Rosalyn Shim, an assistant professor of plant breeding and genetics in Texas Tech's Department of Plant and Soil Science, has been selected as the recipient of this year's ‘Open Access Publication Award,' officials with Texas Tech University Libraries announced today (Nov. 8).
Open access is the free, immediate availability of research articles online, coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment. The University Libraries recognizes faculty members for their commitment to open access through four different recognitions: the Open Education Award, the Open Access Publication Award, the Open Access Advocacy Award and the Open Data Award.
“As an academic researcher, I appreciate the value of being able to rapidly share research findings with the broader scientific community,” Shim said. “This way, other researchers can have the opportunity to challenge, improve, discuss or build upon whatever discoveries have been made here at Texas Tech toward creating knowledge.”
Shim noted, “For me, the Open Access Award for Open Access Publication is a recognition of my efforts to foster these kinds of interactions among members of the research community, and I am truly grateful.”
Her research focuses on genetic variation present in the wild relatives of crops that can be used to improve various agronomic traits in crops such as cotton, tomato and rice. Using both genetics and genomics tools, her research group identifies genes controlling target agronomic traits from wild or exotic genetic libraries for mapping, cloning, functional validation and marker-assisted breeding.
Prior to joining Tech's College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources faculty in 2017, Shim worked as a research faculty member in the Laboratory of Plant Molecular Biosystems in Nagoya University in Japan. She received her bachelor's degree in biology and master's degree in genetics from the University of the Philippines-Los Baños. Her doctorate in agricultural sciences is from Nagoya University.
Faculty members were selected by the Libraries' Scholarly Publishing Team. The purpose of the Open Access Awards is to recognize faculty who have made their research open or used open materials in their courses. It is intended to assist faculty when demonstrating the impact of their work. For example, a faculty member may use the award on their dossier or vitae.
Other Texas Tech University faculty members to receive 2021 Open Access Awards included:
- Open Education Award: Cecil Short, Assistant Professor Of Curriculum & Instruction, College of Education
- Open Access Advocacy Award: Jacob Kirksey, assistant Professor of Educational Psychology, Leadership & Counseling, College of Education
- Open Data Award: Nicholas Bowman, Associate Professor of Journalism & Creative Media Industries, College of Media & Communication
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