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STEM-CORE Program Announces 21 Newly Named Affiliate Faculty

STEM Center for Outreach, Research and Education (STEM-CORE) widens ability to help community.

Written by John Davis

Officials at Texas Tech University’s STEM Center for Outreach, Research & Education (STEM-CORE) announced the addition of 21 additional affiliate faculty to help develop educational and outreach activities that encourage learning and education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Affiliates were chosen because of their interest in STEM outreach, research and education and because of their willingness to contribute to the goals and mission of the center, said Jerry Dwyer, director of STEM-CORE and a professor of mathematics.

“The group represents all the STEM colleges on campus,” he said. “They will meet regularly with STEM-CORE associate directors and assist with developing websites, grant proposals and literature resources for the center. We are proud to add their talent and expertise to our cause, and they will serve as a further resource for the campus community in our efforts to enhance STEM education, outreach and research.”

A major campus-wide dialogue on the development of a STEM center began in Fall 2011. This issue was promoted and moved forward with the support of the deans of six colleges at Texas Tech. The resulting STEM-CORE was officially established in Spring 2013.

The center has a vision of being a university-level resource that facilitates collaborative, cross-college and cross-organization STEM education, outreach, research, training and professional development initiatives at all levels of education. The center has six associate directors drawn from the participating colleges and a director chosen from among the associate directors.

For more information on STEM-CORE, visit this website.

New affiliate faculty members are:

  • Dan Carpenter, assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction
  • Malinda Colwell, associate professor in the Department of Human Development & Family Studies
  • John D’Auria, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • M. Mukaddes Darwish, associate professor in the department of Construction Engineering & Engineering Technology
  • Lance Drager, associate professor in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics
  • Michael Findlater, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Brian Fortney, assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum &  Instruction
  • Richard Gale, professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • David Lamp, associate professor in the Department of Physics
  • Mark McGinley, assistant dean in the Honors College and associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences
  • Nancy McIntyre, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences
  • Ali Nejat, assistant professor in the Department of Construction Engineering & Engineering Technology
  • Michelle Pantoya, J.W. Wright Endowed Chair Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Kendra Rumbaugh, associate professor in the Department of Surgery in the School of Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
  • Jyotsna Sharma, assistant professor in the Department of Plant & Soil Science
  • Jessica Simpson, assistant librarian at University Libraries
  • Jennifer Snead, associate professor in the Department of English
  • Tara Stevens, associate professor in the Department of Educational Psychology
  • Roman Taraban, professor in the Department of Psychology and adjunct professor in the Department of Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences
  • Beth Thacker, associate professor in the Department of Physics
  • Brock Williams, professor in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics
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