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December '21

Groundbreaking for New Academic Sciences Building

TTU artist's rendering of new academic sciences building

Artist's rendering shows courtyard view of Academic Sciences Building.

This month, the Office of the President held a groundbreaking ceremony for construction of a new building that will provide much-needed classrooms and lab facilities for the College of Arts & Sciences. Designed in the style of the Spanish Renaissance, the three-story, 125,000-square-foot Academic Sciences Building will house teaching and laboratory space for the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Geosciences, Physics & Astronomy and Psychological Sciences. Construction is expected to continue through December 2023.

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November '21

Mechref Expands Brain Cancer Research to Neurodegenerative Diseases

TTU chemist Yehia Mechref, inset

Yehia Mechref, a Horn Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, and associate vice president of research and innovation, is known wordwide for his breast cancer reasearch, which is supported by an R01 research grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that has been renewed twice — an unprecedented achievement at Texas Tech. Mechref specializes in studying glycans, or biological sugars, which are an important component of the cellular recognition pathways that regulate basic biological function — for better or for worse. But unlocking the inner workings of cancer isn't Mechref's only ongoing project. The methods he uses to do that work also enable potentially life-changing research in other areas. “We will still be looking at the breast cancer-brain metastasis, but now we are expanding it and using our technology to look at traumatic brain injuries (TBI), Alzheimer's disease and neurodegenerative diseases,” Mechref said. “We are looking at the development and association between TBI, Alzheimer's disease and also mild cognitive impairment, which is a prelude for Alzheimer's. We are an aging nation, and I think we need to focus our attention now on how to attend to the neurodegenerative diseases associated with that.” Follow this link to read the full article about Yehia Mechref's latest research.

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Arts & Sciences Announces New Institute for Latina/o Studies

TTU's Holden Hall

The College of Arts & Sciences announced on Nov. 16 the official formation of the Institute for Latina/o Studies, a dedicated hub for research, teaching, internationalization, and community engagement led by an interdisciplinary cohort of faculty and staff. The institute represents the latest investment by Texas Tech, a recognized Hispanic-Serving Institution, in its proactive outreach to the Hispanic community. “The College of Arts & Sciences is honored to be the home of the newly established Institute for Latina/o Studies,” said Brian Still, acting dean of the college. “A passionate, skilled and tireless team of faculty and staff, working with stakeholders across the Texas Tech University System, have made this new, important institute a reality.” Follow this link to read the complete article.

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Arts & Sciences Honors Its Military Veterans

TTU history major and military veteran Kalea McFadden

As our nation sets aside this day to remember the service of military veterans, the College of Arts & Sciences honors those among us who have dedicated themselves to duty, honor, and country that is easily talked about but hard earned. Here, in their own words, are a few of their stories.

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October '21

Talley Named Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

TTU psychology professor Amelia Talley, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, College of Arts & Sciences

Amelia Talley, associate professor of experimental-social psychology in the Department of Psychological Sciences, has been appointed associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion in the College of Arts & Sciences. Talley's career-long commitment to advancing the causes of diversity, equity and inclusion was recognized by the TTU Office of the President/Gender Equity Council with the 2017-2018 President's Excellence in Gender Equity Award. Talley is director of the Stigma, Health, and Applied Research Center (SHARC), where she investigates the psychological and behavioral consequences of inequality. "My personal and professional experiences, including as a social scientist who examines health disparities in marginalized communities, have taught me the importance of small changes that can lead to big shifts in achieving what's possible,” Talley said. “My goal as the new associate dean of diversity, equity and inclusion is to work with students, faculty, staff, and departmental units to ensure equity in academic and professional domains, promote diversity to enhance our shared pursuits, and foster a welcoming environment from which, it's possible, for everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, religion, ability status, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, background, or any other personal characteristic, to succeed in an increasingly diverse, global workforce.” Read the complete news release here.

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Wright Named A&S Assistant Dean for Strategic Initiatives

TTU professor Nathaniel Wright, Assistant Dean of Strategic Initiatives, College of Arts & Sciences 

Nathaniel Wright, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and director of the Master of Public Administration Program, has been appointed to the newly formed role of assistant dean for strategic initiatives in the College of Arts & Sciences. Wright, who has served as a member of the Texas Tech University faculty for six years and has been recognized as an expert in nonprofit management, fundraising, and strategic partnerships, assumes the position effective immediately. In his new position, Wright will lead efforts to develop fresh and innovative strategies for building community and industry partnerships that advance the mission of the College of Arts & Sciences, while improving the professional competencies of the college's undergraduate and graduate students. “I am tremendously excited and honored to serve as the assistant dean for strategic initiatives on behalf of the College of Arts & Sciences,” said Wright. “I firmly believe we have some of the most talented students and faculty members in our college, and I am proud to serve alongside acting dean Brian Still as we work to enhance and further develop our strategic initiatives and partnerships.” Read the complete news release here.

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Ramkumar's Cotton-Based Product Might Answer California Oil Spill

TTU professor Seshadri Ramkumar

Seshadri Ramkumar, a professor of chemical countermeasures and advanced materials in the Department of Environmental Toxicology, in collaboration with his research team and the India-based company Jayalakshmi Textiles, has developed a sustainable cotton product that can absorb oil instantaneously. The product is designed to alleviate environmental disasters, such as the Oct. 3, 2021, spill that leaked approximately 126,000 gallons of crude oil into the Pacific Ocean after a pipeline burst near the Southern California coast. “Oil spills have become a recurring issue around the world, destroying wildlife habitats, compromising food sources and threatening human health,” Ramkumar said. “With this product, Texas Tech is at the forefront of research developments in oil-absorbing materials.” Read the full article here.

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Iber Chronicles Life of Red Raider Football Great Gabe Rivera

Jorge Iber, associate dean in the College of Arts & Sciences and professor in the Department of History at Texas Tech University, has published his latest sports biography, “Señor Sack: The Life of Gabe Rivera” (Texas Tech University Press, August 2021). In “Señor Sack,” Iber chronicles the rise of Rivera from his boyhood in Crystal City, Texas, to Texas Tech All-American defensive lineman —and his fall from first-round selection of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1983 to the accident during his rookie year that left him paralyzed from the waist down. Read the full article here.

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September '21

Schovanec Leads Grant to Boost Underrepresented Students in STEM

TTU President and mathematician Lawrence Schovanec

Texas Tech University President Lawrence Schovanec.

Lawrence Schovanec, Texas Tech University president and a professor in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics in the College of Arts & Sciences, is the principal investigator (PI) on a new $2,017,456 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The funds come from the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program and are intended to boost the numbers of underrepresented minority (URM) students earning degrees in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Other Arts & Sciences professors on the grant are:

Texas Tech professors on the grant from other departments are:

  • co-PI Jon McNaughtan, an assistant professor of higher education in the Department of Educational Psychology & Leadership and associate director of the Center for Research in Leadership and Education;
  • Annette Hernandez, an associate professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental & Construction Engineering, associate dean for undergraduate studies in the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering, and an associate director of STEM CORE;
  • Jessica Spott, director of STEM CORE.

Five years from now, program leaders expect to see twice as many URM graduates from STEM disciplines and 75% more URM transfers. “Solving many of today's complex problems – and those of tomorrow – will require the combined efforts of scholars from varied backgrounds,” Schovanec said. “That's the entire concept behind diversity: a wider variety of experiences breeds a broader field of ideas. Thus, the opportunity to simultaneously serve these underrepresented students and increase their participation in STEM fields is one we must take advantage of. I thank all of our collaborators for their roles in this important work.” Read the complete story at this link.

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Hayhoe Publishes How-To Book for Discussing Climate Change

TTU professor Katharine Hayhoe with new book, "Saving Us"

Katharine Hayhoe, Horn Professor in the Department of Political Science and co-director of the Texas Tech University Climate Center, has authored a new book on how to discuss climate change. With the Sept. 21, 2021, publication of “Saving Us, A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World,” Hayhoe holds that changing hearts and minds means not just spouting facts but finding shared values. Publisher Simon and Schuster says, “This is not another doomsday narrative about a planet on fire. It is a multilayered look at science, faith, and human psychology, from an icon in her field,” noting that Hayhoe recently was named chief scientist at The Nature Conservancy. Indeed, she has been hailed by The New York Times as “one of the nation's most effective communicators on climate change,” deftly navigating distrust of data, indifference to imminent threats, and resistance to proposed solutions. In “Saving Us,” Hayhoe draws on interdisciplinary research and personal stories to demonstrate how individuals can dialogue, convincingly, with friends and family on the subject of climate change. Read the entire article at this link.

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Chemistry & Biochemistry Wins Presidential Safety Award

TTU president Lawrence Schovanec, left, with TTU chemist Dominick Casadonte, right

TTU Presidednt Lawrence Schovanec (left) presents the 2020 Presidential Departmental Excellence in Safety Award to chemist Dominick Casadonte, who received it on behalf of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry.

“At 3:47 p.m. on Jan. 7, 2010, many people's lives changed on this campus,” said Dominick Casadonte. He's now the Minnie Stevens Piper Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, but back then, Casadonte was the department chair. He remembers in vivid detail how a graduate student working with energetic materials was severely injured in a laboratory accident when the compound suddenly detonated. Many people were touched by the events of that day, and 11 years later, Casadonte is proud to have witnessed a transformation in the department. Thanks to the combined efforts of successive chairs, safety officers, faculty, staff and researchers, the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry received the Presidential Departmental Excellence in Safety Award. The accompanying $25,000 prize will bolster ongoing safety training efforts. “I said at the time, I never wanted to see that happen again on this campus,” Casadonte said. “This award is a culmination of the years we've put into trying to make that a reality.” Read the complete article at this link.

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Limeri Studies Frogs for Clues to Human Immune Response

TTU biologist Lisa Limeri

Lisa Limeri, an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, is part of a nationwide partnership to study whether frogs' ability to survive certain infection can help humans do the same. Funded by a five-year, $12.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the research team will examine the resilience demonstrated by amphibians and other groups of species to the emergence and spread of new infectious diseases, along with other human-caused changes to the global ecosystem. “I am excited about this project because combining research and educational missions is a cutting-edge, research-based strategy,” Limeri said. “Not only will this program advance research in this important area, but it will simultaneously effectively educate the next generation of scientists in an equitable and inclusive way.” Read the entire article at this link

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Corsi Wins 2022 New Horizons in Physics Prize

TTU astrophysicist Alessandra Corsi with artist's concept of merging black holes

Alessandra Corsi, an associate professor with a President's Excellence in Research Professorship in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, is among the recipients of the 2022 New Horizons in Physics Prize. The recognition came for Corsi's contribution in laying the foundations for electromagnetic observations of sources of gravitational waves and for leadership in extracting rich information from the first observed collision of two neutron stars. The award comes from the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, which announced on Sept. 9 the winners of its 10th annual Breakthrough Prizes, which go to an esteemed group of laureates and early-career scientists. “I feel excited, honored and, most of all, humbled,” Corsi said. “I am extremely grateful to my family, nominators, mentors, advisers and funding agencies for supporting me. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to the new era of gravitational wave astronomy together with many amazing collaborators. I look forward to more exciting discoveries ahead.” Read the complete article at this link

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Kim, Hodovanets to Launch Quantum Physics for High-Schoolers

TTU professors Hyunsoo Kim, Halyna Hodovanets and Mihwa Park with signe crystal used in quantum materials research; graphic design by Toni Salama

Hyunsoo Kim and Halyna Hodovanets, both professors in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, will soon be guiding a select group of high school students to begin thinking of themselves as scientists. The new STEM project, “Promoting Science Identities of High School Students in Quantum Materials Science,” is funded by a grant from the Lubbock-based Helen Jones Foundation and will teach participants to research and grow high-quality single crystals, the very kind used in quantum information technologies. The project's high point will come as the students share their crystals with the public through a museum exhibit. Kim and Hodovanets are collaborating with Mihwa Park, an assistant professor of STEM education in the College of Education, who is on board to strengthen the project's educational components. Read the entire article at this link.

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Yoshinobu & Barnes to Study Histories of Galice & Mariposa Basins

Aaron Yoshinobu and Cal Barnes, both professors in the Department of Geosciences, have recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for their research project, “Testing models for the Late Jurassic Nevadan Orogeny: Age, provenance, and structural evolution of the Galice and Mariposa basins, Oregon and California.” The $368,003 grant will allow them, in collaboration with Kathleen Surpless of Trinity University in San Antonio, to improve geologists' understanding of how the North American continental margin in southern Oregon and northern California developed. Read the complete article by following this link.

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Cunningham Considers Legacy Of 9/11 At Its 20th Anniversary

TTU history professor and chair Sean Cunningham

Sean Cunningham, professor and chair of the Department of History, is a specialist in the history of modern American political culture. As the nation marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Cunningham evaluates the attacks that changed this nation and how, two decades later, the legacy is still being written.

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Smith Leads Climate Center's Virtual 'Science By the Glass' Discussion

TTU biologist Nick Smith

The Climate Center's ‘Science By the Glass' monthly discussion series has returned via Zoom. Nick Smith, an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences delivered the first presentation of Fall 2021 on the topic, “Why Plants Matter for Climate Change.” See the Climate Center's Facebook event page for information on future meetings, or contact John Zak, biologist and co-director of the Texas Tech University Climate Center.

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Gong Awarded Best Postdoctoral Presentation at National Conference

TTU post-doctoral biologist Ningping Gong

Ningping Gong, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Biological Sciences, was recognized by the North American Society for Comparative Endocrinology for her work with sea lamprey, a jawless vertebrate. Gong uses sea lamprey as a model to study the evolution of endocrine systems in animals and has been working on this National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded project for five years. She has published her findings, “Divergent Genes Encoding the Putative Receptors for Growth Hormone and Prolactin in Sea Lamprey Display Distinct Patterns of Expression,” in Scientific Reports and recently presented her results at the sixth biennial meeting of the North American Society for Comparative Endocrinology (NASCE), where she was awarded, virtually, the best postdoctoral presentation. “This is my first time to receive an award,” Gong said. “I didn't expect it. At the time of the closing ceremony when awards were announced, Dr. Mark Sheridan and I were in the office and talking about the project. So, we missed the moment they showed our slide and announced it. So, it was a surprise for me.” Sheridan, who is the dean of the Graduate School and a co-author of Gong's paper, is proud of Gong's work. “This award recognizes the high quality and significance of Dr. Gong's work,” Sheridan said. “I'm extremely proud of her and the important contribution her work makes to understanding the regulation of salt and water balance in animals.” Read the complete article here.

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Antoniou to Initiate ‘Night Sky for All'

TTU physics instructor Vallia AntoniouVallia Antoniou, instructor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy and director of TTU's Preston Gott Skyview Observatory, has been awarded a Texas Tech Alumni Association Excellence Grant to initiate the “Night Sky for All” program. The program will allow for replacing some of the outdated photo equipment with new, top-of-the-line CCD cameras – specifically designed for astrophotography – so that astronomy students can learn how to collect photometric data, which is used to produce color-magnitude diagrams and light curves. The grant will benefit more than 1,000 undergraduates who enroll in TTU's introductory astronomy courses and labs each year (and who collectively represent some 6,300 observatory visits). The program also will appeal to other budding astronomers across the South Plains through the observatory's monthly Astronight outreach, when some of its telescope viewing time will be available to any member of Zone 13 Society of Physics Students (SPS).

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Math Professors Awarded More Than $1 Million in Research Grants

Five professors from the Department of Mathematics & Statistics were awarded $1,022,869 in research grants during summer 2021. The grants were awarded to professors Wei Guo, Hung Tran, Amanda Laubmeier, Dimitri Volchenkov, and Katharine Long. For details of their upcoming research, follow this link.

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Still Becomes Acting Dean of Arts & Sciences

Brian Still, Acting Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Brian Still, professor of technical communication and chair of the Department of English at Texas Tech University, was officially appointed by the Office of the Provost as acting dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, assuming the role effective Sept. 1, 2021. Learn more about him by following this link.

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August '21

Noel Interviewed on Impact of Labor Day Travel

TTU economist Michael D. NoelMichael D. Noel, a professor in the Department of Economics, shared his perspective on the economics of Labor Day travel in an Aug. 30 WalletHub Q&A. Noel answered questions about job security, the impact Labor Day travel might have on small businesses, why some people may feel they have worked harder since the coronavirus pandemic began, and whether the new COVID variants will have a negative impact on the economy.

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Brown Receives $1 Million Grant to Study Nematode Bacteria

TTU biologist Amanda M.V. Brown

Amanda M.V. Brown, an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, has received a joint grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study how bacteria affect tiny worms called nematodes. Farmers around the world know the devastating impact of plant-parasitic nematodes. These worms feed on plants, ruining an estimated 25% of the world's crops and costing roughly $100 billion in damage each year. But with a new five-year grant totaling just over $1 million, Brown is studying the feasibility of a novel solution to the problem—one that holds promise for the environment as well as the agriculture industry. “Currently, these nematodes threatening crops are difficult to control without using costly chemicals that can be environmentally damaging or promote strains that are resistant to treatment,” Brown said. “Therefore, this project investigates an alternative, non-toxic solution that may be developed to control plant-parasitic nematodes. The focus is on naturally occurring bacteria that have been discovered living within these worms that may drive their survival and direct or mediate their devastating impacts on plants.” Read the complete story at this link

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McCahey Specializes in History of Antarctica

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

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Reiter, Larson, Salazar-Bravo Win 2021-22 Fulbrights

TTU Fulbright Winners Bernd Reiter, Susan Larson, Jorge Salazar-Bravo

Bernd Reiter (above left), Susan Larson (above center), and Jorge Salazar-Bravo (above right) have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships for the 2021-2022 school year. Reiter, professor of Spanish in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures (CMLL), will travel to Brazil to work with the Xucuru Indians of the Cimbres reservation. Reiter's research focuses on democracy, race and decolonization. Larson, professor of Spanish in CMLL, will travel to Spain to examine the evolution of domestic space there from 1939 to 1982. Salazar-Bravo, associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, will travel to Bolivia to study the effects of wildfires and disease outbreaks on the Amazon basin ecosystems.

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IPAC To Help Find Missing Military Personnel

TTU ROTC, left, TTU history professor Ron Milam, right

Texas Tech University's Institute for Peace & Conflict (IPAC) and its Vietnam Center & Sam Johnson Vietnam Archive (VNCA) have been selected by the U.S. Department of Defense in its Hub and Spoke program to support research that will help locate and identify the 81,000 individuals listed as MIA from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), within the Department of Defense, holds the mission to recover U.S. military personnel listed as POWs or MIAs from past conflicts around the world, and IPAC will be working with that agency. “We are honored to have been selected as one of a few universities to conduct research to help bring closure to the families who have lost loved ones in the defense of our nation,” said Ron Milam, executive director of IPAC. Follow the complete story at this link.

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Chemistry 107 Upgraded by Presidential Forum Initiative

Chemistry 107 remodeled 2021

The original Chemistry building at Texas Tech University is among the oldest campus facilities. When its construction was finished in 1929, the college itself was only four years old. So, of course, with the approach the university's centennial, the Chemistry building also is getting on in years. But as the saying goes: Everything old is new again. That's certainly the case for one particular room, Chemistry 107. After being selected for a renovation through the Presidential Forum initiative, this historic lecture hall has now returned to its former grandeur while simultaneously getting a technological boost into the 21st century. Follow the complete story at this link.

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July '21

Kupfer Studies Merging Binary System 1,500 Light-Years Away 

TTU astronomer Thomas Kupfer with artist's impression, courtesy University of Warwick/Mark Garlick

Thomas Kupfer with an artist's impression of the HD265435 system at around 30 million years from now, with the smaller white dwarf distorting the hot subdwarf into a distinct teardrop shape. Credit: University of Warwick/Mark Garlick

Thomas Kupfer, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, is part of an international team of astronomers and astrophysicists studying two stars spiraling to their doom. The team, led by the University of Warwick, spotted the tell-tale signs of a teardrop-shaped star. The tragic shape is caused by a massive nearby white dwarf distorting the star with its intense gravity, which also will be the catalyst for an eventual supernova that will consume both. The HD265435 system, as it is called, is located roughly 1,500 light-years away and comprises a hot subdwarf star and a white dwarf star orbiting each other closely at a rate of around 100 minutes per revolution. New research published by the team July 12 in the journal Nature Astronomy confirms that the two stars are in the early stages of a spiral that will likely end in a Type Ia supernova, a type that helps astronomers determine how fast the universe is expanding. “The discovery was made possible by using one of the most luminous explosions in the universe: Type Ia supernovae,” Kupfer said. “The only thing we know about Type Ia supernovae is that they originate in a thermonuclear explosion of a white dwarf. When a white dwarf reaches a critical mass limit, called the Chandrasekhar limit, this triggers the collapse and explosion. However, we still don't know for sure, how does the white dwarf reaches the critical mass, and is the critical mass unique among white dwarfs? This study discovered a system that will reach the Chandrasekhar limit when the objects merge together; therefore, this is a great example of a progenitor system for a Type Ia supernova. It brings us one step closer to understanding how white dwarfs explode to produce Type Ia supernovae and closer to an understanding of the accelerated expansion of the universe.”  Read the full story here.

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June '21

Ardon-Dryer & Kingston Awarded for Advancing Diversity, Equity

TTU professors Karin Ardon-Dryer, left, and Tigga Kingston, right

Karin Ardon-Dryer (above left), an assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences, and Tigga Kingston (above right), a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, recently were awarded for their efforts to promote diversity and gender equity at Texas Tech University. Ardon-Dryer was one of two in the TTU community to receive the 2021 President's Excellence in Gender Equity Award, which recognizes faculty and staff for their substantial contributions to activities and programs that advance the academic and professional climate of gender equity. Kingston was one of four across the university to receive the 2021 President's Excellence in Diversity & Equity Award, which recognizes individual contributions to academic activities, creation of inclusive environments and programs that advance institutional culture and a climate of diversity, equity and inclusion. “The students, staff and faculty we recognize with these awards are an exceptional group of individuals, and we are proud to recognize them for their extraordinary work in further promoting diversity, equity and inclusion on the Texas Tech campus,” said Carol A. Sumner, chief diversity officer and vice president of the Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

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Romano Shares in $17 Million Grant

TTU astrophysicist Joe Romano

Astrophysicist Joseph Romano is developing algorithms to detect gravitational waves. (Illustration: Tonia Klein / NANOGrav)

Since the beginning of time, humans have hoped to one day unlock the secrets of the universe. With ongoing research funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the expertise of people like Texas Tech University's Joseph D. Romano, they are now closer than ever. Romano, a professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, conducts research in gravitational-wave data analysis, specializing in searches for weak gravitational-wave signals coming from the very early universe. As such, his work fits in perfectly with that of the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves (NANOGrav). The NSF announced June 21 that it has renewed its support of NANOGrav with a $17 million grant over five years to operate the NANOGrav Physics Frontiers Center (PFC). The NANOGrav PFC will address a transformational challenge in astrophysics: the detection and characterization of low-frequency gravitational waves. The most promising sources of low-frequency gravitational waves are supermassive binary black holes that form via the mergers of massive galaxies. Additional low-frequency gravitational-wave sources include cosmic strings, inflation and other early universe processes. Read more.

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Pal Awarded Grants from NOAA and NASA

TTU atmospheric scientist Sandip PalAtmospheric scientist Sandip Pal, an assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences, has received two important grants, one from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and one from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Pal is the lead principal investigator of the $335,981 NOAA grant, which will fund the research of urban heat islands in cities with populations of a few hundred thousand; until now, studies of urban heat islands have been conducted only in metropolitan areas with populations in the millions. The $17,096 grant from NASA funds a Phase 1 project in which machine learning will be applied to flight planning on research flights to maximize targeted data collection—with the possibility of continuing the work through a second phase of research that would be funded under the NASA Small Business Innovation Research Program. Further details may be found at this link.

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Ramkumar's Textile Work is Saving Lives in India

TTU professor Seshadri Ramkumar
Seshadri Ramkumar, professor of Chemical Countermeasures and Advanced Materials in the Department of Environmental Toxicology, has played a vital role in the growth of India's technical textile industry over two-plus decades. As COVID-19 surged through the U.S. last spring and summer, the country found itself facing an alarming shortage of the personal protective equipment (PPE) frontline health care workers desperately needed to battle the pandemic. Ramkumar, the inventor of the FiberTectTM decontamination wipe, quickly joined forces with a local company, Scarborough Specialties, to design and produce an effective and affordable face mask. This year, on the other side of the globe, India is embroiled in the same struggle, except for one key thing. Until mid-2020, the U.S. relied on China to produce most of the PPE it used. In contrast, India is self-reliant — it can produce its own PPE because of its widespread support for and adoption of the technical textiles industry. And, as Ramkumar has been at the forefront of India's technical textiles progress over more than 20 years, he has played a vital role in preparing India for the very fight it's in now. Follow this link ot learn more about Seshadri Ramkumar's work in India's development of the technical textiles sector.

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May '21

Emmy Noether Mathematics Day 2021

Emmy Noether High School Math Day at Texas Tech

The 18th Emmy Noether High School Mathematics Day went virtual on May 12, 2021. The Department of Mathematics & Statistics has made this mathematical outreach event a Texas Tech University tradition, where young women from local high schools, middle schools and home schools are encouraged to expand their interest in math and careers in the sciences. This year, because of the pandemic, the panel was shared—live and recorded—with more than 100 students and teachers. Six women professors served as panelists, describing their own experiences and outlining the educational and vocational opportunities open to women through mathematics. Looking toward next year, the 2022 Emmy Noether High School Mathematics Day will return to its traditional, face-to-face home on the Texas Tech University campus in Lubbock. The enthusiastic energy surrounding the event will be contagious! Follow this link for details about the Emmy Noether HIgh School Math Day.

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Larson Heads to Spain as Senior Fulbright Scholar

TTU professor Susan Larson

Susan Larson, the Charles B. Qualia Professor of Romance Languages in Texas Tech University's Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, will be a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Spain and will conduct research in Madrid this fall. Larson has written for years about architecture, urbanism and the role of culture in imagining the built environment in modern Spain. However, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit last year, her perspective changed. “I have long worked with a set of assumptions about public urban space, but COVID-19 has forced me, like so many all over the world, to shift my perspective inward in order to consider the social history and function of the idea of comfort in private, domestic spaces,” Larson said. “The experience of living in quarantine has drawn our attention to comfort and domestic interior space in ways that are already having an impact on the field of architecture and all forms of written and visual culture, in Spain and elsewhere, raising a series of increasingly urgent questions that my project seeks to answer.” The project to which Larson is referring is her “Comfort and Domestic Space in Spain, from the Civil War through the Transition,” which has been made possible by a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar award. She hopes her work will answer questions that shed light on assumptions of the modern home. Follow this link to learn more about Susan Larson's upcoming Fulbright research.

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CMLL Receives Departmental Excellence Teaching Award

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The Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures has been awarded Texas Tech University's Teaching Academy Departmental Excellence in Teaching Award for 2020-2021. The award is presented by the Teaching Academy in recognition of a department or comparable academic unit that has made unique and significant contributions to the teaching mission of the University and has esprit de corps in its dedication to the education of students at the undergraduate, graduate, and/or professional level. The award, given as merited, carries a $25,000 prize, to be used for the enhancement of teaching in any way the department determines. The general criterion for the award is the existence of a "teaching culture," which reflects commitment to students, makes teaching a high departmental priority, and facilitates teaching excellence throughout the department. 

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April '21

Lumpkin Receives Inclusive Excellence Award

TTU professor Angela Lumpkin 
Angela Lumpkin, professor and chair of the Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management, has received the 2021 Inclusive Excellence Award from the Texas Tech Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. The award was presented to Lumpkin April 29 during the annual Celebrate Diversity Awards Banquet. Learn about the Celebrate Diversity Awards.

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Kim Wins 2nd Place President's Book Award

TTU professor Min-Joo Kim and book

Min-Joo Kim, professor of linguistics in the Department of English, has been awarded Second Place, 2020-2021 President's Faculty Book Award, for her book, “The Syntax and Semantics of Noun Modifiers and the Theory of Universal Grammar: A Korean Perspective” (Springer, 2019). In a congratulatory letter, Senior Vice Provost Rob Stewart wrote that peer colleagues on campus reviewed the book and discussed it with a committee; the committee was unanimous in recommending “The Syntax and Semantics of Noun Modifiers” for Second Prize. President Lawrence Schovanec and Provost Michael Galyean concurred with the recommendation. The Second-Place award carries a $3,000 prize and a commemorative medallion. 

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Legacey Wins 1st Place Presdient's Book Award

TTU professor Erin-Marie Legacey and book

Erin-Marie Legacey, associate professor in the Department of History, has been awarded First Place, 2020-2021 President's Faculty Book Award, for her book, "Making Space for the Dead: Catacombs, Cemeteries, and the Reimagining of Paris, 1780-1830” (Cornell University Press, 2019). In a congratulatory letter, Senior Vice Provost Rob Stewart wrote that peer colleagues on campus reviewed the book and discussed it with a committee; the committee was unanimous in recommending “Making Space for the Dead” for First Prize. President Lawrence Schovanec and Provost Michael Galyean concurred with the recommendation. The First-Place award carries a $5,000 prize and a commemorative medallion.

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Pappas Receives Chancellor's Council Distinguished Teaching Award

TTU chemistry professor Dimitri Pappas

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.

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Ramkumar & Ph.D. Student Publish in International Journal

TTU Ph.D. student James Ayodeji and professor Seshadri Ramkumar

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.

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March '21

Burns Publishes on Seal Feeding Behavior

TTU professor and chair of Biological Sciences, Jennifer BurnsJennifer 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.

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Hayhoe Named Chief Scientist of The Nature Conservancy

TTU professor Katharine Hayhoe

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.

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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.

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A&S Faculty Promotions Approved by Board of Regents

TTU Holden Hall

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.

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February '21

Higgins Receives Humphreys Mentorship Award

TTU math professor Raegan Higgins

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."

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Maccarone Team Finds Black Hole More Massive Than Thought

TTU astrophysicist Tom Maccarone

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.

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Faculty, Students, Alumni Reflect on Black History Month

Black History Month 2021

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.

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Tinsley to Study Caffeine's Effect on Exercise

TTU professor Grant Tinsley

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.

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January '21

Ramkumar's FiberTectTM Wipe Used in Animal Rescues

TTU professor of advanced materials Seshadri Ramkumar

Seshadri Ramkumar, professor and supervisor of the Chemical Countermeasures and Advanced Materials Laboratory at TTU's Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH) , 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.

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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.

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Schroeder Receives $2.6 M for Wind Turbine Research

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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.

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Hutchins Receives NSF CAREER Award

TTU chemist Kristin Hutchins

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.

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McComb Awarded IAEE Best-Paper Prize

TTU economist Robert McComb, Ph.D.

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.

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Surliuga to Lead Second Book Discussion

TTU professor Victoria Surliuga, her book, and Ezio Gribaudo

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"

"Expressive Morphology..." edited by Jeffrey P. Williams

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.

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"Laurent Gaudé : Conteur, Dramaturge, Écrivain-monde"

book cover for "Laurent Gaude..."

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.

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"Grandstanding: The Use and Abuse of Moral Talk"

book cover "Grandstanding ..."

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.

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"Reformation of the Senses: The Paradox of Religious Belief and Practice in Germany"

TTU history professor Jacob Baum is author of "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)

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"Making Space for the Dead: Catacombs, Cemeteries, and the Reimagining of Paris, 1780–1830"

TTU history professor Erin-Marie Legacey is author of "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)

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"All About Mariano Rivera"

TTU history professor Jorge Iber writes a new children's book, "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)

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 "Subversión y de(s)construcción de subgéneros en la narrative de Rosa Montero"

Genaro Perez book “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)

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"Cicero, Greek Learning, and the Making of a Roman Classic"

TTU classics professor Caroline Bishop's book "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)

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Short Story Collections

TTU Applied Linguistics professor Greta Gorsuch various books of short stories 

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."

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"Electoral Incentives in Congress"

TTU political science professor Joel Sievert is coauthor of "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)

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"La Figure du loser dans le film et la literature d'expression francaise"

TTU French professor Carole Edwards book "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)

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"Primary Sources for Ancient History: The Ancient Near East and Greece"

TTU history professor Gary Forsythe authors new book: "Primary sources for Ancient History: Vol. 1: The Ancient and 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)

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TTU Italian professor Victoria Surliuga book "Shadow"

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)

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"Moments of Joy and Heartbreak: 66 Significant Episodes in the History of the Pittsburgh Pirates"

Book by TTU's Jorge Iber, Moments of Joy and Heartbreak about the Pittsburgh PiratesJorge 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)

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"True Sex: the Lives of Trans Men at the Turn of the Twentieth Century"

True Sex: the Lives of Trans Men at the Turn of the Twentieth Century, by Emily Skidmore, TTUEmily 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)

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"The Restless Indian Plate and Its Epic Voyage from Gondwana to Asia"

Sankar Chatterjee Book "The Restless Indian Plate"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)

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"Modern Sport Ethics: A Reference Handbook, 2nd Edition"

Angel Lumpkin Modern Sport EthicsAngela 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)

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"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)

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"God's Foolishness"

God's Foolishness William Wenthe TTUWilliam 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)

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"Before the Gregorian Reform: The Latin Church at the Turn of the First Millennium"

Before the Gregorian Reform, John Howe TTUJohn 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)

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"New Developments in Biological and Chemical Terrorism Countermeasures"

New Developments in Biological and Chemical Terrorism Counter Measures

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)

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"Psychoanalytic Treatment in Adults: A Longitudinal Study of Change"

Rosemary Cogan Psychoanalytic Treatment of AdultsRosemary 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)

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