3 Things We’re Reading: Gov. Greg Abbott Wants to Attract More Scientists to Texas


Every day, Dallas Innovates staffers scan websites looking for the most interesting, important, and unusual stories about innovation and creativity. Here are three we thought you’d like:

In his recent visit to Dallas, Gov. Greg Abbott emphasized his mission to attract more scientists to Texas. It’s part of his effort to help Texas be more known for its life sciences rather than its oil and gas production. That means using state funds to attract scientists from other states such as Sean Morrison, who received a $10 million grant to bring his cancer research to Dallas. Read more about the governor’s plan here.

There’s a new transportation option in town. San Francisco-based ride-hailing company, Wingz, launched its services at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field on Monday. It offers services similar to Uber and Lyft, but one difference is users can pay a flat-rate to schedule rides ahead of time. Learn more about the company here.

The University of North Texas’ Science Education Research Lab was recently named a winner of the 2016 Texas Environmental Excellence Award by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Since 2006, educators from the research lab have taught water conservation lessons in some Dallas elementary schools as well as offered a “museum on wheels” to middle schoolers and mentorship to high school students on developing their own water conservation projects. Learn more about what the lab did to snag the award here.

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