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FALL 2021

Jake Fisher Hikes the Colorado Trail Solo

TTU psychology major Jake Fisher on the Colorado Trail in 2021

TTU psychology major Jake Fisher on the Colorado Trail in 2021.

Jake Fisher, a senior psychology major, put his will and endurance to the test this summer. Between July 3 and Aug. 7, he solo hiked 400 miles of the Colorado Trail, from Denver to Durango. For most of his college career, Fisher has taught for University Recreation's Outdoor Pursuits Center. Before entering university, he enrolled in a gap-year program from 2017-2018 and traveled to other parts of the world, confirming what he already knew: that he enjoyed learning, preferably outdoors and on the move. “I went to Tanzania and summited Mount Kilimanjaro and visited Rwanda and learned how they've rebuilt after the genocide,” he said. “I grew a lot that year. Those experiences developed me culturally, spiritually and emotionally. When I came back to the U.S., I knew I wanted to go to college and keep learning.” To read the full account of Jake Fisher's solo hike, follow this link.

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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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Donovan Satchell Crowned Homecoming King

TTU 2021 homecoming king Donovan Stachell, left, and homecoming queen Channing Wicks, right

Donvoan Stachell, left, and Channing Wicks, right, were crowned homcoming royalty Oct. 9.

Donovan Satchell, a global studies and general studies major in the College of Arts & Sciences, was crowned 2021 homecoming king Oct. 9 during the Texas Tech vs. TCU game at Jones AT&T Stadium. Satchell, who hails from Wylie, represents Arts & Sciences Ambassadors and is the first Black homecoming king in Texas Tech University history. “To be crowned homecoming king feels like royalty,” Satchell said. “Not for the sake of image, but to be a part of a 90-plus-year old tradition that unites us all as Red Raiders, past and present.”  Channing Wicks, a graphic design major from Lubbock, represents Chi Omega and was crowned 2021 homecoming queen. Read the complete story here.

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Aaron Szczesny Finds the Gift of Opportunity

A child of Polish immigrants fleeing oppression, Aaron Szczesny has found a home at Texas Tech. The senior pre-law student is studying economics and has his sights set on earning a law degree to fulfill his dream of becoming an anti-trust lawyer. Already, Szczesny has propelled the legacy of his family forward for generations to come — proving Possible Starts Here.

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Finch Receives American Chemical Society Fellowship

TTU chemistry doctoral student Kevin Finch; TTU photo by Toni Salama

Kevin Finch, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, has been awarded a 2021 American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry graduate fellowship. This highly competitive fellowship recognizes outstanding research ability and accomplishment. Earlier this year, Finch, who works in the lab of TTU chemist Gerardo Gamez, also was named a recipient of the 2021 Society of Applied Spectroscopy Atomic Section Student Award. Finch will receive this award at the upcoming SciX conference in September, where he will deliver an invited talk. Read more about Kevin Finch at this link.


Satchell Energized by Study Abroad in Jordan

Global/General Studies major Donovan Satchell is preparing for a career as a U.S. ambassador. He's working toward this future at Texas Tech University, he says, because Texas Tech combines the status of a large Tier One research university with the welcoming environment of a small school. Satchell was particularly energized toward his goals by a recent Study Abroad semester in Jordan.


Wind Energy Students Compete in National Challenge

TTU Bachelor of Science in Wind Energy

Texas Tech University is one of 13 institutions with a team virtually competing in the U.S. Department of Energy's Collegiate Wind Competition, which runs June 2-11. The competition helps prepare college students for jobs in the wind industry by providing hands-on, real-world wind energy technology and project development experience. “Texas Tech's Collegiate Wind Team, Techsan Wind, is excited to be a part of the 2021 Collegiate Wind Competition,” said Matt Saldaña, the team's adviser and an instructor of wind energy. This is the fourth time the Techsan Wind team has participated in the competition. Many of Techsan Wind's team members are enrolled in Texas Tech's Bachelor of Science in Wind Energy program, which is offered through the College of Arts & Sciences. Follow this link to read more about the competition.

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Heck Led Student Body Amid COVID-19

Senior Hunter Heck served as Student Government Association President during the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch the story of her leadership, and the confirmation of her calling to be a social advocate. 


Emmy Noether Mathematics Day 2021

Emmy Noether High School Math Day

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.


Two A&S Grad Students Awarded for Outstanding Research

TTU grad students Faith Scanlon, right, and Iroro Tanshi, left

Faith Scanlon, left, and Iroro Tanshi, right, each received the Horn Distinguished Professors Graduate Achievement Award.

This year, two graduate students in the College of Arts & Sciences were selected to receive the Horn Distinguished Professors Graduate Achievement Award. The award was established by the Paul Whitfield Horn Professors at Texas Tech to recognize and reward outstanding research or creative activity performed by graduate students while at the university. Faith Scanlon is pursuing her doctoral degree in counseling psychology through the Department of Psychological Sciences. She is involved in state-of-the-art counseling research and delivers professional services to individuals in the justice system, including those with mental illness and substance abuse issues. Scanlon has 10 publications, many in the top research journals in her field; a book chapter in print through Oxford University Press; and eight manuscripts in preparation, most as first author. She has given numerous presentations at national and international conferences and is actively pursuing federal funding for her research. Iroro Tanshi is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences. Her international award-winning research focuses on tropical bat research and conservation with focus on Nigeria and Cameroon. She is an emerging leader in African biodiversity conservation and has secured her own research funding. Tanshi has published several original papers in scholarly journals as well as a book chapter. She also has presented her work at multiple international conferences and has won the Woman in Conservation award (2017), the Karl Koopman Award (2019), the Future for Nature Award (2020) and is a nominee for the Whitley Fund for Nature Award – also known as the “Green Oscars.” Read more.


Physics Students' Newletter Featured Nationally

TTU SPS chapter newsletter, The Quark

Texas Tech University's Society of Physics Students (SPS) chapter publishes a monthly newsletter, The Quark, that was featured in the national organization's Winter 2021 SPS Observers Magazine. SPS has published Quark since 2017.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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