Phillips and Baker published a study in 2015 describing previously unknown ways that vampire bats’ saliva had evolved
specifically for blood-feeding with gene products that numb the bite site and prevent
McGuire is one of six investigators on a federally funded study of white-nose syndrome, which has killed millions of bats in the last decade.
Phillips and McGuire also are studying the ecological drivers, mechanisms and consequences
of seasonal variation in the bat populations of the Hill Country’s Frio Cave with
the assistance of graduate students.
Walter teaches a course on the archaeology of death, which focuses on the mortuary
practices and death ritual in both modern and prehistoric cultures. The class examines
death customs and belief systems surrounding death and the afterlife.
Other topics include cannibalism, human sacrifice, burial practices and the material
correlation of those practices in the archaeological record, and how vampire myths
in the 16th to 18th centuries impacted the treatment and burial of bodies.
He has written numerous books and articles on horror films, the most recent of which
is due out in February 2017. His article on the 1963 film “Blood Feast” will be released
in the book “What’s Eating You? Food and Horror on Screen.”
Weiner has taught courses on zombies and the history of horror in cinema and written
books on comics and transgressive filmmaking.
In her 2013 book, “Reel Bio-horror: The Things that Keep Us Up at Night,” Sutton analyzes
47 films from the subgenre, discusses the psychology, law and science of the bio-horror
In her 2012 book, “Halloween Law: A Spirited Look at the Law School Curriculum,” Sutton
exhumes cases that illustrate the subjects – many of which revolve around Halloween
— first-year law students are expected to master.
With another music professor, Landes created a score for the 1922 vampire film “Nosferatu”
and directed the Balkan Ensemble during a live screening of the silent movie.
He can speak on the power of music to create suspense, fear and horror in filmography.
He says expertly crafted music and sound design can not only create and underscore
a film’s emotional environment, it can also magnify its effects and even convince
viewers they see something not actually on the screen.
Collopy teaches a class on the vampires of Slavic and Eastern European folklore and
the development from the folkloric vampire into the literary and cinematic monster
of western culture.
Her research for publication is on the vampire in East Slavic folklore and in contemporary
Russian popular culture. She addresses the cultural and societal fears and desires
expressed by the vampire in folklore, literature and film.
Comprised of 15 departments, the College offers a wide variety of courses and programs
in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, mathematics and natural sciences.
Students can choose from 41 bachelor’s degree programs, 34 master’s degrees and 14
With just under 11,000 students enrolled, the College of Arts & Sciences is the largest
college on the Texas Tech University campus.
In fall 2016, the college embarked upon its first capital campaign, Unmasking Innovation: The Campaign for Arts & Sciences. It focuses on five critical areas of need: attracting and retaining top faculty,
enhancing infrastructure, recruiting high-potential students, undergraduate research
and growing the Dean’s Fund for Excellence.
The college has a full-time teaching staff of roughly 100 in seven academic areas:
accounting; energy, economics and law; finance; health organization management; information
systems and quantitative sciences; management; and marketing.
It consists of the main Museum building, the Moody Planetarium, the Natural Science
Research Laboratory, the research and educational elements of the Lubbock Lake Landmark,
and the Val Verde County research site.
The museum also offers masters degrees in Museum Science and Heritage Management and
a wide variety of educational programs for the general public.
Faculty includes a performing specialist on all band and orchestral instruments as
well as piano, voice, organ, harp and guitar, and specialists in conducting, composition,
electronic music, music education, musicology, world music and music theory.