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Dr. Conklin Named Recipient of Ernie Rakaczky ICS Security Lifetime Achievement Award

  Dr. William Conklin is the recipient of the Ernie Rakaczky ICS Security Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. William Arthur Conklin, associate professor in the department of information and logistics technology and director for the Center for Information Security Research and Education, was recently named a recipient of the Ernie Rakaczky ICS Security Lifetime Achievement Award, to be awarded at the 12th Annual SANS Industrial Control Systems Security Summit in Orlando, FL in March. Dr. Conklin received nominations and supporting documentation from several oil and gas firms as well as the U.S. Air Force (USAF). UH is the primary source of ICS security training for the USAF. Dr. Conklin hopes to move UH program's forward to being one of the best SCADA security programs in the nation.

Student Helps to Revive CLASS Ambassador Program and Aims Higher

Winni Zhang Aims Higher 
Winni Zhang helped reestablish CLASS COOGs through serving in the Student Government Association (SGA) and is working to become a lawyer.

When first-generation student Winni Zhang stepped foot on University of Houston's campus, her main goal was to earn good grades and left the rest to be determined. After Zhang's first semester, she realized her college experience should be more than just grades. Zhang participated in debate during high school, so joining UH's debate team was natural. She then immediately became a College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) senator for the 52nd administration of the Student Government Association (SGA). This position led her to help reestablish CLASS COOGs, the college’s ambassador program, alongside Christina Graham and Phillip Pinell in March 2016. She currently serves as the Vice President for the 2016-17 term*.

"UH has given me the opportunity to learn, to grow, and to serve. I found who I am here, and I found who I want to be as well. For that, I will be eternally grateful," says Zhang, now in her sophomore year. "Depending on the level of success in life, I would love to be able to dedicate a chunk of time in my life to be an international humanitarian lawyer, focusing specifically on women's rights in developing countries. Somewhere in between all of that is the possibility of running for a position in politics, either at the state or national level."

*Correction 03/03/2017: In the February 14, 2017 edition of Cougar Milestones, it was incorrectly reported that Winni Zhang founded CLASS COOGS. The organization was founded by Mike Nguyen and Ryan Johnson in 2010, revived by Christina Graham in 2015, and reestablished by Christina Graham, Winni Zhang, and Phillip Pinell in March 2016.

Honors College Student Wins Awards for Preliminary Work on Mechanisms of Clinical Trial Drug

  Francisco Blanco was honored with travel and poster presentation awards at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students.

Francisco Blanco, Honors College biochemical and biophysical sciences undergraduate, recently received a Travel Award and a Student Poster Presentation Award at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students. Collaborating with Dr. Joydip Das, associate professor and faculty researcher of the College of Pharmacy, Blanco presented nearly two years of work on understanding the mechanisms of Bryostatin-1, which is currently undergoing clinical trials in the U.S. for the treatment of cancer and Alzheimer's disease. Blanco has made the Dean's List for five consecutive semesters and is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. He hopes to attend graduate school after completing his degree in May.

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University News

CLASS celebrates Black History Month with a myriad of events, including a discussion on the Wilmington Ten on Thursday, February 16 led by Dr. Kenneth Janken, professor of African American and Diaspora studies at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill and director of the UNC Center for the Study of the American South. Learn more.

Free tax prep for students, staff, and faculty hosted by the UH Libraries on Wednesday, February 22 and Tuesday, February 28 between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Learn more.

The Princeton Review recently featured the University of Houston in the 2017 edition of "Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck." Selected colleges and universities offered students a great ROI (return on investment) with not only an education, but financial aid, career services, alumni connections, and more. Read the full story.

Tom Lapen, professor of geology in the department of earth and atmospheric sciences, recently published an analysis in Science Advances on a meteorite that points to at least two billion years of volcanic activity on Mars. Read the full story.

Travels with Shasta

Travels with Shasta   

It's mid-February and Shasta is trying to keep up with his new year resolutions by visiting the gym!

Send your photos of Shasta's travels, both in Houston and abroad, to, tweet them @SashaProf, or share them on Facebook.

You can view all of Shasta's travels on the Office of the Provost website.




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