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O’Connor Named Interim Dean of the largest UH College

Dr. Daniel P. O’Connor, associate dean for Faculty and Research in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) and professor in the University of Houston, Department of Health and Human Performance, has been named as the Interim Dean of CLASS. O’Connor will take the helm as the chief academic and administrative officer of CLASS on July 2, 2020.

Examining Media Coverage of Protests Worldwide

As anti-racism solidarity protests continue around the world, new research suggests mainstream media have a tendency to focus on the violence and spectacle of a protest rather than the substance. That mentality and approach need to change according to Summer Harlow, assistant professor of journalism at the University of Houston Jack J. Valenti School of Communication.

UH Professor to Discuss Pandemic and Racial Tension on Good Morning America

Rheeda Walker, professor of psychology at the University of Houston and a fellow in the American Psychological Association, is scheduled for a live interview on ABC’s Good Morning America with co-anchor Robin Roberts on Wednesday, June 24 during the 7 a.m. CT hour. Walker is expected to discuss coping with life during the isolation of the pandemic, with a focus on racial tensions and George Floyd’s death.

A Message from Provost Short: Dean Tillis appointed Interim President of UHD

Dean Antonio Tillis has been appointed Interim President of the University of Houston - Downtown. His appointment will begin July 2, 2020.

Youngest Master’s Graduate has Passion for Learning

Lyric Mandell seems like a typical 20-year-old. She loves to watch Netflix, “90-Day Fiancé,” stay up late, play board games with her family and go bike riding with her bird, a caique named Sugar Ann. But there’s something extraordinary about Mandell. This spring, she was the youngest student to earn a graduate degree from the University of Houston – a master’s in mass communication from the Valenti School of Communication.

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