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Striking a Chord Between History & Filmmaking

Matt PehlMatthew Pehl, an assistant professor in the Department of History, has turned a historic labor event into an award-winning documentary. On May 12, Pehl's debut film, "Cowboy Strike", won the jury prize for Innovation in Journalism at the Stronger Than Fiction Film Festival in Columbia, MO.

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Tim Nokken Named Co-Editor of The Journal of Politics

Tim NokkenOn May 10, the Department of Political Science announced with enthusiasm that Tim Nokken,Ph.D., associate professor and department chairperson, has been appointed as co-editor of The Journal of Politics. Established in 1939 and published for the Southern Political Science Association, The Journal of Politics stands as a premier general-interest journal of political science and the oldest regional political science publication in the United States. The scholarly works featured within The Journal of Politics are characterized by theoretical innovation and methodological diversity, reflecting a fusion of the various intellectual approaches intrinsic to the discipline.

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Biology Faculty Receive the Phenomenal Women of Texas Tech Award

Biology Women

The Student Intersectional Leadership Council at Texas Tech is a student-led organization that "highlights women who have inspired or impacted the Tech community". Professors Lisa Limeri, Natasja Van Gestel, and Breanna Harris of the Department of Biological Sciences, as well as, Arts & Sciences' Dean Tosha Dupras were awarded the Phenomenal Women of Texas Tech University Award for 2024.

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Shelby LaCouture honored with Research and Development Innovation Award

Shelby LaCouture Award

On May 8, Shelby LaCouture, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Emerging Energy Sciences in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, was honored with the prestigious Research and Development Innovation Award by the Life-Science and Biomedical Engineering Branch of the Aerospace Medical Association. This accolade recognizes individuals who have exhibited innovative research in life sciences and/or biomedical engineering pertaining to the design or development of aerospace medical equipment or systems. 

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Texas Tech's Psychology Clinic Has New Home, Bigger Mission

Ribbon Cutting--Psychology Clinic

On March 28, the College of Arts & Sciences hosted the ribbon cutting and open house to showcase the amazing resources at the new Psychology Clinic. This upgraded facility, generously funded by the university, marks a significant advancement over its previous on-campus counterpart, enhancing accessibility and quality of care for students and the community alike.

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Texas Tech Researcher Part of Breakthrough Findings

Tom Maccarone

Tom Maccarone, Ph.D., professor of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, is among authors whose groundbreaking work will soon be published in Nature magazine.

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TTU Professor & Grad Student Win Innovation Award

TechConnect Award

Myoung-Hwan Kim, Ph.D., professor at the Dept.of Physics & Astronomy, and Zach Brown, graduate student of the Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, have been selected as one of the winners of the TechConnect 2024 Innovation Award. The award will be presented at the Annual TechConnect World Innovation Conference & EXPO, which will be held in Washington, DC,  in June 17-19. They were also selected for the pitch track as well as the booth/expo showcase where only 15% of the participating teams are selected. 

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TTU Associate Professor Appointed Editor of Prestigeous Academic Journal

Jason ThamJason Tham, Ph.D., associate professor and assistant chair of the Department of English at Texas Tech University, has been selected as the new editor of the esteemed academic journal “Computers and Composition: An International Journal”. Tham will officially assume the position of editor in 2025. 

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Assistant Professor of the Dept. of Political Science Recieves Chester A. Newland Award 

Wendy Chen

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Wendy Chen , assistant professor in the Department of Political Science, has been honored with the prestigious Chester A. Newland Award!

This recognition highlights her outstanding collaboration with co-author Illia Murtazashvili, professor at the University of Pittsburgh, for their paper "Blockchains for Emergency and Crisis Management".

Reflecting on this achievement, Dr. Chen shared, "It is my great honor to receive the Chester A. Newland award for the best viewpoint article published by Public Administration Review (PAR) in 2023. PAR is a top academic journal specializing in understanding public administration research and practice. My research in public administration is driven by a desire to create real-world impact by making the public sector more innovative and agile. This award motivates me to continue bridging the gap between scholarly work and practical application.”

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Professor of the Dept. of Mathematics & Statistics becomes President-Elect of the Association for Women in Mathematics

Raegan Higgins

Pictured, from left to right: Talitha Washington (Current AWM President), Kristin Lauter, Lenore Blum, Cathy Kessel, Raegan Higgins, Kathryn Leonard, and Carol Wood.

Congratulations to Raegan Higgins, PhD, professor of the Department of Mathematics & Statistics, on being named President-Elect of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM)! 
 
As she gears up to lead AWM starting February 2025, we celebrate her extensive contributions to Texas Tech University and global academics.

"The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Texas Tech University is very proud of Dr. Raegan Higgins' success and new role as President Elect of AWM. She has been extremely active in the AWM Student Chapter at Texas Tech University and has contributed to TTU's Outreach and Engagement missions for over a decade. She is also known to the national and international academic community through major initiatives she has co-directed, such as the EDGE Program.", says Magdalena Toda, Chair of the Department of Mathematics & Statistics.

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Texas Tech Faculty Design Immersive Experience for Local Students

SoundSilence

In a collaborative effort the School of Music and the Department of Physics & Astronomy brought concepts like gravitational waves and the Higgs Boson to life in a performance at the Talkington School for Young Women Leaders. 

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Texas Tech and TTUHSC Professors Honored as NAI Senior Members

Memorial Circle

In June, the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) will bestow a distinguished honor upon four esteemed faculty members from the Texas Tech University System, welcoming them into the esteemed ranks of the 2024 class of Senior Members. Among these distinguished individuals stands our very own Seshadri Ramkumar, a professor in the Department of Environmental Toxicology at TTU. This prestigious recognition serves as a testament to the remarkable achievements of faculty members who have not only made significant contributions to innovation and technology but have also been instrumental in fostering research endeavors and translating academic discoveries into tangible real-world applications.

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Texas Tech Researcher Looks to Unlock Fundamental Workings of HIV

Elka Georgieva

Elka Georgieva, an esteemed assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Texas Tech University, has been honored with the prestigious Gilead Research Scholars Award for her groundbreaking work in HIV research.

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Digging into the AI Data

Alessandra Corsi

 Alessandra Corsi, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at TTU, and a group of high-profile researchers are working to see how artificial intelligence (AI) can solve an information-sharing challenge. Upon recieving a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energery, the team jumped into a five-year project that is aimed at employing AI while also privating and protecting data.

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A&S Faculty Members Recieve Chancellor's Council Distinguished Research Awards

Nick SmithSarah E. Victor

Two faculty members from the College of Arts & Sciences will be honored with the Chancellor's Council Distinguished Awards. Nicholas G. Smith and Sarah E. Victor will be presented with the 2024 Chancellor's Council Distinguished Research Award. 

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Storm of Success

Dr. Sandip Pal

The research may be about arid regions, but it's raining awards for Dr. Pal and the TTU Boundary Layer Meteorology research group. Sandip Pal, an associate professor in the Department of Geosciences at Texas Tech University (TTU), has received significant support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his research in meteorology. 

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The Intersection of Physics Education Research and Teaching

Beth Thacker Teaching

Texas Tech Physics Professor Beth Thacker's paper, recently published in Physical Review Physics Education Research, explores her 20-year journey teaching inquiry-based physics sections.  Thacker's paper delves into the historical context, development, and assessment of inquiry-based sections of her physics course.

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