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Learning Abroad Fall Fair Sees Record Attendance

2017 Learning Abroad Fall Fair
Learning Abroad welcomed over 500 students to its Fall Fair.

On September 19, Learning Abroad welcomed 502 students to the Learning Abroad Fall Fair; marking a 25 percent increase in attendance from last year's fair! Learning Abroad has expanded its offerings far beyond traditional Faculty-Led programs, which now include internships, research, and service learning opportunities in over 100 countries.

In 2014, UH joined Generation Study Abroad, a national initiative to double the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of the decade. UH has the goal to send more than 1,000 students abroad by 2020. Through Learning Abroad, the university is well on its way in achieving this goal: in 2013-14, 410 Coogs participated in a program abroad, and in 2016-17, 811 Coogs went abroad-an increase of 98% in just three years. With the support of the Office of the Provost and UH Global, several Learning Abroad initiatives including Passport for Coogs and the International Education Fee Scholarship have made learning abroad more accessible and affordable for students.

UH Libraries Receives a $249,103 Grant from Institute of Museum and Library Services

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Representing the largest grant the University of Houston Libraries has received, UH in collaboration Stanford University, DuraSpace, Indiana University, and the Digital Public Library of America, will develop a toolkit to help institutions accomplish complex system migrations. Focusing primarily on migrations from CONTENTdm to Hyku, the toolkit will allow institutions to better understand their digital library ecosystems and how they can prepare for migration. Annie Wu, Head of Metadata and Digitization Services at UH Libraries, is the principal investigator, with additional credit going to Santi Thompson and their team for contributing to the success of this grant application.

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University News

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Rachel Reed, OPT III student, attends the World Congress of Optometry.

Rachel Reed, OPT III student at the University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO) and President of UHCO Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (SVOSH), recently traveled to Hyderbad, India for the second World Congress of Optometry (WCO). She shares a student perspective on the WCO, global optometry, and exploring India in her blog.

Vassiliy Lubchenko, associate professor of chemistry, has been awarded the 2017 American Chemical Society-Greater Houston Section Joe W. Hightower Award which recognizes contributions to education, research, sectional service, or community service. His research focuses on the mechanism of the formation of inorganic solids with a particular focus on amorphous solids that are called glasses. Read the full story.

Hidden Figures

UH has received $3.3 million from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. A $2 million recruitment was used to bring Rohith Reddy, who focuses on next-generation technologies for detecting gynecological cancers, to campus. Lorraine Reitzel was awarded $1.3 million to expand a tobacco cessation program, to substance abuse treatment centers. Read the full story.

As the capstone to this year's UH Provost Summer Read Program, Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the New York Times bestseller Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race, will engage the university community in a discussion of her work on October 3 at 7 pm in the Wortham Theatre. For reservations, email or call 713-743-8838. Additionally, there will be a public screening of the Academy Award-nominated film "Hidden Figures" at the Student Center Theater on October 3 at 1:30 pm.

Travels with Shasta

Shasta in Jakarta, Indonesia

Shasta enjoys his morning coffee at the iconic Borobudur Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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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