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Bauer College Senior Earns $15K Scholarship from Texas Business Hall of Fame

Bauer College Student Dane Ralph
Senior Dane Ralph was awarded a $15,000 scholarship from the Texas Business Hall of Fame. Photo courtesy of the C.T. Bauer College of Business.

C. T. Bauer College of Business senior Dane Ralph is the recipient of a $15,000 scholarship from the Texas Business Hall of Fame (TBHF). TBHF awards one scholarship per participating university each year to rising entrepreneurial students.

Currently in the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship, Ralph hopes to combine his passion for service through effective business practices. In the summer of 2011, he went to the Dominican Republic and realized there was a unique opportunity to create coffee-centered businesses in the U.S. and import coffee from local growers. It is seemingly a win-win situation - businesses could purchase from people who have knowledge of their crop and teach them ethical business practices while paying them a fair trade wage.

Although he will begin his last year of college in the fall, Ralph is already preparing for life after college. "I would love to go straight into the workforce for a while. Being a marketer in the coffee industry will help expand my real world knowledge and relationships in the industry," he added. "From there, I will connect with farmers in third world countries to start launching the coffee shops." Read the full story.

ECE Professor Receives Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award

Xiaonan Shan receiving Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award
Xiaonan Shan, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, received the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award. Photo courtesy of the Cullen College of Engineering.

Assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, Xiaonan Shan, was honored with the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities. The award is designed to enrich the research and professional growth of junior faculty and result in new funding opportunities.

"I feel very honored to be one of the applicants chosen for this award and to bring it back to the University of Houston. I hope that this will open doors and give me the opportunity to collaborate with other researchers and national labs," said Shan.

As the principal investigator of the Advanced Imaging and Sensing Lab, Shan's focus is developing novel optical imaging and sensing techniques to solve critical problems in the energy and biomedical fields. He hopes to expand the capabilities of optical imaging microscopes to measure and map the local electrical, mechanical, chemical, and thermal properties of biological and nano samples. Read the full story.

Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts Opening Night Collage

Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts Opening Night Collage

Come out and celebrate the grand opening of the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts on Thursday, September 14 at 6 p.m. From food trucks to The Spirit of Houston marching band, live battle scenes to museum tours, there will be something for everyone! Ongoing performances in the Moores Opera House and Wortham Theatre will offer a glimpse of the upcoming seasons, and stay for the unveiling of a new public art piece soon to be housed in the lobby of the Wortham Theatre.

Opening Night is a "collage in action" featuring faculty and students from the School of Art, School of Theatre and Dance, and the Moores School of Music. It also showcases our community-focused institutions: Blaffer Art Museum, the Center for Arts and Social Engagement (CASE) and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center.

General admission will be free for all UH students, faculty, and staff with a valid ID! General admission for the public is $10; VIP tickets are available for the cocktail reception and celebratory dinner. Learn more.

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University News

A group of researchers, led by Kresimir Josic, a mathematical biologist at UH, has been awarded a $4.39 million grant from the National Science Foundation through the NeuroNex program, to develop new methods to analyze and interpret neural data. Read the full story.

The National Endowment for the Arts awarded UH to support Okwui Okpokwasili's artist residency at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts and to fund The Propeller Group's exhibition at the Blaffer Art Museum. Read the full story.

In May, 29 UH students traveled to the Galapagos Islands as part of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics' "Galapagos Evolving" course. They spent three weeks on San Cristobal Island conducting research alongside scientists from the Universidad San Francisco de Quito. Read the full story.

Travels with Shasta

Shasta in Shanghai

Shasta visited Shanghai, China with the UH Graduate College of Social Work.

Be sure to tag  @uhprovost and add #travelswithshasta on Instagram, tweet @SashaProf, or email to share your experiences - in Houston or abroad - with our favorite Coog! View all of Shasta's travels on the Office of the Provost website.


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