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Departmental News

■ Prof. Mechref served as a reviewer for the Special Emphasis Panel ZDK1 GRB-S (M1), entitled "BIOMARKERS FOR DIABETES, DIGESTIVE, KIDNEY AND UROLOGIC DISEASES USING BIOSAMPLES FROM THE NIDDK REPOSITORY (R01)". May 6, 2019.

■ Prof. Mechref served as a reviewer for both the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NOW).

■ Prof. Poirier's new book, Quantum Physics, Mini Black Holes, and the Multiverse: Debunking Common Misconceptions in Theoretical Physics (Springer, 2018) has sold 819 print copies in its first nine months. Springer has announced that this is the best-selling book in its "multiversal journeys" series. Written for an educated but non-technical audience, the book seeks to clarify common public misconceptions in modern physics.

■ TTU alumnus Drew Brandon (M.S. with Prof Poirier, Ph.D. with Prof Casadonte) has accepted a position as Assistant Professor at Clayton State University in Morrow, GA outside of Atlanta beginning Fall 2019. His teaching/research will be in the area of Physical Chemistry and Chemical Education.

Departmental News

■ Prof. Mechref served as a reviewer for the Special Emphasis Panel ZDK1 GRB-S (M1), entitled "BIOMARKERS FOR DIABETES, DIGESTIVE, KIDNEY AND UROLOGIC DISEASES USING BIOSAMPLES FROM THE NIDDK REPOSITORY (R01)". May 6, 2019.

■ Prof. Mechref served as a reviewer for both the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NOW).

■ Prof. Poirier's new book, Quantum Physics, Mini Black Holes, and the Multiverse: Debunking Common Misconceptions in Theoretical Physics (Springer, 2018) has sold 819 print copies in its first nine months. Springer has announced that this is the best-selling book in its "multiversal journeys" series. Written for an educated but non-technical audience, the book seeks to clarify common public misconceptions in modern physics.

■ TTU alumnus Drew Brandon (M.S. with Prof Poirier, Ph.D. with Prof Casadonte) has accepted a position as Assistant Professor at Clayton State University in Morrow, GA outside of Atlanta beginning Fall 2019. His teaching/research will be in the area of Physical Chemistry and Chemical Education.

Departmental News

■ Prof. Mechref served as a reviewer for the Special Emphasis Panel ZDK1 GRB-S (M1), entitled "BIOMARKERS FOR DIABETES, DIGESTIVE, KIDNEY AND UROLOGIC DISEASES USING BIOSAMPLES FROM THE NIDDK REPOSITORY (R01)". May 6, 2019.

■ Prof. Mechref served as a reviewer for both the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NOW).

■ Prof. Poirier's new book, Quantum Physics, Mini Black Holes, and the Multiverse: Debunking Common Misconceptions in Theoretical Physics (Springer, 2018) has sold 819 print copies in its first nine months. Springer has announced that this is the best-selling book in its "multiversal journeys" series. Written for an educated but non-technical audience, the book seeks to clarify common public misconceptions in modern physics.

■ TTU alumnus Drew Brandon (M.S. with Prof Poirier, Ph.D. with Prof Casadonte) has accepted a position as Assistant Professor at Clayton State University in Morrow, GA outside of Atlanta beginning Fall 2019. His teaching/research will be in the area of Physical Chemistry and Chemical Education.

Departmental News

■ Prof. Mechref served as a reviewer for the Special Emphasis Panel ZDK1 GRB-S (M1), entitled "BIOMARKERS FOR DIABETES, DIGESTIVE, KIDNEY AND UROLOGIC DISEASES USING BIOSAMPLES FROM THE NIDDK REPOSITORY (R01)". May 6, 2019.

■ Prof. Mechref served as a reviewer for both the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NOW).

■ Prof. Poirier's new book, Quantum Physics, Mini Black Holes, and the Multiverse: Debunking Common Misconceptions in Theoretical Physics (Springer, 2018) has sold 819 print copies in its first nine months. Springer has announced that this is the best-selling book in its "multiversal journeys" series. Written for an educated but non-technical audience, the book seeks to clarify common public misconceptions in modern physics.

■ TTU alumnus Drew Brandon (M.S. with Prof Poirier, Ph.D. with Prof Casadonte) has accepted a position as Assistant Professor at Clayton State University in Morrow, GA outside of Atlanta beginning Fall 2019. His teaching/research will be in the area of Physical Chemistry and Chemical Education.



Awards and Accolades

Mayer Prof. Michael Mayer has been elected to the Texas Tech University Teaching Academy. Prof. Mayer and the 11 other new members (university-wide) will be officially inducted into the Academy during the New Member Induction Ceremony in September 2019.
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Nes Dr. W. David Nes has been honored with a special issue in the journal Molecules entitled "Chemical Biology of Sterols, Triterpenoids and Other Natural Products: A Themed Issue in Honor of Professor W. David Nes on the Occasion of His 65th Birthday".+ More
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LongUnruh Dr. Robert D. Long received the department's 2019 Staff Appreciation award - Administrative and Dr. Daniel Unruh received the 2019 Staff Appreciation award - Technical.
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cozzolino Prof. Cozzolino has been awarded an NSF CAREER grant titled 'Pnictogen Bonding in Solution: Developing Tools for the Self-assembly of Inverted Bilayer Membranes, Heteromolecular Dyads and Supramolecular Catalysts.' + More
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Mechref Prof. Mechref has been awarded the 'Nancy J. Bell Graduate Faculty Excellence in Mentoring Award for 2019'. The citation reads 'Your(sic) have shown a dedication to and a deep passion for mentoring graduate students. + More
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Student Highlights

Chitranjan Chitranjan Srivastav has been awarded a competitive 'James D. and Mary Hazlewood Memorial Graduate Fellowship' by the Graduate School. The award is for $3000 in the upcoming academic year.
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cecila Cecila Smith (Mentor: Prof. Findlater) placed 3rd out of 288 entrants in the '2019 TrUE Undergraduate Research Conference' at TTU on April 2nd and 3rd for her poster 'Conversion of Imines to Secondary Amines Using Iron-Catalyzed Hydrosilylation.'
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Shipra Grad student Shipra Garg (Krempner group) has been awarded a Helen DeVitt Jones Graduate Fellowship. The Fellowship award is $3500 per year for 3 years (Doctorate) starting fall 2019. 
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Amandeep Grad student Amandeep Brar (Krempner group) has been awarded a Texas Tech University Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship through the Graduate School. The award provides monthly salary and tuition/fee waivers beginning fall 2019 through graduation in Summer 2020.
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Babak Grad student Babak Tahmouresilerd (Cozzolino group) has been awarded a Texas Tech University Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship through the Graduate School. The award provides monthly salary and tuition/fee waivers beginning fall 2019 through graduation in Summer 2020.
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