Three Texas Tech Professors Receive Highest Faculty Honor

Three Texas Tech Professors receive highest honor they can receive from the university

DATE: March 30, 2007
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Three Texas Tech University faculty members Friday were named Horn Professors, the highest honor they can receive from the university.

Eileen Johnson, professor of museum science, curator of anthropology at the Museum of Texas Tech University and director of the Lubbock Lake Landmark; William R. Casto, Alvin R. Allison professor of law, and W. David Nes, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, were awarded the title by the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents.

"Horn Professors represent the very best among our outstanding faculty," said Jon Whitmore, Texas Tech president. "They have proven themselves outstanding teachers and researchers. We value these men and women for their insight and ideas."

The Horn Professorship was established in 1966 to recognize scholarly achievement and outstanding service to Texas Tech. The honor is named for Texas Tech’s first president Paul Whitfield Horn. Since its inception, 69 members of the faculty have been appointed Horn Professors and 30 remain on faculty.

Nes joined Texas Tech in 1993. He received his bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College, his master’s from Drexel University and doctorate from the University of Maryland. Nes has received awards for his teaching and research from Texas Tech and from professional organizations. He has served as chairman of the Division of Biochemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Texas Tech and as program director in the Molecular and Cellular Biosciences Division at the National Science Foundation. He has served on many committees for the National Science Foundation, the United States Department of Agriculture and the National Institutes of Health.

Johnson joined Texas Tech in 1978 and became director of the internationally known Lubbock Lake Landmark archeological site in 1980. She earned he bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, her master’s degree from the University of Kansas and her doctorate from Texas Tech. Johnson has been appointed by the governor as the commissioner of the Texas Historical Commission and chair of the Antiquities Advisory Board. She has held numerous research grants from organizations including the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society. The Lubbock Lake Landmark is an internationally significant site that traces human occupation back about 12,000 years.

Castro joined Texas Tech in 1983 and was awarded the Alvin R. Allison Professor of Law in 1999. He earned his bachelor’s degree and law degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and his doctorate from Columbia University. An expert in constitutional law, Castro’s publications have been cited extensively through out the nation, including by the U.S. Supreme Court. He has received the Texas Tech President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the President’s Academic Achievement Award and has been elected to membership in the American Law Institute. Before coming to Texas Tech, he was the attorney advisory to the Tennessee Valley Authority Office of the General Counsel.