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A Closer Look at St. Patrick's Day and What It Means


St. Patricks Day is celebrated nationally, usually by doing something like drinking green beer. However, many people are unfamiliar with the history of the holiday. Hear from assistant professor, Daniella McCahey, about the religious, secular, and nationalistic reasons for the American and Irish celebrations.

Click here to read the article.

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Putting Out the Word About Fires

ancellDuring the first five months of 2022, more than 800 wildfires scorched approximately 400,000 acres across Texas. Associate professor, Brian Ancell, is developing a tool to help forecasters predict and communicate fire weather conditions.

Read more about Brian's work by clicking here.


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Rise and Shine


Henry Shine came to higher education in a most unlikely way, arrived at Texas Tech by chance and made it his home. He made discoveries that put Texas Tech, his students and himself on the map He played important roles in some of the university's biggest turning points of the last half-century. And now, even decades after stepping away from the classroom, Shine is still helping future generations of scientists follow in his footsteps. Now, at 100 years old, he reflects on how higher education became his life.

Click here to read about the life and accomplishments of Dr. Shine.

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Looking for Answers to Climate-Related Challenges


Sandip Pal, assistant professor of Atmospheric Science in the Department of Geosciences at Texas Tech University, has been awarded a $590,000 grant from the Earth Science Division of NASA to observe and measure precipitation and aerosols in the area's atmosphere.

Click here to read more about Dr. Pal's project.

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Texas Tech's Carol Korzeniewski Named AAAS Fellow

carolCarol Korzeniewski, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Texas Tech University, has been elected a fellow in the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the organization announced today (Jan. 31).

Click here to read more about Dr. Korzeniewski's and her AAAS membership.


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Recognition for a Lifetime of Contributions

Dr. Ram receiving Honorary Membership

Seshadri Ramkumar, a professor in the Department of Environmental Toxicology and The Institute of Environmental and Human Health at Texas Tech University, has been awarded a gold medal and honorary membership in Textile Association (India) (TAI),  which is the world's largest association in the field of fiber and textiles.

Ramkumar is being recognized for a lifetime of contributions and service in helping lead the growth of the textiles sector in India. Through approximately 20 years of work, he helped India strengthen its place in the textile sector to the point where it was self-reliant in personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier in his career, he was named a TAI honorary fellow.

Read more about Dr. Ramkumar's receiving this honor by clicking here.

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Texas Tech's Corsi Reaches for the Stars

Texas Tech's Corsi Reaches for the Stars

Alessandra Corsi, physics and astronomy professor, has become one of the world's top astrophysicists through her pioneering gravitational-wave research. As we celebrate Women's History Month this March, read the story of this extraordinary woman at Texas Tech who is making history through her research, discoveries and tenacity. Read the full profile on Alessandra by clicking here.

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Neutron Star Cosmic Fireworks Shed Light on Old Black Hole Mystery

TTU professor Alex Tetarenko

Texas Tech University's Alexandra Tetarenko, a NASA Einstein Fellow, is among an international scientific team that discovered a neutron star that consumed matter in a manner previously only observed in black holes. The group's discovery has helped identify key new ingredients needed to explain the behavior of matter near these astrophysical objects. Their findings were published Wednesday (March 1) in the journal Nature. Read more about this discovery here.

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History Chair Featured in Dust Bowl Comparison Story

TTU professor Sean Cunningham

On Feb. 26, Lubbock saw one of its worst dirt storms in recent memory, as sustained winds of 50+ MPH cast a brown haze across the city. So, this brought up the question: But how did this compare to the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s? Hear from the Department of History Chair Sean Cunningham on the answer to this, as he was featured in a recent KLBK new story. View the video here

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