Texas Tech University


Allen Ramsey

July 14, 2023

Inspiring Conversations.


What you'll find at Texas Tech University is hope for the future.

Hope that we can talk about subjects that matter to all of us. That we can understand them better. That we can find solutions to problems faced in West Texas and well beyond. 

The idea behind Foundations was a simple one. 

For 100 years Texas Tech has served the needs of West Texas and for the next 100 years, Texas Tech will continue to serve those needs.

Blake Grisham

Foundations is a set of conversations exploring those needs, looking into the future to try and better understand not only what is coming, but what we as a university, a community and a society can do to sustain our way of life. 

In Episode 1 we brought together five experts from across our campus to talk about the most important resource on the planet. 

These researchers come from different backgrounds. One is a farmer. One a lawyer. One an atmospheric scientist. Joining them on the panel are a wildlife professor and a professor who works to make agricultural systems more sustainable. 

What they all have in common is a genuine interest in water, the potential issues this region will face in the future and how those issues can be mitigated. 

Krishna Jagadish

We'll continue to have these conversations across a number of topics, using the university's reach to bring together people from different fields and paint the broadest picture imaginable on the subject matter. 

The first episode of Foundations does exactly that. 

Amy Hardberger, Blake Grisham, Krishna Jagadish, Karin Ardon-Dryer and Rick Kellison are the stars of the show. You'll get to know each of them as you watch the episode. 

We would like to thank them for their participation and for making Episode 1 of Foundations special. 

There's more to come, of course. The conversation about water is just the first of what we hope can be many Episodes in this series. 

Karin Ardon-Dryer

We hope you find it interesting, informative and entertaining. 

We hope we can inspire more conversations. 

This is Foundations.