February 15, 2017
Texas Tech Center at Junction
Texas Tech University research students from the Natural Science Research Laboratory (NSRL) took home five awards at the annual Texas Society of Mammalogists (TSM) meeting held Feb. 10-12 at the Texas Tech Center at Junction.
Researchers from 18 other colleges and universities, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, RTL Genomics and Texas Parks and Wildlife presented work at the meeting.
“Our students were awesome,” said Robert Bradley, associate chairman of the Department of Biological Sciences and director of the NSRL. “The showing illustrates the importance of the NSRL research to Texas Tech.”
The Texas Tech Center at Junction has hosted all of the society’s annual meetings. Now in its 35th year, the event allows students to earn recognition for excellence in research and presentation. TSM includes more than 150 members from 39 institutions in seven states, including Texas Tech and Angelo State University.
Five awards for oral presentations and four awards for poster presentations are given at the meeting and each include a cash award – $500 for the Robert L. Packard Award for Best Overall Presentation and $400 for all others.
Texas Tech graduate students won four of the presentation awards in addition to winning the on-site competition:
Added to the Museum of Texas Tech University in 1972, the NSRL is home to more than 5 million animal specimens, one of the largest collections of its kind in the country.
The NSRL consists of five collections: a mammal collection of about 125,000 specimens; an invertebrate collection that includes about 4.5 million specimens; a bird collection of between 6,000 and 8,000 specimens; a genetic resource collection made up of 350,000 tissue samples from 90,000 individual specimens; and a Chernobyl collection that holds more than 3,000 mammal specimens and tissues that are radioactive because of environmental exposure.