Dr. Ramkumar's Views on Facemasks in the USA TODAY
"In these areas where the instrument (in the video) is used, there is (a) logical chance that exhaled CO2 gets recorded," Seshadri Ramkumar, an environmental toxicology professor at Texas Tech University, said in an email. "But studies do not show any alarming effect."
Degeng Wang was invited to serve as a member of the review panel for the 2021 Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP), part of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) of the US army.
On October 19, 2021, Texas Public Radio Network’s program Texas Standard interviewed, Dr. Seshadri Ramkumar on the cotton oil absorbent work. The talk showcased the sustainable advantages of cotton nonwoven as oil absorbent.
Researchers Study Impact of Climate on Dogs' Ability to Detect Explosives
Paola Tiedemann, a research associate professor of forensic science in Texas Tech University's Department of Environmental Toxicology, and Nathaniel Hall, an assistant professor of companion animal science in the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, have received a $270,717 cooperative agreement from the U.S. Army Research Office to study how environmental factors impact the performance of explosives-detection dogs (EDD).
TTU Student Senate Recognition
TTU’s Student Senate, the elected representative body of students has recognized Dr. Seshadri Ramkumar’ work on personnel protective equipment, face masks and in building the field of Technical Textiles in India, which has played vital role during COVID-19 pandemic. The student body passed this as a Student Senate Resolution 57.22 in its September 2021 meeting.
2021 Headliner Award Honoree
Texas Tech University Biological Threat Research Laboratory was awarded the 2021 Headliner Award from the Lubbock Professional Chapter Association for Women in Communications.
The award celebrates the positive contributions and achievements of individuals and organizations who make Lubbock a great place to live.
TTU’s Innovation Hub has released Commercialization Roadmap 2.0, wherein the innovation from TIEHH, ”FiberTect™,” has been featured. Dr. Seshadri Ramkumar has collaborated with Chantilly-based First Line Technology to commercialize the decontamination wipe technology, which is used by first responders and many government agencies around the world.
Congratulations to PH.D. Student, Bianca Rendon
Bianca Rendon was selected to participate in a 21-day research project to study the establishment and spread of avian malaria on Navarino Island, Chile. Navarino Island is located off the southernmost coast of Chile and is extremely remote and rugged. The research project that Bianca will be working on is a University of North Texas grant that is a component of the Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program, and is supported by the National Science Foundation International Research Experience for Students (NSF-IRES).
Congratulations to the 2020-21 Outstanding Students!
Environmental and Human Health Outstanding PhD Students:
1st place – Dr. Nicole Dennis
2nd place – Dr. Narayan Acharya
Environmental and Human Health Outstanding MS Students:
1st place – Amanda Csipak
2nd place – Giana Biddle
Forensic Science Outstanding MS Students:
1st place – Courtney Holt
2nd place – Katherine Titus
Nicole Dennis' Dissertation Research is highlighted in the September Issue of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
Collaborative research on the effects of PFAS in Bobwhite quail by graduate student Nicole Dennis was selected as the basis for the September 2021 cover of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Nicole recently completed her Ph.D. and is now a postdoc in Dr. Jay Gan’s lab at UC-Riverside.
Haripriya Ramesh Receives Kanti and Hansa Jasani Family Textile Scholarship
Haripriya Ramesh, Ph.D. student is one of the two recipients of Kanti Hansa Jasani Family Textile Scholarship administered by American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC).
Dr. Armando Elizalde-Velazquez placed 2nd in the Biological and Life Science category of the 2021 Texas Tech University Outstanding Thesis and Dissertation Awards.
Dissertation: Sorption, Uptake, Trophic Transfer and Immunotoxicity of Microplastics and Nanoplastics in the Aquatic Environment.
Major Advisor: Dr. Jaclyn Cañas-Carrell
2 Forensic Lab students presented and Won at the 2021 Virtual Poster Competition hosted by the Graduate School.
1st place – Samuel Seay
Title of poster: “Flatland Forensics: Analyzing Insect Succession on Decomposing Remains in a High Plains Agricultural Environment”
3rd place- Kirsten Nettles
Title of poster: “Development of Odor Profiling Methods for the Detection of Contraband Firearms”
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