A&S Faculty News
Cukrowicz Moves to School of Veterinary Medicine
Kelly Cukrowicz, a clinical psychologist with 14 years on the faculty of the Department of Psychological Sciences, has accepted an offer to join the faculty of the School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) in Amarillo as a professor of psychological health. The transition comes as a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed an increasing rate of suicide among veterinarians; to address that trend the SVM aims to prepare future veterinarians with the skills, knowledge, and mental-health resiliency to not only survive but thrive in their profession. Cukrowicz has devoted her career to research on depression and suicide—particularly in rural communities. She has been recognized for her work in this field with the Edwin Shneidman early career research award for contributions to the field of suicidology from the American Association of Suicidology, the Barnie E. Rushing Jr. Faculty Distinguished Research Award, and the Excellence in Research Award from the College of Arts & Sciences. Follow this link for a Q&A with Kelly Cuckrowicz on her move to the SVM.
Larson Awarded for Spanish Distinguished Research
Susan Larson, the Charles B. Qualia Professor of Romance Languages in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, has received one of the Texas Tech Parents Association's 2020 Barnie E. Rushing Jr. Faculty Distinguished Research Awards. For many years, and particularly since the 2008 economic crisis—a problem not only in the United States but also in Asia and Europe—Larson has studied Spain through the lens of literature, film, cultural and urban studies and environmental justice. Spain was hit particularly hard by the economic downturn, Larson says, but its cities have since adjusted to the circumstances and are looking for ways to deal with what's left behind: abandoned and peripheral spaces with half-finished, yet already crumbling architectural projects, including entire airports and housing. Into these spaces, plants, insects and animals are returning in unexpected ways, for example. "I've noticed a marked tendency in all kinds of art in Spain since 2008 that, taken as a whole, says something I believe is very important about how cities are reconsidering nature," she says. Follow this link to learn more about Susan Larson's research.
Bruning Confirms Record 'Megaflash' Lightning
Eric Bruning, an associate professor in the Department of Geosciences, is a member of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Committee on Weather and Climate Extremes, which has certified two new world records for "megaflash" lightning events. According to the WMO study, the world's greatest distance for a single lightning flash covered a horizontal distance of 440.6 miles across southern Brazil. The WMO study also confirmed the world's greatest duration for a single lightning flash, which now stands at 16.73 seconds, measured from a flash over northern Argentina. Follow this link for details—and Eric Bruning's observations—about these new world records.
Phillips: Genetics May Rule Wound Infections
Caleb Phillips, an assistant professor at Texas Tech University and director of thePhillips Laboratory in the Department of Biological Sciences, and doctoral student Craig Tipton led a first-of-its-kind study that shows genetics may play a role in how wounds heal—or not, especially chronic wounds that are often associated with other chronic diseases or conditions like diabetes, decreased circulation and neuropathy. The study, "Patient genetics is linked to chronic wound microbiome composition and healing," published June 18, 2020, in the open-access, peer-reviewed medical journal PLOS Pathogens. Phillips, who also serves as the Curator of Genetic Resources at the Natural Science Research Laboratory's (NSRL) Robert J. Baker Genetic Resources Collection, said the study determined that certain genes are associated with the number of bacteria and abundance of common pathogens in wounds. The collection of microbes, known as a "microbiome," can determine how a wound heals and how long that process takes. The research also showed that the more diversity within a wound microbiome, the less time it took to heal. "A chronic wound is a serious burden," Phillips said. "The median healing time of patients in this study was more than 200 days, but some people deal with these wounds for years. We were able to show that a person's genetics explain differences in the species that infect their wounds. The information in this study could be valuable in a clinical setting as pre-operative information to help inform preventative measures before a procedure, as some chronic wounds arise as non-healing surgical wounds, and could help inform a course of treatment for an existing infection." Follow this link to read the full account of Caleb Phillips's research.
Legacey Awarded for Creativity in Teaching
Erin-Marie Legacey, an assistant professor in the Department of History, teaches a senior seminar about the French Revolution—in a way that engages each student as a real-life historical figure who played a role in the revolution. After researching their historical figures, students then step into their shoes: writing, speaking, debating, scheming and legislating in character for six weeks. It's this kind of innovative activity that earned Legacey the Texas Tech Parents Association's 2020 Spencer A. Wells Creativity in Teaching Award. "I have never had a class where students are so engaged and excited about course content," Legacey said. "The outcome of 'our' French Revolution was very different from what actually happened in the 18th century, but at the end of the game, students had to reflect on their experience and write a paper describing and analyzing why what happened in our role-playing game would have been unlikely, if not impossible, in the 18th century." To read the full account of Legacey's inspirations, follow this link.
San Francisco Named Interim Dean
Michael San Francisco, a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and currently dean of the Honors College, has been named interim dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. Texas Tech University Provost Michael Galyean announced the appointment on June 4. "Michael brings a wealth of experience to this role," Galyean said. "We all understand that our academic community will face many challenges in the days ahead, but I am confident with Michael's capable leadership, combined with partnership and support from the college, that the College of Arts & Sciences will prosper." San Francisco takes up his new duties beginning Sept. 1, 2020, and replaces W. Brent Lindquist, a professor in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics, who has served as dean of the College of Arts & Sciences since July 2014. Follow this link for the complete announcement.
Ray to Study Bats for Answers to COVID-19
David Ray, an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and Diana Moreno Santillán, a post-doctoral researcher in Ray's lab, received a grant through the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Rapid Response Research (RAPID) funding mechanism to investigate whether bats may offer a solution to the current COVID-19 pandemic. "We hope to find specific patterns in the bats that appear to explain how they manage to tolerate viruses." Ray says. Then they will investigate how immune system genes and immune responses differ between bats and humans. Follow this link for the complete article.
Popov on COVID-19's Indirect Economics
Latchezar Popov, an assistant professor in the Department of Economics, has conducted a new analysis that highlights the indirect economic effects of COVID-19. Along with colleague Sophie Osotimehin at the University of Quebec at Montreal, Popov finds the economic effects reach beyond the most talked-about groups—the "essential" workers who must continue to do their jobs in person, and the businesses hit hardest by a shortage of in-person customers. "It is very important to think about the indirect consequences of the shutdowns," said Popov. "When a particular sector is shut down, this also affects workers and firms that supply it. Linkages also are important to understand the health risk, as the goods and services produced by essential sectors require goods and services produced by many other sectors. We found more than a quarter of affected workers are in sectors not directly shut down." Follow this link for more details.
Ramkumar on Types of Face Covers
Seshadri Ramkumar, professor and supervisor of the Chemical Countermeasures and Advanced Materials Laboratory at TTU's Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH), explains the efficiency of any barrier-type mask—one that covers the nose and mouth—depends on its filtration capability, its fit and its form or comfort; and they all fall into four general categories. Follow this link for the Seshadri Ramkumar's complete description of barrier-type face masks.
McIntyre President of Landscape Group
Nancy McIntyre, a professor and associate chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, became president of the International Association for Landscape Ecology-North America (IALE-North America) on May 13 during a virtual version of the organization's annual conference. "I've been a landscape ecologist and member of this organization for more than 25 years," said McIntyre, who also serves as curator of birds for the Natural Science Research Laboratory within the Museum of Texas Tech University. "I've attended every annual meeting, and the people of this organization are my professional family, so it is my honor to be elected president. Texas Tech now has representation on an international scale in this field, putting us on the map for prospective students." Follow this link for the complete story of Nancy McIntyre's IALE presidency.
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Long Helps Develop Contact-Free Thermometer
Katharine Long, an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, is helping an engineering alumnus Senay Tewolde, PhD, develop a thermometer that can be both noninvasive and highly accurate. Until now, the thermometers that most accurately measure a person's core temperature are often the most invasive—actually going inside the body—while those that accommodate some degree of social distancing are less accurate because they measure only the body's surface temperature. Although the idea of such a thermometer has been in the works for several years, it has special relevance now because of COVID-19. Follow this link for the full account of Long and Tewolde's research.
A&S Professors Named Integrated Scholars
For the 2019-2020 academic year, four professors from the College of Arts & Sciences were named Integrated Scholars. They are (pictured above from left to right): Emily Skidmore, associate professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of History; Dimitri Pappas, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry; Raegan Higgins, associate professor in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics; and Tom Maccarone, professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy. Follow this link to see a directory of all Arts & Sciences' Integrated Scholars.
Hase Remembered as Honest, Caring
William "Bill" Hase, a Horn Professor and the Robert A. Welch Chair in the Texas Tech University Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, died March 23, 2020, at the age of 75. When Hase began his career in 1970, he and other scientists had just begun to pioneer computer programs to better understand chemical reactions. Fifty years later, the field has changed dramatically, thanks to scientists like Hase who transformed computerized chemistry from a cumbersome process into a useful research tool. But he will be remembered for more than just his contributions to chemistry. Hase also was known for his directness and honesty, his willingness to engage in intense discussions and, above all, his caring nature. Follow this link to read the full tribute to Bill Hase.
Currin Says Stay in Touch—At a Distance
Joseph Currin, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences, doesn't like the term, social distancing. "It's physical distance, not social," he explained, "because we want to maintain social contact. Yes, we're keeping the physical distance between us, but that doesn't mean you can't still emotionally connect." Not only can people emotionally connect, they should, emphasizes Currin. "The effects of isolation can feel a lot like depression, because what happens when people isolate is they literally withdraw, and that withdrawal is not what we want," he says. We have to be more mindful and intentional about engaging because of what we're doing." Follow this link for Joseph Currin's recommendations on staying connected while sheltering in place.
Ramkumar Wipe Might Clean Up Virus
Seshadri Ramkumar, professor and supervisor of the Chemical Countermeasures and Advanced Materials Laboratory at TTU's Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH), originally invented the decontamination wipe, FiberTect™, to clean up toxic agents in the environment. Now, the three-layer, nonwoven wipe that features an activated carbon core sandwiched between absorbent top and bottom layers might also clean up bodily fluids contaminated with the coronavirus. FiberTect™ is widely used as the primary dry decontamination method in hospitals and ambulances, said Corey Collings, a training specialist for First Line Technology, which markets FiberTect™. "Hospitals use it in bulk and in rolls, and ambulances use it in a kit called the FastGrab to do immediate decontamination of patients contaminated with a wide variety of substances." Follow this link for the complete article.
Bradley Readied 5 for CDC Careers
Robert Bradley, a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and director of the Natural Science Research Laboratory (NSRL) at the Museum of Texas Tech University, has five alumni who work at the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Two of those alumni, Brian Amman (PhD Zoology, 2005) and Matt Mauldin (BS Biology, 2008; PhD Biology, 2014), research some of the most frightening pathogens on the planet: Ebola, Marburg virus, smallpox and COVID-19. Follow this link to learn more about Bradley's program and how these alumni do their jobs.
Ancell, Lindquist Launch Sustainable Smart Home
Brian Ancell, an atmospheric scientist in the Department of Geosciences, and Carol Lindquist, a sociologist in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work, are two of five co-investigators who have launched the HUMS project (Home Utility Management System). The house, located on the banks of the Llano River, just south of Junction, Texas, features sustainable resources such as a wind turbine, a solar-panel array and a 10,000 gallon rainwater catchment tank—all managed by the home's residents via smart technology. Follow this link to learn more about the HUMS home.
Noel Interviewed by FOX-34
Michael Noel, an associate professor in the Department of Economics, was interviewed March 10 in the Fox-34 news segment, "Coronavirus, Oil Pricing War Driving Unstable Stock Market." Regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, Noel told FOX-34, "The bigger it gets, the bigger is going to be the economic slowdown, or even shutdown before it gets better. So investors are taking their bets, and there's a great deal of risk that goes with that." At the same time, Noel noted, the demand for oil has been going down while the Permian Basin substantially increased supply in the United States. "In fact, a couple months ago, the United States became a net exporter of oil. That was unthinkable 20 years ago," Noel said. "So in fact, a lot of the activity that's happening in the Permian Basin is one of the reasons why the prices are low." The news segment went on to report that an oil-price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia, the world's second and third largest producers, sent oil prices into a historic collapse March 9.
Poch Combines Sonnets with Basketball
John Poch, poet and professor in the Department of English, has been writing sonnets about each basketball player on the Texas Tech men's team and publishing them on Twitter. Poch says the make-or-break foul shots at the end of a basketball game are like the final two lines of a sonnet. "If you don't nail that, well, what are you doing?" he asks. Poch takes the art of his work seriously, both in writing and revising. "I find flaws, and I work on them a bit more," he said. Follow this link to read more about John Poch's baseball poetry.
Taraban Receives Chancellor's Council Award
Roman Taraban (pictured above, center, back row), professor of experimental psychology (Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience) in the Department of Psychological Sciences, has received a 2020 Chancellor's Council Teaching Award from Texas Tech University System Chancellor Dr. Tedd L. Mitchell. Taraban was one of 13 faculty members recognized from the system's four institutions—Texas Tech University, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso and Angelo State University—as recipients of this year's Chancellor's Council awards. Follow this link for the complete report.
Ribeiro Elected to Aesthetics Editorial Board
Anna Christina Ribeiro, an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy, has been elected to the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Aesthetics. Ribeiro specializes in the philosophy of aesthetics—particularly in the areas of literature and poetry—and has two books on the subject currently under contract: "Beautiful Speech: The Nature, Origins, and Powers of Poetry" at Oxford University Press and "The Philosophy of Poetry and Literature" at Routledge. A trustee of the American Society for Aesthetics (2017-2020), Ribeiro has been a visiting researcher at the University of Barcelona and a visiting professor at the University of Vienna.
Wylie Editing Special Issue of Biomolecules
Benjamin Wylie, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, is editing a special issue of Biomolecules. He will be conducting manuscript review and acceptance for the special issue, "Advances in Membrane Proteins," in the section "Biomacromolecules," through June 30, 2020. In other news, Wylie's research group has been selected as both a user and collaborator of the National High Field NMR Lab (MagLab). Wylie spent a week running high field SSNMR on site and is approved to run high field instruments remotely.
Casadonte Receives 2 Top TTU Awards
Dominick Casadonte, the Minnie Stevens Piper Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, is the recipient of the President's Academic Achievement Award for 2020. He also is a recipient of the 2020 Professing Excellence Award.
Hutchins Gets New Faculty Award
Kristin Hutchins, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, is a recipient of the Alumni Association's New Faculty Award from the College of Arts & Sciences for 2020. She also was selected for the Research Spotlight on Texas Tech Women Faculty Initiative for 2020.
Ramkumar Receives 3rd Distinction From TAPPI
Seshadri Ramkumar, professor of chemical countermeasures and director of the Advanced Materials Laboratory in the Department of Environmental Toxicology, has been recognized by the Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Association (TAPPI) with its 2020-Nonwoven Divisions' Leadership and Service Award. With this award, Ramkumar becomes only the second academic to have received all three recognitions of the division: the Mark Hollingsworth Prize and Technical Achievement Award (deemed highest in the field; Division Chair (elected); and Division Leadership Award. The other academic is Behnam Pourdeyhimi, the Klopman Distinguished Professor at North Carolina State University (NCSU). Ramkumar says this new distinction shows that Texas Tech University is being recognized on par with an established research-intensive unit in the field of textiles.
Latham Presents Poster in Bahamas
Michael Latham, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, presented a poster entitled "Adjacent mutations in the archaea Rad50 ABC ATPase D-loop disrupt allosteric regulation of ATP hydrolysis through different mechanisms" at the 4th DNA Repair/Replication Structures and Cancer Conference, held Feb. 16-20 in Nassau, Bahamas.
Tosi Publishes Article on Moral Grandstanding
Justin Tosi, an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy, co-authored an opinion piece on Oscar acceptance speeches that published Feb. 10, 2020, at CNN. In the article, "Oscar acceptance speeches: When moral outrage verges on grandstanding," Tosi and co-author Brandon Warmke of Bowling Green State University, evaluate the virtue-signaling that has become so prevalent among Hollywood's award-winners. Tosi and Warmke also have an upcoming book on the greater issue at hand: "Grandstanding: The Use and Abuse of Moral Talk" is slated to be published by Oxford University Press in May 2020.
Wylie Gives 2 Presentations in Ohio
Benjamin Wylie, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, gave two presentations in February at other universities. Wylie presented in a departmental seminar at The Ohio State University - Columbus, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The title of his Feb. 3, 2020, talk was "Functional Interactions between a Kir Channel and its Native Lipids." Then on Feb. 5, 2020, Wylie presented in a special seminar at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The title of that talk was "Functional Interactions between a Kir Channel and its Native Lipids."
Nes Research Lauded in Commentary
W. David Nes, a professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, and his work on "Steroidal antibiotics are antimetabolites of Acanthamoeba steroidogenesis with phylogenetic implications," published by J. Lipid Res (2019 May; 60(5):981-994), were featured in a commentary published by J. Lipid Res (60, 2019, 919-921). To quote the article: "The contributions of David Nes and his colleagues herein to our current understanding of sterol diversity and the underlying pathways by which such diversity arises represents an artful foray into this topic, and is highly recommended to the reader." Nes and his colleagues on this steroidal research are credited thusly: (Zhou, W., E. Ramos, X. Zhu, P. M. Fisher, M. E. Kidane, B. H. Vanderloop, C. D. Thomas, J. Yan, U. Singha, M. Chaudhuri, M. T. Nagel, and W. D. Nes. 2019.)
Mechref Co-Chairs NCI Steering Committee
Yehia Mechref, Horn Professor and chair in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, has been elected co-chair of the Steering Committee of the National Cancer Institute Alliance of Glycobiologist for Cancer Research.
Currin Analyzes Sexting
Joseph Currin, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences, and doctoral student Kassidy Cox have found that sexting is extremely common among adults—but maybe not for the reasons people might think. New research from Texas Tech University's Sexuality, Sexual Health & Sexual Behavior Lab shows that two-thirds of people who sext do so for non-sexual reasons. Follow this link for the complete report of Currin and Cox's findings.
Hutchins Gives Seminar at UTA
Kristin Hutchins, an an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, gave an invited seminar at the University of Texas at Arlington entitled, "Dynamic molecular motion, phase transitions, and thermal expansion properties of organic crystals," on Jan. 24, 2020.
Poirier Gives Presentation in Brazil
William Poirier, a professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, gave an invited presentation entitled, "Quantum Mechanics Without Wavefunctions," at the Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Físicas (Brazilian Center for Physics Research) in Rio de Janeiro on Jan. 21, 2020.
Shu Gives Panel Presentation in Seattle
Yuan Shu, associate professor and director of Asian Studies Program in the Department of English, attended the 2020 MLA Awards Ceremony Jan 9-12 in Seattle. While at the conference, Shu showcased his work in the MLA Innovation Room and gave a presentation at the panel entitled, "World Orders and Geopolitics of the Transpacific."
Latham Gives Seminar at Boise State
Michael Latham, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, gave an invited seminar to the Biomolecular Sciences Program at Boise State University in Idaho. The title of the talk was "NMR Studies of a Large DNA Repair Complex."
Korzeniewski Joins 2 Advisory Boards
Carol Korzeniewski, a professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, has been invited to serve on the editorial advisory board for the journal ACS Applied Energy Materials. Korzeniewski also has become a member of the advisory committee for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Chemical Transformations Initiative.
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"Reformation of the Senses: The Paradox of Religious Belief and Practice in Germany"
Jacob Baum, assistant professor in the Department of History, sees the Protestant Reformation as the dawn of an austere, intellectual Christianity that uprooted a ritualized religion steeped in stimulating the senses—and by extension the faith—of its flock, with his new book, "Reformation of the Senses: The Paradox of Religious Belief and Practice in Germany." Baum plumbs a wealth of primary source material from the15th and 16th centuries to offer the first systematic study of the senses within the religious landscape of the German Reformation. Concentrating on urban Protestants, Baum details the engagement of Lutheran and Calvinist thought with traditional ritual practices. His surprising discovery: Reformation-era Germans echoed and even amplified medieval sensory practices. Yet Protestant intellectuals simultaneously cultivated the idea that the senses had no place in true religion. Exploring this paradox, Baum illuminates the sensory experience of religion and daily life at a crucial historical crossroads. (University of Illinois Press, 2019)
"Making Space for the Dead: Catacombs, Cemeteries, and the Reimagining of Paris, 1780–1830"
Erin-Marie Legacey, assistant professor in the Department of History, reveals a different sort of French Revolution in her new book, "Making Space for the Dead: Catacombs, Cemeteries, and the Reimagining of Paris, 1780–1830." Before the political revolution ended in 1799, the dead of Paris were most often consigned to mass graveyards that contemporaries described as terrible and terrifying, emitting "putrid miasmas" that were a threat to both health and dignity. In a book that is at once wonderfully macabre and exceptionally informative, Legacey explores how a new burial culture emerged in Paris as a result of both revolutionary fervor and public health concerns, resulting in the construction of park-like cemeteries on the outskirts of the city and a vast underground ossuary. Legacey unearths the unexpectedly lively process by which burial sites were reimagined, built, and used, focusing on three of the most important of these new spaces: the Paris Catacombs, Père Lachaise cemetery, and the short-lived Museum of French Monuments. By situating discussions of death and memory in the nation's broader cultural and political context, as well as highlighting how ordinary Parisians understood and experienced these sites, she shows how the treatment of the dead became central to the reconstruction of Parisian society after the Revolution. (Cornell University Press, 2019)
"All About Mariano Rivera"
Jorge Iber, professor in the Department of History and associate dean of students in the College of Arts & Sciences, writes about New York Yankees baseball great Mariano Rivera in this new book for children, "All About Mariano Rivera." With Raquel Iber as coauthor, Iber follows Rivera from his birth in a poor Panamanian fishing village to his discovery by a Yankees scout during an amateur baseball game, and on to the pitcher's professional records: a 13-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion, to name two. Rivera easily rose to being a team leader, helping the Yankees recover from losses with dignity and celebrate wins with humility. When once asked to describe his job, Mariano simply stated, "I get the ball, I throw the ball, and then I take a shower." Part of the "All About ... People" series. (Blue River Press, 2019)
"Subversión y de(s)construcción de subgéneros en la narrative de Rosa Montero"
Genaro Pérez, professor on the Spanish & Portuguese faculty in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, studies eight novels and half a dozen short stories in his monograph, "Subversión y de(s)construcción de subgéneros en la narrative de Rosa Montero." The monograph shows how Rosa Montero, an award-winning journalist for the Spanish newspaper El País and an author of contemporary fiction, deconstructs/manipulates several genres to give them a new and authentic perspective in their form and content. In Spanish. (Albatros Ediciones, 2019)
"Cicero, Greek Learning, and the Making of a Roman Classic"
Caroline Bishop, assistant professor of Classics in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, examines the literary works of Roman statesman, orator, and author Marcus Tullius Cicero in "Cicero, Greek Learning, and the Making of a Roman Classic." This volume presents a new way of understanding Cicero's career as an author by situating his textual production within the context of the growth of Greek classicism. Bishop's incisive analysis of how Cicero consciously adopted classical Greek writers as models offers ground-breaking new insights into Cicero's ascension to canonical status. (Oxford University Press, 2019)
Short Story Collections
Greta Gorsuch, professor of Applied Linguistics in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, recently has authored 11 short stories in book and audio-book form—all geared especially for those who are learning English as a second language and for English-speaking adults looking to improve their literacy and reading fluency. One of the books, "Bee Creek Blues & Meridian," tells two tales, set decades apart, that unfold in the small Texas town of Meridian. In Depression-Era "Bee Creek Blues," an African American college student must leave his studies to find work, eventually, on an integrated building project—quite a rare thing at the time. In current-day "Meridian," a big-city college grad must move—and expand his comfort zone—to become the small town's newspaper reporter. (Wayzgoose Press, 2019) Other 2018 and 2019 titles from Wayzgoose Press include "Cecilia's House & The Foraging Class," "Light at Chickasaw Point & The Two Garcons," "Living at Trace," "Summer in Cimarron & Lunch at the Dixie Diner," and "The Storm." Titles from Gemma Open Door Publishers in 2018 and 2019 include "Key City on the River," "Post Office on the Tokaido," and "The Cell Phone Lot."
"Electoral Incentives in Congress"
Joel Sievert, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science, examines how electoral incentives shaped legislative behavior throughout the 19th century in the book he coauthored with Jamie L. Carson: "Electoral Incentives in Congress." Their work uses David Mayhew's 1974 contention that once in office, legislators pursue the actions that put them in the best position for reelection. Through Mayhew's lens, Carson and Sievert view patterns of turnover in Congress; the renomination of candidates; the roles of parties in recruiting candidates and their broader effects on candidate competition; and, finally by examining legislators' accountability. The results have wide-ranging implications for the evolution of Congress and the development of legislative institutions over time. (University of Michigan Press, 2018)
"La Figure du loser dans le film et la literature d'expression francaise"
Carole Edwards, associate professor of French and director of graduate studies in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, explores and explains the emergence of the loser as counter-hero in French cinematic and literary works in "La Figure du loser dans le film et la literature d'expression francaise" (title translation: "The Figure of the Loser in French Language Film and Literature"). The idealistic poet, marginally outlawed and rejected by a mercantile society; the clumsy lover; the derided object of sneers and cruel jokes—Edwards finds this fragile-yet-enduring/endearing figure the trope that tells everyone's story of being thwarted by a society dominated by the cult of success. Part of the series "Collection L'un, l'autre en français." In French. (Presses Universitaires de Limoges, 2018)
"Primary Sources for Ancient History: The Ancient Near East and Greece"
Gary Forsythe, associate professor in the Department of History, provides a comprehensive collection in this new compendium, ""Primary Sources for Ancient History: The Ancient Near East and Greece." Forsythe's work includes primary sources for the ancient histories of the Near East and Greece, from the Old Babylonian Kingdom of nearly four millennia ago to the Egyptian pharaohs and the disposed Jewish nations, to Alexander's domination of the known world. Forsythe directs readers to texts such as the Law Code of Hammurabi, Greek poetry, Babylonian epics, and more. (Dorrance Publishing, 2018)
Victoria Surliuga, associate professor of Italian Studies in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, writes on fragmentation of the self and a divided attention towards life in "Shadow," a bilingual book of new poetry. Here, Surliuga's poems reflect on existence and death, striving to reassemble one's voice in life, find the center for consciousness within the body, and give a new foundation to one's perception of the world. Five artworks by Italian artist Ezio Gribaudo accompany the reader though a journey of reflection about the value of one's past and its impact on the present. Bilingual in Italian and English. (Xenos Books/Chelsea Editions, 2018)
"Moments of Joy and Heartbreak: 66 Significant Episodes in the History of the Pittsburgh Pirates"
Jorge Iber, Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and Professor in the Department of History, leads as author and editor in this 208-page paperback, "Moments of Joy and Heartbreak: 66 Significant Episodes in the History of the Pittsburgh Pirates." The Pittsburgh Pirates have a long history, peppered with moments significant both to Pirates fans and Major League Baseball. While the Pirates are recognized as fielding the first all-black lineup in 1971, the 66 games in this book include one of the first matchups in the majors to involve two non-white opening hurlers (Native American and Cuban) in June 1921. We relive no-hitters, World Series-winning homers, and encounter the story of the last tripleheader ever played in major-league baseball. Some of the games are wins; some are losses. All of these essays provide readers with a sense of the totality of the Pirates' experiences: the joy, the heartbreak, and other aspects of baseball (and life) in between. This book is the work of 37 members of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), SABR Digital Library, Vol. 46, paperback. (Society for American Baseball Research, 2018)
"True Sex: the Lives of Trans Men at the Turn of the Twentieth Century"
Emily Skidmore, Assistant Professor in the Department of History, uncovers the stories of 18 trans men who lived in the United States between 1876 and 1936 in "True Sex, the Lives of Trans Men at the Turn of the Twentieth Century." At the turn of the 20th century, trans men were not necessarily urban rebels seeking to overturn stifling gender roles. In fact, they often sought to pass as conventional men, choosing to live in small towns where they led ordinary lives, aligning themselves with the expectations of their communities. They were, in a word, unexceptional. Despite the "unexceptional" quality of their lives, their stories are nonetheless surprising and moving, challenging much of what we think we know about queer history. By tracing the narratives surrounding the moments of "discovery" in these communities—from reports in local newspapers to medical journals and beyond—this book challenges the assumption that the full story of modern American sexuality is told by cosmopolitan radicals. Rather, "True Sex" reveals complex narratives concerning rural geography and community, persecution and tolerance, and how these factors intersect with the history of race, identity and sexuality in America. (NYU Press, September 2017)
"The Restless Indian Plate and Its Epic Voyage from Gondwana to Asia"
Sankar Chatterjee, Horn Professor in the Department of Geosciences, writes that the fossil history of animal life in India is central to our understanding of the tectonic evolution of Gondwana, the dispersal of India, its northward journey, and its collision with Asia in "The Restless Indian Plate and Its Epic Voyage from Gondwana to Asia" . According to a review in Phys.org, "This beautifully illustrated volume provides the only detailed overview of the paleobiogeographic, tectonic, and paleoclimatic evolution of the Indian plate from Gondwana to Asia," and quotes Chatterjee and his colleagues as saying, "The tectonic evolution of the Indian plate represents one of the most dramatic and epic voyages of all drifting continents: 9,000 kilometers in 160 million years. ... The extensive reshuffling of the Indian plate was accompanied by multiple temporary filter bridges, resulting in the cosmopolitan nature of tetrapod fauna." The review goes on to conclude that "This thorough, up-to-date volume is a must-have reference for researchers and students in Indian geology, paleontology, plate tectonics, and collision of continents." (The Geological Society of America, July 2017)
"Modern Sport Ethics: A Reference Handbook, 2nd Edition"
Angela Lumpkin, Professor and Chair of the Department of Exercise & Sport Science, offers, in "Modern Sport Ethics: A Reference Handbook, 2nd Edition," descriptions and examples of unethical behaviors in sport that will challenge readers to think about how they view sport and question whether participating in sport builds character—especially at the youth and amateur levels. Sport potentially can teach character as well as social and moral values, but only when these positive concepts are consistently taught, modeled, and reinforced by sport leaders with the moral courage to do so. The seeming moral crisis threatening amateur and youth sport—evidenced by athletes, coaches, and parents alike making poor ethical choices—and ongoing scandals regarding performance-enhancing drug use by professional athletes make sports ethics a topic of great concern. This work enables readers to better understand the ethical challenges facing competitive sport by addressing issues such as gamesmanship, doping, cheating, sportsmanship, fair play, and respect for the game. A compelling read for coaches, sport administrators, players, parents, and sport fans, the book examines specific examples of unethical behaviors—many cases of which occur in amateur and educational sports—to illustrate how these incidents threaten the perception that sport builds character. It identifies and investigates the multiple reasons for cheating in sport, such as the fact that the rewards for succeeding are so high, and the feeling of athletes that they must behave as they do to "level the playing field" because everyone else is cheating, being violent, taking performance-enhancing drugs, or doing whatever it takes to win. Readers will gain insight into how coaches and sport administrators can achieve the goals for youth, interscholastic, intercollegiate, and Olympic sport by stressing moral values and character development as well as see how specific recommendations can help ensure that sport can serve to build character rather than teach bad behavior in the pursuit of victory. (ABC-CLIO, December 2016)
"Introduction to Physical Education, Exercise Science, and Sport" 10th Edition
Angela Lumpkin, Professor and Chair of the Department of Exercise & Sport Science, gives college students a wide-angle view of physical education, exercise science, sport, and the wealth of careers available in these fields in the 10th Edition of "Introduction to Physical Education, Exercise Science, and Sport." The textbook provides the principles, history, and future of physical education, exercise science, and sport. Lumpkin's clear writing style engages the reader while covering the most important introductory topics in this updated introduction to the world of physical education. (McGraw-Hill, July 2016)
William Wenthe, Professor in the Department Of English, explores painful and fleeting emotions within the 96 pages of "God's Foolishness." Here, he mines the feelings of human uncertainty in matters of love and desire, time and death, and uncovers difficult truths with transformative insights. These are poems of crisis. Wenthe examines our conflicting urges to see nature as sustenance and to foolishly destroy it. His poems shift from close observation to panorama with cinematic fluidity, from a tea mug to an ancient monument, from a warbler on an elm branch to the specter of imminent natural disaster. Offering passion and intellect balanced with a careful concern for poetic craft, Wenthe's "God's Foolishness" gives us fine poems to savor and admire. Watch the YouTube video here. (LSU, May 2016)
"Before the Gregorian Reform: The Latin Church at the Turn of the First Millennium"
John Howe, Professor in the Department of History, challenges the familiar narrative that the era from about 1050 to 1150 was the pivotal moment in the history of the Latin Church. The status quo states it was then that the Gregorian Reform movement established the ecclesiastical structure that would ensure Rome's dominance throughout the Middle Ages and beyond. In "Before the Gregorian Reform," Howe examines earlier, "pre-Gregorian" reform efforts within the Church—and finds that they were more extensive and widespread than previously thought and that they actually established a foundation for the subsequent Gregorian Reform movement. The low point in the history of Christendom came in the late ninth and early tenth centuries—a period when much of Europe was overwhelmed by barbarian raids and widespread civil disorder, which left the Church in a state of disarray. As Howe shows, however, the destruction gave rise to creativity. Aristocrats and churchmen rebuilt churches and constructed new ones, competing against each other so that church building, like castle building, acquired its own momentum. Patrons strove to improve ecclesiastical furnishings, liturgy, and spirituality. Schools were constructed to staff the new churches. Moreover, Howe shows that these reform efforts paralleled broader economic, social, and cultural trends in Western Europe including the revival of long-distance trade, the rise of technology, and the emergence of feudal lordship. The result was that by the mid-eleventh century a wealthy, unified, better-organized, better-educated, more spiritually sensitive Latin Church was assuming a leading place in the broader Christian world. "Before the Gregorian Reform" challenges us to rethink the history of the Church and its place in the broader narrative of European history. Compellingly written and generously illustrated, it is a book for all medievalists as well as general readers interested in the Middle Ages and Church history. (Cornell University Press, March 2016)
"New Developments in Biological and Chemical Terrorism Countermeasures"
Ronald J. Kendal, Professor of Environmental Toxicology; Steven Presley, Professor of Immuno-toxicology; and Seshadri Ramkumar, Professor of Countermeasures to Biological Threats, all from the Department of Environmental Toxicology, have co-edited the newly published textbook, “New Developments in Biological and Chemical Terrorism Countermeasures.” The volume compiles a decade's worth of research through TTU's Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr. National Program for Countermeasures to Biological and Chemical Threats, and updated many changes in the field since an earlier book, “Advances in Biological and Chemical Terrorism Countermeasures,” came out in 2008. “It's not just for college students,” Ramkumar said. “It's a tool for people in the field, from first responders all the way to policy makers.” (CRC Press, February 2016)
"Psychoanalytic Treatment in Adults: A Longitudinal Study of Change"
Rosemary Cogan, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences, is co-author of "Psychonalytic Treatment in Adults: A longitudinal study of change." The book draws from 60 first-hand case studies to explore the outcomes of psychoanalytic treatment, providing examples of the long-term effectiveness of psychoanalytic and psychodynamic work as it delineates negative therapeutic treatment and discusses crucial changes in care. Outcomes of psychoanalysis, as with other psychotherapies, vary considerably. Cogan and her co-author, J.H. Porcerelli, used the Shedler-Westen Assessment Procedure to describe a patient at the beginning of psychoanalysis and every six months until the analysis ended. This allowed the authors to learn about changes over analysis and, in turn, improved treatment planning and practice for the well-being of other patients. Findings will be of interest to researchers and academics in the fields of psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, psychodynamic therapy, psychoanalytic education, psychiatry and psychology, and should also help clinicians recognize potential problems early in analytic treatments in order to work more effectively with patients. (Routeledge, February 2016)