celebrate the activists of today, and anticipate a more inclusive and equitable future.
Tinsley to Study Caffeine's Effect on Exercise
Grant Tinsley, an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management, received an award from Legion Athletics, Inc. for the project, Influence of Caffeinated and Non-caffeinated Pre-workout Supplements on Resistance Exercise Performance. Tinsley says the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover trial will examine the effects of caffeinated and non-caffeinated pre-workout supplements on resistance exercise performance. "Pre-workout supplements are very popular among exercising individuals and have been shown to improve some aspects of exercise performance," Tinsley said. "However, the fact that these supplements contain multiple different ingredients makes it challenging to isolate which compounds are responsible for performance improvements." Tinsley research will address that problem. Follow this link for the complete story.
Ramkumar's FiberTectTM Wipe Used in Animal Rescues
Seshadri Ramkumar, professor and supervisor of the Chemical Countermeasures and Advanced Materials Laboratory at TTU's Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH) , invented FiberTectTM in 2005 as a low-cost decontamination wipe for the U.S. military that could absorb and neutralize the gases and liquids used in chemical warfare. Then, after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, the material was re-engineered to safely clean up the oil. Now, the wipe is coming to the rescue of animals that have run afoul of environmental hazards. Animal Search and Rescue, a technical rescue team that specializes in animals, is using FiberTectTM in its operations. So is Animal Decon, a training, planning and disaster response resource for working and service animals as well as household pets, zoo or exotic animals, wildlife and livestock. "Anytime there's a flood, or any major rain event, anything in a household can be put into the storm drains," said Brett Huff, animal decontamination specialist and owner of Animal Decon. "Animals are constantly getting themselves in a situation in flooded waters and industrial agricultural chemicals, sewage ponds — there's a lot of things they can get into. So, a FiberTectTM wipe would be really good to keep with you to wipe them down. "The problem is, especially in a mass casualty event, we're looking at the possibility of secondary contamination, because they can spread that hazardous material. So, anything we can do to reduce that contaminant on the animal as the owner brings it in, or before we get to the decontamination station — where there are other people and animals — would be huge and a great benefit to anybody doing a decontamination operation." Follow this link for the compete account.
Ardon-Dryer Makes Video for 'Inspired Research' Series
Atmospheric scientist Karin Ardon-Dryer has developed a way to analyze particles from dust storms and evaluate their impact on human health.
Schroeder Receives $2.6 M for Wind Turbine Research
John Schroeder, a professor of atmospheric science and senior director of Texas Tech University's National Wind Institute (NWI), along with research professors Brian Hirth and Jerry Guynes, are leading a group that will study the wake behavior of wind turbines and wind farms to help produce greater power production and lower wind energy costs. The 4.5-year study is funded by a$2.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory to work on the American Wake Experiment (AWAKEN) project and will include collaboration with several national laboratories. "The research project is looking at wind turbine wakes and how one turbine can impact the inflow into another," said Schroeder, who is the principal investigator on the project. "Then, subsequent to that, it's also looking at the collective wake off of wind farms and how one farm might affect another, adjacent wind farm." Follow this link for additional information.
Hutchins Receives NSF CAREER Award
Kristin Hutchins, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, received $650,000 from the National Science Foundation for her project, CAREER: Solid-state molecular motion, reversible covalent-bond formation, and self-assembly for controlling thermal expansion behavior. Her project focuses on controlling how organic solids respond to changes in temperature. Follow this link for further details.
McComb Awarded IAEE Best-Paper Prize
Robert McComb, an associate professor in the Department of Economics, has been awarded the prestigious Campbell Watkins Best Paper Award for papers published in 2020 in The Energy Journal, the journal of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE). Michael Pollitt, vice president for publications of the IAEE, noted: "The judging panel were impressed ... by its relevance, rigor and policy implications." The paper, "Do localities benefit from natural resource extraction?", addresses the influence of the extractive industries on the economic growth of local economies. Now it joins the ranks of others papers so recognized over the past 20 years, authored by deeply respected economists. Follow this link to read the complete article about Robert McComb's award.
Surliuga to Lead Second Book Discussion
Victoria Surliuga, an associate professor of Italian in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, will hold her second virtual discussion on Jan. 18, 2021, about her newest work, the bilingual book, "Homage to Ezio Gribaudo/Omaggio a Ezio Gribaudo" (Texas Tech University Libraries, September 2020). Her book compiles six years' worth of Surliuga's previously published writings in Italian and English about Ezio Gribaudo, a contemporary Italian artist. It was published in September as an open access e-book through the Texas Tech University Libraries Open Repository.
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"Expressive Morphology in the Languages of South Asia"
Jeffrey P. Williams, professor of ethnology and linguistics in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work, is editor of a new book, entitled "Expressive Morphology in the Languages of South Asia" (Routledge 2020), which explores the intricacies of the grammars of several of the languages of the South Asian subcontinent. Specifically, the contributors to this volume examine grammatical resources for shaping elaborative, rhyming, and alliterative expressions, conveying the emotions, states, conditions and perceptions of speakers. These forms, often referred to as expressives, remained relatively undocumented, until now. It is clear from the evidence on contextualized language use that the grammatically artistic usage of these forms enriches and enlivens both every day and ritualized genres of discourse. The contributors to this volume provide grammatical and sociolinguistic documentation through a typological introduction to the diversity of expressive forms in the languages of South Asia.
"Laurent Gaudé : Conteur, Dramaturge, Écrivain-monde"
Carole Edwards, associate professor of French and Francophone Studies in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, has published a monograph entitled "Laurent Gaudé: Conteur, Dramaturge, Ecrivain-monde" (Classiques Garnier, Paris; December 2020) in the Revue des Lettres Modernes-Minard. This essay studies in-depth a selection of works by Laurent Gaudé through precise and varied theoretical approaches—postcolonial, novel, mythological and ecocritical—that apprehend Gaudean poetics in an imaginary redefined in the 21st century.
"Grandstanding: The Use and Abuse of Moral Talk"
Justin Tosi, assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy, explores the novel problem and dangers of self-serving moral talk in "Grandstanding: The Use and Abuse of Moral Talk" (Oxford University Press, July 2020). Along with co-author Brandon Warmke, Tosi distinguishes moral grandstanding from virtue signaling and holds that such one-upmanship is not just annoying, but dangerous. As politics gets more and more polarized, people on both sides of the spectrum move further and further apart when they let grandstanding get in the way of engaging one another. The pollution of our most urgent conversations with self-interest damages the very causes they are meant to forward. Drawing from work in psychology, economics, and political science, and along with contemporary examples spanning the political spectrum, the book dives deeply into why and how we grandstand. Using the analytic tools of psychology and moral philosophy, the authors explain what drives us to behave in this way, and what we stand to lose by taking it too far. Most importantly, they show how, by avoiding grandstanding, we can re-build a public square worth participating in.
"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)