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Tinsley Receives Grant from MTI Biotech
Grant Tinsley, Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management, received grant funds of $24,698 from MTI Biotech, Inc. to support his research project, "Time-Restricted Feeding and HMB Supplementation During Resistance Training in Active Females." The grant was announced by TTU's Office of Research Services the week ending Dec. 8.
Patterson Wins Margolis Social Justice Award
Jill Patterson, Professor in the Department of English, has received the 2017 Richard J. Margolis Award. The award is given annually to a promising nonfiction writer whose work combines warmth, humor, wisdom and concern with social justice. Patterson's writing gives voice to indigent men and women charged with capital murder and facing execution in the state of Texas. In 2009, Patterson began working as the storyteller for public defenders, handling capital murder cases in Texas. Her narratives, which explore the defendants' lives from childhood to their crossroads, are used to help obtain a life-without-parole plea before going to trial. The Richard J. Margolis Award bears the name of a journalist, essayist and poet who wrote with a generous humanity about the rural poor, migrant farm workers, the elderly and Native Americans, as well as the political decisions that produce their economic hardships. According to a Dec. 8 in-depth story in Texas Tech Today, the 2017 award is accompanied by a $5,000 honorarium and a one-month residency at Blue Mountain Center, a working community of writers, artists and activists set in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains and Adirondack Park, the largest state park in the continental United States. "When I look at the long list of recipients of the Richard J. Margolis Award, and when I consider Margolis' work, it is daunting," Patterson said. Patterson's awards include a 2012 Embrey Human Rights Fellowship, a 2014 Soros Justice Fellowship and the 2014 Time and Place Prize in Brittany, France.
Hayhoe Speaks at San Antonio Climate Meet
Katharine Hayhoe, Professor in the Department of Political Science and Director of TTU's Climate Science Center, was the keynote speaker at San Antonio's first official event on responding to climate change, which took place at the University of Texas-San Antonio's (UTSA) Downtown Campus. According to a Dec. 7 article in the San Antonio Express-News, the crowd of around 300 had "come to hear how the city of San Antonio, UTSA and CPS Energy are preparing a plan to adapt to the effects of a warming climate and cut back on greenhouse gas emissions that cause warming. If successful, San Antonio will be the largest city in Texas to implement a so-called Climate Action and Adaptation Plan." Hayhoe told the assemblage that average annual temperatures in San Antonio since 1960 have increased 0.7 degrees per decade in the winter and 0.5 degrees per decade in the summer, the newspaper reported. Hayhoe also was quoted in a Dec. 7 NPR report about wildfires that took place in 2012 in Oklahoma. The article, "What Scientists Say A Warming Climate Might Mean For Oklahoma," referenced the Fourth National Climate Assessment Vol. 1 released in November. Hayhoe is one of the lead authors of the report, which she described as "the most comprehensive, up-to-date, state-of-the-art report on climate science in the entire world." The article went on to reveal that the upcoming second volume of the climate assessment will project how a warming climate could affect different parts of the country. It won't be published until sometime next year, but a draft of Vol. 2 is now available for public comment.
Smith Receives RaiderReady Advocate Award
Chad Smith, PhD, Instructor in the Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management, is the recipient of the RaiderReady First-Year Advocate and Faculty Fellowship Award. Recipients of this award have displayed innovation in instructional design, as well as caring for freshmen students by making their transition into the university a successful one. In addition to his teaching stipend, Smith will receive a $750 award for going above and beyond in his work with students. Smith was congratulated Dec. 7 by Patrick Hughes, Associate Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education & Student Affairs, and Michelle Kiser, EdD, Senior Director of SOAR.
Pappas Receives RaiderReady Advocate Award
Dimitri Pappas, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, is the recipient of the RaiderReady First-Year Advocate and Faculty Fellowship Award. Recipients of this award have displayed innovation in instructional design, as well as caring for freshmen students by making their transition into the university a successful one. In addition to his teaching stipend, Pappas will receive a $750 award for going above and beyond in his work with students. Pappas was congratulated Dec. 7 by Patrick Hughes, Associate Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education & Student Affairs, and Michelle Kiser, EdD, Senior Director of SOAR.
Borshuk Named Integrated Scholar for 2018
Michael Borshuk, Associate Professor in the Department of English, was named one of nine Integrated Scholars for 2018. Michael Galyean, TTU Provost and Senior Vice President, announced the roster of designees on Dec. 4. An Integrated Scholar at Texas Tech University is a faculty member who demonstrates significant accomplishments and effective synergy among the major professorial functions of teaching, research, and service. Faculty members who achieve this distinction have infused the results of their scholarship and creative activity into the learning experiences they provide to their students, and their service and engagement activities. This year, 27 applications or nominations for Integrated Scholars were received by the Provost Office, and because of the overall quality of the applications, it was not an easy task to narrow the field to this group of finalists, Provost Gaylean said in a written announcement. Traditionally, each Integrated Scholar is profiled on the Provost website with both a textual narrative and a video. By late March or early April 2018, a profile on each of this year's Integrated Scholars will be published on the Provost's website. Until then, the profiles of Integrated Scholars from previous years may be viewed at the link.
Elola Named Integrated Scholar for 2018
Idoia Elola, Associate Professor of Spanish and Applied Linguistics in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, was named one of nine Integrated Scholars for 2018. Michael Galyean, TTU Provost and Senior Vice President, announced the roster of designees on Dec. 4. An Integrated Scholar at Texas Tech University is a faculty member who demonstrates significant accomplishments and effective synergy among the major professorial functions of teaching, research, and service. Faculty members who achieve this distinction have infused the results of their scholarship and creative activity into the learning experiences they provide to their students, and their service and engagement activities. This year, 27 applications or nominations for Integrated Scholars were received by the Provost Office, and because of the overall quality of the applications, it was not an easy task to narrow the field to this group of finalists, Provost Gaylean said in a written announcement. Traditionally, each Integrated Scholar is profiled on the Provost website with both a textual narrative and a video. By late March or early April 2018, a profile on each of this year's Integrated Scholars will be published on the Provost's website. Until then, the profiles of Integrated Scholars from previous years may be viewed at the link.
Thacker Named Integrated Scholar for 2018
Beth Thacker, Associate Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, was named one of nine Integrated Scholars for 2018. Michael Galyean, TTU Provost and Senior Vice President, announced the roster of designees on Dec. 4. An Integrated Scholar at Texas Tech University is a faculty member who demonstrates significant accomplishments and effective synergy among the major professorial functions of teaching, research, and service. Faculty members who achieve this distinction have infused the results of their scholarship and creative activity into the learning experiences they provide to their students, and their service and engagement activities. This year, 27 applications or nominations for Integrated Scholars were received by the Provost Office, and because of the overall quality of the applications, it was not an easy task to narrow the field to this group of finalists, Provost Gaylean said in a written announcement. Traditionally, each Integrated Scholar is profiled on the Provost website with both a textual narrative and a video. By late March or early April 2018, a profile on each of this year's Integrated Scholars will be published on the Provost's website. Until then, the profiles of Integrated Scholars from previous years may be viewed at the link.
Klein Appointed to EPA Board
David Klein, Associate Professor of Environmental, Clinical and Analytical Chemistry in the Department of Environmental Toxicology, has been appointed to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC). This is a federal advisory committee that provides advice, information, and recommendations to EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) on its research programs.
Gamez Presents at Conference in Japan
Gerardo Gamez, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, received a $500 International Travel Fund (ITF) award from Texas Tech University to give his invited talk entitled "Ultra-high Throughput Elemental Mapping via Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy" at the Asia-Pacific Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry in Matsue, Japan, Nov. 12-17.
Kendall Named SETAC Fellow, Klaine Awardee
Ron Kendall, Professor in the Department of Environmental Toxicology and founding director of The Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH), received two major awards from the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) during the organization's 38th annual meeting Nov. 12-16 in Minneapolis. Kendall was named a SETAC Fellow and also receive the 2017 Stephen J. Klaine Environmental Education Award. "To be elected a SETAC Fellow is a significant honor and recognition from my colleagues at SETAC in terms of my long-term scientific contribution to the field of environmental toxicology. I am very appreciative of this recognition," Kendall said. The SETAC Fellow designation represents only the top 1 percent of members in the organization. Being elected a SETAC Fellow is among the highest honors the SETAC scientific organization can bestow. The identification and appointment of Fellow status is intended to provide additional recognition of excellence and contributions of SETAC members to ecotoxicology, environmental chemistry, risk assessment and life cycle assessment. "Receiving the Stephen J. Klaine Environmental Education Award from SETAC is also deeply appreciated. When you spend a career being part of developing programs and educational materials for the field of environmental toxicology, it is a significant honor to be recognized by your colleagues for this contribution," Kendall said. The Stephen J. Klaine Environmental Education Award was established to identify outstanding contributions of either individuals or organizations contributing to environmental education. "It is a great honor for any academic program to have a faculty member selected for such a prestigious award as the Stephen J. Klaine Environmental Education Award," said Steve Presley, Chair of the Department of Environmental Toxicology. "This award not only recognizes Dr. Ron Kendall's significant and long-term contributions to environmental education through educating other educators, but also reflects great credit upon his many colleagues and alumni of the Department of Environmental Toxicology and The Institute of Environmental and Human Health at Texas Tech University." Kendall was chosen for his leadership in establishing three successful graduate programs in environmental toxicology, including programs at Western Washington University, Clemson University and Texas Tech. In addition, Kendall has provided leadership in developing 12 textbooks related to environmental toxicology and chemistry. Many current members of SETAC emerged from graduate programs Kendall provided leadership in establishing during his 37-year career. Kendall has been a pioneer in the area of wildlife toxicology in SETAC. He is a past-president of SETAC and has served on the editorial board of the scientific journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry for more than 30 years. SETAC is a global organization with more than 6,000 members engaged in the study, analysis and solution of environmental problems; the management and regulation of natural resources; environmental education; and research and development. Its mission is to support the development of principles and practices for the protection, enhancement and management of sustainable environmental quality and ecosystem integrity.
Phillips Receives Grant to Study Cotton Rat
Caleb Phillips, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and Curator of Genetic Resources Collection at the Natural Science Research Laboratory, received grant funds of $99,588 from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service/Texas Parks & Wildlife Department for his research project, "Status, Distribution, Morphology and Genetics of Sigmodon fulviventer dalquesti [tawny-bellied cotton rat] in the Chihuahuan Desert Ecoregion." The grant was announced by TTU's Office of Research Services the week ending Nov. 8.
Lewis Gets Grant for Workforce Education
Col. David Lewis, M.A. (USAF Ret.), Assistant Professor of Practice in the Department of Political Science, received incremental grant funds of $9,100—with an anticipated total funding amount of $36,400—from the HRSA/TTUHSC for his work on the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program. The grant was announced by TTU's Office of Research Services the week ending Nov. 8.
Maloney Gets Grant to Study Campus Carry
Patricia Maloney, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work, received grant funds of $7,982 from the American Sociological Association for her research project, "Longitudinal and Contagion Effects of Campus Carry on Faculty and Students at a Large Southwestern State University." The grant was announced by TTU's Office of Research Services the week ending Nov. 8.
Davis Studies Reasoning of Disease Spread
Tyler Davis, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences, is lead author of the study, "Can you catch Ebola from a stork bite? Inductive reasoning influences generalization of perceived zoonosis risk." On Nov. 8, Science Daily published an article about the study, in which Molly Ireland and Jason Van Allen, both Assistant Professors in the Department of Psychological Sciences; Micah Goldwater from the University of Sydney's School of Psychology; and independent research consultant Nicholas Gaylord also took part. Science Daily summarized the study this way: "Psychologists have applied science to health communication and found that the way the message is conveyed can have a significant impact on awareness about diseases, like Ebola, that jump from animals to people. The researchers found that the more animals that are known to carry a virus, the more people will perceive a risk from any animal." The story, provided to Science Daily by the University of Sydney, continued: "We've been interested for a while in how everyday people reason about risks associated with animal contact," Davis said. "An overwhelming number of new emerging diseases come from animal sources and get introduced to the human population as a result of animal contact. Thus, everyday people without expertise in infectious diseases or how to interact with animals are at the front lines of potential future pandemics, yet very little is known about how they reason about the risks of animal contact." Davis said this study tested whether people use knowledge about the range of animals that are susceptible to a disease when judging their own risks of contact with a specific type of animal. The researchers measured this in a variety of ways, including the likelihood of reporting animal bites to a health professional and the perceived safety of eating different animals' meat. The study found that risk perception increases in two different scenarios. First, if the animal you encountered is similar to a type of animal you believe may carry a disease—for instance, encountering a coyote when you know that local foxes can carry a disease—you may perceive a greater risk to your own health. Second, if you know that a particular disease is found in a wide variety of animals, you may perceive a greater likelihood that the animal you encountered could carry it—for example, if bats, cats and birds all carry a disease, then the coyote you encountered may well pose a risk, as well. "Although there has been a lot of research on inductive reasoning, this research has not been widely applied to health behaviors in general and perception of disease risk from animals in particular," Davis said. "We're also very hopeful that this work can inform better public health messaging in the developing world, where awareness of risks can be very low and responses to outbreaks are often slow and costly."
Hayhoe a Lead Author of Climate Report
Katharine Hayhoe, Professor in the Department of Political Science and Director of TTU's Climate Science Center, is one of the lead authors of the Climate Science Special Report (CSSR), released Nov. 3 by The U.S. Global Change Research Program, a consortium of 13 federal agencies and a 60-member federal steering committee. It's the most comprehensive look at climate science and its effects to date. The CSSR is part one of the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4), a required quadrennial assessment authorized in 1989 by Congress in the Global Change Research Act (GCRA) of 1990. Hayhoe authored the chapter on climate models, scenarios and projections, and co-authored the chapters on temperature trends and the potential for surprises in the climate system. "This report is the most up-to-date summary we have on how the climate is changing and what that means for our planet," Hayhoe said. "The main findings of this report confirm what we've known for decades—climate is changing, humans are responsible and the risks are serious. However, it also quantifies new science—what's happening in the Arctic and the oceans, and the potential for unforeseen impacts. It puts numbers on how much carbon we can produce if we want to limit how much and how fast the world warms." Also released Nov. 3 was the public review draft of the second part of NCA4, which addresses regional and sectional impacts. Hayhoe served as a lead author on this report as well, authoring chapter two, "Our Changing Climate." She previously authored the Second and Third National Climate Assessments, and NCA4 builds on those findings.
Mechref Co-Chairs Glycosciences Panel
Yehia Mechref, Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, co-chaired the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Special Emphasis Panel at the National Career Development Consortium for Excellence in Glycosciences (K12), 2018/01 ZHL1 CSR-J (F1) 1, Nov. 3.
Mayer Co-Authors Analysis of Project
Greg Mayer, Associate Professor of Molecular Toxicology in the Department of Environmental Toxicology, is co-author of "A communal catalogue reveals Earth's multiscale microbial diversity," published online Nov. 1 in the journal Nature. The abstract reads thusly: "Our growing awareness of the microbial world's importance and diversity contrasts starkly with our limited understanding of its fundamental structure. Despite recent advances in DNA sequencing, a lack of standardized protocols and common analytical frameworks impedes comparisons among studies, hindering the development of global inferences about microbial life on Earth. Here we present a meta-analysis of microbial community samples collected by hundreds of researchers for the Earth Microbiome Project. Coordinated protocols and new analytical methods, particularly the use of exact sequences instead of clustered operational taxonomic units, enable bacterial and archaeal ribosomal RNA gene sequences to be followed across multiple studies and allow us to explore patterns of diversity at an unprecedented scale. The result is both a reference database giving global context to DNA sequence data and a framework for incorporating data from future studies, fostering increasingly complete characterization of Earth's microbial diversity." Further into the main body of the paper, the authors explain more fully the purpose of the Earth Microbiome Project (EMP), which was "...founded in 2010 to sample the Earth's microbial communities at an unprecedented scale in order to advance our understanding of the organizing biogeographic principles that govern microbial community structure. We recognized that open and collaborative science, including scientific crowdsourcing and standardized methods, would help to reduce technical variation among individual studies, which can overwhelm biological variation and make general trends difficult to detect. Comprising around 100 studies, over half of which have yielded peer-reviewed publications, the EMP has now dwarfed by 100-fold the sampling and sequencing depth of earlier meta-analysis efforts; concurrently, powerful analysis tools have been developed, opening a new and larger window into the distribution of microbial diversity on Earth. In establishing a scalable framework to catalogue microbiota globally, we provide both a resource for the exploration of myriad questions and a starting point for the guided acquisition of new data to answer them."
Morales Receives Visiting Professorship in Brazil
Jorge A. Morales, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, has received a visiting professor position at the level of full professor in the
Department of Chemistry at the Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife, Pernambuco,
Brazil. This is a six-month position starting on June 1, 2018. During his stay in
Brazil, Morales will conduct theoretical chemistry research with several groups in
the University of Pernambuco and will teach a graduate course on theoretical chemistry.
Sarka Gives Presentation at SWTCC
Janos Sarka, PhD, a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, presented "Rovibrational quantum dynamics of the methane-water dimer" at SWTCC Symposium on Oct. 31. Sarka conducts research in the lab of Professor Bill Poirier.
Gamez Speaks at Seminar in Indiana
Gerardo Gamez, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, gave an invited talk, entitled "Hyperspectral Imaging for Plasma-based Chemical Analysis," at the Department of Chemistry Seminar Series, Indiana University-Bloomington, Oct. 31, in Bloomington, Ind.
Wenthe Named Poet Laureate of Lubbock
William Wenthe, Professor in the Department of English, has been named the first Poet Laureate of Lubbock. The position is a one-year term, after which it will be rotated annually among the diversity of writers in the Lubbock area. The announcement was made at the first Lubbock Book Festival, on the weekend of Oct. 27. As Poet Laureate, Wenth will find himself giving readings and visiting local schools to support the literary arts. Wenthe said the position is more about Lubbock than himself: It is a way of signaling that Lubbock deserves its place in the literary landscape of Texas, the Southwest, the country. (Wenthe was also quick to point out that though this official title of Poet Laureate is new, the de facto unofficial Poet Laureate of Lubbock is Professor Emeritus Walt McDonald, founder of Texas Tech's creative writing program, and Texas State Poet Laureate in 2001.) Wenthe was born and raised in New Jersey; after studying in Massachusetts and Virginia he moved to Lubbock in 1992, where he joined the English Department. His teaching areas are mainly 20th Century British Poetry, and Creative Writing. He is the author of four books of poems, the most recent of which is "God's Foolishness" (LSU Press 2016). His previous books are "Words Before Dawn," "Not Till We Are Lost," and "Birds of Hoboken." His poetry has won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Texas Institute of Letters, the Everett Southwest Literary Award, and two Pushcart Prizes. Numerous anthologies and journals have published his poems and essays on poetry, including Poetry, The Paris Review, Tin House, The Georgia Review, The Yale Review, Threepenny Review, and American Poetry Review.
Mechref Talks on Glycans in Norman
Yehia Mechref, Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, gave an invited talk entitled "The Attributes of Glycans and GlycopeptideIsomers in Diseases" at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Oklahoma, in Norman, Okla., Oct. 27.
Gamez a Distinguished Speaker at Los Alamos
Gerardo Gamez, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, gave an invited distinguished speaker talk, entitled "Ultra-high Throughput Surface Analysis with Multi-dimensional Resolution via Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy," at the Los Alamos National Laboratories Chemistry Colloquium Series, Oct. 26, in Los Alamos, N.M.
Cunningham Sets LBJ Conspiracy Aside
Sean Cunningham, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of History, was quoted in an Oct. 25 Washington Post/OmahaWorld Herald article about the soon-to-be-released JFK assassination files. The article served as a round-up of conspiracy theories that have formed in the decades since President John Kennedy was shot in Dallas. One of the theories holds that Kennedy's Vice President, Lyndon Johnson, was behind the assassination, but Cunningham said there was no evidence to support that theory, the article stated, and went on to report: "'Johnson makes for a good story and is an easy way to explain things,' Cunningham told the Daily Beast."
Poirier Gives 2 Presentations in Ontario
Bill Poirier, Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, presented "Quantum Mechanics Without Wavefunctions" at the Quantum Foundations Seminar at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario, Oct 24. That was preceded Oct. 20 by another presentation, "Sulfur Mass Independent Fractionation (S-MIF): How quantum dynamics will answer fundamental questions about the origins of life," which he gave in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Waterloo, Ontario.
Kingston Receives Miller Award at NASBR
Tigga Kingston, Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, became the 26th recipient of the Gerrit Miller Award at the annual convention of the North American Symposium on Bat Research (NASBR). Department Chair Ron Chesser wrote to say, "This is the Society's top award and given 'in recognition of outstanding service and contribution to the field of chiropteran biology.' This honor is well-deserved." The award is named after Gerrit S. Miller, Jr., an outstanding early twentieth century bat biologist at the Smithsonian Institution. Miller's work on the evolutionary relationships of chiropteran families and genera to one another still strongly influences taxonomic thinking about bats today. The 47th Annual NASBR Meeting was held in Knoxville, Tenn., Oct. 18-21.
Mechref Nominated for Hackerman Award
Yehia Mechref, Professor and Chair in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, has been nominated for the Welch Foundation's Norman Hackerman Award in Chemical Research. The award recognizes and encourages the accomplishments of chemical scientists in Texas who are early in their careers and are dedicated to increasing the fundamental understanding of chemistry. The Scientific Advisory Board will consider whether or not any nominee or nominees are worthy of the award, and will recommend to the Board of Directors not more than three nominees they determine are qualified to receive the award. The Board of Directors will make the final selection. The award was established by the Foundation to honor Norman Hackerman, its Scientific Advisory Board chair from 1982 to 2006.
Howe Book Named Best in Italian History
John Howe, Professor in the Department of History, has been awarded the Howard R. Marraro Prize, honoring the year's best book in Italian history, for "Before the Gregorian Reform: The Latin Church at the Turn of the First Millennium" (Cornell University Press, 2016). The prize will be presented at the American Catholic Historical Association Meeting, held in conjunction with the American Historical Association Annual Meeting, on January 6, 2018, in Washington D.C. The preliminary citation reads: "In this learned, wide-ranging study, John Howe boldly reframes the long tenth century, not as a fallow interval in the history of the Latin Church in Western Europe, but as period whose creative ferment made the Gregorian Reform possible. Howe deploys his arguments with exemplary economy and clarity, calling attention to the significant roles played by actors inside and outside the Church, and to the value of exploiting visual and material evidence alongside textual sources."
Corsi Studies Collision of Neutron Stars
Alessandra Corsi, Astrophysicist in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, was quoted in a an Oct. 16 article in Nature about two neutron stars that merged to form a black hole, in a galaxy 130 million light years away. The merger was detected Aug. 17 on Earth. Nature reported that the event generated the strongest and longest-lasting gravitational-wave signal yet measured. But the discoveries didn't end there. "The visible-light signal generated during the collision closely matches predictions made in recent years by theoretical astrophysicists, who hold that many elements of the periodic table that are heavier than iron are formed as a result of such stellar collisions," the article stated. Many astronomers were looking in the visible and ultraviolet spectrum to confirm that this collision could form many chemical elements from the periodic table that are heavier than iron. Other astronomers looked for any X-rays that may have generated, to see what that information might reveal. Corsi, who is a member of the international research team that confirmed the existence of gravitational waves just a little over a year ago, looked for radio emissions using the Very Large Array in New Mexico, the story said. "It turned out we had to wait 16 very long days in order to see the first radio glow," she told Nature. As the article explained: "After a few weeks, most observatories had to stop looking at the object, because that part of the sky had gotten too close to the Sun. But radio telescopes are still tracking it to this day, Corsi says. More discoveries might yet be made." Corsi also was referenced in an Oct. 17 article in The Washington Post on this same subject. More updates are available in a Nov. 4 article from AgenParl.com.
Harned Named Associate Editor of Journal
Andrew Harned, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry,has been named an Associate Editor and member of the Chemistry Editorial Board for Royal Society Open Science, a multidisciplinary open access journal, covering 12 subjects across all of science, engineering and mathematics. The journal aims to publish high quality work, using objective peer-review without restrictions on scope, length or impact. Although the Royal Society owns the journal, the chemistry content is published in collaboration with the Royal Society of Chemistry. Of particular note, Harned will be the journal's first Associate Editor of chemistry content to be based in the United States.
Hayhoe on Climate Change & Hurricanes
Katharine Hayhoe, Professor in the Department of Political Science and Director of TTU's Climate Science Center, was quoted in an Oct. 14 Newsweek article about the National Clean Energy Conference in Las Vegas, where former Vice President Al Gore was a keynote speaker. The article focused on Gore's concerns that a warming planet was exacerbating wildfires throughout the American West and a reliance of fossil fuels for the increasing severity of recent hurricanes. Then the article republished a quote that Hayhoe originally gave to CNN, in a program entitled, "Yes, Climate Change Made Harvey and Irma Worse." Hayhoe said in that broadcast: "The most dangerous myth that we have bought into as a society is not the myth that climate isn't changing or that humans aren't responsible. "It's the myth that 'It doesn't matter to me.' And that's why this is absolutely the time to be talking about the way climate change amplifies or exacerbates these natural events. This brings it home." In other news, the Daily Toreador reported that Hayhoe served on a panel discussion Oct. 3 that examined ways to solve climate change and energy needs. The event, held on the Texas Tech campus, was part of a series of campus-wide dialogs called "Civil Counterpoints."
Morales Gives Seminar in Math Department
Jorge A. Morales, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, presented a Mathematical Oncology Seminar entitled "Electron Nuclear Dynamics Investigation of Water Radiolysis and DNA Damage in Proton Cancer Therapy: A Non-Adiabatic Quantum-Dynamics Approach" at the Texas Tech University Department of Mathematics on Oct. 10.
3 Chemistry Faculty Present in Reno
Yehia Mechref, Professor and Chair; Carol Korzeniewski, Professor; and Gerardo Gamez, Assistant Professor, all of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, all presented invited talks at the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies' SciX Conference, Oct. 8-13 in Reno, Nevada. Mechref's presentation was entitled "LC-MS/MS Analysis of Glycan and Glycopeptide Isomers." Korzeniewski's presentation was entitled "Infrared Spectroscopy and Confocal Raman Microscope Measurements in the Study of Materials for Energy Conversion." Gamez' presentation was entitled "Recent Advances in Elemental Mapping through Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy."
Ramkumar Covers São Paolo Delegation
Seshadri Ramkumar, Professor of Nonwovens & Advanced materials at The Institute of Environmental & Human Health (TIEHH), wrote an Oct. 5 article in Textile Today about a delegation from the Brazilian State of São Paolo that visited Lubbock to promote industrial innovation and growth. Ramkumar wrote that the delegation included Dr. Carlos Brito Cruz, Science Director of São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), who highlighted the collaborations that have been forged with global companies such as GSK and Shell. Mention also was made of Unicamp, a state university in São Paulo that has been a pioneer in the culture of startups in Brazil, having helped to create some 450 companies resulting in more than 21,000 jobs. Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec was quoted as saying, "Research universities that aspire to address global and grand challenges in research and education should focus on international collaborations." He added, "International linkages enable us to understand the culture and people of different nations, in addition to strengthening academic and research tie-ups."
Robitschek on Fear After Vegas Massacre
Christine Robitschek, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences, was interviewed in an Oct. 5 FOX-34 News report about the state of everyone's mental health in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre. In the "Las Vegas Massacre Versus Your Mental Health" segment, Robitschek told the television station that many people may start to feel vulnerable when thinking about the Vegas shootings. "If we stop ourselves from feeling those really unpleasant reactions to trauma, then we stop ourselves from healing," she said. Fear is a natural first reaction, but immobilizing fear is a problem. "We all have to monitor for ourselves—what our current level of distress is about it—and so if I feel that this is just getting to be too much and I am feeling overwhelmed by it, then I'll need to step back." Processing the tough emotions will lead to a healthier mental state, Robitschek said.
Gittner Interviewed on Health Care Bill
Lisa Gittner, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, was interviewed in a Sept. 26 FOX-34 Television news story about the latest Republican healthcare bill pulled from the Senate vote. "We're going to go broke as a federal government if we keep spending all this money," Gittner told the Lubbock TV statoins. "Cost estimates are by 2027, we're going to be almost 30 percent GDP." If nothing is done and health care spending continues at its current rate under the Affordable Care Act, the report stated, Gittner held that lawmakers will be left with some tough decisions. "Something has to give. What are we not going to do? Are we going to choose not to educate? Are we going to choose to let our roads and bridges fall apart? What are we going to choose not to do, and yes it becomes truly a social justice issue."
Hayhoe Appears on CBS News' '60 Minutes'
Katharine Hayhoe, Professor in the Department of Political Science and Director of TTU's Climate Science Center, was interviewed on the CBS program 60 Minutes about whether Harvey-level hurricanes will become more prevalent in the future. That news segment aired Sept. 24. That same day, Hayhoe also took part in the launch of the new CBS interfaith series, "Protecting the Sacred: Water, the Environment & Climate Change." On that show, Hayhoe spoke about the negative impact that climate change is having on the planet and how there is only a narrow window of opportunity to mitigate further damage, according to a Sept. 24 article in Broadway World. "Protecting the Sacred" features a rainbow of diverse faith communities and how they are responding to these threats. In other news, Hayhoe was among those who spoke at the 12th Annual Hancock Symposium September 20-21 at Westminster College in Missouri. The Hancock Symposium challenges students through intellectual discourse in two engaging days of lectures, panel discussions and presentations on one particular subject of global interest, according to an advance story in the News Tribune. Earlier in the month, Hayhoe was quoted by Inside Climate News in a Sept. 8 story about the UN Climate Assessment Process. In a Sept. 5 story from QZ.com, Hayhoe had worked on a research team that examined 38 papers published in peer-reviewed journals in the last decade that denied anthropogenic global warming. The article reported that Hayhoe wrote in a Facebook post that "Every single one of those analyses had an error—in their assumptions, methodology, or analysis—that, when corrected, brought their results into line with the scientific consensus."
Bradatan Interviewed by Romanian Radio
Cristina Bradatan, Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work, was interviewed by "Born in Romania," a 30-minute program on Radio România Cultural. She just won a Fulbright to conduct research in Romania during the spring 2018 semester. Bradatan studied sociology and mathematics in Bucharest, then went to the Czech Republic before coming to the United States to earn her PhD, according to the radio program's news brief. She also is a member of TTU's Climate Science Center, and told the radio program that "climate change is one of the deepest phenomena that affects and will affect human communities. She also believes that any small contribution to understanding what is waiting for us is important," the news brief stated.
McGuire Researches Bat Habitat Loss
Liam McGuire, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, is Co-Principal Investigator on a research project that has received $1.65 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The proposal, titled “Dynamics of Zoonotic Systems: Human-Bat-Pathogen Interactions,” will address the hypothesis that the root cause of negative bat-human interactions is the loss of habitat needed to sustain bats' nomadic feeding ecology. The researchers predict that some management decisions (e.g., destruction of bat roosts) may exacerbate conflict, spillover, and habitat loss. Other researchers on the project are Principal Investigator Raina Plowright, Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Montana State University; Co-Principal Investigator Elizabeth Shanahan, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Montana State University; Co-Principal Investigator Olivier Restif, Alborada Lecturer in Epidemiology and Royal Society University Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge; and Co-Principal Investigator Nita Bharti, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Penn State. The award was released September 12, commences January 2018 and is expected to continue through August 2021.
Gerdes is New Media Lab Director
Kendall Gerdes, Assistant Professor in the Department of English, has been named Director of the department's Media Lab, effective with the beginning of the fall 2017 semester. Specializing in Technical Communication and Rhetoric, Gerdes earned her PhD in Rhetoric from UT-Austin. Her research interests include using and making video games, using simpler tools like Twine. She co-authored a webtext, "Crossing 'Battle Lines,'" in Kairos about teaching digital literacy with alternate reality games. The Media Lab provides access to A/V equipment and software and help with printing flyers and posters. Gerdes hopes that the Media Lab will inspire students and faculty alike. "We can support instructors who want to incorporate creative media technology into their classrooms, even if you're not quite sure how," she writes. "A big part of our mission is supporting the development of digital and new media literacies." For undergraduate students, Gerdes will continue the 2311 Instructional Design Contest, and would like to create a new award for graduate instructors. More information about the Media Lab is available on its YouTube channel or Twitter account @TTUEngMediaLab.
Skidmore Book Reviewed in Higher Ed
Emily Skidmore, Assistant Professor in the Department of History, has published her latest book, True Sex: The Lives of Trans Men at the Turn of the 20th Century" (NYU Press, September 2017), just reviewed in the Sept. 6 edition of Higher Ed. Reviewer Scott McLemee describes the timeframe about which Skidmore writes as one in which "...the rise of press agencies and newspaper syndicates meant that what once would have been a local development often enough became a national event. But surprise did not always turn into shock. ... Manhood was at least as much a moral status as a sexual category—one established through hard work, good behavior and the ability to provide for family. ... A woman plausibly embodying manhood was, in effect, achieving something admirable. ... the general tendency was for such revelations of gender-bending to be assimilated into the prevailing mores as, in effect, exceptions to the rule that did not threaten the rule." McLemee goes on to note that Skidmore's analysis includes general points on the place that scientific expertise occupied, as opposed to the commentary of character witnesses, in journalistic writings: showing that the opinions of neighbors, coworkers and wives mattered much more on the local level when it came to determining the reaction to trans men than did the "expert" opinion of sexologists. While McLemee wishes that Skidmore had included more quantifiable citations from sexologists, he sees this not as a flaw but as a point of departure for future research.
Hurricane Research Team Deploys to Irma
Texas Tech's Hurricane Research Team had only just returned from collecting data on Hurricane Harvey when, once again, it deployed to the Florida coast to place portable weather stations, called StickNets, that will measure the winds, temperatures and air pressure changes of the approaching Hurricane Irma. The research group has been researching tropical systems using deployable instruments since the late 1990s and has collected data from more than two dozen storms since that time, according to a Sept. 6 article in the Daily Toreador. The Irma deployment also was covered in a Sept. 6 news segment on FOX-34. Now listed as a Category 5, Hurricane Irma has become the strongest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic. Its wind speeds, estimated at 185 mph, will put the Hurricane Research Center's Equipment to the test. And in turn, that equipment will provide Texas Tech researchers with valuable new data.
Kolosov Gives Humanities Center Talk
Jacqueline Kolosov, Professor in the Department of English, spoke Sept. 6 at "Burning Country: Syria and the Challenge of Art to Ameliorate, Heal, and Transform" on the TTU campus. The event was the first in a series of Faculty Fellow talks hosted by the Humanities Center for the 2017-2018 academic year. According to an article in the Daily Toreador that covered the event, Kolosov said she was inspired to study the effect of art on Syrian refugees in 2015, after completing a reading of the play "The Trojan Women" by Euripides. She started her presentation with a quote from the final line in the play where the women of Troy leave their home. "You have the Trojan War, this event that happened a long time ago and yet those lines from the play speak very strongly to what's happening now (in Syria)," Kolosov told the Daily Toreador. "Tragedy is meant to be cathartic. There is that element as well of art that has made a cathartic role." The article went on to describe Kolosov's talk with the following details: "According to 'The Crossing' by Samar Yazbek, 640,200 Syrians were displaced by the conflict and one-third of families in the camps were headed by women. Kolosov presented attendees with photos of art in the war-torn country, such as a man playing piano in the streets of Aleppo and murals painted by children of the refugees. Kolosov highlighted a bright spot in the conflict, in the form of the Syrian Art Initiative. The program provides children and adults besieged by the Syrian Conflict with writing workshops and art projects for them. 'Many (people) know about art therapy programs,' Kolosov said. 'And so, one fundamental component of these public murals is this idea of their processing trauma through art and through writing. I think that some of these activities are organized to give them a specific focus and have a positive impact on the large amount of women (in the camps).'"
Hayhoe Writes About Hurricane Harvey
Katharine Hayhoe, Professor in the Department of Political Science and Director of TTU's Climate Science Center, was one of three climate scientists who wrote an article about Hurricane Harvey that published September 4 in Business Standard and in The Conversation. The article enumerated the factors that created Houston's vulnerability to hurricanes, flooding and the ever-increasing effects of a changing climate. "As atmospheric scientists in Texas, we already know the hazards are real," the authors wrote. "Once the effects of Harvey have been added up, Texas and Louisiana will have been hit by more billion-plus dollar flooding events since 1980 than any other states. We also know that many of these hazards are intensifying. In a warmer world, heavy precipitation is on the rise, which increases the amount of rain associated with a given storm. Sea level is rising, worsening the risks of coastal flooding and storm surge. At the cutting edge of climate research, scientists are also exploring how human-induced change may affect storm intensity and the winds that steer the hurricanes. This is why catastrophes like Harvey—in which every extra inch of rain can lead to additional damage and harm—highlight exactly how and why climate change matters to each and every one of us." the other two authors, Andrew Dessler, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M University, and Daniel Cohan, Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering at Rice University,joined Hayhoe in suggesting how Texas can lead the way in changing the risk equation, even as the Trump administration has proposed budget cuts at "the National Weather Service and other agencies that study and forecast weather and climate disasters and has rescinded regulations designed to address rising sea levels when constructing infrastructure." Another report was republished Sept. 9 in the San Antonio Express-News.
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"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, Adjuct 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)