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Texas Tech Attributes Successful Year of Research to Faculty

The university experienced one of its most successful research years across all disciplines.

Written by Chris Cook

In a period where the university is competing to become a top research institution in the state, Texas Tech researchers were instrumental in advancing the school’s success.

Texas Tech experienced one of its most successful research years in fiscal year 2010 and is crediting that success to the efforts of university faculty, according to Taylor Eighmy, vice president for research.

“We had a successful year for research and scholarship opportunities across all disciplines,” Eighmy said. “We have a talented and dedicated faculty, many of whom are the nation’s top experts in their areas of study. They embraced our goals of enhancing our research and creating and seizing opportunities to conduct research. Our success is a credit to their hard work.”

In a period where the university is competing to become a Tier One and top research university in the state, Texas Tech researchers were instrumental in the number of proposals submitted (954), the number of awards received (607) and the value of the awards received ($67 million). All of these measures were the best ever recorded by Texas Tech.

“This has been a remarkable year for our faculty,” Eighmy said. “Four faculty members, Dr. Mark McGinley, Dr. Roman Taraban, Dr. David Lawver and Dr. Nora Griffin-Shirley, received U.S. Fulbright Scholars Fellowships. Three faculty members, Dr. Ranadip Pal, Dr. Shiren Wang and Dr. Luis Grave de Peralta, received the NSF CAREER award, the most competitive and distinguished research grant from the National Science Foundation.”

The university also received a record number of monetary research grants. While final numbers won’t be available until later in the fall, restricted research expenditures are expected to reach record numbers and eclipse the $35 million spent on research in 2008-09. Total research expenditures will pass the $100 million plateau for the first time as well.

One of the most notable research awards revolves around the university’s research and development in wind energy and a partnership with the National Institute of Renewable Energy (NIRE). NIRE awarded Texas Tech researcher Steven Bayne a $3.69 million research and development contract to test wind turbine prototypes. This followed closely on the heels of Gov. Rick Perry’s announcement in August of an $8.4 million Emerging Technology Fund award to the university for wind energy research and development.

During fiscal year 2009, Texas Tech received more than $4 million in stimulus dollars that counted toward its final award and expenditure numbers a year ago. The university didn’t receive those funds in fiscal year 2010.

“The most impressive aspect of our success this past year is the fact that we surpassed the previous year’s numbers without the support of ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) stimulus aid,” Eighmy added. “Again, this is a direct result of the hard work of our faculty, who have embraced the vision of the university and taken us further than we’ve ever been before.”

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5 Responses to “Texas Tech Attributes Successful Year of Research to Faculty”

  1. Elmer L. Wilson Says:

    Who in the World would I OR YOU attribute successes in Research…………to, other than Faculty?! This is such an inane [silly] article. I have a tough time understanding the premise. This write up will PROBABLY have very little influence in moving the University forward, in any way. nmredraider1

  2. David Miracle Says:

    Re Elmer:

    Of course the success is attributable to the Faculty of Tech. The article isn’t uncovering some mystery, but rather announcing success. The article also bolsters support and awareness of Texas Tech. That is how the University can move forward. With support the University gets money, and this money advances research, and so on. Moreover, it serves and a way to convey this information to alumni. I’m proud of Tech and want everyone associated with the University to do well. I’m glad to be made aware of such articles. Go Tech!

  3. Neal Says:

    Re David: Very well said (levelheaded). I, too appreciate hearing of our continued successes.

    Re Elmer: Please consider this Tier 1 information (http://www.ttu.edu/administration/president/tier1/) and the importance placed on research dollars. Our faculty does a tremendous job conducting research but you must have the money to do so.
    Guns up!

  4. Arun Says:

    That is an excellent news. We need to seize the opportunity and become Tier One. Lubbock is the best place to go to school. Peaceful, clear sky, fresh air, big and beautiful colleges, awesome landscapes : its a holy place. Perfect for education and research and complemented with explosive football and other athletics.
    I did my masters in TTU as an international student and plan to return for my PHD.

    Love Lubbock.

  5. Amanda Says:

    I find it hard to believe we can call ttu a research teir 1 worthy school when all you have to do to get an A is show up to class and when we do our “research” as one of the courses for a semester I would hardly call it research more a show up and laugh and play joke. Im disappointed in the way tech gives out easy A’s w/o challenging the minds of us students.

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