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Culture & Science events hosted by the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics provide a forum for discussion, offering our alumni and friends an opportunity to connect various components of cultural interests to the intricacies of science.


Red and White Wine Event

Red and White Wine Event

Thursday, February 11

Reception/Pre-Event Chat: 6 pm
Wine Event: 6:30–8 pm

Wine Kit Price (Serves 2): $100

Wine Kit Pick-Up (Registration Required):
Wednesday, February 10
Spec’s Midtown, 2410 Smith Street
Houston, TX 77006

Join us for NSM’s 8th annual event celebrating red and white wines! Like many events, this year will be a little different but just as fun!

The popular wine event brings together NSM alumni, friends, faculty and staff for an educational evening of gastronomical delights. This year, we’ll focus on screw-top wines! Not only have they grown in popularity over the years, but they’ll stay fresher longer, allowing you to enjoy them during the event and after.

Featured Wines

Paladin Prosecco
The scent is distinctly fruity, with notes of apple and pear and a delicate hint of citrus fruit.

2018 Bliss Chardonnay
This estate chardonnay has aromas of fresh kiwi and notes of crisp green apple. Bright fruit flavors are followed by a touch of butterscotch. They are complemented by a rich round mouth feel and lingering dried apricot flavors. The finish is balanced with good acidity and is sure to please!

2017 Bliss Cabernet Sauvignon
This estate cabernet leads with aromas of blackberry figs and mocha. Rich blackberry fruit in the entry with allspice and subtle oak nuances in the mid palate. Always food friendly, this balanced wine is completed with a touch of coffee bean and chocolate integrated tannins and a long finish.

How It Works

  1. Let us shop for you! We’ll carefully select and assemble an indulgent kit of specialty cheeses, meats and luxurious chocolates along with the three wines we’ll be tasting for the event.
  2. Wednesday, February 10: You pick up and pay for your wine kit at Spec’s Midtown, 2410 Smith St, Houston, TX 77006.
  3. Join the Zoom event on Thursday, February 11, for a fun evening of wine and food.

Register and Reserve Your Pick-Up Time

Pick-up will be on Wednesday, February 10.

The deadline to register is Monday, February 8.

For more information, call Jasmine Harrison at 713-743-7952 or email jkharris@central.uh.edu.


NSM Movie Night #4: Hidden Figures

Friday, February 19

6:15–10 pm

Tune in for a special edition of NSM Movie Night. You’ll hear from a panel including Mathematics Professor Garret Etgen, who worked at NASA during the time of Hidden Figures, and Dr. Camille Wardrop Alleyne, Elizabeth Stewart Smith and Jennifer Scott Williams, all of whom currently work for NASA in various official capacities.

Garret Etgen

Professor Garret Etgen received all of his degrees in mathematics, earning his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary, his master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. While serving in the U.S. Army, he served as Assistant Chief of the Applied Mathematics Branch at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., from 1964-1967. In 1967, Professor Etgen joined the University of Houston’s Department of Mathematics and served as its chair from 1978-1999. He currently teaches Engineering Mathematics and Differential Equations.

Camille Wardrop Alleyne

Dr. Camille Wardrop Alleyne received a Bachelor of Science in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Howard University, a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from Florida A&M University, a Master of Science in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Houston. She began her career as a Flight Systems Test Engineer at NASA Kennedy Space Center. After that, she served as the Assistant Deputy Associate Administrator for Programs in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters, where she provided technical and executive leadership to NASA’s planetary, earth, heliophysics, and astrophysics science missions. She has also served as the Associate Program Scientist for the International Space Station, the Orion Crew Module Systems Engineering, Integration and Test Technical Manager, Lead Systems Engineer for the Constellation Program, and as the Deputy Manager for Commercial Lunar Payload Services, where she developed the foundational strategy for the commercialization of the moon. Dr. Alleyne currently serves as the Deputy Manager for Commercial LEO (Low Earth Orbit) Development Program at NASA Johnson Space Center. In this role, she is one of the leading architects of establishing new space economies through commercializing low earth orbit.

Elizabeth Stewart Smith

Elizabeth Stewart Smith, P.E., holds a bachelor’s degree from Spelman College and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. In 1981, she began her career at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Wright Aeronautical Laboratory, as a research engineer in cryogenic research. She began her tenure at NASA Johnson Space Center in April 1982, in the Plant Engineering Division as an engineer intern. She is currently the NASA Lead for the International Space Station, 2-D Drawings and 3-D Computer Aided Design (CAD) Models, in the Systems Engineering and Integration Office of the International Space Station Program Office.

Jennifer Scott Williams

Jennifer Scott Williams attended Spelman College and the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she received dual bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and electrical engineering in 2001 via the Atlanta University Center Dual Degree Engineering Program. After graduation, she moved to Houston to work for NASA Johnson Space Center’s Mission Operations Directorate as a Space Shuttle Flight Controller in the Instrumentation and Communications Group (INCO). While there, she obtained eight certifications and supported 24 shuttle flights, three of which she served as Lead INCO. She attended the University of Houston part-time in the telecommunications program, where she graduated with her master’s degree in electrical engineering in 2005. In September 2020, she was selected as Branch Chief of the Applications Client Support Office. In this role, she manages a team of Research Portfolio Managers responsible for enabling technology demonstrations, STEM projects, commercial payloads, and external payloads for launch and operation aboard, and return from, the International Space Station (ISS). The clients her team serves include NASA organizations, such as the Science Mission Directorate, Science and Technology Mission Directorate, Advanced Exploration Systems, as well as the ISS National Laboratory.

Movie Night Schedule

6:15 pm
Live movie introduction and panel discussion

7–9:10 pm
Watch the movie on your own

9:45–10 pm
Interactive Q&A about the movie.

Accessing the Movie

Hidden Figures is free to watch with a Disney+ or Hulu subscription. You can rent the movie starting at $3.99 from a variety of sources. We've listed some popular sites below:

RSVP Here to Participate

You’ll receive the Zoom link via email two days before the event.

If you have questions, please contact Jasmine Harrison at 713-743-7952 or jkharris@central.uh.edu.


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