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.
Texas Tech University's Administration Building, where the tradition originated, will now be lit - along with 17 other campus buildings - with LED lights, saving approximately 80 percent in Carol of Lights electricity costs.
As part of an effort to teach young kids STEM concepts like engineering and science, Engineering is Elementary creator Christine Cunningham of the Museum of Science in Boston presented a guest lecture last week in Texas Tech's Livermore Center.
The elementary curriculum that Cunningham developed is also part of research being conducted by the Department of Engineering professor Michelle Pantoya and the College of Education's Zenaida Munoz.