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UH Libraries Awarded Three Grants to Improve Archives and Expand Access

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A number of project teams from UH Libraries were awarded grants to improve archives and expand access to resources.

A multi-institutional project team received a 2017 Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant for Libraries Award for their project titled, "Developing a Framework for Measuring Reuse of Digital Objects." A formal needs assessment will be conducted for a future toolkit that contains resources, best practices, and cases for studying the reuse of digital assets held by cultural heritage organizations.

Wenli Gao, communication, sociology, and anthropology librarian at UH Libraries, and Dr. Lindita Camaj, assistant professor in journalism and mass communication at the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication, won a Carnegie-Whitney Grant for their project titled, "Storytelling with Data: A Resource Guide for Data Journalism." The project will create a centralized location for journalism students to learn the basics of data journalism, as well as a resource for understanding, visualizing, and displaying data.

UH's Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage Project, a program of Arte Público Press, was awarded a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to produce the first-ever guide to Hispanic archival collections in the Southwest based off their project titled, "A Survey of Small Historical Societies, Libraries, and Museums for Hispanic Materials and Their Management."

Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship Students Develop Start-Up with Engineering Professor

  Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship Students
  Business students Triet Tran, Nathaniel Scott, Ross Smolen, Dat Vu, Akshay Joshi, and Anujan Murugesu are developing a start-up based on technology developed by Dr. Haleh Ardebili.

Triet Tran, Nathaniel Scott, Ross Smolen, Dat Vu, Akshay Joshi, and Anujan Murugesu - students from the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship (WCE) at the Bauer College of Business - are in the process of building their startup company by utilizing a technology invented by Dr. Haleh Ardebili, associate professor of mechanical engineering at the Cullen College of Engineering. Her technology is a stretchable thin-film battery that promotes higher safety and stability.

In December, the student team placed in the top four groups at the WCE's Student Business Plan Competition. Recently, they participated in the FLoW (First Look West) Business Plan Competition at Caltech for the Transformational Idea Award.

The students are working alongside Dr. Ardebili and postdoctoral researcher Mejdi Kammoun to further validate the technology for their business plan.

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University News

Kyle Williams, a Ph.D. student in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, is one of 53 students in the nation chosen for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program. He will spend the summer at Sandia National Laboratory to further his research in developing methods to more accurately describe the movement of fluids. Read the full story.

Shaun Xiaoliu Zhang, Jan-Åke Gustafsson, Chin-Yo Lin, and Daniel Frigo, researchers in the Center for Nuclear Receptors and Cell Signaling, received grants totaling $400,000 from the Owens Medical Research Foundation. Read the full story.

Raresh Pascali, instructional associate professor in the mechanical engineering technology program, has been named the 2017 recipient of the Allen J. Chapman Award presented by the South Texas Section of the American Society of Engineers. Read the full story.

A partnership between the UH College of Pharmacy and Vecino Health Centers is providing clinical pharmacy services at the Denver Harbor Family Clinic to treat underserved Northeast Houston community members living with diabetes. Read the full story.

Travels with Shasta

UHCO Class of 2017 Graduates   

Shasta hung out with Gabrielle Boyd, Karlotta Thurman, and Layne Ford - graduates from the University of Houston College of Optometry - right before the college's convocation ceremony. To the Class of 2017, congratulations on this major accomplishment and best of luck in your endeavors. Go Coogs!

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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