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Our newsletter has a fresh look! We hope you enjoy this updated format as we continue to deliver announcements from the Office of the Provost and share University-related news.

Fireside Chat with Dr. Ellen Ochoa and Margot Lee Shetterly

Hidden Figures Author and Johnson Space Center Director Captivate Audience through Provost Summer Read (PSR) Program

We were excited to host Margot Lee Shetterly, author of Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, as the capstone of this year's Provost Summer Read ( PSR) Program on October 3, 2017. Speaking to a packed Wortham Theatre, Shetterly gave a lecture about the process of researching and writing her first novel. Shetterly also participated in a fireside chat with Dr. Ellen Ochoa, director of the Johnson Space Center, where the two women discussed Ochoa's career trajectory and the work of inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers. Read more.


Provost Short Holds Open Forum for UH International Students

Recently, Provost Paula Myrick Short held an open forum for international students to discuss matters of concern and to comment on their individual experiences at UH. The hot topic of discussion for those in attendance: scholarships and employment resources. Kristina Trang Leova, president of the International Students Organization (ISO), brought forth not only her ideas, but presented feedback she received from ISO members who could not attend. This open forum is only the beginning of the Provost keeping open lines of communication with international students at UH.



UH Students Tapped to Collect Samples Post Harvey

Eager to help after Hurricane Harvey, student volunteers from UH and UH-Downtown are collecting surface water samples from area bayous to test levels of contamination. With training provided by the Houston Health Department, students are charged with collecting samples twice a week for at least the next month to assist with the health department's ongoing collection efforts, leading to faster remedies for the city's water sources. Read more.


Department of Defense Awards UH Engineer for Career in Advancing Immunotherapy

Navin Varadarajan has been awarded the Career Development Award for his pioneering work in immunotherapy for treatment of melanoma. Varadarajan chose MD Anderson Cancer Center's Patrick Hwu, a prominent tumor immunologist who researches adoptive T cell therapies, as his research mentor. Read more.


Bauer Alumna Shares Work-Life Balance Insight

Ashley Sutton, C. T. Bauer College of Business alumna, recently published Overtime is SO Over, which addresses the complications of working overtime and provides advice for preventing burnout. "Working crazy long hours with very little ROI in your personal life will either drive you insane, or light a fire to make some serious change," said Sutton. Future plans include promoting the book through marketing campaigns and speaking engagements.  Read more.


UHCO faculty awarded Allergan Research Grant

Congratulations to Rose Y. Reins, PhD, research assistant professor at the UH College of Optometry (UHCO). She was awarded the Allergan Research Grant for her project, "Evaluation of Vitamin D Treatment for Dry Eye-induced Ocular Surface Inflammation." Rachel Redfern, OD, PhD, FAAO, assistant professor, is the co-investigator on this project. Read more.


Shasta in Havana, Cuba

Shasta was spotted relaxing in the beaches of Havana, Cuba. Thanks to student Kayleen Babel for the photo!

Be sure to tag @uhprovost and add #travelswithshasta on Instagram, tweet @SashaProf, or email to share your experiences - in Houston or abroad - with our favorite Coog! View all of Shasta's travels on the Office of the Provost website.


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