• (0//2017) Zack Valdez, Started work as AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Zack works on the senate committee on Energy and Natural Resources. You can see Zack's Award Citation in the Crop, Soil, and Agrnomy society of America Newsletter

  • (08/2017) Dr. Todd Longbottom, Completed his dissertation, sucessfully defended, and has now graduated. CONGRATULATIONS DR. LONGBOTTOM!

  • (01/04/2017) Todd Longbottom had a paper accepted for publication in Organic Geochemistry, entitled, Effect of Ocean Oxidation on Chemical Structure of Marine Kerogen

  • (01/03/2017) Zach Valdez had a paper accepted: Soil Carbon and Nitrogen Responses to Nitrogen Fertilizer and Harvesting Rates in Switchgrass Cropping Systems, Bioenergy Research, 10,1, 2017. DOI: 10.1007/s12155-016-9810-7.

  • (11/8/2016) Zach Valdez received the 1st place in the bioenergy systems poster competition at the 2016 Soil Science Society of America National Meeting

  • (07/17/2016) Todd Longbottom had a paper accepted for publication in FUEL, entitled, Organic structural properties of kerogen as predictors of source rock type and hydrocarbon potential http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fuel.2016.07.066

  • (08/2015) Todd Longbottom, Doctoral Student, received travel award from the Geochemical Society to present his reserach at The Goldschmidt Conference, in Prague. Evaluation of Genetic Potential and of Source Rocks by 13C Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy

  • (02/02/2015 ) Zack Valdez, Doctoral Student, received the Future Leaders in Science Award from the Agronomy, Crop Science, and Soil Science Societies of America.
    The Future Leaders in Science award is an opportunity for graduate students to engage with policy-makers in order to raise awareness and support for science, technology and research funding.
    Recipients of the Future Leaders in Science award receive a trip to DC to participate in the annual ASA, CSSA, and SSSA Congressional Visits Day. All recipients will receive policy, communications, and advocacy training to learn how to effectively work with members of Congress and their staff. While in DC, recipients will also have the opportunity for one-on-one interaction with the ASA, CSSA, and SSSA leadership. The participants form an invaluable network to draw from in future research, advocacy endeavors, and career development. See the full story

  • (10/2014) Todd Longbottom received a $1,500 award from the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies,to support his research on the Eagle Ford mudrocks in central Texas.

  • (09/15/2013) NSF CBET Award: Collaborative Research: UT-Austin: Dr. Desmond Lawler (PI), Baylor University: Dr. Boris Lau (PI) & Dr. Bill Hockaday (Co-PI) Natural Organic Matter, Capping Agents, and Nanoparticle transport in granular media filtration

  • (02/07/2013) Four students from the Hockaday lab presented their research at the USDA Soil science and land resource conference helVonBargen Soil Conference Presentation award2.jpgd at Texas A & M University. The student presenters were: Justin Von Bargen (MS), Zack Valdez (PhD), Todd Longbottom (PhD), and Nick Cestari (BS). Student presenters from 5 different universities (Texas A&M, Baylor, Texas Tech, Tarleton State, and Sam Houston State University) were judged by a panel of reviewers. Von Bargen was awarded 3rd Place in the competition, for his presentation entitled "Charcoal Chemistry: A novel proxy for establishing paleofire regime". read more

  • (08/2012) NSF EAR Award: The Hockaday lab received an award from the National Science foundation (Geoscience division), providing funding for the installation of the new Nuclear Magnetic Resonance instrument, the purchase of an additional sample probe, and to host NMR workshops at Baylor University in 2013 and 2014.

  • (06/2012) Zack Valdez's research in the Wacoan Magazine [click the photo to read the story]
    Zack's article in the June e2012 dtition of the Wacoan