Showbiz spies: How the CIA and Hollywood are working together

  As an associate professor of film, television and digital media at Texas Christian University, Tricia Jenkins keeps up with the latest missions of James Bond, Carrie Matheson and Jason Bourne. In doing so, she’s crafted some fascinating conclusions about how the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and some of the country’s favorite spy shows and… Read more »

Why a Texas professor encourages more play for better learners

If you ask American kids what their favorite subject in school is, their excited reply is often “recess!” And that isn’t a bad thing — physical activity boosts brain function, improving development, academic performance and creativity in the classroom. So why do students in this country get so little playtime? Debbie Rhea, associate dean of… Read more »

Texas leads the nation in wind energy – here’s how they did it

Texas has long been the country’s petroleum capital. But the Lone Star State is experiencing another energy boom that has nothing to do with oil. “People think Texas is all about oil and gas and drill baby drill,” said Michael Slattery, director of the Institute for Environmental Studies at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth…. Read more »

The 5 lessons we can all learn from dumpster diving

For as long as he can remember, Jeff Ferrell has had a hunter-gatherer approach to life, exploring the path not taken to see what he could find. Riding around on a scrounged mountain bicycle, Ferrell investigates people’s trash, finding an endless array of discarded items, from scrap metal and new clothes to unopened presents. “I grew… Read more »