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Can Nanoparticles Be Used to Lower Antibiotic Resistance?

Cullen College of Engineering faculty members Debora Rodrigues (left) and Stacey Louie are using a reactor built to simulate the intestines of a pig to study ways to combat antibiotic resistance, one of the world’s most serious threats to public health. Read more …


A UH Engineer is Developing a Low-Cost Water Testing Kit

Yandi Hu, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, has developed an inexpensive test kit to check for lead in tap water. The kit can detect lead at levels just above 15 parts per billion and it will cost as little as $2 per test. Read more …


Environmentally Friendly Polymers Bring Spotlight To Cullen College Professor

Megan Robertson, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering in the Cullen College of Engineering, earned the 2018 Sparks-Thomas Award from the Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society. The award honors her research identifying vegetable oil and fatty acid-based materials that could replace petrochemical products in the manufacturing of elastomers. Read more …


Faculty & Staff News

    • UH Volleyball Head Coach Kaddie Platt announced the addition of Melissa Sims as the program’s director for operations. In her role, Sims will assist with day-to-day operations and travel coordination as well as maintaining alumni and recruiting databases. Read more.
    • Ognjen Miljanic, associate professor of chemistry in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, received a Max Kade Foundation Fellowship, which supports a two-month stay at the Organic Chemistry Institute at the University of Heidelberg. There, he will be working on the preparation of columnar porous structures that are of interest in the field of liquid crystals, and advanced displays. Discover more.
    • Shannon Hill, a graduate of the UH Master of Fine Arts Professional Actor Training Program, is returning to Houston to star as Hamlet in the 44th season of the Houston Shakespeare Festival. This will be the sixth production of “Hamlet” in HSF history, and the first time a woman is taking on the lead role. Find out more.
    • Megan Robertson, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering in the Cullen College of Engineering, earned the 2018 Sparks-Thomas Award from the Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society. The award honors her research identifying vegetable oil and fatty acid-based materials that could replace petrochemical products in the manufacturing of elastomers. See more.
    • A group of researchers from around the United States – including physicist Zhifeng Ren, a researcher with the Texas Center for Superconductivity at UH – have created a crystal grown from two relatively common mineral elements – boron and arsenic – that demonstrates far higher thermal conductivity than any other semiconductors and metals currently in use. Explore their learnings.
    • The American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity will be led for the next two years by Richard Anthony Baker, assistant vice chancellor/vice president for Equal Opportunity Services for the UH System and UH. His term as president of the national not-for-profit organization began July 1. Learn more.
    • Facilities Coordinator Erica Vazquez is more than just the friendly smile in the Key window at the General Services Building. She also happens to be the voice we hear on many UH answering services. UH Facilities asked Vazquez to record the updated message for the FIXIT line. Once a few individuals heard her pleasant sounding voice, more departments throughout campus asked for her to expand her services to their departments. Discover more.

On Campus

    • Smart Bins have replaced the older trash cans that once served Lynn Eusan Park. In addition to being more aesthetic, the Smart Bins send solar-powered Wi-Fi alerts to inform UH Solid Waste when it needs to be emptied. Go green!
    • Did you know that you can find free online access to rare historical audio and video items from UH Special Collections at our audio/video repository? Find out more.
    • UH Dining Services remains in compliance with the Food and Drug Administration’s menu labeling law, which went into effect May 7. The caloric information on printed menu boards at campus retail dining locations, and expanded information in the Moody Towers Dining Commons and Cougar Woods Dining Commons contributed to the University earning the FDA compliance. Learn more.
    • Several fundamental seismic research projects in the Department of Physics at UH are identifying challenges in that arena and delivering new capabilities and effective solutions. Read more.
    • UH had a large presence in the Houston Pride Parade including current students from the Spirit of Houston, UH Alumni, the LGBTQ Resource Center and members of the Student Government Association. They joined more than 700,000 people for one of the largest city-organized events in the country. Discover more.
    • UH Facilities and the Office of Sustainability are in the process of creating an inventory of trees on campus. Every tree with a diameter four inches or greater will be noted, inventoried and safely tagged. To conduct the survey, the department is using drones and ground vehicles utilizing light retention and ranging (LiDAR) surveying applications, carts with cameras, and walking through the Campus tree-by-tree, step-by-step. Read more.