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$4.5M Gift Supports Student, Faculty Success and New Lecture Series on Equity and Social Justice

The University of Houston has received a $4.5 million gift from the Thomas Michael Panos Family Estate to establish an endowed chair in the Cullen College of Engineering; a scholarship endowment available to students throughout the University; and an endowed lecture series focused on equity and social justice, which will reside in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

UH African American Studies Program Granted Departmental Status

Two years after celebrating its 50th anniversary, the African American Studies (AAS) Program at the University of Houston College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) has been formally elevated to a degree-granting department. The political issues and intellectual ideas that spurred the program’s founding continue to be critical to the national and international discourses around race and social justice, and the department of African American studies was created for such historic times as today.

UH Statement on Atlanta Shootings, Anti-Asian Racism

As a member of the Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander serving institutions, the University of Houston extends our sympathy to our Asian American, Pacific Islander and international students, faculty and staff who have been deeply affected by the recent killings in Atlanta and anti-Asian racism and violence.

Modernizing the Naval Selection Process

Elena Grigorenko, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of Psychology and director of the Human Genetics Lab at UH, is combining virtual reality technology, physiological makers, and real-time data analytics to assess manpower multidimensionally for the U.S. Navy.

Now is the Time to Study Impact of Pandemic on Mothers and Babies

In a new study, Amanda Venta, associate professor of psychology, urges more support for expectant moms who are socially isolated and under stress during natural disasters such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

UH Assistant Professor Awarded CAREER Grant by the National Science Foundation

The UH College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences is pleased to announce that Department of Health and Human Performance Assistant Professor Christopher J. Arellano has been awarded a $785,011 CAREER grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

UH Statement on Gov. Abbott's March 2 Executive Order

The University of Houston is reviewing Governor Abbott’s March 2 executive order regarding the mask mandate and opening Texas businesses 100% to determine the safest path forward for our campus community. The health and well-being of our faculty, staff and students remains our highest priority. We remain committed to creating a campus environment that is as safe as possible and minimizes the spread of COVID-19. Faculty, staff and students can expect to receive more information before the order goes into effect. Until that time, our existing COVID-19 protocols remain in effect.

Reed Named as Interim Director of the UH African American Studies Program

The University of Houston College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) is pleased to announce associate professor of history Linda Reed, Ph.D., as interim director of the African American Studies (AAS) program.