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 March 21, 2018 | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, TTUHSC El Paso & Texas Tech University

TTU System Institutions Awarded CPRIT Grants

On Feb. 21, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) awarded 49 new academic research grants and eight prevention grants. Texas Tech University System component institutions received nearly $4 million of the total $73.5 million awarded to Texas researchers advancing the fight against cancer.

“CPRIT enlarges Texas' critical mass of research and adds to our world class research teams at the state's institutions,” said Wayne Roberts, CPRIT Chief Executive Officer.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) and TTUHSC El Paso received two of the eight prevention grants awarded. Dr. Izi Obokhare, a TTUHSC surgeon and principle investigator for Get F.I.T. to Stay Fit, received approximately $1.5 million for his efforts fighting colorectal cancer in the Texas Panhandle.

TTUHSC El Paso professor, Vice Chair for Research and Director for Cancer Prevention and Control Navkiran Shokar was awarded $1.5 million for her Breast Cancer Education Screening and Navigation program for El Paso and West Texas.

Texas Tech University (TTU) biochemistry researcher Michael Latham was awarded a research grant totaling over $850,000 to fund his research on the structural and functional characterization of the DNA Double Strand Break (DSBs), a particularly harmful form of DNA damage resulting from a variety of internal and external factors. Failure to protect against or correct DSBs leads to genomic instability and potentially to carcinogenesis.

 The TTU System invested $236.7 million in research in Fiscal Year 2017, a $21 million increase from 2014.

 February 21, 2018 | Angelo State University

Facility Spotlight: Archer College of Health and Human Services

Angelo State University will cut the ribbon on the new building that will house the Archer College of Health and Human Services in April.

The $26 million, 56,000-square-foot facility stands next to the Vincent Physical Science Building and Ben Kelly Center for Human Performance.

In October 2015, ASU received a $5 million gift from the James B. and Lois. R. Archer Charitable Foundation in San Angelo to help expand the facilities that support the health and human services curriculum. The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents then approved changing the name of the College of Health and Human Services to the “Archer College of Health and Human Services.”

The remaining $21 million budget is funded by Tuition Revenue Bonds (TRB); the new facility, which will house the Archer College of Health and Human Services, will be the first TRB-funded project completed in the TTU System.

As part of the TTU System Public Art Program, “cube-i” by Owen Morrel will be installed at the new facility. The strong geometry of the mirrored stainless-steel piece mimics the architecture of the building. The cube, a symbol of wholeness or oneness, has a specific meaning within the overall context of this facility promoting and initiating overall wellness and wholeness. Mirrors reflect those who view the sculpture and the surrounding environment, including the building and the nature around it.


January 17, 2018 | Texas Tech and Angelo State Athletics

TTU System Athletics Programs Advance to Postseason Competition

The fall semester provided numerous highlights from TTU System athletics programs, including a pair of bowl games, Texas Tech volleyball reaching the postseason for the first time since 2001 and Angelo State volleyball and soccer advancing to the NCAA postseason while the Rambelles captured ASU’s third all-time regular season soccer Lone Star Conference championship.

Texas Tech football finished its regular season with a dramatic come-from-behind victory at Texas, giving the Red Raiders back-to-back wins over the Longhorns in Austin for the first time in school history. The win also guaranteed the Red Raiders of their 38th all-time bowl appearance, a total that ranks 19th nationally. Texas Tech completed its 2017 campaign with a 38-34 loss against No. 23 South Florida at the Birmingham Bowl at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama.

The Red Raider volleyball team has experienced a memorable campaign with the program’s first postseason appearance since 2001 as they were selected to the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC). Texas Tech finished the regular season with a winning record for the first time in 16 years. As of Dec. 1, the Red Raiders posted back-to-back three-set sweeps in the NIVC over SMU and Texas State.

The Rams made their first bowl game appearance since 1972 and participated in the postseason for the first time since 2014 with a trip to the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl in Copperas Cove, Texas against the Washburn Ichabods. The Rams suffered a 41-25 loss to Washburn to wrap up their 2017 campaign with a 6-5 overall record.

The ASU soccer program advanced to the NCAA South Central Regional where they were defeated 1-0 by West Texas A&M in the first round. The Rambelles posted a 13-5-1 overall record.

The Belles volleyball team made its seventh trip to the NCAA Tournament and earned the No. 5 seed of the South Central Regional following a third-place finish in the Lone Star Conference standings with a 21-10 overall record.

November 4, 2017 | Texas Tech University (Athletics)

Celebrate America Game Flyover

At the conclusion of the national anthem at the Celebrate America Game as Texas Tech took on Kansas State in Lubbock, a V-22 Osprey out of Cannon Air Force Base near Clovis, New Mexico flew over Jones AT&T Stadium.