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May 14, 2018 | Texas Tech University 

Facility Spotlight: Experimental Sciences Building II 

The 117,800-square-foot Experimental Sciences Building II (ESB II) will greatly expand Texas Tech University’s research capabilities.

ESB II will include an animal vivarium, four general wet labs, three instrumentation labs and two synthetic labs, in addition to offices, collaborative spaces and three conference rooms. Its construction was funded by $70 million from the Texas Legislature's authorization of a tuition revenue bond and $7 million in revenue finance system funds to be repaid by Higher Education Assistance Funds.

Officials from TTU and the TTU System broke ground on ESB II on Feb. 22, 2017. Anticipated completion for the project is June 2019.

Texas Tech University will host a Topping Out Ceremony on May 16 as the last beam is placed atop the structure, signifying the project reaching its highest point. 

 May 14, 2018 | Texas Tech University & Angelo State University

TTU & ASU Promote Summer Enrollment

Texas Tech University is looking to increase summer 2018 enrollment numbers using a sustainable, long-term plan for enhanced summer curricula with online and on-campus participation.

The strategies that will be implemented immediately include a new website which will highlight summer school offerings from Texas Tech, show the benefits of summer attendance and help explain various incentive programs.

Several scholarships and grants also will be implemented through this strategy. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Office of Financial Aid are creating two new scholarships aimed at students coming to Texas Tech for the first time.

Angelo State University is launching several new initiatives for the upcoming summer 2018 semesters, as well as continuing its popular Free Summer Housing program, to give more current students and incoming freshmen the opportunity to accelerate on the road toward graduation.

The Free Summer Housing program allows students enrolled in at least two courses (six credit hours) or a four-credit science lab course during each of the two summer terms to live in ASU campus housing for free, as long as they maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average. Since the program was introduced in 2013, the number of students living in the residence halls during the summer has steadily increased from 267 the prior year to 709 in 2017. Overall summer enrollment has also increased from 2,551 in 2013 to 3,217 last year. 

May 14, 2018 | Lubbock & El Paso

TTU System Locations Recognized in Recent Publication Rankings

Several media publications have recently spotlighted cities within the Texas Tech University System as best cities for millennials with student debt to start their careers and also a city with one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation.

El Paso checked in as the sixth best city for millennials with student debt to start their careers, according to RewardExpert. Lubbock also landed on the list at No. 32.

Midland tied for the fifth lowest unemployment rate in the nation during the month of February, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It marked the second straight month Midland tied for the fifth lowest jobless rate (2.5 percent) in the U.S.

 May 14, 2018 | Texas Tech University & Angelo State University

TTU System Claims Four National Titles in Spring

Texas Tech University (TTU) claimed three national championships during the past two months. The TTU Wool Judging Team captured the program’s third national championship and the TTU Pom squad won national titles in both dance jazz and pom at the National Cheerleaders Association and National Dance Alliance Championship.

The TTU Wool Judging Team earned its first national championship since 2013 after winning the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Collegiate contest taking the top two spots in the team standings and winning the National Western Stock Show in Denver earlier this spring.

The TTU Pom Squad successfully defended its program’s first dance jazz national title from a year ago with back-to-back national championships. The Pom Squad also earned the program’s first national championship in the pom category.

At Angelo State University (ASU), first-year cheerleading coach Kaylee Feece led the ASU Cheer Team to its first-ever national championship at the USA College Championships in Anaheim, California this spring. ASU beat out larger universities for the title.

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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.

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