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July 2016 e-newsletter

Bat Flight Facility 2.0

IMG_1210An updated and improved bat flight facility launched this summer to host long-term research conducted by Associate Professor Amanda Hale and Assistant Professor Victoria Bennett. The professors are collaborating to investigate potential material alternatives for wind turbine tower surfaces that could alleviate bat mortality.


TCU alumnus honors professor through scholarship fund

MinterDavidThe Dr. David Minter Chemistry Research Fund was established in fall 2015, and was provided generously by Blackburn, a successful scientist and entrepreneur.







Courtney Cochran ’16 : A Biology Major’s Path to Success

Courtney CochranCourtney Cochran ’16, graduated in May with a degree in biology and a minor in Spanish. Her experiences at TCU and through the biology department provided her with a unique and meaningful undergraduate experience.






NSF Grant brings new opportunities for social psychologist

HillSarahnewSocial Psychologist Sarah Hill will begin a new research study this summer with grant funding from the National Science Foundation. The correlational study will focus on the influence of disease vulnerability on decision-making – a little-known research area.





Core Strength

AlslebenHelgenewWhen drilling deep into the earth for fuel sources, oil and gas exploration companies first use hollow drill bits to unearth sections of subterranean rock called “core.” Geology professor Helge Alsleben and his students study the mineralogical composition and overall strength of these rock samples in the TCU Core Lab.





SciCom – Let’s Talk Science: Science Communication in the CSE

IMG_6685smA transformative trip two summers ago inspired a new outlook on science and communication for Magnus Rittby, senior associate dean of graduate programs and administration. A physicist by training, Rittby attended a workshop series at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science in summer 2014 to better understand a common barrier between scientists and the public: communication.


Research Notes

sci-1460These achievements represent successes from May 2016 – July 2016.

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