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Biology Faculty Receive the Phenomenal Women of Texas Tech Award

TTU Phenomenal Women Award Winners Biology 2024

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

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Graduate Food Pantry - Spring Food Drive

Graduate Food PantryThe Spring Food Drive in support of the Graduate Student Food Pantry ends soon on Friday, May 10th, 2024, at 6pm. That being said, the food pantry is always taking donations. The food pantry is nearly empty and needs restocking! The food pantry runs on a take what you need, donate when you can mission and has been a wonderful support for many graduate students in our department. 

Donations can include shelf-stable and nonperishable food items (e.g., dried pasta, canned soup, rice, canned fruits & vegetables), household supplies (e.g., cleaning products, laundry detergent, toilet paper), personal care products (e.g., shampoo, conditioner, soap, feminine products), and more.

Out of town and want to contribute? Please contract the TTUAB Treasurer for more information.

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Biology Faculty Promoted

Dr. Corey Brelsfoard   Dr. Joe Manthey  Dr. Natasja van Gestel

Congratulations to Drs. Corey Brelsfoard, Joe Manthey, and Natasja van Gestel on their faculty promotions from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor. Congratulations to you all!

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Dr. McIntyre Lab News

Sean Sutor Tortoise PresentationPh.D. candidate Sean Sutor has been on a winning streak lately: First place Three-minute Thesis at the TTU NRM Research Days, a TTU Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship, a David J. Morafka Memorial Research Award, First Place student presentation award from the Desert Tortoise Council, a NASA-MSU Professional Enhancement Award from the International Association for Landscape Ecology-North America (highest student award in landscape ecology), and Best Overall Presentation at TTABSS.

Dr. Nancy McIntyre recently published her 100th peer-reviewed paper in Landscape Ecology.

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American Committee on Arthropod-Borne Viruses Student Trainee Leadership Group

Rhoda Owusu in the lab

Rhoda Owusu, an M.Sc. Student in Dr. Maria Onyango's lab, was selected to serve on the American Committee on Arthropod-Borne Viruses (ACAV) student Trainee Leadership group, a subgroup of American Society Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH). In this position, she will be involved in organizing scientific symposiums at the annual ASTMH conferences, hold scientific and career panels year-round run the ACAV booth during the conference.

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Presentation Awards - Entomological Society of America

Amanda and Hunter at ESA


Amanda Ramirez and Hunter Covey, graduate students in Dr. Corey Brelsfoard lab, won awards (1st and 3rd place in the poster competition, respectively) for their presentations at the Southwestern Branch of  Entomological Society of America annual meeting on April 21st in Round Rock, Texas. 

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Online Master's in Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Biology

Dual Credit Biology Credentials Looking for the next step in your biology teaching journey? The Master's in Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Biology is an interdisciplinary degree that prepares secondary teachers to teach dual credit (high school/college) biology courses. The degree is through the College of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction. The Dual Credit Credential program requires 36 hours, which includes 18 hours of C&I (EDCI) and 18 hours of biology courses. A wide range of biology courses will provide students with advanced training ranging from ecology, evolutionary biology and genomics to plant biology, vertebrate and invertebrate biology. This is a fully online, asynchronous degree. 

Learn more about this exciting online degree and how you can apply today here.


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