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Kyndall Semones 
Leader of Tomorrow Scholarship recipient Kyndall Semones

Petroleum Engineering Student Kyndall Semones Recognized as a "Leader for Tomorrow"

Post-baccalaureate Petroleum Engineering student, Kyndall Semones, was selected by the Oil & Money Conference as only one of three U.S. students awarded a "Leaders for Tomorrow" scholarship for 2016. The Leaders for Tomorrow scholarship program identifies top graduates who have recently or are about to enter the oil and gas workforce. They attend a conference in London where they will learn and network with some of the industry's most respected leaders. Kyndall currently serves as the UH Energy Coalition Vice Chair of Corporate Relations, and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, American Association of Drilling Engineers, and the Society for Underwater Technology-Subsea Engineering Society. She also served as the immediate past president of UH's Society of Women Engineers.

Physics Course Uses Inquiry-Based Learning to Engage Students

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Students demonstrate the hands-on learning approach in PHYS 1301.

The Department of Physics in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics is piloting a new inquiry-based learning course of PHYS 1301. "Instead of a professor standing in front of a class, lecturing that the formula for kinetic energy is ½ mv2, students will be throwing a ball," said Rebecca Forrest, instructional associate professor of physics, and one of the co-developers of this course. Inquiry-based learning works to promote the active engagement of students by presenting them with tangible questions, situations, or observations rather than presenting concepts as established facts. The result is increased learning and retention of ideas. This course is an outgrowth of the work done in the STEM Teaching Equity Project (STEP), which provides professional development opportunities for K-12 science teachers, with a focus on teachers who serve high needs student populations. Read the full story.

  Cheryl Brohard Earline Moreland
  Cheryl Brohard  Earline Moreland

School of Nursing Staff Chosen for Nursing Innovation Grant Program

Dr. Cheryl Brohard and Earline Moreland of the UH School of Nursing were selected for an award under the 2017-2018 Building Simulation and Skills Lab Capacity grant competition in the Nursing Innovation Grant Program (NIGP) through the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. This work will help increase the SON simulation capacity by developing palliative care education and training for undergraduate nursing students seeking initial RN licensure and further faculty education on high fidelity simulations.

University News

Dr. Cristiane Spitzmueller has assumed the role of managing director for the Center for ADVANCING UH Faculty Success (ADVANCE). The goal of the ADVANCE Center is to increase the number and success of women faculty in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and behavioral sciences fields by recruiting more diverse faculty, providing clear opportunities for advancement and career development, and providing an inclusive and balanced work environment.

Students participating in the Graphic Novel Workshop recently published a collective comic book, "Kolache". Each participating student created a five-page comic book with each panel or frame of the 15 comic books written, drawn, and inked individually. The separate comic books were then assembled to produce "Kolache", which was published over the summer. Read the full story.

teachHOUSTON received a $1.45 million grant from the National Science Foundation to further math and science teacher preparation. teachHOUSTON, a joint program between the College of Education and the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, supports future teachers in the STEM fields for secondary education. Students enrolled in this track participate in field-based teaching experiences throughout the four years they are working on their bachelor's degree, graduating not only with a math or science degree, but also a teaching certificate. Read the full story.

Honors College students recently celebrated the first anniversary of Campus Kitchen, a project through the Provost Service Learning Scholarship. Campus Kitchen provides unused food from the university dining facilities to residents of New Hope Housing. Since its inception, the program has provided over 10,000 pounds of food to three low-income housing facilities multiple times each week. Learn more about Campus Kitchen.

Travels with Shasta

Travels with Shasta   

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Shasta is with School of Nursing Graduate Students and Dean Kathryn Tart in Swansea, Wales.

See all of Shasta's travels on the Office of the Provost website.

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