Artificial Light From Digital Devices Lessens Sleep Quality
A new study by researchers at the University of Houston College of Optometry, published in Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics, found that blue light emitted from some digital devices could contribute to the high prevalence of reported sleep dysfunction.
Mayor Sylvester Turner Declares July 28 Houston Shakespeare Festival Day
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has proclaimed Friday, July 28 as Houston Shakespeare Festival Day. On this day, the Houston Shakespeare Festival will kick off its 43rd season at Hermann Park’s Miller Outdoor Theatre. The UH-produced event runs through Sunday, Aug. 6
UH Researcher Working to Make Security Cameras “Smarter”
Security cameras deployed across the nation – at transit stops, sporting events and other places where people gather – can provide valuable clues to law enforcement investigating trouble after the fact. A University of Houston researcher is developing a system that would allow the cameras to recognize and send an alert at the first sign of a threat to public safety.
New Limits to Functional Portion of Human Genome Reported
An evolutionary biologist at the University of Houston has published new calculations that indicate no more than 25 percent of the human genome is functional. That is in stark contrast to suggestions by scientists with the ENCODE project that as much as 80 percent of the genome is functional.
Major League Soccer Honors UH Student for Volunteerism
Rising senior Edgar Melchor is a finalist in the 2017 Major League Soccer WORKS Community MVP contest. Melchor is one of 22 finalists nationwide—one from each MLS club—being recognized for making a positive impact in their communities.
Does a Candidate's Religion Matter to Voters?
Religion is sometimes used as shorthand to define a political candidate’s views – “evangelical” and “antiabortion” may be considered interchangeable. But a new analysis by political scientists at the University of Houston suggests party labels are far more powerful predictors of how voters perceive candidates.
UH College of Education Receives Grant for Teachers in Training
The University of Houston College of Education has earned an inaugural grant from the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation and H-E-B Chairman and CEO Charles Butt to provide scholarships and mentoring to aspiring teachers. UH was one of only 10 universities selected for the newly launched Raising Texas Teachers program.
Biofeedback Technology Helping Improve Balance in Parkinson’s Patients
University of Houston researchers in the Department of Health and Human Performance are helping patients with Parkinson’s disease regain stable balance and confidence in performing daily activities in their own homes.
How to Protect Your Kids' Eyes from Too Much Digital Device Use
Take a look around, and it’s not hard to spot people of all ages staring relentlessly at smartphones or tablets in pursuit of information and entertainment. However, that endless scrolling can cause infrequent and incomplete blinks, which can negatively affect the health of your eyes.
UH Environmental Research Gets a Boost with New Designation
Texas Gov. Greg Abbot has signed legislation designating the UH Coastal Center as the Texas Institute for Coastal Prairie Research and Education, formally establishing its role in studying coastal prairies and their restoration and in sharing that knowledge.
Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, University of Houston College of Pharmacy Open Satellite Program in Rio Grande Valley
Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Health System and the University of Houston are opening a satellite program for the University of Houston College of Pharmacy (UHCOP) in Edinburg, Texas. The UHCOP Rio Grande Valley (RGV) satellite program will serve as a major teaching site for the college’s Professional Pharmacy Hispanic Healthcare Certificate Program — the first program of its kind in the nation.
Broadway Veteran Among Cast in 2017 Houston Shakespeare Festival
A Broadway star is among the cast of talented actors who will take center stage at the Miller Outdoor Theatre this year for the 43rd season of the Houston Shakespeare Festival (HSF).
Inexpensive Organic Material Gives Safe Batteries a Longer Life
Modern batteries power everything from cars to cell phones, but they are far from perfect – they catch fire, they perform poorly in cold weather and they have relatively short lifecycles, among other issues. Now researchers from the University of Houston have described a new class of material that addresses many of those concerns in Nature Materials.
UH Study: Wheelchair Rugby Lowers Depression and Stress in Spinal Cord Injury Patients
A new study from the University of Houston Department of Health and Human Performance found that frequent participation in wheelchair rugby was associated with lower levels of depression and stress among men with tetraplegia.
Space Travel on Earth? Hyperloop Partnership Pursues Possibilities
Hyperloop technology is moving closer to reality, no longer the stuff of science fiction. Researchers, transportation leaders, local officials and other experts met at the University of Houston to determine how best to promote the technology.
The Future of Texas: Bigger, Older, More Urban and More Diverse
Texas will remain one of the nation’s fastest-growing states, becoming home to a larger, older and far more ethnically diverse population over the next 33 years, even if migration from other states and countries slows dramatically, according to the latest projections from the University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs.
UH Names New Director of The Blaffer Art Museum
The Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston has a new director. He is Toby Kamps, curator of modern and contemporary art at The Menil Collection. Kamps will start his new role as the Jane Dale Owen Director and Chief Curator of the Blaffer Art Museum and research assistant professor of art history in September.
Jul 26 12am
Cougar Choir Camp
Session 1: July 26 29, 2017 Session 2: August 2 5, 2017 The University of Houston Cougar Choir Camp primarily focuses on preparing for upcoming All-State choir auditions, although other educational opportunities will be provided, including voice master classes, conducting classes, sight-reading instruction and acting basics.
Jul 28 8:15pm
The Houston Shakespeare Festival presents Twelfth Night
The Houston Shakespeare Festival presents Twelfth Night Shakespeares relentless, inventive and intoxicating comedy ponders love lost and found. Twins Viola and Sebastian are separated by shipwreck, but tragedy gives way to comedy when they wash up in a land turned upside-down by love. Mistaken identities, gender-bending wit, drunken high jinks and swooning serenades abound in this story of unrequited love, directed by Artistic Director Jack Young. For more information, visit https://www.houstonfestivalscompany.com/2017-season
Jul 29 10am
Great Migrations: Past and Present Exhibit
Examine patterns of migration and immigration to Houston with "Great Migrations: Past and Present" at The Heritage Society.
Jul 29 8:15pm
The Houston Shakespeare Festival presents Richard III
The Houston Shakespeare Festival presents Richard III Relentless ambition political maneuvers, media manipulation and sibling rivalry dominates the stage in this fast-paced production. The Wars of the Roses put Edward IV on the throne but, while everyone squabbles over the courtly pecking order, his brother Richard sets higher ambitions. Lenny Banovez, Artistic Director of the TITAN Theatre Company, directs the story of Richard's murderous path to the crown. For more information, visit https://www.houstonfestivalscompany.com/2017-season
Aug 10 12pm
The Handmaids Tale Book Club
University of Houston students, staff, faculty and friends are invited to join UH Libraries for a discussion of The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood.
Aug 30 12pm
Gallery Talk with Robert Buzzanco
Join us for a gallery talk with Robert Buzzanco, University of Houston professor of history, to gain insights about The Propeller Group exhibition. Find a new understanding about subjects explored in the work of the art collective, particularly about their approach to the Vietnam-American war. Bring your own lunch after the talk we invite you to keep the conversations going at Blaffers cafe.
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