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UH Researcher Aims to Uncover Causes of Developmental Disabilities in African Children

Of the 2.6 billion children in the world, 11% or 291.2 million are estimated to have one of four developmental disabilities – epilepsy, intellectual disability, vision loss and hearing loss. Ninety-five percent of these children live in low- and middle-income countries, predominantly in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, according to recent estimates.

Young discusses ‘Ultra,’ fascism and sedition on new MSNBC podcast

Nancy Beck Young, chair of the department of history and associate director of the UH Center for Public History, shared her expertise in several episodes of MSNBC's new podcast,  “Ultra,” by news producer and political commentator Rachel Maddow. Discussing political extremism and governmental plans to shatter American democracy in 1940, Young pointed at powerful plots interwoven in high-ranking U.S. government and the lengths officials went to succeed.

New report draws lessons from Texas Gubernatorial Election

Associate Professor Scott Clifford organized and maintained the 2022 national “Morality and Polarization Survey,” examining an oversampling of Texas voters, polling the extent voters believed candidates running for office and new voters.  

Young discusses ‘Ultra,’ fascism and sedition on new MSNBC podcast

Chosen as political expert for MSNBC's new podcast "Ultra," history department chair and Center for Public History associate director Nancy Beck Young shared her thoughts on political extremism and governmental plans to shatter American democracy in 1940.

Bun B promises ‘more to come’

Rap legend B met with African American studies Chair Tara Green to discuss hip hop's dramatic influence on Black culture. 

CLASS hires promise increased support for students, departments

Lauren Till joins the dean’s office in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences as the new director of academic affairs, capping off the successful search for an important student success position in the college. Her hire is the latest in a reorganization of the College’s support positions. Earlier in the summer, George Sanders and Wayne Thomas joined the CLASS Office of Communications as part of this plan.

UH Student-Produced Telenovelas Premiere, Inform Hispanics on Alzheimer’s Risk

Hispanics are 50% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s compared to non-Hispanic whites, yet only represent 1% of clinical trials. Telenovelas, or Spanish language soap operas, identified as effective medium to educate community.

Dozens of CLASS faculty promoted in 2022-23

CLASS health and human performance doctoral student Morgan Ferrara was awarded the 2022 NCAA Graduate Student Research Grant. Ferrara’s project, “The Development and Validation of the Student-Athlete Resource Inventory,” was chosen by the NCAA Research Committee for extended study and funding.