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Vaughn Climenhaga Receives 2017 NSM Junior Faculty Research Award

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Vaughn Climenhaga, assistant professor of mathematics, studies non-uniform hyperbolicity. Photo courtesy of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

Vaughn Climenhaga, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics, has been awarded the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics' Junior Faculty Award for Excellence in Research. This award, which was introduced in 2015, is given every year to a faculty member at the assistant professor level in recognition of their exceptional research contributions. For this honor, Climenhaga will be presented a plaque and an award of $5,000.

Climenhaga's research, for which he was awarded an NSF CAREER Award, is focused on understanding dynamical systems that exhibit non-uniform hyperbolicity. “Hyperbolicity is the phenomenon of small changes in starting conditions getting blown up very quickly, leading to significantly different outcomes and unpredictable results,” said Climenhaga, who joined UH as an assistant professor in 2012. Read the full story

Students Receive Gilman Scholarships to Learn Abroad

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  Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship recipients Estela Cias, Jacquelyne Johnson, Eliyah Omar, and Britnee Chuor.

Four UH students, Estela Cias, Britnee Chuor, Jacquelyne Johnson, and Eliyah Omar, recently shared their experience winning the Gilman Scholarship. The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is awarded by the U.S. Department of State and enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad. Seven students from UH won the Gilman Scholarship this year, with another three chosen as alternates. One student received an Early Summer award.

"Traveling abroad for an entire summer is an experience I never dreamed possible and would not be able to do on my own without the assistance of many scholarships," said Estela Cias, a Class of 2019 Biochemical and Biophysical Sciences major who will be participating in a multi-country program in Italy and Spain. "The program I selected will allow me to take Spanish courses in Barcelona that will strengthen my Spanish-speaking skills at a professional level. This is very important to me because as a future pharmacist, I aim to help the Hispanic community overcome many of the challenges and adversities they face such as language and cultural barriers."

Jaquelyne Johnson, a Class of 2018 English major, felt that Learning Abroad prepared her for her upcoming study in Lüneburg, Germany. "Learning Abroad has given me the tools to pursue my dream to study abroad while learning the German language.  The seminars and learning abroad fairs were essential in finding the program best suited for me along with scholarship programs and funding such as the Gilman Scholarship Program, and helped me achieve a goal that I once believed was out of my reach."

Britnee Chuor, who will be traveling to Cadiz, Spain and living with a host family, is already actively involved with campus life at UH. "I am the Residential Advocacy Chair at Cougar Place and the Fundraising Chair with the Nonprofit Leadership Student Association. These roles require me to have strong communication skills, especially when working in such a diverse community like Houston. Through my learning abroad experience, I will be able to complete the final two courses for my Spanish minor, and will have gained enough confidence in my language skills to more effectively facilitate the college experience of single-language speakers in the Hispanic community."

Eliyah Omar will be participating in a summer abroad program in Japan with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). "I am looking forward to experiencing life outside of the U.S. This will be the longest trip I have ever taken outside of the country." Eliyah is an anthropology major and will graduate in May 2018.

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University News

College of Architecture Professor Susan Rogers will be traveling to Copenhagen, Denmark and Malmo, Sweden to participate in an "Inclusive Health Placemaking Study Tour" by the Gehl Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

University of Houston Honors College students from the Bonner Leaders Program planted a community fruit tree orchard at the New Hope Housing Canal Street Apartments for a service project called "Cultivate." The mass planting of more than a dozen fruit trees is an effort to add "edible beauty" to the historic East End. Read the full story

Next spring, Hilton College-San Antonio will offer Spirits of Mexico, a two-week experience that will give students a comprehensive look at the business of agave spirits. The class, which includes a trip to Guadalajara, Mexico, is the first of its kind in both higher education and in the Alamo City. Read the full story

Travels with Shasta

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Shasta's learning to cook during his time in China!

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