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Lawsuits may seal important facts about West blast

Austin American-Statesman

“We may never know why the plant blew up, but the lawyers may,” said Dustin Benham, a law professor at Texas Tech University School of Law. Or the lawyers suing “may turn up absolutely nothing.” That fact could remain hidden, too, he said.

What Parents Can Learn From Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Will – By law, Hoffman could not have ordered his child’s guardian to keep Cooper in a particular place. Gerry W. Beyer, a professor at Texas Tech University School of Law, explains that wills can do no more than transfer property from the deceased to their survivors. That said, there are plenty of ways the dead can use property to encourage (or, some might say, coerce) descendants into living a certain kind of life.

Inside Man’s Best Friend, Study Says, May Lurk a Green-Eyed Monster

New York Times

Sybil Hart, at Texas Tech, who has studied jealousy in infants, said she thought the research was “very well done and makes a very compelling argument.”

Cities With the Best & Worst Weather

Wallet Hub

Found: 4 New Species of Gopher-Like Mammals

National Geographic

Named in honor of different colleagues who contributed to the research, the four new species—Ctenomys erikacuellarae, Ctenomys yatesi, Ctenomys andersoni, and Ctenomys lessai—are described in a paper published last month by the Museum of Texas Tech University.

Developing boron nitride toward deep ultraviolet optoelectronic apps

Semiconductor Today – Professors Hongxing Jiang and Jingyu Lin at Texas Tech University believe that using boron nitride as the p-type contact layers in nitride semiconductor heterostructures “could ultimately pave the way toward the realization of high-efficiency nitride deep ultraviolet (DUV) optoelectronic devices” [Semicond. Sci. Technol., vol29, p084003, 2014].

Making The Ask

Psychology Today – To that end, I interviewed Russell James, who teaches fundraisers how to get people to make large charitable donations and who directs the charitable financial planning program at Texas Tech University. Here is a distillation of my interview with him:

Taking to the pulpit against climate change

USA Today – A rising star in this new firmament is Katherine Hayhoe, an evangelical Christian who is also a scientist and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. Her husband, Andrew Farley, is an evangelical minister.

Climate Scientists: Texas is Missing an Opportunity

Texas Tribune

“Texas is really at the forefront of this problem,” said Katharine Hayhoe, a world-renowned scientist at Texas Tech University in Lubbock who studies the effects of climate change on communities across the country. “In the majority of cases, the ways that climate change are going to affect us are the ways that we’re already vulnerable.”

The Search for Better 401(k) Advice

The Search for Better 401(k) Advice

The retirement account system isn’t perfect, but fixing it is a formidable task, says Texas Tech personal financial planning professor Michael Finke.

Supreme Court ruling highlights political disparity

Port Arthur News

Expanding the RFRA to include closely-held corporations isn’t as irrational as some have presented it, Jennifer Bard, a School of Law professor and School of Medicine adjunct associate professor at Texas Tech University, said in a phone interview.

The Case for Banning Fireworks – The question of whether that’s doing enough to affect water quality or otherwise harm the environment is still up for debate: Andrew Jackson, a perchlorate expert at Texas Tech, pointed out to Salon that the health effects of perchlorate are chronic, not acute, ”so it would take long-term exposure for it to really be a problem” — in other words, more than can be accomplished during a one-night celebration.

The Last Drop: America's Breadbasket Faces Dire Water Crisis – The scope of this mounting crisis is difficult to overstate: The High Plains of Texas are swiftly running out of groundwater supplied by one of the world’s largest aquifers – the Ogallala. A study by Texas Tech University has predicted that if groundwater production goes unabated, vast portions of several counties in the southern High Plains will soon have little water left in the aquifer to be of any practical value.

Can Different Architectural Forms Influence Patient Behavior? – Debajyoti Pati, Rockwell Endowment Professor, Department of Design, Texas Tech University (Lubbock, Texas), and Upali Nanda, Vice President and Director of Research, HKS Inc. (Dallas), joined colleagues from Texas Tech and American Art Resources (Houston) to explore the potential influence of design aspects in the physical environment—specifically, contours—on amygdala activation, the brain region associated with fear response.

Delegation from Texas Tech University Visits Haramaya University

Haramaya University – Dr. Girma Amente, president of HU, said during the occasion that there is high interest from Texas Tech University’s side to forge meaningful and successful partnership with HU in terms of staff-student exchange and joint research projects, among others. The former Ambassador of USA in Ethiopia, Tibor Nagy, who is currently vice provost for International Relations at the University has a great contribution for creating strong bond, Dr. Girma added

Here comes the flood: Functional memory insights

spectroscopyNOW – Psychologist Tyler Davis of Texas Tech’s Neuroimaging Institute is a specialist in neurobiological approaches to learning and memory, he and his colleagues are delving into global similarity models of memory. One might assume that when you see a familiar face or visit a favourite restaurant that only the most similar or recent memories are activated for comparison. Global similarity models, the feeling of familiarity for a particular stimulus suggests that we pull in a range of memories all at once.

The most-liked advertising slogan: M&M’s ‘Melts in your mouth, not in your hand’ - As researchers led by Mayukh Dass of Texas Tech University explained in “A study of the antecedents of slogan liking” in the Journal of Business Research:

Firms often spend millions of dollars in slogan development and promotion … Yet, while some, such as DeBeers’ 1938 slogan, “A Diamond is Forever,” or Allstate Insurance Company’s 1956 slogan, “You’re in Good Hands with Allstate,” endure the test of time, others, such as Dodge’s 1954 slogan, “Elegance in Action,” or Pepsi’s, “Any Weather is Pepsi Weather,” do not. Such wide variation in their effectiveness or longevity raises questions about what makes customers like some slogans and not others.

New Astroloabe Sculpture says “science!” at Texas Tech – Texas Tech University in Lubbock has unveiled the newest piece of public art on its main campus as part of its Public Art Program for the Texas Tech University System. The new steel and aluminum sculpture, titled

FDA Panel Backs Appetite-Curbing Implant for Severely Obese - Despite this, “we have very few tools at our disposal compared with other chronic diseases,” said Martin Binks, an associate professor of nutritional sciences at Texas Tech University who was scheduled to testify before the FDA panel on behalf of the Obesity Society.

States Aim to Boost College Graduation Rates – Andrew Koricich, a professor at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, says the attention to building an educated workforce in rural areas is critical to the nation’s future. “These places are really important for the rest of the nation to thrive,” he says. “We can’t build power plants in Manhattan.”