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2020 Departmental News

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 $230,0000 to The Sun Family Fund in Faculty Research Endowment. The sun family started the endowment in 2018 with a generous gift of $200,000. The new generous donation brings the principle of the endowment to $430,000.

TrophiesMr. Stuart Convers has made a sizeable gift ($30k+) to the excellence fund. Mr. Convers is a 1963 Texas Tech University graduate, majoring in Chemistry and Mathematics.

HutchinsProf. Hutchins received an ACS-PRF grant (ACS RAF# 61912-DNI10) entitled “Incorporation of Motion-Capable Functional Groups into Solid-State Materials and Impacts on Thermal Expansion.” The grant is for a total award of $110,000. The award starts June 01, 2021 and ends August 31, 2023.
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TrophiesThe following faculty and staff of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry have been recognized for the shown number of years of service to TTU:+ More

HutchinsProf. Kristin Hutchins has been named an advisory board member for the Women in Supramolecular Chemistry Network. The network is an international organization that supports the career progression of women in supramolecular chemistry (link).
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TrophiesNavkiran Kaur Juneja (Hutchins Group) has been awarded a TTU Study Abroad Competitive Scholarship.
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LathamProf. Latham received an NIH supplement entitled "Administrative supplement for equipment: Amersham Typhoon 5 gel and blot imager." The award was for $125,000.
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KorzeniewskiProf. Korzeniewski is accepted as a Women's & Gender Studies (WGS) Affiliated Faculty member.
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WylieProf. Wylie received an NIH supplement entitled Title: "The Purchase of a Liquid Chromatography System to facilitate the high-throughput quantification of lipid-protein interactions and membrane ordering using solid-state NMR." The award was for $93,306.00.
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TrophiesNavkiran Juneja (Hutchins Group) won an award for outstanding poster presentation at CEMWOQ.
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PappasProf. Pappas is named the 2020 Champion of Women by the West Texas Chapter of the Association of Women in STEAM.
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PappasProf. Pappas is also awarded the 2020 Integrated Scholar by Texas Tech University.
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Mechref Prof. Mechref is a co-investigator of a CPRIT academic research grant entitled “GD2 Expression and Response to Chemoimmunotherapy in Neuroblastoma.” awarded to Dr. Charles Reynolds, Professor of Pediatrics, + More
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Amanda BostonProf. Amanda Boston, who is a former Ph.D. student of the late Prof. Bartsch and is currently a Lubbock Christian University professor, is featured at KBCD for creating a new way for college students to engage their + More

CoreyFormer Ph.D student from Prof. Poirier group, Corey Petty, was recently interviewed by Forbes magazine. Since graduating from TTU in 2014, Dr. Petty has become a leader in the blockchain/cryptocurrency + More
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TrophiesCongratulations to all the graduate students who have received scholarships and awards. + More
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TTU LogoThe Biochemistry Society won first place in the Texas Tech Student Involvement CANstruction Competition. They used 118 cans from their can food drive to make a periodic table.

DanielLoyaDaniel Loya, a member of Prof. Hutchins Group, is featured in Chemical & Engineering News, Chemistry in Pictures for an image he took in the laboratory. The link to the article:Link
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CasadonteProf. Casadonte has been selected as a recipient of the President's Academic Achievement Award for 2020. Prof. Casadonte will be recognized at the Texas Tech University Faculty Honors Convocation on April 21.
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CasadonteProf. Casadonte has been selected as an award recipient for the 2020 Professing Excellence Award. The ceremony will take place Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 at 3 pm in the Matador Room in the Student Union Building.
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HutchinsProf. Hutchins has been selected as a recipient of the Alumni Association's New Faculty Award from the College of Arts & Sciences for 2020. Prof. Hutchins will be recognized at the Texas Tech University Faculty Honors Convocation on April 21.
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HutchinsProf. Hutchins has been selected for the Research Spotlight on Texas Tech Women Faculty Initiative for 2020. She will be recognized at the 36th Women's and Gender Studies Annual Conference luncheon on April 17.
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DavidNesProf. Nes' recent work (Zhou, W., E. Ramos, X. Zhu, P. M. Fisher, M. E. Kidane, B. H. Vanderloop, C. D. Thomas, J. Yan, U. Singha, M. Chaudhuri, M. T. Nagel, and W. D. Nes. 2019. Steroidal antibiotics are antimetabolites of Acanthamoeba  + More
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MechrefProf. Mechref was elected as Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of the NCI Alliance of Glycobiologist for Cancer Research.
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