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2018 Departmental News



Shine Emeritus Prof. Henry Shine is listed among the "Famous Organic Chemists" on the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry.
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TTU Logo The American Chemical Society-Student Affiliates chapter has received an Honorable Mention award for chapter activities in the 2017-18 academic year.

Trubenstein Undergraduate student Henry Trubenstein received $1000 funding through CALUE (Center for Active Learning and Undergraduate Engagement) to support his undergrad research efforts in Prof. Cozzolino's group.+ More
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MillerUndergraduate student Lauren Miller was awarded a fellowship from the Center for Active Learning and Undergraduate Engagement (CALUE) to conduct research in Prof. Kristin Hutchin's lab this academic year.
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Poster Session WinnerThe Annual Departmental Poster Session was held on Friday, August 24th, 2018. The winners of the poster competition are: Graduate Students: Analytical - Mona Goli and Ying Liang (Tie for 1st place); + More
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Hase Prof. Hase has received NSF funds as part of an NSF grant awarded to Prof. Yong Chen of Computer Science. The title of the award is "Elements:Software:NSCI: Empowering Data-driven Discovery with a Provenance Collection, Management and Analysis Software Infrastructure." The total award is $599,982 while Prof. Hase share is $89,997.
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Quitevis Prof. Edward Quitevis has had his paper E. Bordes, L. Douce, E. L. Quitevis, A. A. H. Padua, and M. Costa Gomes Ionic Liquids at the Surface of Graphite: Wettability and Structure J Chem Phys 148, 1933840(1)-1933840(9) (2018) + More
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VinceBertonazziHiemstra The Chemistry & Biochemistry Shops are the 2018 recipients of the TTU Guns Up! Award. Congratulations to Vince, Jeanne, and Scott!
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Krempner Prof. Krempner received an award from the Department of Energy for his grant application entitled "Inverse Frustrated Lewis Pairs as Transition Metal Free Catalysts for Hydrogenations of Organic Carbonyl Compounds, CO2 and CO." + More
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Latham Prof. Michael Latham received an R35 award from the NIH for his grant application entitled "Structural Biology Studies of a Large DNA Repair Complex." This award is funded at $1,798,573 total cost for 5 years starting September 1st, 2018.
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Pappas Prof. Dimitri Pappas received a CPRIT High-Impact/High-Risk Research Award for his grant application entitled "Microfluidic Cancer Assay for Liquid Biopsies and Early Detection." This award is funded at $200,000 total cost for 2 years. + More
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John Prof. John D'Auria has been invited to participate in the Plant Metabolic Engineering Gordon Research Conference The Eight 'F's of Plant Metabolic Engineering; Food, Feed, Flavor, Fragrance, Fiber, Fuel, Pharma and Future Technologies + More
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Don Pathirage Don Pathirage (IT Support – Electronics Shop) received a "best paper" award in the area of "Software Systems and Applications" at the ICSOFT conference July 26-28 in Portugal + More
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PoirierProf. Bill Poirier has been awarded a supplement of $30,998 to his NSF grant entitled CDS&E: Massively Parallel Quantum Dynamics: Computing many accurate quantum states for real molecular applications. This brings the total award to $529,007 through July 2020.
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Pappas Researchers' Sepsis-Detecting Chip Proves Successful in Human Study. The chip, invented by associate professor Dimitri Pappas and graduate student Ye Zhang, detects sepsis, a potentially fatal condition + More
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MechrefProf. Yehia Mechref has been invited by IntechOpen to be the Academic Editor of a book. IntechOpen is the first and largest native scientific publisher of Open Access books according to the SIMBA Information report.
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FindlaterProf. Michael Findlater has been invited to join the editorial board of Molecules (2016 IF 2.861, 5-year IF 2.988).
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Mechref The NIH-National Cancer Institue (NCI) awards Yehia Mechref (TTU) and David Lubman (University of Michigan) a new U01 grant entitled Screening of Glycan Markers in Serum for Early Detection of HCC in Different Etiologies of Disease. + More
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TTU Logo Prof.'s John D'Auria, Michael Mayer, Bob Shaw and Dom Casadonte were among the 32 Texas Tech University Professors recognized by one (or more!) of this year's Phi Beta Kappa student inductees. + More
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YehiaProf. Mechref has been awarded a $600K NIH S10 BRS Shared Instrumentation grant. This is the first S10 ever awarded to TTU. + More
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GuigenProf. Li has received a supplemental grant from the Welch Foundation. This supplement is indicative of the Welch Foundation interest in supporting Prof. Li's research.
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BillProf. Poirier has received a supplemental grant from the Welch Foundation. This supplement is indicative of the Welch Foundation interest in supporting Prof. Poirier's research.
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MillerCongratulations to Amanda Miller for being awarded the Outstanding Undergraduate Research (OUR) Award presented by CALUE.
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TTU LogoCongratulations to Amanda Miller & Adrian Falco for awards at the 2018 Texas Tech University Undergraduate Research Conference. + More

QuitevisPaulProf.'s Quitevis and Pare are the recipients of a President's Excellence in Research Professorship for 3 years beginning in September 2018. + More
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CasadontePappasProf.'s Casadonte and Pappas are the recipients of a President's Excellence in Teaching Professorship for 3 years beginning in September 2018. + More
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YehiaProf. Mechref has been awarded a $600K NIH S10 BRS Shared Instrumentation grant. This is the first S10 ever awarded to TTU. + More
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GuigenProf. Li has received a supplemental grant from the Welch Foundation. This supplement is indicative of the Welch Foundation interest in supporting Prof. Li's research.
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BillProf. Poirier has received a supplemental grant from the Welch Foundation. This supplement is indicative of the Welch Foundation interest in supporting Prof. Poirier's research.
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QuitevisPaulProf.'s Quitevis and Pare are the recipients of a President's Excellence in Research Professorship for 3 years beginning in September 2018. + More
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CasadontePappasProf.'s Casadonte and Pappas are the recipients of a President's Excellence in Teaching Professorship for 3 years beginning in September 2018. + More
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QuitevisProf.'s Quitevis and Abidi (Dept Plant Soil Sci) have been notified that their Bayer Crop Science grant entitled "Cellulose Dissolution and Regeneration Using Ionic Liquids" was renewed. + More
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GuigenProf. Li's Welch grant proposal "Chiral GAP Catalysts for Asymmetric Reactions" will be renewed for three years ($330,000 for 3 years). + More
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LathamProf. Latham Welch grant proposal "Uncovering allosteric coupling in a DNA damage repair complex with methyl-based NMR spectroscopy". + More
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FindlaterProf. Findlater was named the Alpha Chi Omega Professor of the Month in March.
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TTU LogoReed Nieman has been awarded a Lubbock Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Chapter Memorial Scholarship provided by the Community Foundation of West Texas. + More

MechrefProf. Yehia Mechref (Chair) has been appointed a Paul Whitfield Horn Professor effective March 2, 2018. This is TTU's highest honor for faculty. + More
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FindlaterCongratulations to Prof. Michael Findlater for receiving the Chancellor's Council Distinguished Award in Research. + More
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MechrefProf. Yehia Mechref has been invited by the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to serve as a permanent member of the Enabling Bioanalytical and Imaging Technologies (EBIT) Study Section, + More
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TTU LogoCongratulations to our undergraduate students who participated in the 10th annual Undergraduate Research Conference here at Texas Tech University + More

ReedCongratulations Reed Nieman for receiving the Doctoral Dissertation fellowship for 2018-19 academic year.

MirandaGraduate Student Miranda Andrews featured in a College of Arts & Sciences article.
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DAuriaProf. John D'Auria served on an NSF Panel for the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences Feb 26-28th.
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HaseFaculty development leave has been approved for William Hase, Horn Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences for spring of 2019 + More
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DavidFaculty development leave for David Birney, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences for fall of 2018. + More
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LathamProf. Latham received a CPRIT single investigator grant of $850,877; + More
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MoralesProf. Jorge Morales has been selected as one of the recipients of the President's Excellence in Teaching awards for 2018.
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TTU LogoThe Department was pleased to host Dr. Ming Sun and his wife Alice on Feb. 23rd+ More

PoirierProf. Poirier received a grant from the Max Planck Institute + More
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YehiaOn January 29, 2018, Prof. Mechref served on the NIDDK Special Emphasis Panel; + More

SweedlerProf. Jonathan Sweedler (UIUC) was guest speaker for the Dasgupta Lecture Series, Feb 7th & 8th+ More
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Shen LinThe Department was pleased to host Dr. Ginny Shen Lin and her daughter Dr. Anna Elsalim on Jan. 19th+ More

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