UH Alumna Kayla Stewart Wins Coveted Fulbright Scholarship

Kayla Stewart  
UH Alumna Kayla Stewart  

University of Houston alumna Kayla Stewart has been awarded a 2016-2017 Fulbright Indonesia English Teaching Assistantship (ETA). As an ETA, Kayla will be assisting English teachers in Indonesia while also serving as a cultural ambassador for the United States through engagement with the host community.

Kayla graduated from UH in May of 2015 with a B.A. in Journalism and minors in African American Studies and Global and International Studies. As an undergraduate student, Kayla served as a conversationalist for the University's Language and Culture Center and also served as photo editor and senior news writer for the Daily Cougar.

Upon the completion of the Indonesia Fulbright ETA, Kayla will pursue a master's degree in international relations with a focus in Southeast Asia. Ultimately, Kayla would like to work in media, documenting the lives of people living in regions of conflict.

Amy Sater Studies Traumatic Brain Injuries Through Kleberg Foundation Grant

Amy Sater, professor of biology and chair of the Department of Biology and Biochemistry, was awarded a 2-year, $386,000 grant from the Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation to develop a model for studying TBI. This is the first Kleberg Foundation grant awarded to the University of Houston.

  Amy Sater
  Amy Sater, professor of biology and chair of the Department of Biology and Biochemistry.

β€œThe goal of this project is to develop a system that will allow us to perform large-scale screens to search for possible drugs that can facilitate recovery from brain injury,” Sater said.

To develop an experimental system, Sater and her research team will be developing the tools and protocols that will allow them to study brain injuries in Xenopus laevis, an African clawed frog. This will involve developing transgenic lines that allow for easy visualization of specific cell types in the brain, as well as developing the protocols to induce brain injuries. Read the Full Story 

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shasta with graduate students
Shasta with graduate students Julie Neisler and Valerie Maclin as part of a doctoral student discussion with Provost Short.

University News

University of Houston Librarian Wenli Gao was recently accepted into the Data and Visualization Institute for librarians at North Carolina State University (NCSU). The Data and Visualization Institute for Librarians is a week-long course providing the opportunity for librarians passionate about research and scholarship to immerse themselves in learning about data science and visualization in collaboration with academic peers.

Bauer MBA students Preeti Singh and Matt Avery are representing the United States as one of six teams competing for $25,000 in Capgemini's Innovators Race Competition, which uses online voting to determine the final winner. Read the Full Story

At a ceremonial groundbreaking Feb. 29, University of Houston and UH College of Pharmacy representatives, area legislators, donors, alumni, students, and faculty celebrated the progressing construction of UHCOP's future home in Health and Biomedical Sciences Building 2 (HBSB2). The college will occupy five of the nine floors in the new $145 million, 300,000-square-foot building and will consolidate the college's research and academic activities – currently split between two buildings on the UH main campus and the college's Texas Medical Center (TMC) campus – into a unified space. Read the Full Story

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