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Welcome to the April edition of We Are Arts & Sciences, the official internal newsletter of the College of Arts & Sciences. Take a moment to read Interim Dean Michael San Francisco's monthly message by clicking below. 
 
DEAN'S MESSAGE

Cristina Bradatan is an Associate Professor in the Texas Tech Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work. Get to know Dr. Bradatan in the April edition of the A&S Faculty Spotlight.

APRIL FACULTY SPOTLIGHT
Juanita Ramirez is the Business Manager for the Department of English in the College of Arts & Sciences. She started her career at Texas Tech in 1977 and is officially retiring at the end of April. Get to know her in this month's A&S Staff Spotlight. 
APRIL STAFF SPOTLIGHT
Texas Tech University and Premier Oilfield Group recently announced the formation of a public-private partnership significantly enhancing geoscience research, exploration and innovation across the Permian Basin region. 
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Chemistry & Biochemistry 
Dimitri Pappas, professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, was honored with the 2021 Chancellor's Council Distinguished Research Award for his work detecting cancer and heart disease. His numerous research grants include one from the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) for his ongoing work toward developing a new, quick and inexpensive cancer-detection chip.
Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures 
James Lee, Qualia Professor in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, was named the 2021 Outstanding Researcher by the Office of Research & Innovation. 
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Dominick Casadonte, Minnie Stevens Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, received the National Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)-Goldwater Scholars Faculty Mentor Award. 
Chemistry & Biochemistry
William Poirier, professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, is the winner of the 2021 President's Excellence in Teaching Award.
History 
Erin-Marie Legacey's book, Making Space for the Dead: Catacombs, Cemeteries, and Reimagining of Paris, 1730-1830, was chosen to receive the First Place President's Faculty Book Award for 2020-21. Peer colleagues on campus reviewed the book and discussed it with a committee, and the committee was unanimous in recommending it for First Prize.
English 
Min-Joo Kim's book, The Syntax and Semantics of Noun Modifiers and the Theory of Universal Grammar: A Korean Perspective, was chosen to receive the Second Place President's Faculty Book Award for 2020-21. Peer colleagues on campus reviewed the book and discussed it with a committee, and the committee was unanimous in recommending it for Second Prize.
Biological Sciences
Jennifer Burns, professor and chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, led a National Science Foundation funded research team that has published its findings in The Royal Society. The team's research, "Seasonal resource pulses and the foraging depth of a Southern Ocean top predator," studied the cascading effects of seasonal resource pulses—such as the phytoplankton bloom that occurs in Antarctic waters once the sea ice starts to melt—on the diving and feeding behavior of Weddell seals.
Biological Sciences 

Caleb Phillips, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, was recently awarded an NIH R15 grant titled “Patient Genetic Determinants of Chronic Wound Microbiome Composition”. The collaborators on this project are Todd Little from the Texas Tech Department of Educational Psychology and Nicole Phillips from the University of North Texas Health Science Center. The total award amount is $419,498

Environmental Toxicology 
Published this month in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, research analysis by doctoral student James Ayodeji and his adviser Seshadri Ramkumar, professor of chemical countermeasures and advanced materials, shows that roughly two-thirds of states saw a reduction in COVID-19 cases in the three to four weeks after enacting a mask mandate.

Biological Sciences 
Nick Smith, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, was awarded an NSF CAREER grant from DEB entitled “ CAREER: Improving understanding and prediction of photosynthetic acclimation to global change”, with a total value of $1,142,850
Physics & Astronomy 
In the 2021 QS World University Rankings released in March, the Texas Tech Department of Physics & Astronomy, along with nine U.S. Universities, ranked 301-350 (66th in the U.S.) for the second consecutive year. 124 Physics & Astronomy departments in the U.S. ranked in the top 600. The ranking criteria are based on academic reputation, employer reputation, research citations per paper, and H-index.
 
We invite you to join us for a collection of stories capturing the imagination and innovative spirit that defines the Texas Tech College of Arts & Sciences. Enjoy a monthly showcase of current students and notable alumni sharing their unique perspectives and experiences. The College of Arts & Sciences is home to innovators of all types, and here, we believe, Innovation Never Stops.
 
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