Diamonds in the Rough
Students from difficult family backgrounds face special challenges on campus. The first cohort of Diamond Family Scholars will pioneer a program that organizers hope will become a national model. That carries a special responsibility, something members of this first class agree is exciting but also daunting. Read more …
Houston Universities Team Up to Boost Minorities in Academia
UH, Rice University and Texas Southern University have won a five-year, $2.66 million National Science Foundation grant to help increase the number of underrepresented minorities pursuing academic careers in engineering and science. The award is specifically for those in data engineering and data science disciplines. It will fund a project to be called AGEP STRIDES (Strengthening Training and Resources for Inclusion in Data Engineering and Sciences). Read more …
Understanding Where Patients Live Can Improve Patient Health
Family physicians typically don’t consider where patients live when assessing their health care needs, despite research that indicates a person’s environment can significantly affect their health, according to Dr. Winston Liaw, chair of the Department of Health Systems and Population Health Sciences at the College of Medicine. To address this gap, more practices are moving services out of the clinic and directly into the community. Read more …
Hines Family Commits New Gift, Endowed Architecture Professor Named
The global real estate firm founded by Gerald D. Hines pledged $500,000 to an existing endowed professorship at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design. The Bill Kendall Memorial Endowed Professorship was established in 2018 and his held by Andrew Kudless who will lead the Hines College's new Advanced Media Technology Laboratory. Read more …
- After 50 years of nursing and teaching, Clinical Associate Professor Terry Kirk is trading his lab coat and grade book for traveling and birding. Kirk is retiring from the College of Nursing where his research interest has been the learning styles of students from various countries which resulted in changes in teaching strategies for student success. Read more.
- UH doctoral student Andrew Rogers found that adults who take prescription opioids for severe pain are more likely to have increased anxiety, depression and substance abuse issues if they also use marijuana. Rogers worked under the guidance of his advisor, Michael Zvolensky, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and director of the UH Anxiety and Health Research Laboratory and its Substance Use Treatment Clinic. Read more.
- The Association for Women in Mathematics Student Chapter at UH received a 2019 Scientific Excellence Award for their work in organizing and hosting the 3rd Annual Texas Women in Mathematics Symposium. Mathematics graduate students Duong Nguyen and Kayla Bicol served as co-chairs of the organizing committee, along with Yuliya Gorb, associate professor of mathematics, who served as the faculty advisor. Read more.
- Professors, students and alumni from the College of Education shared their research on stress, depression, autism spectrum disorder, mindfulness and other timely topics at the 2019 American Psychological Association conference in Chicago. In addition, Roberta Nutt, clinical professor of counseling psychology at the College, received a lifetime contribution award from the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs for her work preparing future counseling psychologists. Read more.
- UH students are happy, friendly and appreciate the diversity of programs offered across campus. These are a few of the reasons why UH is listed in The Princeton Review’s “Best 385 Colleges” Guide for 2020. Read more.
- UH at Katy, which is set to open this fall, will offer programs in high demand throughout the Greater Houston region and benefit from a partnership with Houston Community College. Unlike traditional transfer programs, students admitted into the engineering academy are UH Cullen College of Engineering students from day one and co-enrolled at both partner institutions. Read more.
- Your UH Moment, the news you need in 60 seconds: UH researchers developed an ultra-thin wearable electronic device that interfaces with machines like robotic hands, UH optometrist Lisa Ostrin is studying the effect of exposure to specific types of light might prevent nearsightedness, and UH is establishing a first of its kind U.S. Latino Digital Humanities program. Watch now.
- The Cougar Card Office needs volunteers to help distribute Cougar Cards to students during move-in weekend and the first week of class. Staff, faculty and students are welcome and encouraged to sign up for one or more volunteer shifts. Register here.