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Industrial Design Student Maria Mora Sanchez Wins Red Dot Design Concept Award

Maria Mora Sanchez Red Dot Design Concept Award
Industrial Design Student Maria Mora Sanchez showcases her design for the Red Dot: Design Concept 2017 Awards.

University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design Student Maria Mora Sanchez recently won a Red Dot Design Award for Concept. Loom, her concept, is an expandable, adaptable, wearable and flexible 3D printed dress that adapts to all body types and body changes. It combines textiles and additive manufacturing by applying materials and auxetic structures that consider function and the human body. Maria explains the concept in a short video.

The Red Dot Award: Design Concept was initiated in 2005. In 2016, an estimated 400 companies, 285 universities, and 1,035 designers from 60 countries participated in the award and submitted 4,698 entries. The Red Dot Design Concept award is one of the most competitive and prestigious awards for new design concepts and innovations. Loom is also a contestant for the James Dyson Award, the results of which will be announced in September.

UH Receives Grant from the Embassy of France to Form Reciprocal Exchange Program

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The UH College of Technology in collaboration with UH Global was awarded a $20,000 grant from the Embassy of France in the U.S. for its proposal of a reciprocal student exchange with University of Paris - Sud. This joint collaboration will benefit under-represented students in STEM fields at both institutions and will include opportunities for undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty. Provost Short declared, "I was elated to hear about [UH] winning the proposal. This grant supported by the U.S. Department of State and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development is paramount to increasing UH student mobility toward France."

The goal of the exchange agreement is to have 10 students in the program each year, 7 undergraduate, and 3 graduate. This grant, and further sustainability efforts after the grant expires, will allow students to participate without cost to the student. The two principal investigators, Dr. Heidar Malki, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the College of Technology, and Dr. Jaime Ortiz, Vice Provost of UH Global, stated, "This is a great opportunity for UH STEM students to learn and design products for the global marketplace." The exchange is particularly attractive because UPS offers STEM courses in both French and English and UH students can transfer up to 12 credit hours back to UH.

Provost Short Celebrates with Faculty at Welcome Reception

Spirit of Houston Marching Band
The Spirit of Houston marching band along with UH mascot Shasta performed for the faculty at the Provost's Fall Faculty Welcome Reception.   

Provost Paula Myrick Short welcomed faculty for the start of a new academic year with her fifth annual Provost's Fall Faculty Welcome Reception. "I am delighted to welcome new and returning faculty back to campus for a new academic year" said Provost Short. "This event is a great opportunity for me to talk with faculty across all colleges and disciplines, and I enjoy getting to know faculty on a personal level.

The event featured a cocktail reception for over 300 new and returning faculty. The highlight of the evening was a performance by the Spirit of Houston Marching Band, who played the University's fight song. Faculty members posed with a selfie cutout and shared their photos on the Office of the Provost social media. For all photos from the event, view the Flickr Album.

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University News

Rupa Iyer will serve as the principal investigator on a $2.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to implement a research-focused biotech program at five colleges and universities around the country. The program incorporates an intense focus on undergraduate research and an understanding of industry needs with traditional academic instruction. Read the full story

Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design students Homa Ansari, Anmol Kollegal, and Timothy Massa with faculty member Zui Ng received an honorable mention for 2017 HERE+NOW: A House for the 21st Century Residential Student Design Competition. Read the full story

A new study from the Department of Health and Human Performance (HHP) has found that frequent participation in wheelchair rugby is associated with lower levels of depression and stress among men with tetraplegia. The results of the study by HHP graduate student Stephanie Silveira and HHP faculty Dr. Daphne Hernandez, Dr. Tracey Ledoux and Dr. Michael Cottingham were published in the journal Spinal Cord. Read the full story

Senior Ph.D. student Xingliang (Jeffrey) Zou received an Outstanding Paper Award at the top-tier 20th IEEE International Symposium on Real-Time Computing in May. Zou is the lead author of the newly accepted paper, "Multi-Mode P-FRP Task Scheduling," co-authored with his advisor Professor Albert Cheng and two other Real-Time Systems Group members. Read the full story

Travels with Shasta

Shasta in Shanghai

The Arellano Lopez Family hiking in Boulder, CO! (Pictured are Dr. Ruth Lopez from the College of Education and Dr. Christopher Arellano from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences with their children.)

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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