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Two Assistant Professor Positions Available. Colleagues Remember Horn Professor William Hase as Direct, Honest, Caring Prof. Dominick Casadonte, Jr. received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring A missense mutation in the CSTF2 gene that impairs the function of the RNA recognition motif and causes defects in 3 Orientational and Low-Frequency (0-450 cm-1) Dynamics of Methyl Methacrylate: OHD-RIKES Measurements and DFT Calculations Low-Temperature Plasma Probe Mass Spectrometry for Analytes Separated on Thin-Layer Chromatography Plates: Direct vs Laser Assisted Desorption Electrochemical Arylation of Aldehydes, Ketones and Alcohols:  from Cathodic Reduction to Convergent Paired Electrolysis
Development of Abel's Inversion Method to Extract Radially Resolved Optical Emission Maps from Spectral Data Cubes Collected via Push-Broom Hyperspectral Imaging with Sub-pixel Shifting Sampling
The dynamic nature of the Mre11-Rad50 DNA break repair complex Multi-frame Virtual Atendees Departmental Alumni Highlights Early History of the Department

Departmental News

  • Professor Anne Gorden was appointed as a Member to the Committee on Women Chemists, a joint committee of the Council and Board of Directors of the national American Chemical Society for 2021.
  • Eta Omicron Nu, the service organization of the Honors College, named Professor Weber the "Professor of the Month" for the month of November 2020.
  • The Gamez lab presented at the FACSS Great SCIentific eXchange: SciX conference, October 12 – 15, 2020:
    • G. Gamez, K. Finch, A. Hernandez, Y. She. Platforms for Nanoparticle Characterization via Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy Elemental Mapping, Invited lecture.
    • K. Finch, A. Hernandez, G. Gamez, A Spatiotemporally Resolved Characterization of a Radiofrequency Pulsed Glow Discharge Fundamental Parameters Under Optical Emission Spectroscopy Elemental Mapping Operating Conditions, Poster.
    • Y. She, K. Finch, A. Hernandez, G. Gamez, GDOES elemental mapping and quantification via Single Pixel Compressed Sensing Imaging, Poster.
    • D. Zhang, M. Oliva, G. Gamez, Polymer Characterization via Laser-Assisted Pyrolysis Program Flowing Atmospheric Pressure Afterglow Ambient Mass Spectrometry, Poster.
    • A. Hernandez, K. Finch, Y. She, G. Gamez Elemental Mapping of Silver Nanoparticles on Microarrays using Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectrometry, Poster.
  • A. Hernandez, K. Finch, Y. She, G. Gamez, Chemical Imaging of Silver Nanoparticles on a Microarray Medium with Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectrometry, Poster presentation at LatinXCHEM(@LatinXChem)/Twitter, September 7, 2020.
  • The Gamez lab presented at the 68th ASMS conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics, June 1-12, 2020:
    • M. Oliva, D. Zhang, G. Gamez, Adhesive Tape Discrimination For Forensic Applications with Flowing Atmospheric Pressure Afterglow Ambient Mass Spectrometry, Poster.
    • D. Zhang, G. Gamez Reactive Flowing Atmospheric Pressure Afterglow for Derivatization Analytes in Real-time, Poster.
    • M. Latif, G. Gamez, Flowing Atmospheric-Pressure Afterglow Drift Tube Ion Mobility Spectrometry, Poster.
  • G. Gamez, K. Finch, Y. She. Multi-Dimensional Elemental Analysis of Conductive and Non-conductive Samples by Pulsed Glow-Discharge Spectrometry, Invited lecture presented at PITTCON conference & expo, March 1-5, 2020, Chicago, USA.
  • M. Oliva, Y. Pu, D. Zhang, G. Gamez. Ambient Ionization Mass Spectrometry (AMS): A New Forensic Tool for Adhesive Tape Evidence Discrimination, Poster presentation at the 72nd Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, February 17-22, 2020, Anaheim, USA.
  • G. Gamez, K. Finch, Y. She, S. Shi, D. Zhang, M. Latif, M. Oliva, Surveying the Three Dimensional Elemental Landscape of Solid Sample Surfaces with Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy, keynote lecture presented at the Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry, January 13 – 18, 2020, Tucson, USA. Young Scientist in Plasma Spectrochemistry Award.

Departmental News

  • Professor Anne Gorden was appointed as a Member to the Committee on Women Chemists, a joint committee of the Council and Board of Directors of the national American Chemical Society for 2021.
  • Eta Omicron Nu, the service organization of the Honors College, named Professor Weber the "Professor of the Month" for the month of November 2020.
  • The Gamez lab presented at the FACSS Great SCIentific eXchange: SciX conference, October 12 – 15, 2020:
    • G. Gamez, K. Finch, A. Hernandez, Y. She. Platforms for Nanoparticle Characterization via Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy Elemental Mapping, Invited lecture.
    • K. Finch, A. Hernandez, G. Gamez, A Spatiotemporally Resolved Characterization of a Radiofrequency Pulsed Glow Discharge Fundamental Parameters Under Optical Emission Spectroscopy Elemental Mapping Operating Conditions, Poster.
    • Y. She, K. Finch, A. Hernandez, G. Gamez, GDOES elemental mapping and quantification via Single Pixel Compressed Sensing Imaging, Poster.
    • D. Zhang, M. Oliva, G. Gamez, Polymer Characterization via Laser-Assisted Pyrolysis Program Flowing Atmospheric Pressure Afterglow Ambient Mass Spectrometry, Poster.
    • A. Hernandez, K. Finch, Y. She, G. Gamez Elemental Mapping of Silver Nanoparticles on Microarrays using Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectrometry, Poster.
  • A. Hernandez, K. Finch, Y. She, G. Gamez, Chemical Imaging of Silver Nanoparticles on a Microarray Medium with Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectrometry, Poster presentation at LatinXCHEM(@LatinXChem)/Twitter, September 7, 2020.
  • The Gamez lab presented at the 68th ASMS conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics, June 1-12, 2020:
    • M. Oliva, D. Zhang, G. Gamez, Adhesive Tape Discrimination For Forensic Applications with Flowing Atmospheric Pressure Afterglow Ambient Mass Spectrometry, Poster.
    • D. Zhang, G. Gamez Reactive Flowing Atmospheric Pressure Afterglow for Derivatization Analytes in Real-time, Poster.
    • M. Latif, G. Gamez, Flowing Atmospheric-Pressure Afterglow Drift Tube Ion Mobility Spectrometry, Poster.
  • G. Gamez, K. Finch, Y. She. Multi-Dimensional Elemental Analysis of Conductive and Non-conductive Samples by Pulsed Glow-Discharge Spectrometry, Invited lecture presented at PITTCON conference & expo, March 1-5, 2020, Chicago, USA.
  • M. Oliva, Y. Pu, D. Zhang, G. Gamez. Ambient Ionization Mass Spectrometry (AMS): A New Forensic Tool for Adhesive Tape Evidence Discrimination, Poster presentation at the 72nd Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, February 17-22, 2020, Anaheim, USA.
  • G. Gamez, K. Finch, Y. She, S. Shi, D. Zhang, M. Latif, M. Oliva, Surveying the Three Dimensional Elemental Landscape of Solid Sample Surfaces with Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy, keynote lecture presented at the Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry, January 13 – 18, 2020, Tucson, USA. Young Scientist in Plasma Spectrochemistry Award.

Departmental News

  • Professor Anne Gorden was appointed as a Member to the Committee on Women Chemists, a joint committee of the Council and Board of Directors of the national American Chemical Society for 2021.
  • Eta Omicron Nu, the service organization of the Honors College, named Professor Weber the "Professor of the Month" for the month of November 2020.
  • The Gamez lab presented at the FACSS Great SCIentific eXchange: SciX conference, October 12 – 15, 2020:
    • G. Gamez, K. Finch, A. Hernandez, Y. She. Platforms for Nanoparticle Characterization via Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy Elemental Mapping, Invited lecture.
    • K. Finch, A. Hernandez, G. Gamez, A Spatiotemporally Resolved Characterization of a Radiofrequency Pulsed Glow Discharge Fundamental Parameters Under Optical Emission Spectroscopy Elemental Mapping Operating Conditions, Poster.
    • Y. She, K. Finch, A. Hernandez, G. Gamez, GDOES elemental mapping and quantification via Single Pixel Compressed Sensing Imaging, Poster.
    • D. Zhang, M. Oliva, G. Gamez, Polymer Characterization via Laser-Assisted Pyrolysis Program Flowing Atmospheric Pressure Afterglow Ambient Mass Spectrometry, Poster.
    • A. Hernandez, K. Finch, Y. She, G. Gamez Elemental Mapping of Silver Nanoparticles on Microarrays using Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectrometry, Poster.
  • A. Hernandez, K. Finch, Y. She, G. Gamez, Chemical Imaging of Silver Nanoparticles on a Microarray Medium with Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectrometry, Poster presentation at LatinXCHEM(@LatinXChem)/Twitter, September 7, 2020.
  • The Gamez lab presented at the 68th ASMS conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics, June 1-12, 2020:
    • M. Oliva, D. Zhang, G. Gamez, Adhesive Tape Discrimination For Forensic Applications with Flowing Atmospheric Pressure Afterglow Ambient Mass Spectrometry, Poster.
    • D. Zhang, G. Gamez Reactive Flowing Atmospheric Pressure Afterglow for Derivatization Analytes in Real-time, Poster.
    • M. Latif, G. Gamez, Flowing Atmospheric-Pressure Afterglow Drift Tube Ion Mobility Spectrometry, Poster.
  • G. Gamez, K. Finch, Y. She. Multi-Dimensional Elemental Analysis of Conductive and Non-conductive Samples by Pulsed Glow-Discharge Spectrometry, Invited lecture presented at PITTCON conference & expo, March 1-5, 2020, Chicago, USA.
  • M. Oliva, Y. Pu, D. Zhang, G. Gamez. Ambient Ionization Mass Spectrometry (AMS): A New Forensic Tool for Adhesive Tape Evidence Discrimination, Poster presentation at the 72nd Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, February 17-22, 2020, Anaheim, USA.
  • G. Gamez, K. Finch, Y. She, S. Shi, D. Zhang, M. Latif, M. Oliva, Surveying the Three Dimensional Elemental Landscape of Solid Sample Surfaces with Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy, keynote lecture presented at the Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry, January 13 – 18, 2020, Tucson, USA. Young Scientist in Plasma Spectrochemistry Award.

Departmental News

  • Professor Anne Gorden was appointed as a Member to the Committee on Women Chemists, a joint committee of the Council and Board of Directors of the national American Chemical Society for 2021.
  • Eta Omicron Nu, the service organization of the Honors College, named Professor Weber the "Professor of the Month" for the month of November 2020.
  • The Gamez lab presented at the FACSS Great SCIentific eXchange: SciX conference, October 12 – 15, 2020:
    • G. Gamez, K. Finch, A. Hernandez, Y. She. Platforms for Nanoparticle Characterization via Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy Elemental Mapping, Invited lecture.
    • K. Finch, A. Hernandez, G. Gamez, A Spatiotemporally Resolved Characterization of a Radiofrequency Pulsed Glow Discharge Fundamental Parameters Under Optical Emission Spectroscopy Elemental Mapping Operating Conditions, Poster.
    • Y. She, K. Finch, A. Hernandez, G. Gamez, GDOES elemental mapping and quantification via Single Pixel Compressed Sensing Imaging, Poster.
    • D. Zhang, M. Oliva, G. Gamez, Polymer Characterization via Laser-Assisted Pyrolysis Program Flowing Atmospheric Pressure Afterglow Ambient Mass Spectrometry, Poster.
    • A. Hernandez, K. Finch, Y. She, G. Gamez Elemental Mapping of Silver Nanoparticles on Microarrays using Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectrometry, Poster.
  • A. Hernandez, K. Finch, Y. She, G. Gamez, Chemical Imaging of Silver Nanoparticles on a Microarray Medium with Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectrometry, Poster presentation at LatinXCHEM(@LatinXChem)/Twitter, September 7, 2020.
  • The Gamez lab presented at the 68th ASMS conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics, June 1-12, 2020:
    • M. Oliva, D. Zhang, G. Gamez, Adhesive Tape Discrimination For Forensic Applications with Flowing Atmospheric Pressure Afterglow Ambient Mass Spectrometry, Poster.
    • D. Zhang, G. Gamez Reactive Flowing Atmospheric Pressure Afterglow for Derivatization Analytes in Real-time, Poster.
    • M. Latif, G. Gamez, Flowing Atmospheric-Pressure Afterglow Drift Tube Ion Mobility Spectrometry, Poster.
  • G. Gamez, K. Finch, Y. She. Multi-Dimensional Elemental Analysis of Conductive and Non-conductive Samples by Pulsed Glow-Discharge Spectrometry, Invited lecture presented at PITTCON conference & expo, March 1-5, 2020, Chicago, USA.
  • M. Oliva, Y. Pu, D. Zhang, G. Gamez. Ambient Ionization Mass Spectrometry (AMS): A New Forensic Tool for Adhesive Tape Evidence Discrimination, Poster presentation at the 72nd Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, February 17-22, 2020, Anaheim, USA.
  • G. Gamez, K. Finch, Y. She, S. Shi, D. Zhang, M. Latif, M. Oliva, Surveying the Three Dimensional Elemental Landscape of Solid Sample Surfaces with Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy, keynote lecture presented at the Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry, January 13 – 18, 2020, Tucson, USA. Young Scientist in Plasma Spectrochemistry Award.



Awards and Accolades

Dr. HutchinsProf. Kristin Hutchins has received the NSF-CAREER award entitled “CAREER: Solid-state molecular motion, reversible covalent-bond formation, and self-assembly for controlling thermal expansion behavior.”+ More
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Dr. GamezProf. Gamez received the 2020 Young Plasma Scientist Award, sponsored by Thermo Fisher Scientific, at the Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry held in Tucson, January 2020.+ More
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Dr. LathamProf. Latham will be the recipient of the 2021 A&S Excellence in Research Award for the natural and physical sciences.
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Dr. ShiProf. Shi received a BASF-TTU Project Revolution grant to create breeding materials in cotton using gene-editing technology. The total grant amount is $228,032. The award starts January 01, 2021, and lasts through June 30, 2022.
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TrophiesDr. Ming and Mrs. Alice Sun have added a 2nd sizable gift to The Sun Family Fund in Faculty Research Endowment. The sun family started the endowment in 2018 with a generous gift.

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Student Highlights

TrophiesMaureen Oliva, MS graduate in the Gamez lab, received the Outstanding Masters Student in Forensic Science Award from the Institute of Forensic Science at the TTU Dept. of Environmental Toxicology. August 2020.

TrophiesKevin Finch, PhD candidate in the Gamez lab, received the 2021 Edward Steers Bursary Award from the Association of British Spectroscopists. + More

TrophiesNavkiran Kaur Juneja (Hutchins Group) has been awarded a TTU Study Abroad Competitive Scholarship.

TrophiesThe winners of the 2020 graduate student poster completion were:
Analytical: Bhagya Wickramaratne (1st place), Kevin Finch (2nd place); Inorganic: Chamila Manankandayalage (1st place); Organic: Adineh Rezaei (1st place), Navkiran Juneja (2nd place); Physical: Bhumika Jayee (1st place)

ShiveaShiva Moaven was invited to present her research at the Global Inorganic Discussion Weekend (GIDW - https://www.cheminst.ca/cic-virtual/gidw/), + More

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