Betsy Blaney

Producer, KTTZ-FM

Betsy Blaney is a radio producer at Texas Tech Public Media, following a 25-year career in print journalism. Most recently, she was the West Texas solo correspondent for The Associated Press, based in Lubbock for more than 16 years and covering 65 counties in the region.

She interviewed, researched and wrote on myriad topics, including agriculture and water/drought issues, and newsworthy happenings at Texas Tech University. She was also responsible for coverage of the university's football and basketball programs.

Before being transferred to Lubbock, Betsy worked briefly in the AP's office in Dallas. Prior to that, she was a police and courts reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. She started her journalism career in 1991 at The Lewisville News, just north of Dallas, following a 20-year career as a teaching and playing tennis professional. She was a line judge in 1973 in the Houston Astrodome where Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in "The Battle of the Sexes."

Texas Tech officials across campus are reviewing policies and procedures, including possible changes to the university’s Code of Student Conduct. They’re doing so to address a racist video posted by a Texas Tech student on a third-party app used by Tech eSports, a video gaming group.

Tech President Lawrence Schovanec says the action of the student was ignorant.

Since 1989, Texas Tech has won 14 titles in the national meat judging competition, including one late last year. That dominance prompted a Sports Illustrated article last May that dubbed Texas Tech “the Alabama football of the meat judging world."

Mark Miller, the team’s coach, says what the team’s members gain in their involvement with meat judging isn’t just intelligence.

Chris Witmore, a professor in archaeology and classics at Texas Tech, is our guest on this podcast of For the Pages, which showcases writers from Lubbock and those who visit the city.

Witmore’s research focuses on things, land, and human ecology in southern Greece, in Northern Britain, and on archaeological memories of a POW camp in Norway.

 

An international team of researchers led in part by Texas Tech assistant biology professor Matt Johnson used a large amount of DNA data from each of mosses’ three genomes. Those genomes exist in the mosses’ mitochondria, the chromosomes of cell’s nucleus, and in the plant’s chloroplasts.

The study was funded by the National Science Foundation and was based on comparisons of 142 species of moss from 29 of the 30 orders of mosses in existence. It was published in 2019 in Nature Communication.

Growth in the use of social media platforms has skyrocketed in the past 15 years, most especially with emerging adults such as college students. That led a group of Texas Tech researchers to wonder about the effect on the well-being of 18-to-29-year-olds.

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