Zhang Develops Cancer Therapy With $3.5M in NIH Grants

Dr. Shaun Xiaoliu Zhang in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics was recently awarded two R01 grants from the National Institutes of Health, worth a combined $3.5 million. Each grant offers five years of funding to support his research on developing a novel cancer therapeutic agent, called FusOn-H2, which is scheduled to enter Phase I clinical trials within the next 1-2 years.

Shaun Zhang was awarded $3.5 million in NIH funding to support his research on a new cancer therapy that is scheduled to begin Phase I clinical trials in the next 1-2 years.

“Drug resistance is a major problem for cancer treatment. A treatment will work against a tumor for a while, only for that tumor to develop resistance to the drug’s effects,” Zhang said.

Hayley Moreno Receives Distinguished Service Award

  Hayley Moreno

Resource Description Coordinator Hayley Moreno, UH Libraries.

Hayley Moreno, resource description coordinator at the University of Houston Libraries, will receive a presidential citation from the president of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) in Orlando over the summer.

As a member of the ALCTS New Members Interest Group (ANMIG), she “not only led ANMIG with enthusiasm and vigor, but she responded impressively to requests that extend far beyond ANMIG’s scope,” said Norm Medeiros, president of ALCTS. “Each time she produced amazing results, for which I am incredibly grateful. Awarding the presidential citation is a small token of my appreciation for all she has done.”

The ALCTS Presidential Citation is intended to recognize distinguished achievement of its members. These very special awards honor ALCTS members who make significant contributions to the association and to the profession.

Travels with Shasta!

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Shasta is with Larry Alford, Association of Research Libraries (ARL) President and Elliot Shore, ARL Executive Director at a ARL Business Meeting in Montreal, Canada.

University News

The University of Houston’s Petroleum Technology Initiative was named Best Energy Industry Workforce Development Venture by Acquisition International, a global finance publication based in England. The Initiative was founded in 2007 as part of the College of Technology, offering classes, field trips, professional events, and other initiatives for students, as well as programs and specialty courses for industry professionals. Read the Full Story

University of Houston physicists report finding major theoretical flaws in the generally accepted understanding of how a superconductor traps and holds a magnetic field. In the Journal of Applied Physics, the researchers describe experiments whose results exhibited "significant deviations" from those of the Critical State Model. They revealed unexpected new behavior favorable to practical applications, including the possibility of using trapped field magnets in myriad new ways. Read the Full Story

Jacqueline Weaver was named a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Queen Mary University's College of Law, in a university-wide nomination process. She will visit Queen Mary University (QMU) in London in June 2017 and participate in several public speaking events, academic colloquia, and student research sessions during her visit. The visit and nomination are to raise the profile of QMU's energy law programs and also to discuss ways in which to further collaboration between QMU and the University of Houston.  

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