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.
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.
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.
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.
The theory of a free market economy - an economy free from government intervention - is one that Texas Tech's aptly named Free Market Institute promotes through research, courses, and speakers at Texas Tech.
Eduardo Segarra, a member of the institute's board of directors and a professor of agricultural and applied economics at Texas Tech, said the Free Market Institute's main goal is education.