DATE: March 30, 2007
CONTACT: Sally Logue Post, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.