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SPRING 2021

Ayodeji Publishes Research Analysis in International Journal

TTU Ph.D. student James AyodejiJames Ayodeji, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Environmental Toxicology, has 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. Seshadri Ramkumar, professor of chemical countermeasures and advanced materials, is Ayodeji's faculty adviser. More.

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Anyssa Barbosa: In My Own Words | J.D./M.S. Sport Management

As a college softball player in Oklahoma, Anyssa Barbosa developed a passion for collegiate athletics. Now, she's a grad student at Texas Tech University pursuing a dual degree: J.D./M.S. in Sport Management.

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Students, Faculty, 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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Society of Physics Students Named Outstanding Chapter

TTU SPS Chapter visits Cadillac Ranch

Texas Tech University's Society of Physics Students (SPS) chapter visits Cadillac Ranch near Amarillo, Texas.

For the third consecutive year in a row, Texas Tech University's Society of Physics Students (SPS) chapter has been selected as an Outstanding SPS Chapter for the 2019-2020 academic year by the American Institute of Physics (AIP). This prestigious award is only granted to SPS chapters that demonstrate their success by promoting and getting involved in a variety of activities. Brad R. Conrad, director of the SPS national program for the AIP, awarded this honor to the Texas Tech SPS chapter based on the depth and breadth of SPS activities conducted in such areas as physics research, public science outreach, physics tutoring programs, and hosting and representation at physics meetings, among others. Sung-Won Lee, professor and chair of the the Department of Physics & Astronomy, congratulated those contributing to the chapter's success: Andrew Whitbeck, SPS Advisor; Cheslee Hibler, current SPS president; David Palmore, former SPS president and now a graduate student at Texas State University; and all SPS students.

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FALL 2020

Physics Undergrads Publish in Astrophysics Journal

Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array, photo courtesy NRAO

The Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array west of Socorro, New Mexico; photo courtesy of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Undergraduates Connor Grandorf, Joe McCarty, Priya Rajkumar and Heather Harbin, along with graduate student Arvind Balasubramanian, all students in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, have successfully led a scientific paper that has been accepted in the Astrophysical Journal and will be published soon. The paper, "Search for radio remnants of nearby off-axis Gamma-Ray Bursts in a sample of Swift/BAT events," is available now at this link. Their work, part of a new era of astrophysics, is based on the multi-messenger discovery of gravitational waves and light from the binary neutron star merger GW170817, associated with Gamma-Ray Burst 170817A and kilonova AT2017gfo. The students also were co-investigators of the approved Very Large Array programs via which the data reported in the paper were collected. Texas Tech astrophysicist Alessandra Corsi guided the students' work.

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Kuzmack Wants to be Catalyst for Change

Stephanie Kuzmack, a sociology student and 2020 Truman Scholar, is driven to be a catalyst for change. With her sights on law school, she wants to alleviate the challenges facing her hometown.

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Jodeiri-Farshbaf Wins First Place in 3-Minute Thesis

TTU biology Ph.D. student Mohammad Jodeiri-FarshbafMohammad Jodeiri-Farshbaf, a doctoral biology student in the Department of Biological Sciences, has taken first place in the 2020 Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) competition. The 3MT is an opportunity for students to be evaluated on their presentation and communication abilities—a crucial skill in landing future research funding. Jodeiri-Farshbaf won for presenting his research on the hormone irisin, showing that the hormone secreted during exercise can suppress stress-induced memory deficit. Follow this link to read the complete account of Jodeiri-Farshbaf's award.

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Hekkert Saddles Up as 59th Masked Rider

Cameron Hekkert, a fourth-year major in the Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management, shares her journey from Colorado to Texas Tech, where she discovered a passion for collegiate athletics and earned a spot as the 59th Masked Rider.

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Robledo Receives Fulbright Award

TTU Ph.D. student David Robledo

David Robledo, a graduate student working on his doctoral degree in technical communication and rhetoric through the Department of English, was named a recipient of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program Open Study/Research Award and will work with marine scientists in Costa Rica. "Receiving a Fulbright award is a little like getting a ticket to the moon," Robledo said. "You are not sure what to expect, but you know it is going to shift your perspective in irreversible ways." Robledo is planning to head to Costa Rica in February to work with marine scientists on how the role of small-scale fisheries promote biodiversity. Follow this link to read the complete story about David Robledo.

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