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French Major Earns Competitive Scholarship to Study Abroad

  Bianca Salinas
  French student Bianca Salinas. Photo courtesy of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

Last summer, French major Bianca Salinas found herself 5,000 miles from home, studying abroad in Paris, France. While learning to adjust to her new surroundings, she befriended a family of Syrian refugees who lived nearby. The experience reinforced what she has always wanted to do - become an official translator for the United Nations, and more immediately, to return to France after her summer abroad.

This is now a possibility - Salinas received a $4,000 national scholarship from The American Society of the French Academic Palms to finish her studies at the University of Paris and fulfill requirements needed to pursue a career in translation. This scholarship is given to students who have demonstrated a commitment to studying French, as well as an interest in Francophone cultures.

Currently, Salinas volunteers at Amaanah Refugee Services and holds a part-time position at the Rothko Chapel. She is also a private tutor in French and English, a French tutor at UH, a part-time assistant to the French Program Director, Dr. Claudine Giacchetti, and an intern at Plant It Forward.

Jack J. Valenti School of Communication Students Place in National Student Advertising Competition

Valenti Group - NSAC Team 
The Valenti Group at the American Advertising Federation District 10 National Student Advertising Competition in Fort Worth, TX.

The Valenti School of Communication's student competition advertising agency, the Valenti Group, was awarded a Silver Medal by finishing second out of 18 schools at the American Advertising Federation (AAF) District 10 National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC). The NSAC team was led by instructional assistant professor Larry Kelley.

The AAF District 10 is historically the most competitive district in the nation, with the winner having won more than half of the national competitions. District 10 is comprised of top schools in Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana, and the Valenti Group performed better than any other university in Texas, besting programs including Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, Southern Methodist University, and Texas Christian University, among others. This marks the seventh time in the past eight years that the Valenti Group has placed in the top three!

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University News

Dr. Christopher Arellano, assistant professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance, received a grant from the American College of Sports Medicine Foundation to research the role of muscles in stabilizing movement.

Inspired by the Provost Summer Read Program, the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) will kick off its inaugural ECE Summer Reading Project with two books: Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, and Mark A. McDaniel, and Neuroscience for Learning and Development: How to Apply Neuroscience and Psychology for Improved Learning and Training by Stella Collins.

Dr. Minako Righter, a researcher and lab supervisor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, recently returned from the 2016-17 field season of the Antarctic Search for Meteorites. The group of six recovered 219 meteorites which are now at the NASA Johnson Space Center to be catalogued and analyzed. Read the full story.

Dr. Daphne Hernandez, assistant professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance, received a $281,475 grant from the US Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture to start the Houston-area Opportunities for Undergraduate Student Training in Obesity & Nutrition (HOUSTON) Academy. For the next four years, 40+ fellowships will be provided to minority and underserved undergraduate students to address health-related issues stemming from obesity and nutrition in surrounding UH communities. Read the full story.

The University Career Services Career Closet is now open for business! Students can find suit rentals for interviews, career fairs, and networking events at $10 for up to three days. Read the full story.

Did you know 500,000,000,000 devices and objects will be connected to the Internet by 2030? The Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge is an open call for innovative digital/IoT solutions for the greater good. The winning team will receive $100,000 to help advance their technology-enabled solution towards the market. Up to 9 more teams will receive between $10,000 and $75,000. It only takes a few minutes to register your team for the challenge and the deadline for your full submission is May 30, 2017 at 5 pm PT. Learn more and register here.

Travels with Shasta

Shasta at the American Advertising Federation District 10 National Student Advertising Competition in Fort Worth, TX.   

Shasta was also in Fort Worth, TX collecting awards with the Valenti School of Communication students who placed second in the AAF District 10 National Student Advertising Competition. Special shout out to Valenti student Philip Binayao who won top presenter as well!

Send us your photos of Shasta's travels, in Houston and abroad, to, tweet them @SashaProf , or share them on Facebook ! In the meantime, view all of Shasta's travels on the Office of the Provost website .


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