A Collaborative Research Response to COVID-19
Texas Tech University's Biological Threat Research Laboratory was the first lab in the state of Texas to begin testing for COVID-19 in February covering an area that spans a 67-county region in West Texas. The lab was granted $2.23 million from the Texas Department of State Health Services to continue its COVID-19-related testing through April 1, 2022. Students and faculty in the colleges of Engineering and Honors teamed up to produce 3D-printed face shields in the University Library's Makerspace, while the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics provided Under Armour headbands to hold the face shields in place. Students and faculty from other colleges also volunteered their time in the effort.