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2021 Departmental News

Linda RodriguezLinda Rodriguez was accepted into the 2021-2022 TTU President's Leadership Institute! The PLI is a unique program designed for both faculty and staff, to engage with TTU leadership. Only 20 or so aspiring leaders from across the entire TTU campus are selected each year for this highly competitive program.

MechrefProf. and Assoc. VPR&I Yehia Mechref received approval from the NIH NIGMS to acquire a mass spectrometer by providing a supplement of $116,365.34.
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MechrefProf. and Assoc. VPR&I Yehia Mechref received a renewal on his NIH R01 grant entitled “Sensitive and Quantitative MS-bases Glycomic Mapping Platform,” which will be funded for four additional years at $1,224,670. + More
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PoirierProf. Poirier and former group member Jonathan Jerke were selected for the TTU Innovation Hub at Research Park's NSF-funded Regional I-Corps Program, designed to develop science and ideas to form high-impact teams and launch successful startups.+ More
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Aldo Hernandez Aldo Hernandez, B.Sc. Chemistry TTU class 2021, was selected to receive the 2021 Society for Applied Spectroscopy Undergraduate Award for his research in the Gamez lab. + More

TrophiesMojgan Atashi (a graduate student of Prof. Mechref) received the 2021-2022 James D. and Mary Hazlewood Memorial Graduate Fellowship from the Graduate School.

TrophiesNavkiran Kaur Juneja, a graduate student in Hutchins group, was awarded a Helen DeVitt Jones Graduate Fellowship.

TrophiesCongratulations to our departmental poster presentation winners! (Winners receive a $500 scholarship and $200 towards one conference withing the upcoming year. + More

TrophiesKevin Finch, PhD candidate in the Gamez lab, received a 2021 American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry graduate fellowship. The fellowship, sponsored by the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh, recognizes "outstanding research ability and accomplishment", and is highly competitive.

Linda RodriguezLinda Rodriguez was selected for the A&S Staff Spotlight, in July 2021. Read the Arts & Sciences Spotlight

Linda RodriguezLinda Rodriguez received a Phenomenal Women of Texas Tech Award for 2021, from the TTU Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Linda earned this honor because she was "vital to the success and health of the staff" over this past COVID year, during which she "showed true grit and leadership".

TrophiesChristianah Adejokun also received a Phenomenal Women of Texas Tech Award for 2021. An undergraduate chem major, Christianah received this honor for her "love for Texas Tech shown through her philanthropic work".

PoirierDr. Bill Poirier received a supplement in the amount of $33,000 to his NSF Award CDS&E: Massively Parallel Quantum Dynamics: Computing many accurate quantum states for real molecular applications. Only a select number of funded proposals were eligible for these supplements.
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UnruhDaniel Unruh received the College award of Excellence in Leadership.

QuentinQuentin Vaughn received the College award of Excellence in Support.

TrophiesXiaodan (Dannie) Ding (Hutchins group) won an award for best poster presentation at the Virtual Midwest Organic Solid State Chemistry Symposium on June 18, 2021.

Prof. LiProf. Li received his seventh renewal of Welch Grant Award entitled "Multi-Layer 3D Chirality and its Asymmetric Catalytic Assembly." The total grant amount is $240,000. The award starts June 01, 2021, through May 31, 2024. + More  Learn More

Prof. GamezDr. Gamez received an NSF grant award entitled "Glow Discharge Optical Emission Coded Aperture Spectral Imaging Elemental Mapping (GOCAEM) for Ultrahigh Throughput 3D Surface Analysis of Nanoscale Materials."+ More
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Prof. LischkaProf. Hans Lischka received an NSF grant award entitled “Collaborative Research: Aggregation Mechanisms in Carbon Nanomaterials Based on Pi-conjugated Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons.”+ More
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Prof. GelleneProf. Gellene received the Diamond Award, presented by the Teaching Academy and Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center, to honor innovative teaching and for providing a transformational learning experience for students during a pandemic.+ More
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Prof. PiorierProf. Poirier received the Diamond Award, presented by the Teaching Academy and Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center, to honor innovative teaching and for providing a transformational learning experience for students during a pandemic.+ More
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Prof. GamezDr. Gamez received the 2021 Susan Talkmitt STEM Motivator Award from the Texas Tech University Center for the Integration of STEM Education and Research (CISER). April 2021.
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Prof. HutchinsDr. Kristin Hutchins received a grant from The Welch Foundation entitled "Mechanochemistry as a green synthetic and crystallization tool for drug development." The total grant amount is $240,000. The award starts June 01, 2021, through May 31, 2024.
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Prof. GamezDr. Gamez was selected to receive the 2021 Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award from the TTU Center for Transformative Undergraduate Experiences (TrUE). April 2021.
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Quentin VaughnQuentin Vaugh was announced as a recipient of the Unsung Hero award as a part of the 2021 Raiders Who Rock.
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TrophiesKevin Finch, PhD candidate in the Gamez lab, was selected as a recipient of the 2021 Society for Applied Spectroscopy Atomic Section Student Award. He will receive the award at the upcoming SciX 2021 conference in September where he will give an invited talk.+ More

TrophiesAldo Hernandez, undergraduate student in the Gamez lab, was selected as a recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award from the TTU Center for Transformative Undergraduate Experiences (TrUE). April 2021.

TrophiesQixuan Zheng and Navkiran Kaur Juneja, graduate students of Prof. Hutchins, were both awarded Study Abroad Competitive Scholarships.

TrophiesHongjia Qian, a graduate student in the Shi group, has been awarded a Preston and Ima Smith Graduate Fellowship. The award is $2000 for the academic year 2021-2022.

TrophiesFor the 2021 Undergraduate Research Conference, there were 17 undergraduate students, who have conducted research in the department, submit posters. Eleven of these students were recognized as being Outstanding Presenters by reviewers. Three students also received individual awards for their presentations.+ More

PoirierHorn Distinguished Professor David Nes retired on March 31st, 2021. + More
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TrophiesMr. Juan Dominguez, a graduate student in the Morales group, has been recently awarded a NSF-Graduate Research Fellowship; + More
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TrophiesAneelman Brar and Arpita Singh, graduate students of Dr. Findlater, were both awarded Study Abroad Scholarships by the Graduate School.
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CasadonteProf. Casadonte received the national Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)-Goldwater Scholars Faculty Mentor Award.+ More
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PoirierProf. Poirier received the 2021 President's Excellence in Teaching Award.
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GeDr. Ge was named a 2021 Outstanding Researcher by the Office of Research and Innovation at Texas Tech University.
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HutchinsDr. Hutchins was selected as the Eta Omicron Nu (Honors College student organization at Texas Tech University) faculty appreciation winner for February 2021.
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PappasProf. Pappas was selected as an award recipient for the 2021 Professing Excellence Award.
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trophiesDr. Manna was selected as an award recipient for the 2021 Professing Excellence Award.

LindaLinda Rodriguez was nominated as a 2021 Raider Who Rocks. Linda was nominated by Dr. A. Gorden for the Unsung Hero Award.
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TrophiesGraduate student Mallika Kumar (Weber group) received a Helen DeVitt Jones Graduate Fellowship for three years. Recently she had been the recipient of a Graduate Student Research Support Award.
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TrophiesGraduate student Sekhon Jagdeep Kaur (Quitevis group) was awarded a Helen DeVitt Jones Graduate Fellowship.
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TrophiesGraduate student Navkiran Kaur Juneja (Hutchins group) won first place for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the TTU Graduate Student Research Virtual Poster Competition.
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TrophiesGraduate student Kevin Finch, PhD (Gamez group) received a Graduate Student Research Support Award. This funding is provided through the Texas Tech University Office of Parent and Family Relations, the Graduate Assembly, and the Graduate School. February 2021.
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PappasProf. Pappas received the Chancellor's Council Distinguished Teaching Award.
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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.” The total grant amount is $651,350. The award starts April 01, 2021 through March 31, 2026.
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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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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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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.
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TrophiesKevin Finch, PhD candidate in the Gamez lab, received the 2021 Edward Steers Bursary Award from the Association of British Spectroscopists.+ More
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