Texas Tech University

Department of Geosciences




Department News and Announcements

  • Dr. Sandip has been awarded the 2020 International Research and Development Seed Grant awarded by the TTU Office of International Affairs; please see attached the PDF. Project: Exploring the complexities in atmospheric boundary layer dynamics over mountainous regions using lidar and in-situ observations.
  • We are proud to announce that Dr. Harold Gurrola, Associate Professor Geosciences, will be awarded the 2020 Professing Excellence Award! Each year, Texas Tech students are given the opportunity to nominate faculty members and present awards to those who have demonstrated exceptional educational skills. Congratulations to Dr. Gurrola for winning this award and representing the Department of Geosciences!
  • Dr. Sandip has been awarded the 2020 Faculty Conference Travel Grant by the Office of Research & Innovation of Texas Tech University to attend an International Conference in Houston (Aerosol, Cloud, Precipitation, and Climate, a joint initiative of the International Geosphere–Biosphere Programme and the World Climate Research Programme).
  • We are proud to announce Dr. Sandip was given the 2019 Open Access Award for Publications through the Faculty Research Committee at the Texas Tech University Libraries for showing commitment to open access via publishing in high-impact open access journals, and serving as a reviewer for various reputed journals and an associate editor of an open access journal.
  • We are very excited to announce our very own Mary Catherine Hastert has been awarded the Chancellor's Award of Excellence! The Chancellor's Award of Excellence is given to a staff member who demonstrates exemplary service and commitment to the Texas Tech University System and the achievement of its goals through his or her actions throughout the year. One award is given out each year to a staff member who has promoted change within their department, and motivates fellow faculty. Congratulations Mary Catherine on this wonderful accomplishment!
  • Dr. Nagihara was featured in Texas Tech Today for his lunar heat flow probe for NASA's mission to the Moon. 
  • Water has been a big issue in West Texas for decades – and for good reason. Not only is it absolutely vital to sustain both the lives of the people and animals here as well as the agricultural industries for which this area is famous, it's also a limited resource. Arid-zone hydrology is the study of the water cycle – precipitation, surface runoffs, infiltration to and evaporation from soil, water-usage by plants, and recharge of groundwater – in arid regions, including Southern High Plains of West Texas.  Thanks to a National Science Foundation grant, Dr. Horita is getting a new tool to help him in this pivotal research: a high-precision water isotope analyzer.
  • Dr. Hetherington, in collaboration with Rauf Arif and TJ Martinez (Journalism & Creative Media Industries) was awarded $299,998 by the National Science Foundation to lead an International Research Experience for Students (IRES) to the University of Pretoria during the summers of 2020-2022. During the IRES students will conduct research on magnetite-pipes in the eastern Bushveld Complex, learn about precious metals and strategic mineral exploration, extraction and supply chains, learn about strategies for social media journalism and multimedia story telling. The outcomes of the communication research will be used to develop communication strategies for increasing participation in Study Abroad programs by under-represented student cohorts. Learn more at southafrica.geosciences.ttu.edu
  • Drs. John Schroeder (Geosciences), Brian Ancell (Geosciences), and Brian Hirth (National Wind Institute) received a $582,000 award from the National Institute of Standards and Technology to deploy new 4D measurement and modeling techniques to advance understanding of windstorm characteristics and provide input and validation of numerical, experimental and empirical modeling efforts.  The award leverages Texas Tech University's StickNet and the TTUKa radar platforms to make comprehensive measurements of low level wind structure, while a state-of-the-art numerical weather prediction system will be used to model the same windstorms.

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