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10:40 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Inside Texas Tech: Experts on Crude Price Decline, Possibility of $20 a Barrel

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In June 2014, the price of a barrel of oil was roughly $115 per barrel, leading to gas prices that were well over $3 per gallon. 

Not anymore.

Prices of oil have crashed in the last six months, starting 2015 with the price of crude oil at a five-year low as the current price hovers around $45 per barrel, a 60 percent slash in value. 

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8:09 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Inside Texas Tech: Restoration of Cuban Relations Opens Door for Education

The University of Havana in Havana, Cuba. Some are saying restoring relations after a 56-year freeze in politics with the island nation is an opportunity for educational exchanges with Cuban universities.

After more than half a century of isolation of the island nation 90 miles off the coast of Florida, President Obama announced late last month that the U.S. and Cuba would begin normalizing relations once more.

The news is likely to spark many changes in areas like business and tourism, but another impact that is quietly taking advantage of the relations thaw is education.

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Blogs
3:44 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Texas Tribune: A Push to Award a Degree to a Symbol of Injustice

by Reeve Hamilton, The Texas Tribune

Dec. 19, 2014

Less than two months before Election Day, the Republican and Democratic candidates for governor and lieutenant governor sat together in a Lubbock park, speaking without any partisan bickering. There was only agreement that Timothy Brian Cole was worth remembering.

Cole died in prison of complications from asthma in December 1999 while serving a 25-year sentence for a rape he did not commit.

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Blogs
4:25 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Inside Texas Tech: Crocodilian, Bird Evolution Focus of Biologist's Study

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Crocodiles and alligators, while not exactly native to West Texas, have been the focus of a Texas Tech biologist's recently published study that mapped the genomes of crocodilian reptiles worldwide. 

David Ray, an associate professor of biology at Texas Tech and crocodilian expert, led a group of 55 researchers who sequenced the DNA of alligators and crocodiles to understand more about birds, who are descendants, along with crocodilians and dinosaurs, from an ancient creature called an archosaur. 

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Blogs
2:28 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Inside Texas Tech: Law Professor Appointed to NCAA Council

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Behind the rules and regulations of college sports are a collection of athletic directors, coaches, student-athletes, conferences commissioners, and people like Brian Shannon, a faculty athletic representative for Texas Tech University. 

Shannon, a professor at Texas Tech's School of Law, has been a NCAA faculty athletic representative, or FAR, for Tech since 2008, a role in which he ensures a college atmosphere that student-athletes can thrive in.

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