TIEHH’s history begins in 1996 when Texas Tech University and Texas Tech Health Sciences Center proposed to form a joint venture to assess toxic chemical impacts on the physical, as well as the human, environment. The following year, the Texas Tech Board of Regents approved the program and named it The Institute of Environmental and Human Health, or TIEHH. TIEHH is the first of its kind among academic institutions at Texas Tech because it fuses the resources of both Texas Tech’s academic campus and its premier medical facility. Dr. Ronald J. Kendall was recruited to be the Founding Director of TIEHH and subsequently founded the Department of Environmental Toxicology. This initiative employs a medical school and health sciences center interfaced with a comprehensive university, including the Texas Tech University School of Law, and represents an opportunity to address environmental and human health issues from a multi-disciplinary perspective.
Shortly after the naming and approval of this institute, Texas Tech University President Dr. Donald R. Haragan and Texas Tech University Senior Associate Vice President for Research Dr. Robert M. Sweazy signed the contracts with the United States Air Force to acquire the property for a research facility at Reese Technology Center, formerly Reese Air Force Base. This action began the redevelopment process for converting the former Reese Air Force Base into a business, industrial and research center. On December 19, 1999, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the new TIEHH facilities at Reese Technology Center. TIEHH currently occupies 12 acres of land and 150,000 feet of space at this location which, is 10 miles west of the main Texas Tech campus.
The Department of Environmental Toxicology (ENTX) is the academic home for the core faculty of The Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH) and the Institute for Forensic Science (IFS) at Texas Tech University. TIEHH and IFS provide faculty and graduate students opportunities for multidisciplinary research and scholarly engagement related to environmental, forensic and human health sciences.
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