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Spring 2019 Newsletter

  • September 16, 2019

    He will provide advice

    on technical issues

    underlying National

    Ambient Air Quality

    Standards.

     

    Ron Kendall, a professor of environmental toxicology and head of the Wildlife Toxicology Laboratory at The Institute of Environmental and Human Health at Texas Tech University, was appointed today (Sept. 13) to serve on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee. His term begins immediately and lasts until Sept. 30, 2022.

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  • August 27, 2019

    Researchers Develop Better Method to Remove Toxic Dyes From Wastewater

     

    Lihou Lou and Seshadri Ramkumar from Texas Tech Environmental Toxicology and researchers from TTU Engineering have developed functionalized nanowebs, which effectively degrade toxic dyes in visible light. The research published online August 23 will appear as a cover page article in the forthcoming issue of Particle & Particle Systems Characterization.

     

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  • August 9, 2019

    Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association

    Dr. Megan Thoen and FSCI program alumna, Madeline Scotch, presented a poster (“Analysis of Submission to Destination Zero: Wellness Program of Law Enforcement Agencies”) at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association on August 9, 2019, in Chicago, IL. Non-presenting co-authors included FSCI students Kate Ganley, Preston McCullough, and Connor Harwood, FSCI alumna Kierstyn Evans, and Psychological Sciences undergraduate Nghi “Skyler” Tran.

  • May 3, 2019

    Dr. Prada-Tiedemann awarded the 2019 Outstanding Woman Leader (OWL) Award

    Each year, WT-AWIS awards the Champion of Women (C.O.W.) Award and Outstanding Woman Leader (O.W.L.) Award.

    These prestigious awards are given by WT-AWIS members only, during the spring semester of each year, and are for the purpose of recognizing men (Champion of Women Award, COW) and women (Outstanding Woman Leader Award, OWL) who are active supporters of women in science, and who have demonstrated their commitment to the education, training and mentoring of women, as well as to overall gender equity in science. Male TTU System faculty and staff are eligible for C.O.W. nominations; female TTU System faculty and staff members are eligible for O.W.L. nominations; and members of the community are also eligible for nomination.

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  • May 2, 2019

    Researchers are using West Texas cotton for biodegradable towel designed to clean up oil spills

    LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Two young entrepreneurs have brought an idea out of the labs and into U.S. Markets that is the first of its kind.

     

    “Towelie,” a simple name for a seemingly simple product with the potential to clean up a complicated environmental and ecological problem: oil spills in bodies of water.

     

    It’s an affordable, nonwoven fabric material that’s durable and biodegradable with the ability to hold up to 15 times its weight in oil. It floats on water, all without leaving micro-plastic residue.

     

    Ronald Kendall Jr. and Luke Kitten have been working on the “legwork” for this project since high school with Texas Tech professor Seshadri Ramkumar, Ph.D., FTA (Hon.) who works in the Nonwovens and Advanced Materials Laboratory/Department of Environmental Toxicology.

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  • April 17, 2019

    Dr. Jaclyn Canas-Carrell was Awarded the 2019 President’s Excellence in Research Professorship.

     

    This is a prestigious and significant award recognizing Jaclyn’s important contributions and future commitment to research excellence. Congratulations!

  • April 10, 2019

    Dr. Steve Presley was recognized by TTU with the 2019 President’s Excellence in Engaged Scholarship

     

    for his engaged scholarship activities with public health communities. TTU is emphasizing the importance of this new aspect of academic activity and encouraging faculty/staff and students to consider this as greater outreach effort.

  • March 15, 2019

    Dr. Megan Thoen Presents Research at Annual Meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society

    Dr. Megan Thoen, TTU McNair Scholar Genesis Hernandez, and Ms. Ashley Davis of the Lubbock County Criminal District Attorney’s Office presented their research on March 15 entitled, “What is Taking So Long: Competency Process of One Southwestern County,” at the annual meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society, Portland, OR.

  • March 6, 2019

    TIEHH Researcher Develops New Method to Detect Whale Hormones

    GLENYS YOUNG MARCH 6, 2019

    Céline Godard-Codding is studying the critically endangered western gray whale species.

     

    Semiarid Lubbock, Texas, sits 3,200 feet above sea level and more than 500 miles from the nearest ocean. To those outside of Lubbock, it's known for cotton and blinding dust storms. It's perhaps the last place one would expect to find cutting-edge research in the study of marine life.

     

    Yet, through The Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH) at Texas Tech University, that's exactly what's happening out here on the dusty plains of West Texas.

    Céline Godard-Codding, associate chair of the Department of Environmental Toxicology and an associate professor of endangered species toxicology at TIEHH, is leading a worldwide research effort to study the health of the western gray whale, a critically endangered species found only along Russia's Pacific coast, and has developed a new method that could impact her entire field along the way.

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  • February 28, 2019

    Dr. Ramkumar Receives 2018 Sir J. C. Bose Memorial Science Award

    February 28, 2019

    In a gathering of about 1000 people (college students, faculty, general public and visitors), that included people from India, USA and Italy, Dr. Ramkumar was given Sir J. C. Bose Memorial Science Award for the year 2018, n Coimbatore, India. The award function attracted public media as well. The group of award winners were from varied fields of science such as alternative medicine, bio imaging, astro sciences, engineering from India, Italy and USA.

     

  • February 27, 2019

    Low levels of arsenic may cause kidney disease, but existing drug could become key treatment

    February 27, 2019

     

    A study in which researchers exposed human kidney epithelial cells to different concentrations of arsenic suggests that long-term exposure — even at the low levels currently allowed by the Environmental Protection Agency — can increase the risk of kidney fibrosis; but the same study also revealed a potential treatment for overexposure.

     

    While arsenic exposure has been linked to chronic kidney disease in a number of studies, a similar relationship between arsenic exposure and kidney fibrosis is not yet understood, according to co-authors Kamaleshwar P. Singh, PhD, associate professor in the department of environmental toxicology at the Texas Tech University’s Institute of Environmental and Human Health, and Yu-Wei Chang, a PhD candidate and research assistant.

     

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  • February 27, 2019

    Seshadri Ramkumar, a professor in the Department of Environmental Toxicology, lead investigator in the Nonwovens and Advanced Materials Laboratory and inventor of the FiberTect decontamination wipe, recently gave an invited plenary presentation on “Technical Textiles” during the 74th annual meeting of the Textile Association, the world's leading professional society for fiber and materials scientists, in Coimbatore, India. His presentation was subsequently rated the best paper presentation made during the conference.

     

  • January 18, 2019

    Texas Tech researchers making strides to a

    universal flu vaccine

     

    By:  Rache Ahdey - KLBK NEWS

    LUBBOCK, Texas - While the flu vaccine has traditionally been administered through an injection on an annual basis, Texas Tech researchers are making strides to change that with a universal flu vaccine.

     

    Dr. Harvinder Gill, associate professor in chemical engineering, and Dr. Steve Presley, professor of environmental toxicology, teamed up to develop a vaccine that would address major issues facing the current vaccinations—annual injections, minimal coverage of flu strains and required refrigeration.

     

    "The ability to make a vaccine that has universal protection, it basically means that you don't have to get a flu shot every year,” Gill said. "If the vaccine works, then you can say that we took a shot and it's going to keep me in protection against the flu virus year after year, after year."

     

    Full Story From KLBK NEWSEverything Lubbock

  • January 15, 2019

    Two Texas Tech researchers working toward universal flu vaccine

     

    LUBBOCK, Texas (NEWS RELEASE) - The following is a news release from Texas Tech University:

     

    The flu is nothing to sneeze at.

     

    The Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide; by comparison, about 16 million people died in World War I. And flu pandemics aren't just a thing of the past. Despite advances in both technology and vaccines, the 2009 swine flu pandemic caught the world unprepared and an estimated 150,000 to 500,000 people died.

     

    ...Thanks to a five-year, $3.46 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, two Texas Tech University researchers already widely known for their work in immunotherapy and infectious diseases are trying to solve this. Harvinder Gill, the Whitacre Endowed Chair in Science and Engineering and an associate professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering within the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering, and Steve Presley, a professor and chairman of the Department of Environmental Toxicology within the College of Arts & Sciences, have teamed up to develop a universal flu vaccine.

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  • November 15, 2018

    Three ENTX Professors earn awards at the Celebration of Faculty Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity

     

    Professors Steven Presley, Ronald Kendall and Seshadri Ramkumar were recognized by TTU for achieving national/international recognition in the 2017-18 academic year in an event on November 15th celebrating faculty excellence in research, scholarship and creative activity. President Lawrence Schovanec presented certificates to them recognizing their accomplishments.

  • November/December 2018

    Indian Cotton Delegation Learns Texan Tricks of the Trade

    By Celine Mahne  Nov 01, 2018

     

    A delegation from the Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) — under the government of India — visited Lubbock, Texas to learn more about technological advancements in the cotton industry. The star of the show was the cotton-based oil absorbent wipe developed by Dr. Seshadri Ramkumar in the Department of Environmental Toxicology at Texas Tech University. The wipe uses low micronaire cotton that is ideal for clean up after an oil spill. Micronaire is the measure of cotton’s fineness and maturity, so a low micronaire indicates that the cotton has a thin, immature fiber. Since low micronaire cotton often breaks during manufacturing and does not hold dye well, it is often discounted. But this breakthrough technology allows low micronaire cotton to benefit the environment in the event of an oil spill. The CCI delegate from India’s largest cotton growing state commented that this new wipe will result in the industrial utilization of low micronaire cotton, creating new opportunities for the cotton industry in India.Full Story

  • October 30, 2018

          Forensic Science and Criminology are the sciences behind the gory and gruesome stories that are popular around Halloween. The experts in these fields study some of the darkest parts of humanity and how to fix them. Forensic science happens in a laboratory, studying the chemistry, biology and data – including footprints, fingerprints, gunpowder, blood spatter residue, etc. – to provide information about a crime scene. Criminologists study school shootings, mass murders, sex offenses, violence, gangs, substance abuse and drug-trafficking.

          The Institute for Forensic Science at Texas Tech trains the field’s next generation of specialists. The institute offers training to supplement and complement those of law enforcement agencies; provides forensic mental health services, including court-ordered evaluations to determine whether individuals with mental illness are competent to stand trial; and houses a variety of research efforts intended to inform practice and enhance the use of forensic science in the legal and criminal justice sector. Criminology, housed under the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work at Texas Tech, is the study of social conditions that affect the making of laws, the breaking of laws and society’s response to the making and breaking of laws. Among Texas Tech faculty members’ specialties are intimate partner violence, family violence and terrorism.

     

    Look Around Lubbock: Texas Tech Forensic Science and Criminology

    By Meredith Aldis

     

  • October 26, 2018

     

    Congratulations to Dr. Céline A. Godard-Codding for her article Nanospray liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry analysis of steroids from gray whale blubber, published in Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, was one of the journal’s top 20 most downloaded recent papers!*

     

     

    What this means:

     

    • Amongst articles published between July 2016 and June 2018, her article received some of the highest downloads in the 12-months post online publication

     

    • Her article generated immediate impact and helped to raise the visibility of Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry

     

    Her contributions are vital to growing the profile of Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry.

  • October 25, 2018

    Cotton for Oil Spill Remediation

     

    Ramkumar suggests the use of cotton — pure, largely unprocessed cotton.

    "The science is there — the resources are there," Ramkumar said in an interview, emphasizing that it's a realizable solution — though one that will require money.

    "One gram of cotton can absorb 30 time its weight in liquid crude oil," Ramkumar found. The pure cotton can be integrated into a mat or a long boom, he said. It eliminates the need to dump chemical dispersants into the sea, and natural cotton doesn't sink.

     

     

     

     

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  • September 26, 2018

    Recent rain adding to West Nile problem

     

    By: Emily Harrison

    Posted: Sep 26, 2018 06:16 PM CDT

    Updated: Sep 26, 2018 06:16 PM CDT

     

    LUBBOCK, Texas - All the wet weather Lubbock has been experiencing has created a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. This comes just a day after the first West Nile case was confirmed, and officials say they expect that number to increase.

    "Don't panic. You should be concerned with the elderly and the very young, but the sky is not falling as it's just mosquitoes," said Steve Presley, chairman of the Department of Environmental Toxicology at Texas Tech University.

    However, Presley said residents should still take plenty of precautions, as there have been mosquitoes in the area that have tested positive for the disease.

     

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  • September11, 2018

    TTU researchers' early results show low level arsenic exposure could still cause kidney disease

    Tuesday, September 11th 2018, 5:18 pm CDT

    By Shaley Sanders, Anchor/Reporter

    LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

     

    A Texas Tech University graduate student has received a prestigious award for her research into arsenic toxicology.

    For two years, YuWei Chang worked in the Department of Environmental Toxicology at Texas Tech with Associate Professor Dr. Kamaleshwar P. Singh to study how arsenic affects the kidneys.

    It is already known that long-term exposure to high levels of arsenic can lead to kidney failure, but Chang and Singh wanted to know how levels of arsenic, like the amount found in our water, could affect our kidneys.

    "Historically, kidney disease has been more prevalent in Texas than other states in the U.S.," said Singh.

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  • August, 2018

  • August 14, 2018

    Dr. Paola Prada-Tiedemann has recently published in the Journal Frontiers in Veterinary Science the article entitled: "Birds and Dogs: Toward a Comparative Perspective on Odor Use and Detection" -- https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fvets.2018.00188/full.

  • June 11, 2018

    Dr. Seshadri Ramkumar delivered Keynote at First International Conference on Science, Technology, Engineering & Management I-STEM 2018

     

    I-STEM is an International Conference on Science, Technology, Engineering and Management that presented the advances and developments in Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Computer, Social Sciences and Management.  It happened on the 11 and 12 of June, 2018 at Kumaraguru College of Technology.

     

    The conference was of a great significance to the institution and the researchers because academicians and researchers came together to present and discuss on 615 papers of research in the fields of Science and Management.  The research papers and the findings largely contribute to the advanced in the fields and thus the papers presented in the conference become a part of the proceedings of Scopus indexed international journals.

     

    Dr Kumaran Palanisamy, Director, Institute of Sustainable Energy, UNITEN, Malaysia, Chief Guest, Dr Seshadri Ramkumar, Professor of Advanced Materials, Texas Tech University, USA and Dr Mukesh Doble, Professor, IIT Madras, Guests of Honor and other dignitaries attended.    Full Story

  • May 8, 2018

    Two of our students placed first place in their sections at the recent TTU Graduate Student Research Poster Competition. Ms. Kashmiere McGee won first place in the human sciences section, and Mr. Ethan Dodson won first place in the psychological sciences section. Congrats, Kash and Ethan!

  • April 20, 2018: Forensic Science Society event

    FSS hosted a night of fun at 4ore Golf for students, faculty/staff, and their partners! The FSS page has more pictures of the fun!

  • April 18, 2018

    Dr. Todd Anderson selected for the Barnie E. Rushing, Jr., Faculty Distinguished Research Award

     

    Dr. Todd Anderson has been selected as the STEM recipient of the Barnie E. Rushing, Jr., Faculty Distinguished Research Award. He was recognized at the Faculty Honors Convocation, April 18, 2018.

  • April 18, 2018

    Dr. Céline Godard-Codding selected for the President's Excellence in Teaching Award

    Dr. Céline Godard-Codding has been selected as one of the recipients of the President's Excellence in Teaching Awards for 2018. She was recognized at the Faculty Honors Convocation, April 18, 2018.

  • March 14, 2018

    Advanced Materials Expert Awarded Prestigious Fellowship, Oration

     

    GLENYS YOUNG MARCH 14, 2018

     

    Seshadri Ramkumar has worked in the advanced textiles field for two decades.

    Seshadri Ramkumar, a professor in the Texas Tech University Department of Environmental Toxicology and lead investigator in the Nonwovens and Advanced Materials Laboratory, has recently been awarded two of the most prestigious honors in the textiles field: a fellowship with The Textile Institute in the United Kingdom and the 2017-18 Professor W. B. Achwal Oration from the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India.

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  • March 9, 2018

    Dr. Megan Thoen and undergradute student Esteisy Escalera presented two posters at the annual conference of the American-Psychology and Law Society in Memphis, TN. The posters were entitled, "A Study of New Correctional Officers: Observations of Wellness and Job Satisfaction" (authors: M. Thoen, T. Blanco-Alvarez, P. McCullough, and L. E. Dodson of the Institute for Forensic Science, and E. Escalera of the Dept. of Psychological Sciences) and "Forensic Evaluations Via Telecommunication: Legal Perspectives of Advantages and Disadvantages" (authors: M. Thoen and E. Escalera, and A. Batastini and M. Pike of the University of Southern Mississippi).

     

  • March, 2018

    IRD announces recipients of 2018 Seed Grants

    Dr. Greg Mayer was one of the recipients for 2018's Seed Grant cycle offered through the International Research and Development Division (IRD) of the Texas Tech University Office of International Affairs.

     

    "The international seed grant program allows TTU and TTUHSC faculty to create new connections in other countries and begin joint projects that often lead to productive long-term academic collaborations," said Dr. Gad Perry, Senior Director of the IRD. "It gives preference to high-quality research in priority countries that involve relatively new faculty who have not previously been supported by the program."

     

    The IRD Seed Grants have helped increase focus on the importance of international collaboration and research. The Seed Grant competition also reflects the ongoing commitment of the Offices of the Provost, the Vice Presidents for Research at both TTU & TTUHSC, and the International Research & Development Division of the Office of International Affairs to enhancing international research and development activities and scholarship.

     

  • January 16, 2018

    Dr. Paola Prada-Tiedemann is now the graduate program director for forensic science! We look forward to her guidance and leadership!

  • August 28, 2019

  • July 12, 2019

  • June 18, 2019

  • April 29, 2019

    Congratulations to

    Kalin Skinner

    on receiving the Graduate Student Research Support Award,

    Spring 2019!

  • April 26, 2019

  • March 26, 2019

    Naveen Kumar

    Congratulations to Naveen Kumar and Narayan Acharya

     for receiving 1st and 2nd place in the Environmental Sciences section at the 18th Annual Graduate Student Research Poster Competition!

    Narayan Acharya

  • March 15, 2019

    ENTX Forensic Science students traveled to the 71st Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in Baltimore, Maryland. The American Academy of Forensic Sciences is a multi-disciplinary professional organization that provides leadership to advance science and its application to the legal system. The objectives of the Academy are to promote professionalism, integrity, competency, education, foster research, improve practice, and encourage collaboration in the forensic sciences.

     

    The studies presented were as follows (students from left to right on picture):

    1. Katie Blanar, BS & Paola Prada-Tiedemann, PhD: poster presentation entitled “The Decomposition Clock: A Characterization of Insect Volatile Odor Profiles”

    2. Shawna Gallegos, BS, Paola Prada-Tiedemann, PhD & Kendra Rumbaugh, PhD: poster presentation entitled “A Forensic Volatolomic Approach: A Step Forward in the Characterization of Wound Pathogens”

    3. Kierstyn Evans, BS & Megan Thoen, PhD: poster presentation entitled “Determining the Confidence of Fingerprint Examiners at Various Steps in the Analysis, Comparison, Evaluation-Verification (ACE-V) Method”

    4. Kiana Holbrook, BS & Paola Prada-Tiedemann, PhD: poster presentation entitled “Blood Decomposition Odor Profiling: An Instrumental and Field Application Tool in Forensic Detection”

     

     

  • March 6, 2019

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  • September 19, 2018

    Katy Shaw awarded 3rd place on best PhD platform at SETAC

    Congratulations to Katy Shaw for 3rd place on best PhD platform at SETAC in Sacramento, California! Katy’s presentation was titled, “Concentrations and risks of metal contamination from lead shot in a Hawaiian green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) foraging aggregation and their habitat”.

  • August 10, 2018

    • August 10, 2018: Dr. Megan Thoen and her team were awarded best poster for Division 18 (Psychologists in Public Service) at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association in San Francisco, CA. Their poster was entitled, "Assisting their Own: Police Utilized Suicide Prevention & Wellness Programs." Congrats to Dr. Th  oen, Ethan Dodson (FSCI), Dr. Brandy Pina-Watson (Psychological Sciences), Dr. Elizabeth Trejos-Castillo (Human Development and Family Studies), Gabriela Manzo (Psychological Sciences), Preston McCullough (FSCI), and Esteisy Escalera (Psychological Sciences)!

  • July 29 - August 4, 2018

    • July 29-August 4, 2018: Dr. Prada-Tiedemann's research group gave two poster presentations at the 103rd International Association of Identification (IAI) Forensic Educational Conference. The IAI Conference is the largest in the world for Forensic and Crime Scene Professionals and offers a full week of scientific, technical and operational lectures, as well as hands-on workshops focused on a wide variety of physical evidence topics. Topics include Crime Scene Investigation and Processing, Photography, latent print examination, Footwear and Tire Track, and Bloodstain Pattern Evidence, Biometrics, and many other types of impression and identification evidence disciplines. The student presentations were:

      "Insights on Condom Substrates: Fingerprint Development as a Function of Temperature Variation" by Amanda Patrick, BS, Amanda Soucey, BS & P.A. Prada-Tiedemann PhD, International Association of Identification (IAI), San Antonio, TX. July 2018.

      "Rapid Generation of Potential Explosive Training Materials in Biological Detection: An Additional Tool in Explosive Crime Scene Response" by Thy Nguyen BS, Nathaniel Hall, PhD. & P.A. Prada-Tiedemann PhD. International Association of Identification (IAI), San Antonio, TX. July 2018.

  • May 18, 2018

    Congratulations to our Spring 2018 graduates: Lauren Alejandro, Ethan Dodson, Silas Kemboi, Kashmiere McGee, Valaree Meili, and Jaxon Ward. We wish you the best of luck!

     

  • May 10, 2018

    2018 Graduate School Poster Competition Winners Announced

    Forensic science Master’s students, Ms. Kashmiere McGee and Mr. Ethan Dodson, as well as Environmental Toxicology Ph.D. student, Olushola Awayemi, all three placed first in this year’s Graduate Poster Competition.

     

    Ms. Kashmiere McGee won first place in the Human Sciences section.

     

    Mr. Ethan Dodson won first place in the Psychological Sciences section.

     

    Mr. Olushola Awayemi won first place in the Environmental Science Section.

  • May 8, 2018

    Two of our students placed first place in their sections at the recent TTU Graduate Student Research Poster Competition. Ms. Kashmiere McGee won first place in the human sciences section, and Mr. Ethan Dodson won first place in the psychological sciences section. Congrats, Kash and Ethan!

  • May 1, 2018

  • April 30, 2018: THESIS PROSPECTUS DEFENSE

    Natalie Gomez will present her thesis prospectus entitled "Detection of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) on Dry Blood Cloth Using Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS)" on May 7, 2018 at the Institute for Forensic Sciences, room 121 at 3:30 PM. Thesis committee includes Todd Anderson, Ph.D. (Chair), Paola Prada, Ph.D., and Megan Thoen, Ph.D.

  • April 20, 2018

  • April 20, 2018: THESIS PROSPECTUS DEFENSES

    • Kiana Holbrook will present her thesis prospectus entitled "The Instrumental Evaluation of Blood Decomposition Volatiles on Various Substrates and their Relationship to Presumptive Test Methods" on April 24, 2018 at the Institute for Forensic Sciences, room 121 at 9:30 AM. Thesis committee includes Paola Prada, Ph.D. (Chair), Jaclyn Canas, Ph.D., and Steve Presley, Ph.D.
    • Jennifer Raymer will present her thesis prospectus entitled "Evaluation of Decomposition Residual Odor Using Sus Scrofa as a Sampling Model" on May 1, 2018 at the Institute for Forensic Sciences, room 121 at 10:00 AM. Thesis committee includes Paola Prada, Ph.D. (Chair), Nathaniel Hall, Ph.D., and Steve Presley, Ph.D.
    • Katie Blanar will present her thesis prospectus entitled "The Use of Entomological Samples as Potential Odor Biomarker for Decomposition Stages" on May 2, 2018 at the Institute for Forensic Sciences, room 121 at 10:00 AM. Thesis committee includes Paola Prada, Ph.D. (Chair), Celine Goddard, Ph.D., and Alexandra Protopropova, Ph.D.
    • Kierstyn Evans will present her thesis prospectus entitled "Determining the Confidence of Fingerprint Examiners at Various Steps in the ACE-V Method" on May 7, 2018 at the Institute for Forensic Sciences, room 121 at 9:00 AM. Thesis committee includes Megan Thoen, Ph.D. (Chair), Paola Prada, Ph.D., and Miranda Scolari, Ph.D.
    • Preston McCullough will present his thesis prospectus entitled "An Investigation into Jail Programming Participation and Recidivism" on May 7, 2018 in Psychological Sciences, room 301 at 1:00 PM. Thesis committee includes Megan Thoen, Ph.D. (Chair), Robert Morgan, Ph.D., Adam Schmidt, Ph.D., and Kathy Sperry, Ph.D.
  • April 7, 2018

  • April 2, 2018: INTERNSHIP PAPER PRESENTATIONS

    Valaree Meili will be presenting her internhip paper entitled, "Time to Step Up: Lubbock County Detention Center working towards strengthening rehabilitation programs and lower recidivism rates," on April 6, 2018 at the Institute for Forensic Sciences, room 121 at 1:00 PM. Paper committee includes Kathy Sperry, Ph.D. (Chair), Paola Prada-Tiedemann, Ph.D., and Col. Dave Lewis, M.A.

     

    Ethan Dodson will be presenting his internship paper entitled, "Religious Material Coordination in Incarceration," on April 6, 2018 at the Institute for Forensic Sciences, room 121 at 3:00 PM. Paper committee includes Megan Thoen, Ph.D. (Chair), John Howe, Ph.D., and Kathy Sperry, Ph.D.

     

    Everyone is welcome to join!

  • March 2018

  • March 22, 2018: THESIS DEFENSE.

    •  Kashmiere McGee will be defending her thesis entitled "Human Skeletal Remains: Perspectives for Narcotrafficking Group Identifications through Modus Operandi from San Joaquin de Flores, Heredia, Costa Rica" on March 30, 2018 at the Institute for Forensic Sciences, room 121 at 10:00 AM. Thesis committee includes Paola Prada-Tiedemann, Ph.D. (Chair), Kathy Sperry, Ph.D., and Georgina Pacheco, M.S.
  • March 8, 2018: THESIS DEFENSES

    Lauren Alejandro will be defending her thesis entitled "The Evaluation of Canine Training Aids Over Time on Working Dog Performance" on March 22, 2018 at the Institute for Forensic Sciences, room 121 at 10:00 AM. Thesis committee includes Paola Prada-Tiedemann, Ph.D. (Chair), Nathaniel Hall, Ph.D., and Megan Thoen, Ph.D.


    Jaxon Ward will be defending his thesis entitled "Weather and Its Effects on Homicide Rate and Injury Type in Harris County, Texas" on March 21, 2018 at the Institute for Forensic Sciences, room 121 at 9:30 AM. Thesis committee includes Kathy Sperry, Ph.D. (Chair), Paola Prada-Tiedemann, Ph.D., and Megan Thoen, Ph.D.

    Everyone is welcome to join!

     

  • February 22-23, 2018

     Three of our students presented their work at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences annual meeting.



    "Human Skeletal Evidence: Perspectives for Narcotrafficking Group Identifications Through Modus Operandi From the Medico-Legal Department, San Joaquin de Flores, Heredia, Costa Rica" - Kashmiere N. McGee, B.A., Georgina Pacheco, M.S., Paola A. Prada-Tiedemann, Ph.D., and Kathy Sperry, Ph.D.


    "Narcotic Age and Working Dog Performance: Instrumental Perspectives on Training Aid Lifespan" - Lauren Alejandro, B.S., and Paola A. Prada-Tiedemann, Ph.D.




    "Mental Wellness and Suicide Prevention Programming Among United States Police Agencies" - Ethan Dodson, B.A., Megan A. Thoen, Ph.D., Brandy Pina-Watson, Ph.D., and Elizabeth Trejos-Castillo, Ph.D.

  • January 26, 2018: THESIS PROSPECTUS PRESENTATION.

     Thy Nguyen will be presenting her thesis prospectus on February 1, 2018, in the IFS classroom (Rm. 121) at 3:00p. Her thesis is entitled, "A Novel Method for the Creation of Canine Explosive Detection Training Aids Using an Olfactometer." Her thesis committee includes Paola Prada-Tiedemann, Ph.D. (chair), Nathaniel Hall, Ph.D., and Kathy Sperry, Ph.D. Everyone is welcome to attend!

  • January 1, 2018

    Students Lauren Alejandro and Kashmiere McGee had posters accepted for the Young Scientist Forum poster session for the upcoming American Academy of Forensic Sciences conference in Seattle, WA. Congratulations!

     

    "Narcotic Age and Working Dog Performance: Instrumental Perspectives on Training Aid Lifespan" - Lauren Alejandro, B.S., and Paola A. Prada-Tiedemann, Ph.D.

     

    "Human Skeletal Evidence: Perspectives for Narcotrafficking Group Identifications Through Modus Operandi From the Medico-Legal Department, San Joaquin de Flores, Heredia, Costa Rica" - Kashmiere N. McGee, B.A., Georgina Pacheco, M.S., Paola A. Prada-Tiedemann, Ph.D., and Kathy Sperry, Ph.D.


  • November 15, 2017: THESIS DEFENSE

    Silas Kemboi will be defending his thesis entitled "Hand Odor Volatiles and Drug Abuse: A Pilot Study using a Chemical Dependent Target Group" on December 1, 2017 at the Institute for Forensic Sciences, room 121 at 9:30 AM. Thesis committee includes Paola Prada-Tiedemann, Ph.D. (Chair), Spencer Bradshaw, Ph.D., and Megan Thoen, Ph.D. Everyone is welcome to join!

  • October 10, 2017

    Two forensic science students and faculty had their poster presentation submissions accepted for the upcoming American Academy of Forensic Sciences conference in Seattle, WA. Congratulations!

    • "Narcotic Age and Working Dog Performance: Instrumental Perspectives on Training Aid Lifespan" by Lauren Alejandro and Dr. Paola Prada

    • "Mental Wellness and Suicide Prevention Programming Among United States Police Agencies" by Ethan Dodson, Dr. Megan Thoen, Dr. Brandy Pina-Watson (TTU Dept. of Psychological Sciences), and Elizabeth Trejos-Castillo (TTU Dept. of Human Development and Family Studies)

     

  • September 19, 2017

    Dr. Prada-Tiedemann and three members from her research group successfully presented research posters summarizing current thesis projects at the 6th International Conference on Forensic Research and Technology in Houston, Texas. Dr. Prada-Tiedemann was also the plenary guest speaker giving a presentation entitled: "Forensic Odorology: A silent and forgotten trace evidence source in criminal investigations". Student poster presentations included:

    •  "Evaluation of K9 narcotic training aid age: an insight into the "instrumental sniff" of common drugs" by Lauren Alejandro
    • "Forensic Advantages of Safe Sex: Odor Profiling Condom Brands using HS-SPME-GC/MS" by Amanda Patrick
    • "Hand Odor Volatiles and Drug Abuse: A Pilot Study using a Chemical Dependent Target Group" by Silas Kemboi

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