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UH College of Optometry Student Scores Highest on the NBEO

UH College of Optometry Student Melanie Deitch-Mosinski
Third Year College of Optometry Student Melanie Deitch-Mosinski with Dean of the College of Optometry Earl Smith.

The University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO) student Melanie Deitch-Mosinski was recently named the recipient of the Dr. Norman E. Wallis Award for Excellence. The award was established to honor Dr. Wallis' outstanding service as Executive Director of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) and is given to the candidate who receives the highest score on the NBEO Part I out of UHCO students.

Over 2,000 students took the NBEO Part I exam in 2016 with a pass rate of 68.8%. The Part I examination, entitled "Applied Basic Science," tests the underlying basic science concepts necessary to enter the clinical practice of optometry. The exam is administered during 4 three-and-a-half hour sessions to students in their third year of study.

UH College of Education Receives Grant to Fund Scholarships for Teachers in Training

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The UH College of Education will receive funds from Raise Your Hand Texas to provide scholarships to aspiring teachers.

The University of Houston College of Education has earned an inaugural grant from Raise Your Hand Texas and H-E-B Chairman and CEO Charles Butt to provide scholarships and mentoring to aspiring teachers. UH was one of only 10 universities selected for the newly launched Raising Texas Teachers program, "chosen from 33 applicants as an exemplar in high-quality teacher preparation in the state of Texas," according to the foundation.

"Being a Raising Texas Teachers university partner will allow us to continue to recruit and support top candidates into the teaching profession, lessening their financial burden so they can focus on becoming the effective teacher all kids deserve," said Amber Thompson, associate chair of the teacher-preparation program at the UH College of Education.

Selected teaching fellows will receive $8,000 per year as part of the Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers, plus professional development and mentorship from experienced educators. In total, the program will provide $50 million over the next decade to teaching fellows and teacher-prep programs. UH is estimated to receive roughly $5 million over 10 years (with amounts varying based on applicants). Read the full story

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University News

The 2017 Provost's Prize for Creative Writing in Poetry winner was Gerald Smith, for his submission Anemoia. Gerald Smith graduated in May 2017 as a Greater Texas Foundation Scholar. He completed a double major in three years with a 3.833 GPA. 

Scott Gilbertson, M.D. Anderson Professor of Chemistry in the University of Houston's College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, was selected as a member of the 2017 class of Fellows for the American Chemical Society (ACS). The ACS Fellows Program recognizes and honors members for their outstanding achievements as well as their service to the Society. Read the full story

MFA alumnus Conor Bracken recently won the Robert Frost Chapbook competition and a residency fellowship at the Frost Palace. His poems have appeared in the New Yorker, and his current collection is titled Henry Kissinger, Mon Amour. Read more about Conor here.

Travels with Shasta

Shasta at the Very Large Array

Shasta visited the National Radio Astronomy Observatory Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array. The Very Large Array, one of the world's premier astronomical radio observatories, consists of 27 radio antennas in a Y-shaped configuration on the Plains of San Agustin, New Mexico. Each antenna is 82 feet in diameter.

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