UH Students Recognized at the Clinton Global Initiative University in San Francisco

At the recent Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU), President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton hosted over 1,000 students to make a difference in five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health.

students at the CGIU
Students Olivia Kuligowski (second row, left), Khanh Nguyen (first row, far right), and Jeffrey Hong, (first row, second from left) celebrating their CGIU win with Chelsea Clinton in San Francisco.

Three students from the University of Houston attended: Provost Service Learning Scholarship recipients and Honors freshmen Olivia Kuligowski and Khanh Nguyen, along with sophomore and inaugural Provost Summer Read essay award winner Jeffrey Hong. As part of their attendance in CGIU, student leaders develop their own Commitments to Action: new, specific, and measureable initiatives that address pressing challenges on campus, in local communities, or around the world.

Nobel Laureate Jody Williams Participates in Groundbreaking Trial in Guatemala

Jody Williams in Guatemala
Graduate College of Social Work Professor Jody Williams in Guatemala as part of the Sepur Zarco trial.

Recently, GCSW Professor and Nobel Laureate Jody Williams shared her experiences attending the Sepur Zarco trial in Guatemala last month where she stood in solidarity with fifteen courageous women who sought and won justice in a groundbreaking trial. The trial marked the first time in the world that sexual slavery perpetrated during an armed conflict has been prosecuted in the country where the crimes took place. Professor Williams' reflections provide historical and personal context and offer an inside look at activism and the fight for social justice in a global context.

"We at the Nobel Women’s Initiative will continue to stand with our sisters and confront violations of human rights there, and everywhere throughout the hemisphere and the world," said Professor Williams.

Travels With Shasta!

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Shasta at Edinburgh Castle
Shasta with College of Technology Professor Holly Hutchins at Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland.

University News

UH College of Pharmacy's Rajender R. Aparasu, Ph.D., FAPhA, professor and chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy, has been selected for the Fulbright Specialist Roster. The Fulbright program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, serves to promote the international engagement of academic scholarship and build linkages between U.S. and overseas eligible institutions. Read the Full Story

Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies alumna and Hambrick Middle School principal Rebecca Hoyt has been named Aldine ISD's Secondary Principal of the Year. Read the Full Story

On April 2, the hallways and classrooms in the UH Cullen College of Engineering bustled with activity as nearly 300 girls tackled tough engineering concepts through fun, hands-on activities at the first annual "Girls Engineering the Future!" event. Read the Full Story

With help from a UH petroleum engineering professor, a technology originally developed by the oil and gas industry to extract residual oil from reservoirs is now being applied to clean up the site of an underground fuel leak in Denmark. The novel application of the oil recovery technology was designed by Konstantinos Kostarelos, associate professor of petroleum engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, along with his graduate students and a cadre of talented collaborators from all over the world. Read the Full Story


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